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8th Annual USAGEM Awards A Huge Success

Written by SGN Scoops on November 26, 2011 – 2:00 pm -

 EHA-Nashville, TN –The televised 8th Annual USAGEM Awards Show was held on Saturday November 19, 2011 at the historic Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville , Tennessee .  The three hour show was filmed by Fresh Well Media for future television broadcasts on the Family Friendly Entertainment Network.
Appropriately, Melanie Walker opened the show with a flawless performance of her upbeat, hand-clapping song, “Walking In Jerusalem”.   
The Fox Brothers were the hosts of the show and kept the show moving with introductions of performers and presenters by means of their own brand of humor and wit.  They garnered three awards including the Gospel Entertainer Of The Year, Vocal Group Of The Year, and the Christian Country Crown Jewel Award.  Group member and funnyman, Roy Fox received the Comedian Of The Year award.  The Fox Brothers closed the show with their popular rendition of an American patriotic favorite, “God Bless The USA”.
Members of the popular southern gospel singing group, The Gardners accepted three awards including the Song Of The Year accolades for their song “Sign Me Up”. They also received the Southern Gospel Crown Jewel Award. Group member Regina Gardner was the recipient of the coveted Female Vocalist Of The Year Award. 
One emotional highlight of the show was the awarding of the organization’s most prestigious honor, The Diamond Award to USAGEM’s past president and Pearly Gates members, Daniel and Teresa Johnson.  This award is a lifetime achievement honor presented to USAGEM members who show a great commitment to God, Christian service, and dedication to USAGEM.  A further emotional highlight was the presentation of the Sapphire Award to Don Inks for his behind the scenes work and devotion to the USAGEM organization.  Don is the husband and manager of Christian country artist, Peggy Inks. The Emerald Award was presented to Kent Smith Family member and founder, Kent Smith; and the Ruby Award went to television producer and radio host, Tommie Lewis. 
The Male Vocalist Of The Year Award was presented to one of the organization’s perennial favorites, Rene Jones.  He and his wife, Edie Jones presented an impeccable performance of their brand new Christian Country chart single, “Bible By Her Bed”. 
Danny Jones did a superb performance of his self-penned song “Dream Giver”, a song featured in the upcoming faith-based movie “Secrets In The Snow”.  Jones also garnered the Contemporary Christian Crown Jewel Award, his very first USAGEM trophy.
Newcomer, Russ Murphy had the enthusiastic crowd on their feet as he performed his hit single and patriotic song “My America” and comedian nominee Cheryl Jackson performed a very impressive stand-up comedy routine which had everyone laughing with her side-splitting, hilarious wit.
The Duo Of The Year Award was presented for the second time to Lewis & Lewis; The Musician Of The Year accolades went to Nashville producer and pianist, John Rees; The Accoustic Singer/Songwriter Of The Year was awarded to Christian country singer and songwriter, Ann Hartmann; The New Artist Of The Year honors went to new southern gospel group, The Davis Family; The Black Gospel Crown Jewel was awarded to television host and singer, Dewitt Johnson; and bluegrass group Leipers Fork Bluegrass were first time recipients of the Bluegrass Crown Jewel Award.
Charlene Harrison’s very stirring presentation of “How Great Thou Art”, and For Heaven’s Sake’s very powerful performance of “God’s Still Faithful” left the crowd wanting more.  Sandi Kay & New Hickory once again brought the house down with their intricate bluegrass picking and singing as they performed “I Can See Clearly Now”.
More performance highlights included several featured special performances.  New Artist nominees Allison Speer, Mark Brown, David Smith, Paul Sparks, Sunday Edition, and The Davis Family received a standing ovation for their moving and powerful performance of “Because He Lives”, a song made famous by the legendary Speer Family.  Song Of The Year nominees Glenn Tubb, The Pearly Gates, Tank Tackett, Joe Arview and Thunder, and The Gardners each proudly and flawlessly performed a portion of their top five nominated songs.  Musician nominees Shelton Bissell, Jim Frable, John Rees, and Jay Shupe performed an upbeat “I’ll Fly Away” while young USAGEM members Summer & Autumn Ryan performed their clogging routine, a bonus delight to audience members.
As a special highlight this year, in order to commemorate the addition of the Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Of The Year Award, a special songwriter’s round was featured and included performances by the top five nominees.  Ann Hartmann, Daniel Johnson, Glenn Tubb, Tammy Vice, and Jimmy Jack Whitaker each performed a portion of one of their favorite self-penned songs.  During this performance, a surprise special guest appearance by Nashville songwriter, Wood Newton added a special flavor to this already great songwriter’s collaboration.  Wood has written many hit songs including “Bobbie Sue” made famous by The Oak Ridge Boys.
Bev McCann performed a very touching tribute to respected USAGEM member and award winner Amanda Fessant, who passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer.  She was only 34 years old.  Bev performed a medley of songs of Amanda’s favorite gospel hymns including “Amazing Grace”, “I Surrender All”, and “This World Is Not My Home”.
Special segment hosts were Rev. Harry Yates, Joanne Cash Yates, Peggy Inks, and Melanie Walker. Some award presenters were Brian & Allison Speer; media representative, Evie Hawkins; Mona Faith and Rev. Gene Fant; Don and Sandra Lee Burdick; Last Chance members James Burns and Mark Fuqua; and David Smith of the duo, David & Carrie Smith.  Other presenters included Stephen Fryar; Marty Merchant; Darlene Chapman; Tommie Lewis; Roger Revette; Sheila Berry; Jim Babcock; Laura Mathy; Kent Smith; Ray Lewis; Dottie Tubb; and The Toneys.
The USAGEM Awards Show is a production of the United States Association Of Gospel Entertainers & Musicians, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  For more information please visit www.USAGEM.org or www.MyUSAGEM.org 
Below is a full list of 2011 USAGEM award winners.
Gospel Entertainer Of The Year: The Fox Brothers
Male Vocalist Of The Year: Rene Jones
Female Vocalist Of The Year: Regina Gardner
Duo Of The Year: Lewis & Lewis
Group Of The Year: The Fox Brothers
Song Of The Year: “Sign Me Up” by The Gardners
Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Of The Year: Ann Hartmann
New Artist Of The Year: The Davis Family
Musician Of The Year: John Rees
Comedian Of The Year: Roy Fox
Diamond Award: Daniel & Teresa Johnson
Emerald Award: Tommie Lewis
Ruby Award: Kent Smith
Sapphire Award: Don Inks
Southern Gospel Crown Jewel Award: The Gardners
Contemporary Christian Crown Jewel Award: Danny Jones
Christian Country Crown Jewel Award: The Fox BrothersBlack Gospel Crown Jewel Award: Dewitt Johnson
Bluegrass Crown Jewel Award: Leipers Fork Bluegrass

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Danny Jones Named Top Contemporary Christian Artist in USAGEM Annual Awards Ceremony

Written by SGN Scoops on November 20, 2011 – 5:34 pm -

{EHA-Nashville, TN} Heartwarming/Homeland Inspirational Group recording artist, Danny Jones, won the coveted “Crown Jewel/Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year” title at the Annual USAGEM Awards Show today. Danny has been a lifelong songwriter/Christian performer and travels nationally, singing in churches, festivals, revivals, and conventions. For more info on Danny Jones and his latest projects: Office@EHA-Nashville.com or visit his website at: www.USAGEM.com

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Phil Collingswor​th on Gospel Music Today

Written by SGN Scoops on November 7, 2011 – 9:49 am -

The guests on the current edition of Gospel Music Today are Phil Collingsworth and Tom Borror. The Feature Group is Soul Purpose, and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. Ken and Jean visit The Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK,  to hear The Williamsons sing. Jean reviews a new CD by Danny Jones, and the show features singing by Greater Cause, and a song by The Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, and Legacy Five, from the Jubilee 2 project. The latest show is online now at www.gospelmusictoday.com.

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The Watkins Family gains new chart song and adds a new musician

Written by SGN Scoops on November 4, 2011 – 4:04 am -

The Watkins Family adds talents of a full-time musician to their ministry as their latest song climbs the charts.
The group which includes matriarch Judy Watkins and two of her adult children Todd and Lorie. They continue a path sharing their love of Jesus through acoustic music touring across the United States and Canada since 1982.
Josh Blankenship, 26, of Floyd County, Va., who plays guitar and mandolin, recently joined the group.
Blankenship was previously part of the bluegrass gospel band – Statement with his sister Ashlee Blankenship.
“We often meet talented musicians but Josh is more than that, he also has the heart for ministry it takes to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Judy Watkins.
Blankenship who began playing just six years ago said his focus is to reach the lost and encourage people through the music.
“The reason I wanted to play with the Watkins Family is I could tell they really believe what they are singing about,” he said.
Lorie and Todd agree that his talents add wonderfully to what they share musically.
“Josh and his wife Brooke, who also lends her support to our work, are wonderful additions to our ministry,” Lorie said. “He ably adds to what we do musically and vocally and brings a wonderful songwriting talent to the mix of our material as well.”
The group’s latest project “Heaven’s Worth Waiting For” including their new chart single “What a Wonderful Name.” Gerald Crabb penned the song.
“We are excited to have our third Singing News chart recording from this CD,” Lorie said. “It is a wonderful song that we have seen touch those that attend our concerts.”
Grammy winner Mark Fain, Grammy nominated Karen Peck Gooch, and Danny Jones, produced the CD.
For more information, visit www.watkinsfamilymusic.com.

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8th Annual USAGEM Awards Scheduled at the Texas Troubadour Theatre November 19, 2011

Written by SGN Scoops on November 2, 2011 – 3:49 am -

The 8th Annual USAGEM Awards will take center stage in Nashville , Tennessee on Saturday November 19, 2011 at 3:00 PM at the historic Texas Troubadour Theatre for a presentation of their annual music awards.  Interspersed throughout the show will be an array of performances by gospel music artists associated with the Nashville-based organization.
The televised event will be hosted by the award-winning group, The Fox Brothers. The show will be filmed by Fresh Well Media to be aired on the Family-Friendly Entertainment Network and other Christian television networks. 
Artists scheduled to perform include Melanie Walker, The Hemphills, Joanne Cash Yates, The Gardners, Glenn Tubb, Allison Speer, Russ Murphy, Rene Jones, The Pearly Gates, Danny Jones, Sandi Kay & New Hickory, Charlene Harrison, Bev McCann, Ann Hartmann, Tammy Vice, Joe Arview & Thunder, Sunday Edition,  and comedian, Cheryl Jackson. 
A total of nineteen awards will be presented in a broad cross section of categories including gospel entertainer, male and female artists, new artist, song, acoustic singer/songwriter, group, duo, musician, and comedian.  Genre-specific awards will be presented to artists in Southern Gospel, Christian Country, Black Gospel, Bluegrass , and Contemporary Christian music.
The USAGEM Awards Show is a highlight of the annual USAGEM Convention which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday November 18-19, 2011.  Convention activities will be held at the Texas Troubadour Theatre and The Radisson Hotel (located on Music Valley Drive – adjacent to the Texas Troubadour Theatre).
The USAGEM Convention & Awards is sponsored by the United States Association Of Gospel Entertainers & Musicians, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Below is a list of awards and top nominees. Read more »

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Voices Won 10th Anniversary Concert Nov 11th & 12th

Written by SGN Scoops on October 20, 2011 – 6:33 am -

Voices Won will be hosting their 10th Anniversary Concert on November 11th and 12th in Dalton Georgia.  The trio of brothers have work diligently in years past to present unforgettable nights of gospel music in their home-town. This year’s line up promises to do the same.  In addition to performances by Voices Won both Friday and Saturday, some of the most well known names in Southern Gospel Music are scheduled to perform at the Crosspointe Christian Centre.

On Friday, the special guests are  Triumphant Quartet and Karen Peck and New River.  On Saturday,  Greater Vision, The Perrys, and Mark Bishop will be performing. Danny Jones of Singing News will be the guest emcee both nights.

Friday night’s concert begins at 7:00 P.M. and Saturday’s starts at 6:00 P.M. Dinner and concessions will be available each night.  The doors open at 5:30 on Friday and 4:30 on Saturday.

The concert location is: 2681 Underwood Street, Dalton, GA 30719. 

Ticket Info:  Advance Price- 2 day Pass $25/Nightly $15.  Tickets purchased   at the door will be $20 nightly.

For more information, visit http://voiceswon.com/ 

or call 706-218-8691.

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Danny Jones “Dream Giver” to be Featured in Movie

Written by SGN Scoops on October 10, 2011 – 3:40 am -

{EHA-Nashville, TN} Homeland Entertainment/Heartwarming Records artist, Danny Jones, announces his song “Dream Giver” is to be featured in the Christian motion picture, “Secrets in the Snow,” that will be distributed in March 2012. The movie is to be filmed in November and Danny will be singing it himself. The film is a story of survival and will especially appeal to teens and young viewers. Danny was recently placed in the top 5 nominations for “Crown Jewel Artist 2011” with the USAGEM. The awards will be handed out November 19 at the Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville during the organization’s annual convention. For more info on Danny Jones: Office@EHA-Nashville.com

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Recording Artist, Danny Jones Signs Publicity Agreement with EHA-Nashville

Written by SGN Scoops on August 25, 2011 – 3:05 pm -

{EHA-Nashville, TN} Homeland Inspiration Group (formerly Homeland Entertainment Group) recording artist, Danny Jones, has signed a publicity agreement with EHA-Nashville. Danny is a veteran singer, songwriter, musician who has been traveling to spread the Gospel in song for over 25 years. Although his music is a unique blend of styles, he is known as an inspirational  artist who has caught the attention of Nashville ears, landing him a nomination in the 2010 USAGEM for “Crown Jewel Award in Contempory Christian.” Remaining a favorite inspirational artist among its ranks, the association once again spoke, naming him a 2011 Top 5 nominee for the award. The single from his 2010 project,  “Don’t Throw It All Away,” was so well-received by fans, it hit #1 on  Radio Active Airplay charts. The song’s message to suicidal youth touched the hearts of the movie industry and  he landed a spot composing and performing in the faith-based film, “In Mysterious Ways.” The movie has won a Silver Award at the Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival in Atlanta, GA and won “Best Picture” at the Holywood Christian Film Festival in New York. It is scheduled to be released on DVD in 2012. Danny’s mission is, ” to reach out to the wounded and hurting and to contribute to those with great love and compassion.” Evie Hawkins notes, “I heard Danny’s song at the USAGEM meeting in August. I was touched by his music and by his spirit. I really look forward to working with him.”  His freshman project on Homeland’s Heartwarming label is “Chosen To Dream” with the latest single “You Love Me” being distributed by Homeland and appearing on the EHA-Nashville Vol. 4 Promoters Compilation Disc. and Press Kit. Danny travels with his wife, Angela, and their three children, Israel, Reba, and Ethan. He has appeared on TBN, Dish Network, The Ralph Emery Show, and is scheduled for an appearance on Family Friendly TV. His fans all across Europe have fondly referred to him as “The Roy Orbison of Gospel Music.” For a free press kit: Office@EHA-Nashville.com   615-369-0628 or dannyljones@live.com  Booking Agent: Ruthie O’Dell, Love Song Talent Agency, 919-562-0784

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