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The 2015 Diamond Award Nominations are open on the SGN Scoops website. Everyone is invited to the website to enter the Nominations area and list their top ten favorite picks for each Diamond Award category.
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
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His Mercies from North Carolina recently welcomed new alto singer, Kayla Stricklin from Statesville. She joins RJ Henderson and Mitzi Stamey in this progressive Southern Gospel trio whose energy and enthusiasm have made them a favorite wherever they go. His Mercies record with Chapel Valley and have been Diamond Award nominees for the past two years.
“The best feeling in the world is to know you are in the center of God’s will. It’s been evident since day one that this is orchestrated by God and I could not be more excited to see what He has in store for us,” says 20-year-old Kayla.
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Happy New Year from all of us at SGNScoops Magazine! We invite you to begin anew with our January edition filled with new beginnings. We present the new Jim Brady Trio as our cover story and invite you to get to know Jim, Melissa and Tim a little better.
Paul Lancaster is also beginning anew with The Booth Brothers and candidly shares with Craig Harris what this fresh start means to him. Paige Givens talks to another artist recently beginning again: Jay Parrack and his group Vocal Event. Also, the Bowling Family has had some new additions as highlighted by Candi Combs. You won’t want to miss any of these features!
This edition also includes stories on The Guardians by Tina Wakefield, Michaela Brown by Erin Stevens and DJ Doug Ford by Vonda Easley.
Don’t miss articles by Lou Wills Hildreth, David Staton, Dean Adkins, Jeff Steele, Sherry Anne, Dusty Wells and Kelly Nelon Clark.
The Pastors Corner welcomes Steve Bedard, Sandi Duncan Clark brings us New Music Reviews and Rob Patz has a lot to look forward to in his Publisher’s Point.
All this and more in the January Scoops! Thanks for reading and sharing with your friends and family. We hope we will encourage, inspire, entertain and educate; but most of all we hope that you will find the love of Jesus in our pages. Questions? Comments? Write to our editor at email@example.com.
Read SGN Scoops and pass us along to others today! www.sgnscoops.com
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Two hour special taped during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge,Tennessee
The 2014 Diamond Awards is scheduled to air on Monday, December 29 from 7:00-9:00p.m. on WATC TV 57 in Atlanta, Georgia. The two hour special features musical performances by some of the top names in southern gospel, country gospel and bluegrass gospel such as Karen Peck and New River, The Freemans, The Blackwoods, and The Dixie Melody Boys.
“We are pleased that The Diamond Awards will once again air on WATC,” said WATC TV Vice President Patricia Mathis. “This special has become an annual event that our viewers look forward to every year.” WATC TV, in partnership with WGGS TV in Greenville, South Carolina, produced the two hour special for broadcast. Viewers outside of the Atlanta, Georgia viewing area can watch the special as it airs on WATC via the online video stream that is accessible at www.watc.tv. In addition, the special will be rebroadcast on Tuesday, December 30 from 7:00-9:00 a.m. on WATC TV 57; and on Wednesday, December 31 at 9:00-11:00 p.m. on WATC TOO, available over the air in the Atlanta market on Channel 57.2. WATC TV 57 serves the Atlanta market with a mix of Christian, family and educational programming. WATC is the home of the live nightly primetime series, Atlanta Live, as well as Babbie’s House with Babbie Mason; Gospel Music USA with hosts Danny Jones, Mike LeFevre and Karen Peck Gooch; and Jesus Connection with Nancy Harmon. Gospel music series such as Singing Down South, Television’s Gospel Jubilee and Music City Gospel Showcase with Don Frost have used the WATC studios for their productions.
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It’s November and we are thrilled to present the latest edition of SGNScoops for you to read and enjoy. Creekside Gospel Music Convention was a blast and we have lots of pictorial coverage in these pages, as well as on the fabulous front cover. Inside we have an update on the event with a list of the Diamond Award winners and so much more. We say an extra thank you to all of those who went above and beyond to help make Creekside the best ever. If we were to make a list, we might leave someone out, so to each and every one of you: we are so grateful to have you as part of our team.
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Pigeon Forge, TN (November 7, 2014) Ashley DeRamus shared the stage with Karen Peck Gooch of Karen Peck and New River to present the Diamond Award for the Country Gospel Group of the Year. The award show was held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on Tuesday night, November 4th.
“It is always fun to see some of my friends in Gospel music and to be asked to take part in this award show was a highlight of my year” Ashley said.
Karen Peck Gooch stated, “Ashley is such a sweet girl with a bright future. It was an honor to present an award with her.”
The video “Love Is Stronger” featuring Ashley as the daughter of a wounded soldier was nominated for a Dove Award as well as a Diamond Award this year. The song on which the story is based was recorded and performed by Jason Crabb.
This follow on the heels of Ashley who is the founder of the Ashley DeRamus Foundation, being presented with the Spear Award in the Hero category of the first annual Vulcan Awards. The awards program recognizes substantial civic pride, progress and leadership on the part of Birmingham-area citizens. Ashley was selected from a pool of nearly 200 nominations from the entire Birmingham region, and was presented the award at a dinner ceremony held Thursday, October 2, at The Club in Homewood.
You can learn more about Ashley DeRamus at http://www.
The Ashley Deramus Foundation was founded for and dedicated to the education, advancement and quality life-style of children and adults with Downs Syndrome. Through the work of Ashley and the foundation, our goal is to increase the awareness and enlighten others about the rewards and positive contributions we make. You can contact Ashley through Gary Kannegiesser at 440-670-2897 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Blue Highway presents Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year Award to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver at 23rd Annual Diamond AwardsWritten by Staff on November 11, 2014 – 2:20 pm -
PIGEON FORGE, TN (November 6, 2014) — Powerhouse bluegrass band Blue Highway appeared as special guests at Tuesday evening’s 23rd Annual Diamond Awards held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.
In addition to presenting the Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year Award, they also performed two songs: the a cappella fan-favorite Some Day, and Wicked Path of Sin (I Can Hear the Angels Singing) from their Dove and IBMA-winning and Grammy nominated all-gospel release,Wondrous Love.
It marked Blue Highway’s first appearance on the Awards Show, and they were honored to present the Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year Award to Eli Johnston representing Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, who took home their second consecutive Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year honor at the fan-voted Diamond Awards.
The Diamond Awards were presented as part of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, andsponsored by SGN Scoops Magazine, the vibrant all-digital source of Southern Gospel news and current #1-visited Southern Gospel website.
For more information on Blue Highway, please go to: www.BlueHighwayBand.com orwww.Facebook.com/BlueHighway
For more information on Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, please go to: www.DoyleLawson.com or www.Facebook.com/
For more information on SGN Scoops Magazine and the Diamond Awards, please go to www.sgnscoops.com.
Photo by Sherri George
Blue Highway presenting the Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year Award to Eli Johnston who accepted in behalf of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.
L to R: Wayne Taylor, Jason Burleson, Eli Johnston, Shawn Lane, and Tim Stafford. (Rob Ickes was unable to attend due to prior commitments.)
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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (November 4, 2014) – Talented trio, His Mercies, celebrated the release of their latest CD at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention.
The party held in the Exhibit Hall drew much attention from the Creekside audience. Fun and fellowship were had as His Mercies introduced the new project entitled “Onward”.
His Mercies has been nominated for the 2014 Sunrise Award category in the Diamond Awards. The 2014 Diamond Awards will be handed out tonight during the evening concert of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. Winners will be published tomorrow.
For more information on Creekside, visit http://www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com/
For more pictures, visit http://www.sgnscoops.net/
Special thanks to our photographers, Michelle Drummond and Robert York.
For more details on the entire Creekside Convention, be watching for the November issue of SGN Scoops digital magazine.
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PIGEON FORGE, TN (October 28, 2014) – Dove and IBMA Award-winning powerhouse band Blue Highway will appear as special guests at the upcoming 23rd Annual Diamond Awards. The fan-voted Diamond Awards will be held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center at 4010 Parkway in Pigeon Forge at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 4, as part of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention.
The 2014 Diamond Awards are sponsored by SGN Scoops Magazine, the vibrant all-digital source of Southern Gospel News and current #1-visited Southern Gospel website on the Internet.
The highly esteemed Bluegrass band Blue Highway will perform as special guests on the Awards Show, which will be taped for a television special to air later this year on Atlanta’s WATC Channel 57 and be shown in syndication via various Christian media outlets in 2015.
“Blue Highway is honored to be invited to perform as special guests on the Diamond Awards,” said Tim Stafford, a founding member of the band who was just named IBMA Songwriter of the Year (2014). “Gospel music has always been a part of our lives as individuals, and at least one gospel song usually appears on even our Bluegrass releases. We’re excited to be a part of this great Southern Gospel event in the heart of the beautiful Smoky Mountains!”
Gospel harmonies will definitely be ringing in the heart of the Smokies next week, as the Diamond Awards and Creekside Gospel Music Convention bring acclaimed gospel artists such as the Dixie Melody Boys and Exodus to Pigeon Forge’s Smoky Mountain Convention Center with events running from Monday, November 3, at 4:00 pm through Thursday, November 6 at 10:30 pm.
Tickets for the event are being made available FREE of charge, but must be reserved at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/creekside-gospel-music-convention-2014-tickets-10916793423?aff=New
“We are excited to have bluegrass supergroup Blue Highway performing at this year’s Diamond Awards,” said Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group and Publisher of SGN Scoops Magazine. “Blue Highway is not only one of the top contemporary Bluegrass bands, but their gospel songs are incredible and multi-award winning.”
Blue Highway has won a combined 24 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards and five SPBGMA Awards. The high octane band is known for its powerhouse performances, but their gospel music roots run deep. The gospel song God Moves In a Windstorm from Blue Highway’s Wind to the West (1997) album took home the IBMA Gospel Recorded Event of the Year Award (1997). The band’s All-Gospel release Wondrous Love skyrocketed up charts and won a Dove Award for Best Bluegrass Album (2004) and the IBMA Award for Gospel Recorded Event of the Year. The incredible 13-song Wondrous Love release also garnered a prestigious Grammy nomination for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album.
Blue Highway is 20 years strong with all original members still intact with Jason Burleson on banjo, Rob Ickes on dobro, Shawn Lane on mandolin and fiddle, Tim Stafford on guitar, and Wayne Taylor on bass. Rob Ickes currently reigns as the most awarded instrumentalist in the history of IBMA, with an astounding 15 IBMA Dobro Player of the Year honors. The band was honored with 9 IBMA Award Nominations in 2014 including Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, and Album and Song of the Year for The Game.
Blue Highway’s current album The Game debuted at #4 on Billboard, and has been riding high at #1 for a staggering 5 months atop the Bluegrass Unlimited Monthly Album Chart (June-Oct 2014), while the title track The Game has been #1 for 3 months (August-Oct 2014) on the Bluegrass Unlimited Monthly Song Chart.
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Ken Grady of Gospel Music Today talks with Rob Patz of Coastal Media Group about the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, November 3rd through 6th at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in this video recorded at the Ozark Gospel Music Convention.
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