Pigeon Forge, TN – Creekside Gospel Music Convention is pleased to welcome mixed trio 11th Hour to the concert event scheduled for November 2nd through 5th in Pigeon Forge, TN. These inspiring artists were the 2014 Diamond Award recipients of the Sunrise Award for up and coming groups. They were also recently featured on the cover of SGN Scoops issue for June 2015.
Mark209, The Hoskins Family, The Pine Ridge Boys, Dr. Jerry Goff and more.
reserve their tickets early.
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Vote For The Top Ten Here
Pigeon Forge, TN – SGN Scoops announces the unveiling of the 2015 Diamond Awards Top Ten nominees. After a nomination period, the top nominees in each category were voted upon by the fans of the digital magazine to produce a list of their ten favorite artists. SGN Scoops now invites all Gospel music fans to visit their website and vote on this list to produce the Top Five for the last round of voting. Fans are encouraged to be a part of this road toward the 2015 Diamond Awards to be presented during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention.
The Diamond Awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This gala evening is one of the most exciting evenings in Gospel music, with surprise guests, great music and special presentations, producing memories that linger until the next Creekside Convention rolls around.
This year, Creekside is offering a VIP wristband for those fans who want a more up-close and personal experience. For $25, the wearer will receive VIP seating, special gifts, and an invitation to a VIP party. This wristband is valid for the entire Convention, November 2nd through 5th, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Fans are urged to order their wristbands early to avoid disappointment.
Vote today for your favorite of the Top Ten nominees for the 2015 Diamond Awards. Find out more about Creekside Gospel Music Convention online or on Facebook Here. To order your VIP wristband or to learn more about VIP lodging packages, phone Rob Patz at 360-933-0741.
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Welcome to the SGN Scoops Friday Favorite! Today’s favorite comes to us courtesy of Angie Hoskins Aldridge, lead singer of The Hoskins Family. Rick, Reva, Angie and Abigail have been hitting the Southern Gospel charts with their power vocals and three-generation family harmony, bringing songs like “God is Big,” “Whenever I Hear His Name,” and, “Land Of Endless Tomorrow.”
Vonda Easley asks: “Angie, what is your favorite scripture and why?”
Angie: Good Morning! One of my favorites….Mark 11:24. This is one of my favorites because it lets me know God is concerned and cares about our wants and desires!!!”
Mark 11:24 (KJV): “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
Return every week to SGN Scoops mainpage for another SGN Scoops Friday Favorite!
The Hoskins Family will be appearing at Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge from November 2nd through 5th at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center.
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Pigeon Forge, TN – Creekside Gospel Music Convention is pleased to announce the addition of Mark209 to their artist roster. This Country-styled quartet travels across the United States and Canada, and has been hitting the charts with songs such as “It Takes Faith” and “Tennessee Orange.”
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Vonda Easley, of Hope’s Journey adds, “I am so excited that midnight prayer is not only back, but back by popular demand. I am thrilled to be part of an event where artists can come together and pray for one another. Creekside is not just a Convention, it is an experience that you do not want to miss!”
Make your plans now to be at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, held on November 2nd through 5th at Pigeon Forge, TN. Fans are encouraged to reserve their tickets early. For ticket and lodging information, contact Rob Patz at email@example.com or 360-
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Pigeon Forge, TN – Creekside Gospel Music Convention is pleased to welcome Jordan’s Bridge to the November event in Pigeon Forge. The quartet consists of Joe Lane and Phil Barker (formerly of the Singing Americans) as well as Rick Sheets and Kirk Henry. These gentlemen have a traditional sound and are loved by the folks at the Grand Ole’ Gospel Reunion.
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Creekside Gospel Music Convention is getting ever closer and we have some exciting news to share this month. You know by now that Creekside tickets are free but must be reserved. Please make your plans to join us in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on November 2nd through 5th at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center.
We are happy to announce that the Freemans will be joining us again this year. Last year, they played to an excited crowd during the 2014 Diamond Awards. This fantastic family was also awarded twice during the evening, as they were presented with the Christian Country Group of the Year and and the Video/DVD of the Year for the poignant portrayal of “Lead Me Home.” Will they be winners again this year? Only you can
tell us that as you vote for your favorites in the 2015 Diamond Awards.
We are thrilled this month to tell you about the Showcases being held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the day at Creekside. Chapel Valley Records, Ava Kasich and Vonda Easley of Hey Y’all Media are working together to bring some wonderful artists to the daytime stage. Ava comments, “This will be my
third year at Creekside Gospel Convention and every year it gets better and better. The atmosphere of worship is wonderful and the addition of the Midnight Prayer is icing on the cake. Can’t wait to see what God has planned for us all this year! See you there!” Vonda notes, “I had such an awesome time working with Ava Kasich during the showcases at Southern Gospel Weekend in Oxford, Alabama and I am thrilled to get to do this again at Creekside Gospel Music Convention. This is going to be a great time and just look at some the artists participating: The Hoskins Family, From The Ashes, Exodus, John Lanier, The Riders, Majesty III, Malachi, Ascension Quartet, Clear Vision Quartet, Drummond Family, Webb Quartet and
As is our custom at Creekside, on Monday night is the Lou Hildreth Honors gala. Lou Hildreth joins us to celebrate the life of a guest artist that has done great things in Gospel music. Stay tuned to find out who
this year’s honoree is!
Tuesday night we will present the 2015 Diamond Awards. You won’t want to miss this evening where we honor the best in Gospel music. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Jerry Goff and Little Jan as our hosts for this special evening. The Diamond Award voting continues now on the SGN Scoops website, so drop by to click on the link and vote for your favorites in The Diamond Awards Top Ten. Make sure your voice is heard and vote today! www.sgnscoops.com/2015-diamond-awards.
Every day and night of Creekside will feature great music, inspiring testimonies and a special Red Back Hymnal choir on one evening. If you like to hang out with your favorite artists, the Exhibit Hall will be filled with artist booths and the singers waiting to chat with you.
This year we have VIP Packages, which include lodging, tickets and special events. VIP guests will be invited to a special backstage party as well. Keep watching for more exciting announcements. Don’t miss four days of great Gospel music, fellowship and fun. Please call Rob Patz for more information at 360-920-4057 or
email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: The host hotel is filling up quickly! We anticipate that it will be completely full in just a few days. We have other rooms available close by, but you will want to stay right onsight for the most fun during the week. Email Rob today!
Live Creekside Updates Every Week!
Rob Patz of Coastal Media has been chatting with Vonda Easley of Strictly Southern With Vonda Easley, live on the air every week, bringing updates about Creekside. Be sure to listen to Strictly Southern With Vonda Easley, which can be heard every Friday at 10am CST on www.wpilfm.com.
Creekside Gospel Music Convention would like to hear from you! Tell us what you want to see and hear in November. Creekside also needs your help. If you would like to volunteer through various promotional activities throughout the year, or with onsite tasks during the convention, please email Rob at email@example.com. For more information, latest news and artists scheduled to appear, visit the Creekside page on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/Creeksidegospelmusicconvention .
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Pigeon Forge, TN – Creekside Gospel Music Convention is thrilled to announce the return of The Freemans to their stage in Pigeon Forge. The Freemans appeared last year during the 2014 Diamond Awards, receiving the Video/DVD of the Year and Christian Country Group of the Year! The audience enjoyed the music of The Freemans and Creekside is glad they have decided to return.
“We are excited to again be apart of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge,” says Chris Freeman. “It’s always a pleasure to work with Rob Patz and all of those that work hard to bring together this event. It’s a great way to start the finishing weeks of another year in the ministry.”
“The Freemans are a great bunch of people and a wonderful addition to Creekside,” says Rob Patz, publisher of SGN Scoops, one of the sponsors of the event. “Their music is distinctive and inspiring, and I can’t wait to see if the fans will be honoring them with another Diamond Award this year!”
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The 2015 Diamond Award Nominations are now open on the SGN Scoops website until March 31. Everyone is invited to the website to enter the Nominations area and list their top ten favorite picks for each Diamond Award category. You can vote today from the link below!
We are traveling the Road to the 2015 Diamond Awards during this nomination period, by highlighting the definition of each award category. The Anthony Burger Instrumentalist of the Year Award is given to a full-time artist in Southern, Country or Bluegrass Christian music who plays any music instrument with expertise.
This Award is named after Anthony Burger, an extraordinary piano player who played for many years with the Kingsmen Quartet and with the Gaither Homecoming tour. He passed away in 2006 while onstage at a Gaither Gospel Cruise. Burger won the Singing News Award for Favorite Instrumentalist for several years in a row until the Award itself was named after him. The Diamond Award honors this gentleman for his unique abilities by naming our award after him.
On November 4th, 2014, the Diamond Awards were held at the 2014 Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge. The winner of the 2014 Anthony Burger Instrumentalist of the Year was Gordon Mote, a popular singer/musician who was blind from birth. Mote has play for such artists as Trisha Yearwood, Porter Wagoner, Gaither Vocal Band as well as the long-running Gaither Homecoming Tour. Mote is also a talented vocalist. He has recorded three instrumental projects and six vocal projects. His latest radio release is entitled,”Wounded Hands.”
Who will you decide to nominate this year?
Be sure to vote for your favorite nominees today.
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/
The Diamond Awards are hosted by SGN Scoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group.
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By Dixie Phillips
Little Willie Wynn is commonly known in gospel music as the man with a million friends. After interviewing him on the telephone I can see why. His gentle warmth and down home personality makes you feel like you’ve known him your whole life.
Recording artist, Woody Wright, traveled and sang with Willie for several years. He had these kind words to say, “Willie is my mentor. My dad passed away in 1979. Willie broke the news to me while we were on the road. I consider him my ‘stand-in’ father. He is my absolute best friend. There is not a more influential figure in my life. I owe my career to him. I often tell him, if he had not given me my first road job in the music field, I would have probably gone to college and become a doctor or a lawyer.”
Southern gospel historians consider Willie a legend in gospel music. His story of humble beginnings and then achieving the pinnacle of success so few artists ever experience is the stuff movies are made of. It’s sheer inspiration and should encourage every child who has a dream of singing for the Lord.
Willie was born the seventh child of Cyrus Wynn and Allie Belle Lunsford Wynn in Moultrie, Georgia. He was raised by a single mother on 173-acre farm with his six brothers and one sister. Willie said, “When my father left, my dear mother poured her life into us kids. She loved us and we loved her. All of us helped with chores around the farm.”
Willie learned a tremendous work ethic in the cotton fields of south Georgia with his close-knit family, but he also learned he loved music. “My brothers and I would work in the fields and we always had a dinner break. While we ate I listened to the beautiful music of the Statesmen, Blackwood Brothers, and the LeFevres. Nobody ever taught me parts, but I could hear them all. They came easy to me. It was a gift from God.”
God had His hand on Willie and when he was 14 at Hopewell Baptist Church, he gave his heart to the Lord and was baptized. The young man also knew he was supposed to sing gospel music. “From as far back as I can remember, I felt a call from God to sing for Him. I can’t really explain it. I just knew I was to sing tenor in a gospel male quartet.”
Willie joined a quartet when he was still a teenager and sang with the Happy Four regularly on a local radio station. The group was well received and their fan base kept growing around Georgia. When he got in high school, he sang with the FFA quartet. “I just knew I had to continue pursuing my dream. In my heart I believed I would one day sing with the Statesmen.”
While Willie was honing his musical talent, a man moved to Moultrie from Atlanta. He shared Willie’s dream and wanted to start a gospel quartet of his own. “We tried to round up a few singers, but then the guy moved back to Atlanta. I wasn’t sure how I was going to achieve my goal, but then the same fellow kept calling me and inviting me to move to Atlanta. When the time was right, I moved there and got a job in a bookbindery. After working for about a year Denver Crumpler, the Statesmen’s tenor singer, passed away. They were looking for someone to fill his position. I went to the Briarcliff Hotel in Atlanta to audition. I knew all their songs and had a great time singing for them. There was one more fellow after me to try out—Rosie Rozell. Even though they hired him, I still felt in my heart I would one day sing with the Statesmen.”
Even though Willie didn’t get the tenor position, Jake Hess recognized the young man’s talent. When some of the members of Wally Fowler’s backup quartet for his All Night Singing asked if anyone knew of a good tenor singer, Jake Hess suggested they contact Willie. The group didn’t waste a minute. They drove to Willie’s house around 11:00 p.m. and convinced him to come down to Atlanta’s Municipal Auditorium. “Even though I wasn’t feeling the best, I threw on my coat and went with them. I sang all the songs and was hired on the spot. Eventually the group was named The Oak Ridge Quartet.”
Warner Brothers was the Quartet’s record label. They suggested the group change their name to the Oak Ridge Boys. The guys all agreed. At this time the group consisted of Willie Wynn, tenor singer; Smitty Gatlin, lead singer; Ron Page, baritone singer; Herman Harper, bass singer; and Tommy Fairchild, pianist. They were noted for being on the cutting edge of gospel music with a progressive country sound.
It was during this time the fans fell in love with the skinny Georgia boy with his smooth tenor voice. At every concert the Oaks introduced him, “Make welcome Little Willie Wynn!” The crowd went wild and the nickname stuck. All 116 pounds of “Little Willie Wynn” sang his way into the hearts of his fans with songs like: “Jesus is Coming Soon,” “Mama’s Last Amen,” “King Jesus,” “After All,” “My God Is Real,” “Mama’s Teaching Angels How to Sing,” “The Grass Is Greener on the Other Side,” “After Calvary,” and “Little Is Much.”
The Oaks’ popularity skyrocketed. Invitations came for them to sing on the Porter Wagoner Show, the Johnny Carson Show, the Merv Griffin Show, and they regularly appeared on the Johnny Cash Show. They were invited to make a guest appearance in the movie ‘Sing a Song for Heaven’s Sake’. The Oaks received international invitations and performed two tours in Sweden. During this time they gained even broader audience appeal and recognition. They received several Dove Awards and even a Grammy Award. They were in more demand for television appearances than ever before. Willie and the Oaks were rated as one of the top gospel groups in the business.
Willie sang with the Oaks for 15 years and came off the road in 1973, to pursue a business venture and be closer to home. “I was offered a deal too good to refuse—an airplane business. What I didn’t see on the horizon was the severe fuel crunch. It didn’t go as I had hoped.”
The next year, Hovie Lister called and invited him to sing with the Statesmen. “I knew God had put that dream in my heart. I saw the prayers of that little boy from the cotton fields of Georgia come true that day.”
After recording a few albums and singing with the Statesmen, Willie formed another group—Willie Wynn and the Tennesseans. Group members included Elmer Cole, Dave Maddox, Woody Wright, and Michael Sykes. Willie said, “Even though we had great talent and recorded several records, we were never quite able to get the group off the ground.”
The Georgia farm boy wasn’t afraid of hard work. He decided to start another group—Sweetwater. Once again the roster was jam-packed with some talented singers: Darrell Holt, J.T. Hicks, Gary Clark, and later with Woody Wright and Michael Sykes. “Once again, we were blessed with great songs, arrangements, and talent, but we just couldn’t make it to the level we hoped to.”
Willie married the love of his life on Valentine’s Day 1991. He said, “My wife, Sandi, is a beautiful person and singer. She is the highlight of my life.”
Sandi and Willie received a phone call from Bill Gaither, inviting them to come to Alexandria, Indiana, and be part of a videotaping. Willie stated, “I cannot say enough good about Bill and Gloria. They have done more for the gospel music field than anyone I know. They have resurrected careers that have been dead longer than Hitler.”
Another important phone call came to the Wynn house in 2013. “Woody Wright called and insisted I record a new project—Willie Wynn & Friends. He actually wrote a song “The Oak Ridge Boys and Me,” especially for this project. If that wasn’t enough of a blessing, then the Oaks came to the studio and sang backup on that song with me.”
Not only did the Oaks come out to support Willie, but Bill Gaither and Ben Speer also sang backup. It’s plain to see Willie loves people and they love him back. His new project is proof of just how much folks treasure “the big heart of little Willie Wynn.”
Willie Wynn & Friends also includes 11 new recordings of popular songs from Willie’s days with the Oak Ridge Boys and new versions of great hymns and classics. Ponder Sykes & Wright (who first sang together as members of Willie’s group, The Tennesseans) are featured on several songs, along with other former Tennesseans Elmer Cole and Dave Maddox. Bill Gaither, Ben Speer and Gene McDonald provide support vocals, as well as Willie’s great friends Darrell Holt, J.T. Hicks, and Gary Clark from the group Sweetwater. The musician crew is a ‘who’s who’ of some of Nashville finest players.
Woody Wright is quick to honor the man who helped him get his start in gospel music. “The November 3rd 2014, “Willie Wynn and Friends Bash” will be our fourth annual event. The first was the evening that Willie was inducted as an individual to the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame. So every year since, we have assembled the former members of Willie’s groups (The Tennesseans and Sweetwater) to keep honoring Willie, who made it possible for dozens of wannabe Gospel singers get started. Among those names are myself, Michael Sykes, David Ponder, Elmer Cole, and many other players and singers.”
Fans will love hearing Willie’s signature voice again. His huge heart shines through every song and his music guarantees to inspire his million friends and fans.
Willie also participated in a DVD/CD made in 2012 and 2013 with Scott Kramer and Woody Wright, Good News Music Radio. Willie said, “We are getting incredible number of inquiries about these projects. We are all very excited about them. Fans can purchase them at www.williewynn.com.”
Editor’s note: The November 3rd 2014 “Willie Wynn and Friends Bash” was part of the annual Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. For more information, visit http://www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com/
Written by Dixie Phillips
Published by SGN Scoops digital magazine in October 2014
For current issues of SGN Scoops digital magazine visit http://www.sgnscoops.com/
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