It’s time to get excited about the 2016 Diamond Awards! Nominations are happening now at SGNScoops.com. Make sure your voice is heard and your favorites are recognized by fans, peers and industry personnel alike. Nominate the artist that you would like to see onstage at Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2016, receiving the coveted Diamond Award. Vote today! HERE
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The 2016 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 3 favorite picks for each Diamond Award category. Vote HERE.
The Diamond Awards are completely voter-driven, starting with nominations, from which the Top Ten lists are posted, allowing voters to select their three favorites in each category.
That will bring us to the Top Five lists, allowing voters to select their three choices to bring us one winner of the 2016 Diamond Award in each category.
Artists and industry personnel are also invited to vote and to encourage their friends and fans to vote as well!
Vote today HERE
Make plans now to join us for the 2016 Diamond Awards during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from October 31st through November 3rd, 2015. For more information visit www.
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With so many bad things being posted daily, we wanted to share some good news about what God just did for artist, Jeff Branham.
Jeff posted this morning on Facebook: Hey all, may I say that I am just having lots of tears of joy flowing down my face, I just recieved information that someone paid for my booth to attend Creekside in Pigeon Forge this year. I am so overjoyed and thankful. Today I also got the job I’ve been trying to get for 10 years. Who ever you are that did this, may our Lord Jesus, surround you with his mighty arms of love . I am so blessed today that I just can’t contain these blessings. Lifting up my hands in praise. Thank you so much.
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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (November 20, 2015) – Rob Patz and all of the Coastal Media team are pleased to announce the addition of Salina Clay as head of Lodging and Tours. Salina will be looking after all hotel registrations for the 2016 Creekside Gospel Music Convention. Due to increased interest in Creekside, more staff is needed so that the Convention experience remains comfortable and accommodating for guests.
“I’m really excited to bring Salina on board as part of our staff,” says Patz. “She has an outstanding ability to communicate and organize, and we know she will bring those assets to our Lodging and Tour division for Creekside and our other events.” Coastal Media and SGN Scoops also present the Christian Country Expo, Southern Gospel Weekend and the Diamond Awards.
Creekside 2016 will be held at Pigeon Forge, TN, from October 31st through November 3rd, 2016. Fans are invited to contact Salina Clay for their Convention accommodations as soon as possible to obtain their desired rooms. This would also make a great Christmas gift for Christian music aficionados.
For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention, visit the website www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com and the Facebook page www.facebook.com/Creeksidegospelmusicconvention . To contact Salina Clay for hotel reservations, email Salina at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 256 239 7716.
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Nashville, TN (November 4, 2015) Pigeon Forge, Tennessee was alive with the sounds of Gospel Music as artists and fans alike converged on the Smoky Mountain getaway for the annual Diamond Award show. Harmony Road and Butler Music Group (BMG) was represented in numerous categories for their work in television, radio and video production.
Harmony Road received its first award of the night as Les Butler was given the Paul Heil award for his work as host of the show. The honors continued with Harmony Road TV taking home the award for Favorite Website. Butler states, “I was excited to receive the award on behalf of webmaster Danny Jones and ownership partners, Roger Spears and Allan Rhodes.” Harmony Road TV is the nationally syndicated hit Southern Gospel Show hosted by Les Butler. BMG Management artist Tammy Jones Robinette was also nominated in the Favorite Christian Country Artist award category.
The evening was filled with performances and appearances by some of Gospel Music’s top names including Family Music Group artist the Williamsons, Roger Talley, Tammy Jones Robinette, 11Th Hour, and Jerry Goff & Little Jan. The Williamsons thrilled the packed house as they opened the night with their #1 song, “Shout.” Family Music Group radio artist Back Home was present and nominated in the category Favorite Christian Country Group of the Year.
The Diamond Awards are presented by SGN Scoops Magazine.
About Butler Music Group
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Butler Music Group provides professional management and consulting services to Southern Gospel and Bluegrass artists including Eighth Day, Heaven’s Mountain Band, Kramer’s, Tammy Jones Robinette and Williamson’s.
BMG subsidiary, Family Music Group, is the label and radio promotion division of BMG. Label or Radio Promotion artists include the Williamsons, Canton Junction, Hagees, Matt Hagee, Jimmy Fortune, Oak Ridge Boys, Dunaways, and many others.
Les Butler has been actively involved in Southern Gospel Music for over 37 years as a musician, producer, manager, former publisher of the Singing News, and as a nationally syndicated radio host. Butler started Butler Music Group in 1978, and purchased Family Music Group in 2003. He is a past March of Dimes AIR award, as well as winner of the Paul Heil Broadcasting Award in 2011. Butler’s syndicated radio show, Les Butler and Friends, is heard across America and abroad. Butler’s playing and production credits include Palmetto State Quartet, Steeles, Dunaways, Crabb Family, Easter Brothers, Marksmen Quartet, Earl Scruggs, Bowling Family, Jimmy Fortune, Marty Raybon, and many more. Butler’s publishing companies are Hurry-Up Publishing/BMI and Hush Jean/ASCAP. He continues to host Harmony Road TV, a nationally televised Southern Gospel TV show, and he has recently started hosting a daily Southern and Bluegrass Gospel video blog at southerngospel365.com.
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Pigeon Forge TN (November 3, 2015) – The 2015 k hosted a very special evening on Monday, November 2nd. Lou Wills Hildreth and all of Creekside honored Dr. Jerry Goff and the Singing Goffs during the Monday evening segment of the four-day event at Pigeon Forge TN, happening now November 5th, 2015.
Jerry and the Singing Goffs were well known for their great singing, performance of songs that still are being sung today, and the communication excellence of Dr. Jerry Goff. One of best-known lineups was Jerry Goff, Tank Tackett and Bill Dykes. Other members included Barry Hess, Gary Buckles, Art Ross, Wally Goff, Bobby Howard, Gary Valentine, Dave Thomas, David Harvell, Dave Rowland, David Hoskins and Gene Jones, among others.They had several hits including “I’ll See You In The Rapture,” “Please Search The Book Again” and “I Am Blessed.” The most memorable part of their concerts was when Dr. Goff brought out his trumpet and thrilled the audience with his playing.
“Wow!” said Dr. Jerry Goff. “I was truly excited to learn about a night to honor The Singing Goffs at the Creekside Gospel Convention, but it’s also humbling to receive such honor from your peers. They are the ones who know you best.”
Lou Hildreth, part of the legendary Wills Family, remarked, “It gives me great pleasure to honor my longtime friends, Jerry and the Singing Goffs. Dr. Jerry Goff is known and respected by the Gospel music industry and fans as a great singer, an MC who set the banner high, a preacher of the gospel, a television legend and pioneer, a trumpet player who left us overwhelmed with the beauty of the moment, a songwriter who expressed our deepest concerns, and a Godly man who consistently presented top talent as Jerry and The Goffs.”
Rob Patz, Publisher of SGN Scoops noted, “We are so happy to welcome Dr. Jerry Goff to Creekside. He and his group made inroads in Gospel music and a night to honor them is long overdue. We are thrilled that so many of his friends, fans and family were able to travel to Pigeon Forge for this event.”
Creekside Gospel Music Convention began November 2nd at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Daily showcases, jam sessions, nightly concerts and Midnight Prayer are all scheduled from now until Thursday night. The 2015 Diamond Awards are held on Tuesday, November 3rd. For more information on tickets call Rob Patz at 360.933.0741.
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For anyone who has been to a gospel concert or involved in the church, there are two things that are taught.
1. Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”
2. The preacher’s kids are trouble too! Just ask the kids who are in trouble.
Although the preacher’s kids are often the banter of jokes and fun, Ivory Luke was instilled with those Christian values and morals. Today that up-bringing still shines as an example of doing the right thing.
The first memories of Gospel music really came at the young age of five. Reverend Wesley Luke pastored and held revival meetings throughout the southeast. Many times the family provided the special music. Ivory states, “Even back then I knew I loved Gospel music and singing!” Yes, Ivory was brought up right.
The first real opportunity to sing organized Gospel music came when Ivory was nineteen. He began singing tenor for The Shepherds Quartet of Columbia, SC. Ivory reflects, “The Shepherds sang mostly in the South Carolina region. We rode an old Flex bus with no heat or air conditioning. One of the coldest nights of my life was on the bus in Charleston, SC. And to boot our lead singer could not sing harmony. So it was take the lead on a verse and jump to the harmony on the chorus. You know our bass singer then was Thomas Brazell. He is still singing today!”
In his twenties, Ivory married and began a family, having one daughter. As a matter of record he met Gwen Smith with the group he joined in 1975, The Saints. Gwen was a winner of the Stamps/ Blackwood School of Music. They sang Gospel music, married and had one daughter, the apple of Dad’s eye, Jaime. Now the offers to sing full time Gospel music came, but his family, business career and singing on weekends took priority. In 1979, Gwen and Ivory formed the group, Sonrise. The group travelled for five years with a full band and was often compared to the Hinsons. After that time the focus was family and career.
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Seattle, WA (October 21) – Rob Patz, Publisher of SGN Scoops, is proud to announce that the digital magazine is going back to its roots. In honor of Back To The Future day, October 21, 2015, Rob is announcing the release of SGN Scoops newspaper. Debuting at the 2015 Creekside Gospel Music Convention will be the first newspaper version of SGN Scoops since Patz and his organization, Coastal Media, acquired SGN Scoops in 2009.
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Welcome to the SGN Scoops’ Fast Five! This week we chat with The Schofields, a husband-and-wife team that were named Favorite Duet by the Christian Voice Magazine at the 2015 Gospel Music Fan Awards this past spring. Early in their marriage, Danny and Phyllis travelled with the Schofield Family Singers, then entered a period of pastoring and studying, beginning a ministry in Jamaica and once again increasing their music ministry on the road, singing Gospel music.
Meet The Schofields on today’s SGN Scoops’ Fast Five!
SGN: How long have each of you been singing Gospel music?
Danny Schofield: Phyllis and I have been in Gospel music as long as we can remember. We each sang with our family groups when we were kids and we were both singing in church by about age four.
SGN: Tell us all about your radio single?
Danny: “Diamond in the Rough,” was written by a friend of ours, Tom Clenney, whose mother told him once that he wasn’t perfect but was a diamond in the rough. That line inspired him to write the song which climbed to # 18 on the Christian Voice Chart in 2015.
SGN: Where did you and Phyllis meet?
Danny: In church. I sat behind Phyllis and pulled her pigtails at age 10. Phyllis was singing with her family group and by then I was the bass player for my family’s group. It was in a little Baptist church in Moodyville, TN, where both families had been booked to sing at a revival. After that we kept meeting at other churches at singings and homecomings and began dating when we were older.
SGN: Phyllis, will you share your testimony with us?
Phyllis: When Danny and I were in our early twenties we lost three infant children, all boys. I was diagnosed with Eclampsia Toxemia and almost died with each of the children. After the third time I had to have surgery and was told I could not have any more children. We were devastated after trying so hard and going through so much grief and loss, and now we were told that the dream of having children was over for us.
During the next few years I became more and more depressed and finally reached the point where I tried to commit suicide. I thought my life was over because I couldn’t have children but there at that moment God had other plans. Thank God for a precious pastor’s wife who was my friend. She was praying that morning and God showed her what I was doing. She came to my house and ministered to me. It took some time but God provided the healing that I was so desperately in need of. He replaced my grief with peace and I was able to begin enjoying life again.
It’s funny how the devil never wants to admit that he is defeated. The next thing that happened was that I began to have seizures. I had had seizures during each of my pregnancies but this was different. They started slowly and as time passed they grew in intensity. Medication helped but did not completely control them. It was during this time that Danny was called into the ministry.
It’s easy to look back now and see how the enemy tried to stop us from going into the ministry God had for us. The loss of our children, the depression and then the sickness and limitations that came from the seizures severely hindered us for years. If we were in multiple services and I got really tired, I would have a seizure. The seizures usually happened in church or on the way home from church. It was hard for Danny to even keep his mind on what he was doing in the services because he was always worried about me. This went on for several years but once again God brought deliverance from the enemies attacks. He healed me and I haven’t had a seizure in years.
You would think that was enough but during that same time that I had seizures I was diagnosed with cancer. This time the doctor was amazed when I went back for more tests. He said we know the cancer was there because we have the pictures. The new tests showed no cancer at all because God had already done the healing.
We have been trough a lot but this one thing I know, if you will be faithful to God, He will always be faithful to you.
SGN: What are some future goals for your ministry?
Danny: We plan to continue doing the ministry we have been doing as a duo for 23 years, singing, preaching at churches, doing revivals, camp meetings and traveling to Jamaica each year on mission trips. We also participate in several Gospel Music events each year such as SGM Fanfare in Somerset, KY; Christian Country Expo and Creekside in Pigeon Forge, TN, and the Victory Voyage Gospel Cruise.
We are planning to do a new cd in 2016 and as always will follow God’s leading as He opens new doors. We love what we do and there is so much variety in the different types of ministry that we never get bored.
The Schofields will be part of the 2015 Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge TN, November 2nd-5th at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Click here for more information and here for free tickets.
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In 1969, The Williamsons Gospel music group had its beginning when Woody Williamson, a Baptist pastor, brought his wife Eula Mae – nicknamed Pinky because her hair was red, his son Donnie and his daughter, Tennie to the platform to sing. They sang for their church and began singing at other churches in the area and this was the root that helped to grow into the current group.
The Williamsons continued with the occasional singing dates until about 1979 at which time Donnie joined the Antone Indian Family, a Native American group from Canada singing Southern Gospel music. He traveled with them for a couple of years and came back home to go to college. After returning to college however, he was always singing or playing with various groups. Donnie states, “You kinda get the Gospel music bug and you can’t get rid of it.”
In 1998, Donnie organized The Homesteaders Quartet, not intending to do much traveling; but Donnie was surprised at how popular they became and before long they were doing over 100 dates a year.
In late 1999, Donnie’s sister felt she needed to stay home because her husband had recently been saved and she was also having some health issues. Although Lisa was singing with another group, Donnie asked her to fill in for his sister and she accepted the position. On New Year’s Eve 1999 Donnie asked Lisa to join the group permanently. Lisa says, “We decided we liked each other so much we would stay together forever,” and they were married in 2003. They traveled as The Homesteaders Quartet until 2010 at which time Donnie returned to his roots by renaming the group The Williamsons. Now the music of The Williamsons continues.
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