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Creekside presents new Singing on the Square with Joy Holden

Written by Staff on August 19, 2019 – 9:17 am -

Joy Holden at Creekside. Singing on the SquarePigeon Forge, Tennessee (August 19, 2019) — Creekside Gospel Music Convention has offered something new and different each year, but in this eighth year of gospel music presentation, there are many original features. One of the newest, most exciting additions is Singing on the Square.

Creekside presents new Singing on the SquareJoy Holden is the first artist to open this new addition to Creekside. On Mon., Oct. 28, 2019, she will bring the music of Creekside out to the people of Pigeon Forge. Singing on the Square will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., outside of the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Holden will perform with her live band, bringing her original music to the forefront of the Convention Center outdoor stage.

Creekside presents new Singing on the Square

“I’m honored to be a part of Creekside 2019,” says Holden. “I’ve always heard such great things about Creekside in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. It’s not just the music element that gets me excited – it’s the great spirit of joining in authentic ministry with my gospel family and friends, that connect us all like small pieces of thread in Grandma’s hand sewn quilt. God’s handiwork!”

Holden is a gospel singer/songwriter/music producer, from Boiling Springs, South Carolina. Singing Southern/Country/Progressive music, her latest single on the charts is entitled, “Under Water.”
Joy HoldenA seasoned musical veteran in the fields of pop and rock, Holden’s debut Christian album was released in 2017. Since that time she has been presenting her high energy, foot stomping music, blessing audiences across the country.
Holden adds, “I also recognize that we have an opportunity to witness to people on the Square who may not have  intentions of going inside to the Music Convention. So that is super cool.”
Creekside 2019 presented by Coastal Media

Creekside 2019 presented by Coastal Media

“I am so excited that Joy Holden is going to be initiating the singing on the square concert series,” says Rob Patz, head of Creekside Gospel Music Convention. “This is going to be a great new addition to the Creekside experience, and I believe Joy Holden is exactly the kind of artist to debut our outdoor concert and dinner. I invite all of our Creekside and Pigeon Forge friends to join us.”

Along with the beautiful vocals of Holden, an outdoor barbeque dinner will be held at the venue.This meal is free to the first 100 people that arrive.
2019 Christian Country at the CreekCreekside Gospel Music Convention will be held from Oct. 27 – 31, 2019, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Creekside experience includes daily showcases, evening concerts, special speakers, and midnight prayer. Also, Christian Country at the Creek is being held simultaneously, from Oct. 30 – 31.
Rob Patz. Picture courtesy of Penny Walters and Gloryland. Road to Creekside

Rob Patz. Picture courtesy of Penny Walters and Gloryland.

VIP tickets are still available for this event, along with a few rooms remaining in the preferred accommodation. four tickets and accommodations, call Rob Patz at 360-933-0741.

For more information on Creekside and other Coastal Events, please write to: events@sgnscoops.com or click HERE.
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Road to Creekside concert wrap

Written by Staff on August 18, 2019 – 4:42 pm -

Bibletones at Mississippi for all roads lead to Creekside

Bibletones. Picture courtesy of Penny Walters and Gloryland. Road to Creekside

On Saturday, August 17, Laurel, Mississippi, was the site for a concert dubbed, “Road to Creekside.” Featuring artists who are on the roster for Creekside Gospel Music Convention, a lot of great gospel music was thoroughly enjoyed by all who were in attendance.

Rob Patz. Picture courtesy of Penny Walters and Gloryland. Road to Creekside

Rob Patz. Picture courtesy of Penny Walters and Gloryland.

Rob Patz was the emcee for the evening, bringing his own flare to the proceedings. Live and in concert were: the Bibletones, Hope’s Journey, Eagle’s Wings, Gloryland, Charlie Lucas, and Hunter May.

Eagle's Wings. Picture courtesy of Penny Walters and Gloryland. Road to Creekside

Eagle’s Wings. Picture courtesy of Penny Walters and Gloryland.

“The people of Mississippi are awesome,” says Patz. “I had a great time. The music was terrific and the food was fantastic!”

Gloryland and Vonda Armstrong

Gloryland and Vonda Armstrong

Pictures shown were taken the night of the event.

Hunter May. Picture courtesy of Penny Walters and Gloryland. Road to Creekside

Hunter May. Picture courtesy of Penny Walters and Gloryland.

For those wishing to see these artists live, as well as many others, Creekside Gospel Music Convention is slated for Oct. 27 – 31, 2019, at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Gloryland and Rob Patz

Gloryland and Rob Patz

Held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, events each day include showcases, seminars, chapel, nightly special features, midnight prayer, and more.

Hope's Journey. Picture courtesy of Penny Walters and Gloryland. Road to Creekside

Hope’s Journey. Picture courtesy of Penny Walters and Gloryland.

New events this year include Christian Country at the Creek, Creekside Bluegrass, and Singing on the Square.

Charlie Lucas. Picture courtesy of Penny Walters and Gloryland. Road to Creekside

Charlie Lucas. Picture courtesy of Penny Walters and Gloryland.

For VIP Tickets and accommodations, contact Rob Patz at 360-933-0741.

Gloryland. Picture courtesy of Penny Walters and Gloryland. Road to Creekside

Gloryland. Picture courtesy of Penny Walters and Gloryland.

For more information please visit the Creekside Facebook page HERE or contact events@sgnscoops.com.

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Finale. Picture courtesy of Vonda Armstrong. Road to Creekside

Finale. Picture courtesy of Vonda Armstrong.

Eagle's Wings. Picture courtesy of Vonda Armstrong. Road to Creekside

Eagle’s Wings. Picture courtesy of Vonda Armstrong.

 


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Christian Country at the Creek artists speak out about family and faith

Written by Staff on July 22, 2019 – 12:59 pm -

2019 Christian Country at the CreekIt’s almost time to come down to Christian Country at the Creek. Four months from now, the newest event in Christian Country music will debut at Mill Creek in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on Oct. 30 and 31, 2019. Concerts will run daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

2019 Christian Country at the Creek“We are excited to begin this new event running alongside Creekside,” says Patz. “Come hear more than 30 Christian Country artists during two music-packed days of concerts. This is one of the greatest musical styles today. Don’t miss it!”

Patz says he is excited to have Pardoned, Jessica Horton, Sara Lewis, and Bonita Eileen, among those slated to perform during Christian Country at the Creek.

“These artists have many different musical influences, but they all come full circle, back to what these events are all about: Family,” Patz states.

Jessica Horton will be appearing at Christian Country at the Creek

Jessica Horton

Jessica Horton shares, “I owe almost every part of my musicianship to my grandpa. I called him ‘Pop.’ We were two peas in a pod. I was his shadow and sometimes he’d pretend he was mine. We spent nearly every weekend of my childhood at the Sparta Opry, then later Blackhawk and Longview Opry. I remember traveling with him to Bruce for country music singings. We even went as far north as Illinois, singing at old school houses or for festivals. Every weekend there was some music adventure for us. Pop sang and played for every child in his life for his whole life, and I think that’s how we all remember him. So as soon as I could make a sound, he had me learning the old songs, and as soon as I could wrap my fingers around a fret, he had me strumming chords. I couldn’t reach all the strings for the G chord, so you’ll still catch me playing it how he modified it for me! It’s hard to break old habits.”

“I’ve certainly had other influences, of course,” Horton continues. “My dad always played guitar beautifully, and a lot of folks on my mom’s side of the family know how to pick and grin. I joined the band in school and learned to play the French Horn. My band teacher Mr. Hawkins taught me all the fundamentals of music theory and reading notes. This proved to be the perfect foundation for my college musical education experience. At the university I studied classical voice, and I was able to learn how to understand and control my breath and voice. I took some theatre classes that taught me about diction. Music and theatre together taught me so much about making intentional choices when I tell a story through song.”

Horton is inspired about her journey ahead as she reflects on God’s direction in the past. “I truly believe God orders every step we take, even when we think we are taking them ourselves. I get excited when I look at all these people and how God loved us so much that he put us together to help us along our journey. I would not be who I am without them, and I certainly wouldn’t be half the artist.”

“I’m very excited to meet some new influences at Christian Country at the Creek. It’s an honor to be a part of something so amazing. I can’t wait,” exclaims Horton.

Pardoned will be appearing at Christian Country at the CreekChristian Country at the Creek is thrilled to welcome new artist, Pardoned, whose members are Donnie Marr, Rusty Rowan, and Parker Rains.

Donnie Marr sings tenor for Pardoned and is responsible for the vocal arrangements of the group’s songs and the sound production of each show. He was influeneced by his “Paw-Paw Marr” who played guitar and piano and sang bass. It was Donnie’s “Paw-Paw Marr” who helped birth Donnie’s love for music.

A gentleman named Mike Spears taught Donnie Marr to “hear the harmonies” in the music. Spears was an electrical engineer and passed his knowledge and understanding of sound systems down to Marr.

“Rusty Rowan is a musical hero to me. He is one of the greatest musical influences in my life,” Marr says. “Rusty’s talents are second to no one and even Rusty himself doesn’t recognize how good he is. He really is one of the most talented people I have ever known.”

Rowan and Marr are co-owners of Pardoned and also own stock together in a retail automotive dealership.

Marr’s spiritual influences were his Maw-Maw Reid and Jimmie Rowan (Rusty’s father).  Marr says his Maw-Maw Reid taught him how to pray and was his spiritual rock. Jimmie Rowan helped Donnie understand what real ministry is.

“He taught me that ministry has to go beyond the walls of the church to really be effective, and that it has to come from the heart,” Marr says  He can still hear Jimmie Rowan tell him, “No matter who they are or what they have done, its our duty to show them the love of Christ.”

Pardoned will be appearing at Christian Country at the CreekRusty Rowan sings lead for Pardoned and writes most of the group’s songs. His biggest influence were his parents.

“When I was a kid, my mom and I would listen to country radio every night until my bedtime,” says Rowan. “I couldn’t have been more than five or six years old at the time. I remember my excitement when she would let me call the show and request a song. It was always ‘Coca-Cola Cowboy,’ by Mel Tillis. My dad took me to see Mel Tillis when I was six and we went to a concert every year after that. My favorite concert memory is of Marty Robbins. I was only eight years old.”

Rowan says his parents always encouraged him to follow his dream of playing music. He laughs and says, “There’s no telling how much money they spent on lessons and traveling, trying to help me achieve my goals musically.”

As for the daily business of operating a musical group, Rowan credits Lynn Fox and Jackie Wilburn as his biggest influences.

“Those two men were professional in every sense of the word,” says Rowan. “They operated in different areas of music and ministry but their morals and ethics were perfectly in line with each other, in my eyes they were the best.”

Rowan cannot say enough about either of these men or their families. “They taught me how to talk to people, how to work with churches and talent buyers, and how to enjoy life on the road. They were great men.”

Rowan says he still turns to Lynn Fox for advice and encouragement today. “Jackie Wilburn passed away a few years back, but I think about him everytime i drink a Coca-Cola; he loved them.”

Parker Rains sings baritone for Pardoned. He is the youngest member of the group and takes care of merchandise and lighting. Rains says his mom and dad raised him on Southern Gospel music. “My parents had a Southern Gospel group and I became amazed by anything that was related to drums and percussion.”

Rains says he was playing drums for his church choir when he first had the opportunity to sing: “I realized that music could give me a break from everyday life and allows me to express myself while sharing the message of the gospel.”

Pardoned’s baritone is drawn to the harmonies of music. “I love the way Diamond Rio, Lonestar, and the Gatlins structure the harmonies of a song; and nobody can deliver like Vince Gill.”

Rains hopes to help bring more attention to the fact that young people can enjoy Christian music. “The stuff we do right now is really cool. If we can get more folks in my generation to give it a chance, I have no doubt that they will love it as much as I do.”

Bonita Eileen will be appearing at Christian Country at the Creek

Bonita Eileen

Another talented Christian Country artist that will be appearing at the Creek is Bonita Eileen. “My love for Christian music has been a passion to me since I was age five,” says Eileen. “Music strengthens the faith of believers and helps lead the lost of all ages to Christ. Music is an outlet of praise, joy, and refreshing that brings glory to our Father, changing lives one at a time.”

Bonita Eileen talks about her musical influences. “Being raised in a musically inclined, close-knit family, I would have to say my parents have been the biggest influence in my life through song. My mom played the piano and daddy led the singing. I watched their love for the Lord and their walk grow tremendously through Christian music.”

“My daughter Ashley will always be my hero and example of what love for gospel music truly is,” Eileen shares. “As she now sings with the angels in Heaven and I have the hope of singing with her again some sweet day.” A talented singer in her own right, Ashley died in 2003 at the age of 14, from a brain tumor.

Sara Hambrick Lewis is an artist who also allows the experience of grief to touch her audience in a special way. Her husband passed away two years ago. She says, “I began singing with my dad in church at a young age, then my mother and I started singing together in church when I was 12. My biggest influence and encourager had to be my late husband, Roy Hambrick, and a very special cousin, who I love like a dad, Rodney Eakins. He writes some of the songs I sing. He encourages me and supports me so very much. He will never know what that means to me and how much I enjoy getting to sing with him each week.”

Sara Lewis will be appearing at Christian Country at the Creek

Sara Hambrick Lewis

Lewis continues, “My biggest influences in gospel music are also Bill and Gloria Gaither, along with many of the Homecoming Friends. I was watching a Gaither video at the age of 12 and said then and there, this is what I want to do. Today I’m even more excited about what God has in store for me in gospel music”

“Sheri Easter has to be my biggest female influence,” Lewis continues. “I love that lady. I love her style and her voice, but most of all, her sweet spirit and her love for God and people.” Other musical influences for Sara include the Primitive Quartet, Heirline, and Heaven’s Mountain Band.

2019 Christian Country at the CreekThese artists and many more will be appearing Oct. 30 and 31. The inaugural Christian Country at the Creek is the exciting sister event to Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019 and will be presented at the Mill Creek Conference Center, which is located at 3785 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. One Christian Country artist will be chosen from each day’s concerts to perform that evening during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention.

The Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Oct. 27 – 31, 2019, offers Bluegrass, Country, and Southern gospel afternoon music showcases, evening concerts, and the 2019 Diamond Award presentations.

For more information on the Christian Country at the Creek, Creekside Gospel Music Convention, or the 2019 Diamond Awards ceremony, as well as accommodations and VIP tickets, contact Rob Patz at 360-933-0741.

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Coastal Media Events Update

Written by Staff on July 13, 2019 – 4:12 pm -

 

Creekside 2019 presented by Coastal Media

Creekside 2019 presented by Coastal MediaCoastal Media and Rob Patz are preparing to bring the Creekside experience to music fans everywhere, with a goal of 12 gospel music conventions in 12 states over two years.

 

“We are in the planning stages already for several events,” Patz explains, “and my team is working hard to bring high quality events to these states.”  

 

Rob Patz of Coastal Media

Rob Patz of Coastal Media

Here are a few of the upcoming 2020 events that are in the works: 

 

Coastal Media will begin the year at the Southern Gospel Weekend, March 2020, in Oxford, Alabama (call 360-933-0741 or 256-310-7892 for information.) 

 

Next on the calendar will be Mississippi, at the Gospel Music Expo in Tupelo, on April 23 – 25, 2020. Some of the artists appearing include John Penney, New Ground, Southern Image, M.C. Dr. Buck Morton, and Masters Quartet, Day 3, Jessica Horton, and others.

 

GMW by Coastal MediaGospel Music Weekend—Michigan is coming to Ann Arbor June 4 – 6, 2020. GMW Michigan will feature some fantastic artists from the Great Lakes Region, such as Gloryway, Justified Quartet, Cami Shrock, as well as some of the Creekside family of artists including the Dodrill Family, Livin Forgivin, Matchless Grace and Kristen Stanton.

 

Other states in these initial event plans include: Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

 

Patz believes that the strength of gospel music is lies at the grassroots level— the local church, the communities, the regional ministries who are on the frontlines everyday. “We need to strengthen the frontlines. I believe that if we want to grow as an industry, we need to grow the support at the regional level first,” Patz explains.  

 

Artists in the states mentioned, or those in the area who would like to become a part of the concerts, please contact Rob Patz at 360-920-4057. 

 

Other upcoming events are highlighted below:

 

McKay Project and Coastal Media present Vernon Alabama Gospel Music Weekend

McKay Project and Coastal Media present Vernon Alabama Gospel Music Weekend

Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend 2019

Coastal Media works with McKay Project and Vonda Armstrong to present Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend on Sept. 6 – 7, 2019, in the City Auditorium of Vernon. Artists include Amy Richardson, Gloryland, the Bibletones, Jessica Horton, Day Three, Hope’s Journey, and more. For more information, please call 662-889-2829, 256-310-7892, or 360-920-4057.

 

Creekside 2019 presented by Coastal MediaCreekside Gospel Music Convention 2019

Creekside Gospel Music Convention returns to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in five months. Hundreds of people travel every year to the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, for the entire five nights and four days of music, laughter and family, Oct. 27 – 31, 2019. The Creekside Gospel Music Convention offers Bluegrass, Country and Southern gospel afternoon music showcases, evening concerts, and midnight prayer. Some of the great artists already announced for this year are the Hyssongs, Down East Boys, 11th Hour, Gerald Crabb, Eagle’s Wings, Bibletones, Sue Dodge, the Browders, Josh and Ashley Franks, Hope’s Journey, and so many more.

The last Sunday of October sees the start of Creekside as the Kickoff Concert in the evening presents the Chordsmen and the Pine Ridge Boys. The Pine Ridge Boys are joining with Classic Records and Ken and Jean Grady of Gospel Music Today to record Creekside Live! Join them for all the fun on Oct. 27 at 6:00 p.m. at the Mill Creek Conference Center, 2674 Florence Dr. Pigeon Forge, Tenn. 

The Pine Ridge Boys are bringing a bus tour to Creekside through Annabelle’s Adventures. Larry Stewart’s wife, Anne, of Annabelle’s Adventures, is hosting the trip from Oct. 27 – 30; to include the live concert taping, the 2019 Diamond Awards, VIP Seating at Creekside concerts, hotel accommodation and more. For more information, please email anne@pineridgeboys.com or phone 864-473-8535.

On Monday, Oct. 29, the load-in begins for the groups, as well as the first daily showcase. The evening concert hosts the Life Achievement award for one special music industry leader.

Diamond Awards presented by Coastal MediaTuesday night is the prestigious 2019 Diamond Award presentations. Special presenters and performances will accompany the awards, all recorded by WATC TV, for future programming. Be sure to vote today on the top five nominees at SGNScoops.com.

Concerts occur day and night during Creekside, as well as special preaching, continuing through Thursday night.

 

Creekside Bluegrass at Pigeon Forge

Creekside Bluegrass at Pigeon Forge

Creekside Bluegrass

Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. is pleased to welcome special host Les Butler in the presentation of Creekside Bluegrass, Oct. 28 – 31, 2019. The Smoky Mountain Convention Center will set the stage for the instrumental excellence and mountain harmonies of the King James Boys, Chigger Hill Boys and Terri, Golden Valley Crusaders, Bama Blu-Grace, Williamson Branch, Stevens Family Tradition, Family Sowell, and Walking By Faith.

 

The Creekside Bluegrass showcase, Bluegrass Gospel Extravaganza, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Les Butler will also be hosting a nightly Bluegrass Gospel Showcase on the main stage, featuring some of the excellent Bluegrass groups performing at the Extravaganza on Wednesday.

 

Fans who are excited about the Bluegrass showcases, should call 360-933-0741 and mention “Bluegrass Gospel” for special accommodation discounts.

 

2019 Christian Country at the CreekChristian Country at the Creek

The inaugural Christian Country at the Creek, will be held on October 30 and 31, 2019, at the Mill Creek Conference Center, 2674 Florence Dr., in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

 

Some of the artists appearing at this event include Sara Lewis, Jessica Horton, Bonita Eileen, Appointed2, Pardoned, Phoebe White, and more.

 

“We are excited to begin this new event running alongside Creekside,” says Patz. “Come hear more than 30 Christian Country artists during two music-packed days of concerts. This is one of the greatest musical styles today. Don’t miss it!”

 

For more information on the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, the 2019 Diamond Awards ceremony, the Kick-Off Concert, Christian Country at the Creek, as well as accommodations and VIP tickets, contact Rob Patz at 360-933-0741. Make your plans today to attend Creekside Gospel Music Convention, taking place Oct. 27 – Oct. 31, 2019, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. For more information or to book your hotel, contact rob@sgnscoops.com or call 360- 933-0741‬.

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Creekside announces end of voting period for Diamond Awards

Written by Staff on September 14, 2018 – 3:42 am -

Diamond Awards

Diamond Awards

Have you voted for your favorite nominee in the 2018 Diamond Awards? If not, click HERE and do so today! September 15 is the final day to vote so you need to visit the site today. Make sure your voice is heard!

The 2018 Diamond Awards are open to all fans, artists and industry personnel. Anyone may vote, but they must do so by September 15 for their ballot to be tabulated for the 2018 Awards presentation. Vote TODAY.

with 2017 Diamond Award

Kelly Nelon Clark with 2017 Diamond Award

The 2018 Diamond Awards will be held on Tuesday, October 30, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., during the 7th Annual Creekside Gospel Music Convention. Creekside runs from Oct. 28 – November 1. Tickets are FREE but must be reserved. For more information, click HERE or HERE for the Facebook site.

Gospel music artists appearing at Creekside Gospel Music Convention include the Williamsons, the Jordan Family Band, the Pine Ridge Boys, Mark209, Sunday Drive, the Hyssongs, Eagle’s Wings, the Chandlers and many more.

Special events include “Dr. Goff Honors Arthur Rice” on Monday, the 2018 Diamond Awards on Tuesday, the Browders on Wednesday and the Dunaways on Thursday evening. C.T. Townsend will be the special preacher for the event.

This year we are offering a commemorative T-shirt, available in sizes small to 5x, and for a limited time only we are offering this at a special discounted price of just $15. If you are a VIP pass holder you can preorder your T-shirt for just $10. To order your commemorative T-shirt or to get your VIP pass, email Rob Patz at rob@sgnscoops.com

For more information on Creekside 2018, including the Diamond Awards and free ticket reservations, visit www.sgnscoops.com or www.facebook.com/Creeksidegospelmusicconvention. For a $25 VIP pass, tickets and accommodations, contact Rob Patz by calling 360-933-0741.

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2018 Diamond Awards to be filmed by WATC TV Atlanta

Written by Staff on August 14, 2018 – 8:04 am -

Diamond Awards

Diamond Awards

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (August 10, 2018) — Rob Patz, owner and host of Creekside Gospel Music Convention, is happy to announce that Pat Mathis and her team at WATC TV in Atlanta, Georgia will be recording the 2018 Diamond Awards on October 30, 2018, at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Diamond Awards to be filmed by WATC “We at WATC TV in Atlanta, Georgia are excited to once again partner with WGGS TV in Greenville, South Carolina to cover the Diamond Awards,” said Patricia Mathis, Vice President of WATC. “It has been an annual event that our viewers at WATC enjoy, not only for the great gospel music performances, but also to be able to congratulate those who are awarded a Diamond Award.”

The 2018 Diamond Awards are held as a part of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff will be the hosts for the gala occasion, highlighted by great live performances and surprise guests.

WATC will be filming the Diamond Awards

Pat Mathis accepts GABBY award for WATC in 2017

“The Diamond Awards are always special,” said Rob Patz. “We are thrilled to welcome back Pat, WATC, and WGGS, as they shoot the footage that will be seen by so many of their viewers that are not able to attend this unique event. Just the presence of the TV crew adds its own air of excitement to the evening, on top of the anticipation of the Awards themselves. It’s going to be a terrific night and I urge everyone who can attend to be there!” Tickets for every night at Creekside are free but must be reserved.

Last year, Robert York of SGNScoops Magazine, wrote a feature on WATC which said, “WATC-TV has become known to its viewers as being the home for Atlanta Live, the station’s nightly live program. The station is available to more than 2.5 million viewers in the Atlanta market. It is available throughout Georgia on various cable networks, as well as 24 hours a day on the internet. Some of the other programs produced on WATC-TV include Babbie’s House, Enjoying Life, Friends and Neighbors, Josh and Ashley, Just Keep Singing, Seniors Today and Gospel Music USA. For a few years, they have taped the SGNScoops Diamond Awards and the SGNScoops Life Achievement Award as well as some of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention for a special program for their audience. The station has received numerous awards, including an Angel Award and a Telly Award, and was honored with its first Emmy Award in 2010. In 2017, the station received the Georgia Association of Broadcasters’ Gabby Awards for Community Service, which recognizes the work of radio and television stations from all stations throughout the state of Georgia.” (abridged)

C.T. Townsend To Speak At Creekside 2018, prior to the Diamond Awards

C.T. Townsend To Speak At Creekside 2018

Prior to the Diamond Awards, pastor C.T. Townsend will address the Creekside audience. Gospel music artists appearing at Creekside Gospel Music Convention include the Jordan Family Band, the Williamsons, the Pine Ridge Boys, Mark209, Sunday Drive, the Hyssongs, Eagle’s Wings, the Chandlers, the Dunaways, and many more. Special events include “Dr. Goff Honors Arthur Rice” on Monday, the 2018 Diamond Awards on Tuesday and many surprise appearances of more beloved artists on Wednesday and Thursday evening.

Creekside 2018

Creekside 2018

For more information on Creekside 2018, including the Diamond Awards and ticket reservations, visit www.sgnscoops.com or www.facebook.com/Creeksidegospelmusicconvention. For a $25 VIP pass, tickets and accommodations, contact Rob Patz by calling 360-933-0741.

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Turning Back Time to Creekside 2017

Written by Staff on August 12, 2018 – 4:37 pm -

The Nelons at Creekside With Diamond Award

The Nelons at Creekside 2017

Creekside is always a great time and last year was no different. From the Sunday night concert to Dr. Goff Honors Eric Bennett; from the 2017 Diamond Awards to David Ring, to the Nelons, the Browders and Soul’d Out, Creekside Gospel Music Association far exceeded all expectations in 2017. To see the program from last year, click here: Creekside_Program_2017

The Nelons at Creekside 2017

The Nelons at Creekside 2017

If you want to be a part of an exciting, surprise-filled week of music, fellowship and encouraging messages, you need to make plans today to travel to the Smoky Mountain Convention Center at Pigeon Forge, Tenn., from Oct. 28 – Nov.1, 2018.

Creekside 2018

Creekside 2018

Creekside Gospel Music Convention began in 2012 and has enjoyed increasing prominence in the world of Christian music. Celebrating Gospel, Bluegrass and Christian Country music, the event provides free tickets to the evening concerts, including the kick-off Sunday night, Dr. Jerry Goff Honors Arthur Rice on Monday night, the Diamond Awards on Tues. 30th and other special guests for Wed. and Thurs., to be announced. For more information, including lodging at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center and Ramada hotel, please call Rob Patz at 360-933-0741 or visit the Creekside website or Facebook page here.

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Creekside 2018 VIP

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 6, 2018 – 3:23 pm -

Creekside 2018 VIP

Creekside 2018 VIP

Hey Creekside 2018 Southern Gospel fans! I want to invite you to this year’s Creekside Gospel Music Convention. It will be our sixth convention. Can you believe Coastal Media has now been producing and putting on Creekside for SIX years? Find out more on our Facebook page.

This is going to be a special year with exciting things going on all four days and we want to encourage you to purchase your $25 VIP ticket. That’s right. $25 for ALL four days. That works out to a little over six dollars a day. There is nowhere else that you can get such a great value and see so many fantastic Southern Gospel groups. And VIP means preferred seating, special gifts and entrance to backstage events.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention will be held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The Convention runs from October 28 through November 1, 2018, and includes the Diamond Awards on Tuesday night. Click on our website for more information.

If you are interested in purchasing your $25 VIP ticket call Rob Patz at 360 933 0741 or you can buy online at the link below, For hotel reservations please contact 360 933 0741.






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Rob Patz: Get started again in Spring

Written by Staff on April 25, 2018 – 8:42 am -

 

Publisher's Point by Rob Patz

Publisher’s Point by Rob Patz

Publisher’s Point by Rob Patz for April 2018

Welcome to the April edition of the Publisher’s Point. I know I’ve said this before, but I’m going to say it again … I love spring. I love this time of year because it is a sign of new beginnings. If you look around, the flowers are blooming. The sun is out longer throughout the day. It just feels new.

 

If you look back at the first few months of the year, I challenged you to begin this year as a “new you” and a “new year.” How have you been doing? I wish I could say that I have taken all of the things that I wanted to implement into my new year and that I have successfully done that. Unfortunately, that is not the case. I have done some things, just not everything. However, I also feel that, besides the first of the year, spring is like a time of resetting things in your life.

I was thinking about new things lately, and I was challenged by the fact that, sometimes, when we start something new, we are the only one that can see it. Maybe God has given us a vision for something that, down the road, others will catch a hold of but haven’t yet.

 

I think of Noah. He didn’t just start building the ark one day before it started to rain. In fact, he was ridiculed for his actions, but he knew what God had in store.

 

There are times in life where we have to truly seek God and know that He has, and will, do a good work in us. The Bible reads in Philippians 1:6 (NIV), “Being confident of this, He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”


I have to be honest with you. Lately, I have a new project that I desperately want to do, but at the same time, I have been very reticent to do it out of fear that those around me would think it was dumb or not worth doing. I know I should just take the leap of faith and do it because I truly believe God has put it in my heart. At the same time, I’m not totally sure that I can pull it off, though I know the Word says we can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us.

 

Creekside 2017 newspaper

Creekside 2017 newspaper

I guess I look at it kind of the way I look at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. When I started it, a lot of folks thought I was completely crazy. They said that there wasn’t room for another event in our industry of the type I was suggesting. But God has allowed it to grow, expand and change.

 

I find it interesting that God planted a seed of what I was going to do. Over time, that vision has changed or evolved. The truth of the matter is, a little over seven years ago when He wanted me to get started, He didn’t give me all of the pieces. He gave me the vision, but He wanted me to put feet to that vision.


When I was a freshman in high school, my dad gave me a book by Robert Schuller. One of the quotes in the book that has stuck with me ever since is this, “Starting means you’re halfway to the finish.” What he means is, by putting the effort together to start a project, you are at the point where you are already close to completion.


So what vision is God giving you? What project has He laid before you, that you’re worried that others might find ridiculous, funny, or strange? Let me challenge you … it’s spring 2018. Grab your vision and move forward.


That is the Publisher’s Point.

By Rob Patz

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BIG NIGHT FOR BUTLER MUSIC GROUP ARTISTS AT 2017 DIAMOND AWARDS

Written by Staff on November 2, 2017 – 1:52 pm -

Butler Music Group's Winning Artists: Williamons, Old Time Preachers Quartet, Heaven's Mountain Band, Sacred Harmony and Matt Felts.

Butler Music Group’s Winning Artists: Williamons, Old Time Preachers Quartet, Heaven’s Mountain Band, Sacred Harmony and Matt Felts.

Nashville, TN (November 1, 2017) Butler Music Group works with many of the top artists in Southern Gospel Music and the 2017 Diamond Awards honored many BMG artists last night. BMG entered the night with seven artists nominated in eleven categories and walked away winning six.

The Williamsons have built a reputation as the best mixed-quartet in Southern Gospel Music and last night they were awarded as Mixed Group of the Year. Sadie Williamson was also a special part of the night as she was the official “trophy girl.”

Heaven’s Mountain Band showed why they are mentioned along artists such as the Primitives and Issacs. They brought home multiple awards, Album of the Year, “This Old House of Mine,” and Song of the Year, “I’ll Ride This Ship to the Shore.” They were also nominated for Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year.

Sacred Harmony has been quickly catching the eyes

Matt Felts, Diamond Award winner

Matt Felts, Diamond Award winner

and ears of the Southern Gospel industry for their unique sound that blends traditional Gospel with more contemporary styles. They were honored with the Favorite New Trio award and was also a finalist in the Video of the Year category.

In only two years, the Old Time Preachers Quartet have established themselves as the hottest new group in Gospel Music. The quartet won Favorite New Quartet. They were also nominated for Album of the Year.

While not a new name to Southern Gospel fans, Matt Felts is charting new territories as a soloist. In his first year as a soloist, Matt was nominated for Favorite Male Vocalist and won the Sunrise Artist award. Butler Music Group was blessed to have the Coffmans and Jason Davidson also nominated in the Sunrise Artist Category.

“Wow, what a night! We are incredibly blessed and honored to work with the best of the best and the Southern Gospel fan spoke through the Diamond Awards. We want to thank Rob Patz and SGN Scoops for an incredible event,” stated Les Butler, Butler Music Group. For more pictures and a list of winners from BMG’s big night, go to the Butler Music Group Facebook page.

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