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Hey Donnie Williamson, What is The Message for 2019?

Written by scoopsnews on January 3, 2019 – 6:14 am -

 

Donnie Williamson

We asked Donnie Williamson (The Williamsons), What is  The Message for 2019 ?

Here’s what he had to say.

When Egypt was plagued with frogs Moses asked Pharoah when he would like him to get rid of them. You know what he said? TOMORROW (Ex. 8:10)!!! Why was he willing to spend one more day with those stinking frogs? They were all over the palace, on his table, in his bed -any place you could think of there was a frog! Why didn’t he say, “NOW”! This time of year we often tell of our “New Year’s Resolutions”. It seems like a good time to reboot and start over when often we are just spending unnecessary, additional time with frogs in our house. Why wait to put away those bad habits or attempt to start good ones? Why not get an early start and not spend “One More Night With the Frogs”?
Thanks Donnie for sharing with SGN Scoops.

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WLOSGMH CONVENTION SPEER TRIBUTE IS TUESDAY NIGHT

Written by Staff on March 26, 2018 – 4:41 pm -

SPEER TRIBUTE

SPEER TRIBUTE

We Love Our Southern Gospel Music History, (WLOSGMH) is one of Facebook’s most unique groups. The page features a host of exclusive videos, audio clips, photos, stories and memorabilia being shared on a daily basis. Those exclusive tid-bits are what really allows the group to share the history of southern gospel music came to be one of the most faithful and popular Christian music forms.

In the many years since the Franks Stamps Quartet, there have been some true iconic performing artists. The Blackwood Brothers, Statesmen, Sunshine Boys, Stamps Quartet, Weatherfords, Cathedrals, LeFevres, Sego Brothers and Naomi, Goss Brothers and the list could go on and on.

Yet one family group really stood out for many years as a true leader in the field, The Speer Family. The family had several resurgent periods of popularity that marked gospel music. When the group disbanded in 1998, seventy six years of history were logged in the annals of gospel music.

With the recent deaths of Ben Speer and Rosa Nell Speer Powell, the last original performing family members, there has been a void in gospel music. Yet their impact lives in the lives of those adopted family members who are still singing and ministering.

This year, the WLOSGMH Convention runs March 26 and 27, 2018 to the Murfreesboro, TN Clarion Hotel Ballrooms.

On Tuesday evening the WLOSGMH Convention will feature a special SPEER FAMILY TRIBUTE.  This special tribute to the legendary Speer Family is planned to highlight some history of the legendary family. Some vintage footage of the Speer Family through the years will be shown. Former Speer Family members will grace the stage including Joyce West Black, Ann Downing, Jeanne Johnson, Sue Dodge, Linda Robinson Sholar, Karen Apple Young, and Daryl Williams, They will be singing some of your favorite songs. Doug Young and Gene McDonald will join this all-star lineup of talent to create that unique Speer Family sound. Tom Powell, Rosa Nell Speer Powell’s son, will be conducting a choir featuring many of the great songs written by Dad Speer. Several Speer Family members are expected to be in attendance. You don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime treat!

SPEER TRIBUTE

SPEER TRIBUTE

Convention notes for the two day event. Monday 5:30/Dinner – 6:45/Concert

Tuesday Morning activities, followed by lunch, afternoon activities, you are on your own for supper. Tuesday Evening Concert at 6:00 PM. Daytime activities include funny stories, show and tell, gospel music movies, etc. Times subject to change.

TALENT for the one of a king music history convention includes the who’s who in southern gospel music. Chuck Wagon Gang (Monday night only), Mercy’s Well (Monday night only), Sherman Andrus, Ann Downing, The Sheltons (Monday night only), Jeanne Johnson, Sue Dodge, Charlie Griffin, Michael Stanton, Jordan’s Bridge, Eddie Crook, John Wyrick, Joyce Black West (of the Speer Family), Jonathan Wilburn, Ellen Marsh, Ed Hill, Brad Smith, Donnie Williamson, Songfellows Quartet (Monday night only), Administrators Quartet, The Collectors Quartet, John Crenshaw, Hannah Kennedy, Harold Timmons, Rita Spillers, Bill Kelley, Doug Young, Karen Apple Young and Gene McDonald. (Talent subject to change.)

Speers

Speers

For more information contact Harold Timmons via Facebook with a private Facebook message or email h.t@comcast.net, or call 615-885-8000 and leave a message.

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The Williamsons: Breaking Through

Written by Staff on May 17, 2016 – 11:37 am -

Williamsons at Creekside 2015

Williamsons at Creekside 2015

What a joy it is for me to write on a group that is quickly growing in popularity, the Williamsons. I met them a little over a year ago and right off became a fan of their music. 11th Hour has had the opportunity to share the stage with Donnie, Lisa, Karl and Darin on several occasions. Not only have they become one of my favorite groups, they are truly some of my favorite people to be around as well. You can tell exactly where their hearts are, which is definitely on Christ.

 

The Williamsons started singing in the Midwest around 1969, later to reorganize in 1998. The current group consists of Donnie Williamson and wife, Lisa, Darin Hebert and Karl Rice. The quartet has been nominated for the Breakthrough Artist of the Year and the Fan Favorite awards for Absolutely Gospel Music, as well as the top ten Favorite New Mixed Group for Singing News.

 

Based out of Wetumka, OK, the Williamsons sing roughly 185 dates per year, but that number is sure to increase with their popularity on the rise. The group just celebrated their first number one song, “Shout”, on the Singing News charts for the month of December. The song was the October top spot winner on the SGN Scoops charts.

 

January 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

January 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

“We have been so excited and encouraged by all the wonderful things that have happened with our latest project, Tell Somebody,” Donnie tells us. “Our first single, ‘It Was the Word,’ written by Lisa, was our first top five song on the Singing News charts. The song also went to number two on the SGN Scoops charts. Now, ‘Shout,’ which was written by Lee Black and Gina Boe, has done really well for us. We are truly blessed as the first Southern Gospel group from Oklahoma to achieve this honor.” Read more »


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Williamsons featured on SGN Scoops’ Fast Five

Written by Staff on January 8, 2016 – 11:58 am -

The Williamsons receive plaque for Number One song, "Shout"

The Williamsons receive plaque for Number One song, “Shout”

The Williamsons, a mixed Southern Gospel group from Oklahoma, recently celebrated their first number-one song, both in the SGN Scoops Top 100 for October and in the Singing News Top 80 for December. “Shout” is being played regularly by radio stations across the country and has garnered many new fans for the Williamsons.

 

The Williamsons at Creekside 2015

The Williamsons at Creekside 2015

Jaquita Lindsey of the group 11th Hour, recently wrote a feature on The Williamsons for the January 2016 edition of SGN Scoops digital magazine, which will be released shortly. Jaquita tells us:

“The Williamsons started singing in the Midwest around 1969, later to reorganize in 1998. The current group consists of Donnie Williamson and wife,

Donnie Williamson

Donnie Williamson

Lisa; Darin Hebert and Karl Rice. The quartet has been nominated for the Breakthrough Artist of the Year and the Fan Favorite awards for Absolutely Gospel Music, as well as the top ten Favorite New Mixed Group for Singing News. Based out of Wetumka, OK, the Williamsons sing roughly 185 dates per year, but that number is sure to increase with their popularity on the rise.”

SGN Scoops recently invited the Williamsons to participate in their Fast Five. Here are the responses from Donny and Lisa Williamson:

SGN: Wow, a national number-one song!  So what do you think about that?

Lisa Williamson

Lisa Williamson

Donnie Williamson:   Of course we think it’s great! But to be honest, having a number-one song isn’t going to change what we do very much. We will continue looking for great songs and try to make great recordings, and we will continue sharing the Gospel message everywhere we can. Our mission statement has been “The Williamsons will spread the Gospel through music in order that we may see the lost come to Christ, the Christian uplifted, and provide quality entertainment in a way that honors God.” We don’t plan to change that focus. Hopefully having a number-one song will help us continue our mission and maybe even help us do it in a greater way.

SGN: Why did you choose the song, “Monday,” as a

Karl Rice of the Williamsons

Karl Rice of the Williamsons

follow up to “Shout?”

Donnie: We chose to release “Monday,” following the success of “Shout,” primarily for strategic reasons. We felt like after having our first number-one song, deejays might be a little more interested in what’s coming next. We have always believed in the song and feel it has a message that if heard, can change lives. We know that to be true because we have witnessed it when we perform it live. However, it’s not a feel good song. It’s one that challenges us to reflect on our life and really look deep to find what our children and grandchildren see in us on Monday. Knowing that a slow start in radio was possible we wanted to do everything we could for the song to succeed and felt

Darin Hebert of the Williamsons

Darin Hebert of the Williamsons

that now is the best time. We previously produced a music video to the song that we hope people will watch and share. There is a Youtube link on our website at williamsonsmusic.com.

SGN: Lisa, what prompted the writing of, “Monday?”

Lisa: The only answer I can come up with, is that I looked in the mirror and realized that I needed to do more for our girls. Our girls are not in Sunday school every Sunday like a lot of kids. They travel with us and as a result are at a different church just about every weekend. One day I realized how very insignificant that is in the grand scheme of things. That’s not the only place they can learn about Jesus.

Darin and Karl of the Williamsons

Darin and Karl of the Williamsons

Donnie and I can be their best example of how to live like a Christian. That’s the most important thing we can teach our babies: how to live like Jesus! It’s not hard. Just do it. They will follow us as we follow Christ. Then one day before we even realize it they will be standing on their own spiritual feet. Okay, now I’m just preaching!

SGN: What do you attribute the meteoric rise in your ministry to, in the past year or so?

Donnie: “All things working together for good.” (Romans 8:28). First, we’ve been doing this for quite some time and have made good recordings in the past. However, we felt it was time to pull out all the stops The Williamsonsand make the best recording we could make. We were able to bring Donna King on board to produce the project and that was good move number one. Not only is she a great producer, but also she is a great writer and has contact with numerous other writers. Great production doesn’t matter much if you don’t have the songs to go along with it. She was able to help us secure some great material like “Shout.” About the time we were finishing the project we became involved with Les Butler and the Butler Music Group. (That was) good

The Williamsons

The Williamsons

move number two. Having a great project is wonderful but it might have gone nowhere without the proper management to help promote it. Otherwise, the only ones to hear it might have been the ones we sang to. It’s always good to be part of something bigger that yourself. All these moves that God ordained were also helped by the fact that we feel our friends in radio are anxious for new talent to rise up and share quality songs and recordings. williamsons5We are thankful and humbled that radio has received this project so well. All these things working together have allowed a few more folks to be exposed to the ministry of The Williamsons. Michael Davis at the Dominion Agency has been presenting us for quite some time. Now a few people who call actually know who we are!

SGN: Where do you see the Williamsons in five years?

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Williamsons

Donnie: 5. In five years it’s very possible that we are all singing around the throne of God! However, if He chooses not to return by 2020 we hope to be doing what we are doing, but hopefully in a little bigger way. Not to bring any recognition or glory to The Williamsons, but we strongly feel that the more opportunities we have to perform and being able to share with more people, the greater chance we have to see results. We also feel there could be some difficult times ahead in this world and during times of difficulty people often move toward the message of the Gospel. We feel there may even be a time in the near future that we might see more Gospel music return to our churches. If so we want to be positioned and ready to fill that need. Also, within the next five years we hope to have two or three more projects stronger than “Tell Somebody!” That may be a difficult task!

 

Thank you so much to The Williamsons and to Les Butler of Butler Music Group/Family Music Group for facilitating the SGN Scoops’ Fast Five. At SGN Scoops, we really appreciate all of the members of the Williamsons and their friendship with us, as well as their annual participation in Creekside Gospel Music Convention. Look for the soon-to-be-released SGN Scoops digital magazine and newspaper for January 2016 for a full feature on The Williamsons by Jaquita Lindsey!

For more information on the Williamsons, click here.

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The Williamsons Achieve First Number One Song

Written by Staff on October 18, 2015 – 8:48 am -

williamsonscdcover5Weleetka, Oklahoma (October 16, 2015) Excitement is the best description for the Williamsons today as they have earned their first #1 on the Singing News Magazine Monthly Chart for the month of December 2015. [Editor’s note: The Williamsons also acheived Number One with “Shout” on the SGN Scoops Top 100 Chart for October 2015.]

Penned by Lee Black and Gina Boe, and sent to radio by Family Music Group,”Shout” is a joyous song taking you through history from Joshua to Gideon and on to the our King coming again. Something special happens when God’s people “Shout”.

The Williamsons at Creekside 2014

The Williamsons at Creekside 2014

The Williamsons have become one of the most polished mixed quartets in the entire Southern Gospel Music genre. Coming from their latest album Tell Somebody, this may not be the only #1 song you will see and hear from this dynamic young group.

Group manager Donnie Williamson stated, “What a blessing we have received with our first #1 song. This is certainly a group effort. I believe we have the greatest singers in the Gospel Music world with Karl Rice, Darin Hebert, and my wife Lisa. It’s also the hard work of Donna King who produced this song and Les Butler who did so well with radio promotions. Also a big thank you to the radio DJs who helped by playing this song. This is truly a blessing from the God we serve and sing about each week.”

If you would like to interview the Williamsons contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity.com .

You can learn more about the Williamsons by going to http://www.williamsonsmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Williamsons .

To book the Williamsons contact scheduling@thedominionagency.com .

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williamsonsAbout The Williamsons

The Williamsons began sharing the Gospel through music in 1998 as The Homesteaders Quartet. The dream of Donnie Williamson was to form a group to sing classic Gospel music on a limited basis. What he wanted to do never occurred. From the group’s onset their demand was overwhelming. Soon they were performing more than 100 dates a year. For the past several years The Williamsons have been in full time Christian ministry and entertainment and have traveled across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Their music has been in national charts and were they honored to be nominated to the Gospel Music Association for a Dove Award.

Their high energy musical style appeals to people of all ages. The versatility of The Williamsons is evident through the wide variety of musical styles they perform. There is always something for everyone. The marketing of their performances targets families and not just fans of any particular type of music. Spending an evening with The Williamsons is sure to be one that will lift you up, bless you, and entertain you all at the same time. Their primary desire is to share the Gospel in such a way that those in attendance who do not know Jesus Christ will come to know him before the program is over.

The Williamsons will be appearing at the 2015 Creekside Gospel Music Convention, November 2-5, Pigeon Forge TN at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Read more here and on the Facebook page. Get your free tickets HERE.

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The Williamsons: The Music Continues

Written by Staff on October 9, 2015 – 2:19 pm -

 

Williamsons

Williamsons

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.

williamsons5In 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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Creekside Monday Night Bash

Written by Staff on November 4, 2014 – 3:48 pm -

RP and cast. RYCreekside Gospel Music Convention held its first concert for the 2014 Convention on Monday, November 3rd at 5:30pm. Creekside and SGN Scoops staff present and on stage for the event included Donnie Williamson, Ava Kasich, Vonda Easley, Rob Patz and Jonathan Edwards.

Groups performing on stage included the Shannon’s, The Steeles with special guests Tony Gore and

The Steeles with John Lanier and Tony Gore

The Steeles with John Lanier and Tony Gore

Pine Ridge Boys

Pine Ridge Boys

Faith's Journey

Faith’s Journey

Willie Wynn Bash

Willie Wynn Bash

John Lanier, Sacred Harmony, Jericho Junction, Crimson Ridge, Faiths Journey, Jason Runnels, Williamsons, Pine Ridge Boys.

Following this, the Lou Wills Hildreth Honors Award was presented to Willie Wynn. Woody Wright saluted Willie by gathering some of his friends from The Kramers, Sweetwater and the Tennesseans.

For more details of the evening’s events, click on to http://www.sgnscoops.net/

For more information on Creekside visit http://www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com/

Be sure to catch the November issue of SGN Scoops for all the Creekside details! Coming soon! www.sgnscoops.com

 

Special thanks to Robert York and Michelle Drummond for photographs.


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Williamsons Release New Album – Tell Somebody

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 24, 2014 – 10:41 pm -

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Weleetka, OK (October 24, 2014) Talented mixed quartet, The Williamsons, have just released another great album titled Tell Somebody. The album consists of material that is written by some of the most talented songwriters available today, including four songs penned by Lisa Williamson, group member and featured soloist on many of the songs. Closing the CD out is a great classic written by Mosie Lister.
To make a great album you must have great songs and that task wasn’t taken lightly. No less than 200 songs were listened to in the deciding process. Choosing 50 would have been difficult, but narrowing it down to eleven was nearly impossible.

The project was produced by award winning producer, Donna King, known for stretching artists and pulling things out of them they didn’t think possible. Donna was present in every step of the process down to the final mix. She was going for the best ever from the Williamsons. One thing about making a great record, besides great songs and well-recorded vocals, is making the little details matter too, from every background vocal, to every note played, and every overdub, and all the mix sounds, the Williamsons covered all the bases to produce the best album of their career.

Donna King commented “Every album I produce is as important to me as my own (if not more important).  To have the opportunity to produce music that affects God’s kingdom, because of the ministry that will come from the songs, is not something I take lightly.  Working with the Williamsons was an amazing experience.  They were FULLY engaged and willing to go places no man “or woman” had gone before  (as far as things they had done in the past).  They understood the importance of great songs and they worked with me diligently on those choices.  They gave me 110% from day one (and there were many days).  That is a producer’s dream.  They are so talented, but they are also pliable and that is a GREAT attribute to ending up with a superb album.  And, most importantly, their hearts are in this for ALL the right reasons!  I LOVE this group and I am SO excited about this album and honored to have been blessed to produce it.”

Donnie Williamson. Baritone singer and group manager stated “I believe this is the most powerful music we have ever recorded. The music is filled with the message of Christ that will uplift those who listen and touch them no matter where they are in life.”

Lisa Williamson also said “Some of the best songwriters in Gospel Music are represented on this project and I am honored to have four of my songs included.”

The first song released to radio is “It Was The Word” written by Lisa, and it is already being accepted well by DJs across the country.

Songs include:
It Was The Word
That’s What I’m Talking About
All Our Hope
Shout
Monday
He Lived To Tell It
No Umbrellas
I Laid It All Down
Healing For The Hurting
I’ve Got To Tell Somebody
While the Ages Roll

You can learn more about the Williamsons by going to http://www.williamsonsmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Williamsons .

To book the Williamsons contact scheduling@thedominionagency.com .


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Ozark Gospel Music Convention 2014

Written by Staff on August 12, 2014 – 8:14 am -

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The Abundance Quartet of Branson

By Joshua Heston – Special to SGN Scoops

“Precious memories how they linger / How they ever flood my soul / In the stillness, of the midnight / Precious sacred scenes unfold.” — J.B.F. Wright, 1925

Branson, MO —Traditional gospel music and Ozark Mountain culture go together mighty well. From brush arbor singing schools to pine-enshrouded churches where country folks sang from well-worn hymnals every Sunday morning, the sweet sounds of gospel music form an emotional basis for many of us; reminders of childhood, dinners on the ground, exciting tent revivals, and for some, simple evening singings as the family would gather together and let their voices ring.

But times change. People change. The world, it seems, simply picked up its pace and recordings, radio, TV, internet, and job and family responsibilities removed the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. The chance to leave an industrious world outside — even for just a few hours — was lost. Tattered hymnbooks were replaced by projection screens and four-part harmony swapped for an endless stream of praise and worship songs. Families didn’t gather around a piano anymore and besides, the music on the radio, then the entertainment on TV, then the library of digital music, was all more professional, more polished, and never required practice but simply the touch of a button.

The Williamsons of Wetumka, Oklahoma

The Williamsons of Wetumka, Oklahoma

Gone for most was the shape note singing, the tent revivals, and the conventions. Conventions? No, not Tupperware conventions. A generation or two ago, gospel music conventions, specifically quartet conventions, were commonplace. Small and large, these gatherings originated from 19th century songbook companies’ efforts to sell books. This was after the Civil War and the population was ready to embrace music that spoke of hope and peace.

Professional quartets traveled from church to church, then from convention to convention, stunning largely rural audiences with the now-trademark sounds of a powerful, rumbling bass, soaring tenor, lead and baritone vocals. As quartets polished their skills and styles, white Southern gospel music was born. With it, of course, came those singing conventions, the largest of which ultimately became the National Quartet Convention, an event that packed out the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis for many years. Here was the equivalent of a rock concert arena. Thousands of fans pouring into the venue to see gospel music greats like J.D. Sumner, James Blackwood of the Blackwood Brothers, and more.

The Ascension Quartet of Lebanon, Missouri

The Ascension Quartet of Lebanon, Missouri

“When we’ve been there ten thousand years / Bright shining as the sun / We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise / Than when we’ve first begun.” — John Newton, Amazing Grace

Like many other elements of our rural population, Southern gospel conventions became fewer and farther between in the last generation. Now, the words “singing convention” are typically met with a bit of bewilderment. Southern gospel is still a small but powerful genre of music but many of the artists now travel from church to church, not from convention to convention.

The National Quartet Convention is still going strong, moving this year from Louisville to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, but Southern gospel singing west of the Mississippi? Western region groups have struggled for years, honing their styles, their harmonies, their ministries, but laboring largely in the shadow of “top tier” groups with more convention affiliation in the east. Now, the efforts of Branson-based Jonathan Edwards (of Faith’s Journey), Donnie Williamson (of Wetumka, Oklahoma-based The Williamsons), Ava Kasich (Texas-born Beacon award winning soloist) and Rob Patz (of the Seattle-based SGN Scoops Digital gospel music magazine) teamed up to create a heartland Southern gospel convention here in Branson.

Jonathan Edwards holds a framed proclamation from the State of the Missouri, honoring The Lesters for 89 years of distinguished service in gospel music.

Jonathan Edwards holds a framed proclamation from the State of the Missouri, honoring The Lesters for 89 years of distinguished service in gospel music.

“For most of us who do gospel music, the goal is to see lives changed. But we can’t do that if we don’t have people to sing to. One of the goals of the convention is to expose more groups of the Midwest to an audience,” says Williamson. “That’s why we honored The Lesters during the first night of the convention. We want to highlight the quality of groups from this area.”

“Near the cross I’ll watch and wait / Hoping, trusting ever / Till I reach the golden strand / Just beyond the river.” — Fanny Crosby, Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross Read more »


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Gospel Music Today On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 18, 2013 – 9:25 am -


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