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A Night You’ll Never Forget…with The Collingsworth Family!

Written by SGN Scoops on March 4, 2014 – 6:02 am -

Collingsworth at First Baptist AtantaSpartanburg, SC – The evening of Saturday, May 31, 2014, promises to be one Gospel music lovers will never forget, as the multi-award winning Collingsworth Family will be featured at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in Spartanburg, SC. This exciting evening will feature two live concerts that will be video taped!  This special night promises be a once in a life-time experience for true Collingsworth Family fans and all those who enjoy exceptional, inspiring, uplifting music and rich family harmony.
The first concert will feature The Collingsworth Family with a full live band, original set design and special lighting effects!  This portion of the evening promises to be a powerful night, featuring the new repertoire from this Dove Award winning family’s recently released THE LORD IS GOOD recording.

Following an intermission, those attending this special evening will witness an intimate glimpse of Kim Collingsworth, “THE ARTIST”, as the auditorium is transformed into a Sanctuary of worship. Kim will share her piano mastery on her personal C7 Yamaha Concert Grand Piano.  Kim will share her testimony, original arrangements fully orchestrated, breathtaking artistry, and an offering of enthusiastic praise.  The evening will be brought to a climax as 3 additional Yamaha Grands are moved to the stage for a PIANO EXTRAVAGANZA of celebrity pianists from across the country!!  

The Collingsworth Family’s concert video, FEAR NOT TOMORROW received a DOVE AWARD for LONG FORM VIDEO OF THE YEAR from the Gospel Music Association in 2012. The videos that will be taped at Spartanburg’s historic Memorial Auditorium on May 31 promises to garner even more honors and accolades for this multi-talented musical family.

Make plans to be a part of this night of excitement, spiritual anointing, family-emphasis, and musical excellence with THE COLLINGSWORTH FAMILY in Spartanburg, SC at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium on May 31 at 6:00pm. The event is welcomed by WSSL FM’s Sunday in the South with Mark & Jerri Ferguson and is a Sunday In America Concert. Complete information regarding this exceptional evening is available by calling 864-582-8107 or by

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Ivan Parker Flying Solo

Written by Lorraine Walker on January 16, 2014 – 1:28 pm -

By Craig Harris

Ivan Parker

Ivan Parker

Before he was a well-known fixture in Southern Gospel music, Ivan Parker was an advertising executive. “I enjoyed that, but nothing rings the bell like when you jump into your calling,” Parker said.

After more than 30 years in the industry, Parker’s calling still brings him excitement. “I live this statement … an old gentleman told me a few years ago, he said, ‘Ivan, if you really enjoy what you’re doing, you never work a day in your life,’” Parker said. “There is a passion that I have for ministry, gospel music, and there’s a passion for those people that is really even hard to put it into words how you actually feel. It’s so rooted into your heart and fiber. I wouldn’t be good at anything else.”

Parker has been successful in each avenue of his journey through Southern Gospel music. He joined the Singing Americans in 1982, remaining with the North Carolina-based group for one year before embarking on what turned into an 11-year tenure with Gold City. While with Gold City, the male quartet won seven awards for favorite group, had 19 top-ten songs and won a Dove Award in 1993 for the Southern Gospel Song of the Year “There Rose a Lamb.” He has now performed as a solo artist for the last 20 years. 

“It was very odd,” Parker said. “We went from nine people on stage to one. The transition was IP twovery different. When you walk out on stage by yourself, something inside you makes it seem a lot easier and simpler, but when I went solo, I realized it’s probably the hardest work I’ve ever done. That’s when the rubber meets the road (when you’re on stage alone). It’s so normal now. It’s like in anything you do in life … you learn how to survive. You learn how to push forward even when there’s obstacles that says you can’t. You learn how to go around obstacles. You learn how to do your program to where it’s going to be a lot easier for you.”

Once launching his solo ministry, Parker began to carve out a new niche. He has often received favorite soloist awards, and in 2007, he became the first soloist to perform on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention. “I am a soloist,” Parker said. “I am one man in a quartet world. When I first went solo, soloists weren’t cool. You had to be a group in order to be accepted.With what God did in my life, He placed me in a very strategic place. What it proved was that we all have a message to sing. Regardless of what your style – whether it be a group, quartet or soloist – we all have a message. It’s about the message. It’s about Jesus. It’s not about us. We’re not the stars. It’s about the Lord. It’s because of him that any of us are here doing what we do.”

Parker makes approximately 175 appearances each year, and his on-stage dynamic has now changed somewhat as the youngest of his two sons – 25-year-old Josh – has been playing electric guitar with Ivan for the last 10 months. 

“That has been one of the most fun things that I have ever done,” Parker said. “All of my career, I’ve never traveled with my family. It’s always been other people. Now that I have my son here, it’s a great piece of home away from home. He’s young, and he’s really doing a great job as far as winning the young people. I think our industry has gotten to the place to where a lot of the audience is getting older. We’re not seeing the young people take an interest.  That’s part of my process of having him on board, to let the young people know that it’s cool to love Southern Gospel. He plays in a manner to where it should draw and attract the young people.” 

Josh Parker

Parker admits that being away from family has been the most difficult aspect in his 30-year career. “The hardest part in what I do even after all of these years is leaving,” Parker – who resides in Lebanon, TN – said.

“That’s always the hardest part. Walking out the door and going to get on the bus seems like it can be a 10 or 12-hour trip (just getting) out there. You have to focus on why you do what you do. There has to be something spiritual and emotional that keeps you in that place. I have thought often times, if I ever want to see God in my life, look where I’ve come from and the places he’s brought me through, and I’ll see the fingerprints of God in my life. I know every time I perform, there’s somebody that’s hurting, somebody who is searching who needs to hear the truth. That keeps me motivated. When you chance a life for eternity, that’s a pretty big deal.”

It’s the audience that Parker is singing to that helps to make the journey enjoyable. “We get a lot of e-mails in every week,” Parker said. “In every concert, I’m a very hands-on artist. I take time with the people, whether it be during intermission or after the concert. I’m never in a hurry. The reason I do is because I humbly accept the position I’m in. I’m not on a call to do it. It’s because of those fans that I’m able to do what I do. It’s very important that if they spend their money to buy a ticket and take time out of their busy, crazy life to give me two hours for a concert, I think they deserve it.”

Parker’s latest project is Timeless Treasurers, which includes songs such as “It Is No Secret,” “Tell Me the Story of Jesus” and “Sweeter As the Days Go By.” 

“I have recorded all of these years and there’s a lot of songs I never got to,” Parker – who had a No. 1 song in 2008 with “I Choose” – said. “So I got some songs from when I grew up that I have loved for years.” IPfour

In addition to all of his success as a member of Gold City and as a soloist, Parker has also been a fixture on the Gaither Homecoming Series. “I think I’m one of the most blessed singers in Gospel Music, because I have been able to not only be a part of one of the greatest quartets to ever walk on stage but to also be with the Gaither Homecoming Video family,” Parker said. “That whole deal will go down in history. That space in time of what we did will go down in history. It’s already historical to the point to that it was the longest-running tour in music history. It’s a great feeling to have been a part of the great caravan that stretched all the way from Gold City to the Homecoming years and intermingled in all of that to have the solo career sitting in the middle of that. For God to have blessed me personally with the ability and opportunity to communicate one on one, that’s been a blessing. That’s been huge.



Written By Craig Harris

First Published in October 2013 in SGN Scoops Magazine.

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Wayne Haun orchestrates for Celine Dion’s latest release

Written by SGN Scoops on November 6, 2013 – 12:50 pm -

NASHVILLE, TN (November 7, 2013) – Add Celine Dion’s name to an ever-growing list of artists who call on Wayne Haun for his WAYNEarranging expertise.

iTunes acknowledges that Celine Dion became a bestselling artist based on her “emotional, lushly orchestrated pop ballads,” so even the low-key Haun will admit that orchestrating two songs on her newly-released recording, “Loved Me Back to Life,” is an accomplishment for which he is grateful.

Jessica Simpson, Rayburn, J. Mark McVey, and Earl Scruggs are just a sampling of other
mainstream artists who have hired Haun, but in typical fashion, he shows appreciation for those who have opened the door to make such opportunities possible. “I really need to thank producers Tricky Stewart and especially Aaron Pearce for asking me to play a small role in their stellar production. Aaron has always been a great collaborator and friend.”

In an already gratifying year, the 4-time Grammy nominee and 3-time BMI Music
Award winner recently garnered attention as he released his debut jazz vocal recording through StowTown Records and Provident/Sony Distribution. With fresh interpretations of timeless love songs and classic Broadway tunes, Wayne Haun’s “Old Soul” CD took the number one spot on the iTunes Jazz chart for two days — a chart that included Harry Connick, Jr., and Dave Koz. In all, the project remained in the iTunes Jazz Top 10 for a full week.

Haun also continues to be thankful for the support of the GMA/Dove Award voters, as
2013 added 4 more honors to his total. This year, his name was called for both producing (Jason Crabb’s “Inspirational Album of the Year” and “Southern Gospel Performance of the Year”) and songwriting (“Bluegrass Recorded Song” and “Country Recorded Song”).

As co-founder and co-owner of StowTown Records, Vine Records, and Sunset Gallery
Music, the East Tennessee native continues to write and arrange as a staff songwriter for Lillenas, while touring full-time as the musical director for Ernie Haase and Signature Sound.

About StowTown Records

Founded in 2011, StowTown Records reflects the musical vision of Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun, and is the creative home for Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Perrys, Doug Anderson, Devin McGlamery, The Collingsworth Family, Beyond the Ashes, The Browns, and selected classic music from The Cathedrals, their legendary bass singer, George Younce, and The Cathedral Family Reunion. Distributed worldwide through Provident/Sony Distribution, this independent label has quickly garnered industry attention with multiple GMA/Dove Awards and chart-topping releases from their
highly-respected artist roster. For more information on StowTown Records, visit

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Karen Peck Performs At Dove Awards

Written by SGN Scoops on October 22, 2013 – 1:41 pm -

karenpeckisaacs5Dahlonega, GA (October 22, 2013) The GMA Dove Awards were held in Nashville, TN on October 15 of this year and were welcomed back to the Music City with open arms. One of the highlights of the evening’s performances was a tribute to Bill Gaither. This was produced by Wayne Haun and featured singers from the Southern Gospel world. Karen Peck was front and center along with The Isaacs and others. They sang “He Touched Me”.

Karen also walked the red carpet and answered questions from various media sources that were waiting to talk to Gospel Musics top performers. While Karen was there she was informed that her current single ‘Revival’ had gone to number two on the Singing News chart for December as well as being number two on the Absolutely Gospel Music chart for the second week. Karen is one of the co-writers of the song which has rapidly climbed the charts.

Karen commented “I was very honored to perform on the Dove Awards along with The Isaacs, Signature Sound, and Dailey &Vincent for a tribute to Bill Gaither.” She continued to say “On the same day, we (KPNR) found out that our latest radio song, Revival, jumped to number two on the Southern Gospel charts. It was a blessed day.” 

Karen along with Susan Peck Jackson and Jeff Hawes of Karen Peck and New River sat down with Daniel Britt & Friends to talk about the new CD, how these songs touched their lives first and making the decision which songs to record. This interview can be heard on SIRIUS XM Channel 65 this Thursday at 10pm EST and Saturday at 12 noon EST. It can also be viewed online, smart-phone devices and on Dish Network channel 6065.

To find out more about Karen Peck and New River go to or .

You can reach Karen by E-mail at .

To schedule Karen Peck and New River contact the Harper Agency at .

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Ben Isaacs Garners Dove Award

Written by SGN Scoops on October 22, 2013 – 9:17 am -

Nashville, TN (October 21, 2013) Award winning producer extraordinaire and member of the premier Gospel/Bluegrass group, the Isaacs, won another award for his producing at the prestigious bendoves44th Annual Dove Awards last week in Nashville, TN.

Ben’s Award came for his part in co-producing the Gaither Vocal Band CD ‘Pure And Simple’ in the Southern Gospel Album Category.

Ben stated “Producing is a part of music that I thoroughly enjoy. It was truly an honor to win this award while working with the greatest guys in the business and having such fun doing it.”

In addition to Ben winning the Award, the Isaacs also walked the Red Carpet and sang in the Tribute to Bill Gaither during the televised portion of the Dove Awards program. The Isaacs were spectacular as they preformed Gaither’s classic, “He Touched Me”.

The Isaacs also performed to capacity crowds at the Dollywood Fall Harvest and Gospel Music Festival over the weekend and immediately followed that up with the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival where they shared the stage with Vince Gill.

You can learn more about the Isaacs at or .

The Isaacs can be reached for booking at .

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Kenna Turner West Signs Agreement With AG Publicity

Written by SGN Scoops on October 1, 2013 – 12:12 pm -

kennapromo5Nashville, TN (October 1, 2013) Award winning singer/songwriter Kenna Turner West, five-time Dove Award nominee and three-time SGM/AGM songwriter of the year has signed with an agreement with AG Publicity. Kenna is nominated for 2 Doves this year for the song “I’m Learning” by Aaron and Amanda Crabb, which was co-written with Lee Black and Michael Fordinal. It has been nominated in two categories, Song of the Year and Country Song.

Deon Unthank, AG Publicity President said “A songwriter with Kenna’s abilities only comes around every decade or so. I am excited to represent a songwriter of her caliber.”

Kenna was also a co-writer of the current hit single, “Revival”, by Karen Peck and New River along with writers, Karen Peck Gooch and Don Polythress.

Karen Peck Gooch said of Kenna’s songwriting, “She just seemed to know exactly what I wanted to convey in this song even before I could clearly articulate it myself. She was able to pick up on the style of music I had in my heart and help me to put the thoughts on paper in the perfect flow.”

Kenna stated “This is a very exciting time for us. Our ministry is continuing to grow, in part because of the visibility that the songs have brought to the other aspects of what we do. I am thrilled to have AG Publicity helping us get the word out about all that God is doing, both in and through us.”

To learn more about the ministry of Kenna Turner West or to book an event, visit her website or .

You can reach Kenna by e-mail at .


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Written by SGN Scoops on September 5, 2013 – 4:06 am -

imageWashington, DC (September 4, 2013) – Today, the announcement has been made that Grammy and multi-Dove Award winning Christian recording artist Jason Crabb has been appointed to the Special Advisory Committee of the 9/11 Day of Prayer and Repentance being observed next week nationally. In accepting the appointment to the special committee, Crabb joins a select group of high profile nationally recognized Christian influencers that includes CongresswomanMichelle Bachman, pastor Greg Laurie, actor Chuck Norris and singer Pat Boone, among others.
The 9/11 Day of Prayer & Repentance is a movement that began in April as an editorial column at by WND CEO and Founder Joseph Farah. Within days the response came from thousands of readers wishing to enlist themselves and their families, church groups, Bible studies and neighbors.
Overwhelmed by the outpouring, Farah noted about the 9/11 call to action: “When America was founded 237 years ago, fellow believers fought to establish and protect the role of God in the fabric of our country. We are a nation originally built on and by prayer. Today, as Christians, we can look around and readily see that our beloved homeland is tragically broken and our culture is breaking down and dramatically moving away from God. Those of us who understand the challenges we face for the very survival of America as we have known it as one nation under God must start planning now to do something radical.”
That something is the 2013 nationwide day of prayer and repentance. .
In noting the announcement of the latest addition to the Special Committee, Joseph Farah noted: “Jason Crabb is a young American who authentically embodies the principals on which the day is based –a consistent passion for keeping God in the center of our daily agenda and for encouraging others through both his witness and example to follow God in prayer and action.  We’re extremely honored with his willingness to participate.”
imageI’m honored to be involved with the 9/11 day of prayer and repentance,” shared Jason Crabb. “I firmly believe that America’s only shining hope is a return to God in the midst of these dark times. I pray this event will help encourage individuals and churches alike to take the time to honor God next week in the observance of the September 11 anniversary.”
Jason Crabb is one of the most highly respected, versatile and talented artists to ever grace a stage. His soulful, heartfelt vocals have made him a critics’ pick and a fan favorite on stages ranging from “The Grand Ole Opry” and the Brooklyn Tabernacle to arena platforms. Crabb is the reigning GMA Dove Awards’ Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the year. With a string of number one hits and chart-topping singles, a tour schedule of over 150 dates annually, and ongoing high-profile TV appearances, this vocal powerhouse’s talent is topped only by his genuine personality and concern for others. Love Is Stronger, his latest release, arrived onto the musical landscape with critical acclaim. Produced by musical heavyweights – Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin,) Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) and Wayne Haun (Celine Dion) – the 11-track project features Jason at his very best and garnered attention from EntertainmentTonight, The Associated Press, FOX News, AOL Music, The Boot, CCM Magazine, New Release Tuesday and more. Jason has just embarked on the fall leg of his “Love Is Stronger” tour throughout the country and is set to take the stage with Michael W. Smith during his “Worship Around The World” tour in October 2013. Jason lives with his wife Shellye, and daughters Emma and Ashleigh just outside of Nashville, TN.
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StowTown Records Garner Ten GMA Dove Award Nominations

Written by SGN Scoops on August 30, 2013 – 4:57 am -




(Nashville, Tenn.) – The  Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced the nominations for the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards earlier this week at a press conference in Nashville, TN on the campus of Lipscomb University.

StowTown Records is pleased to congratulate Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Devin McGlamery, The Collingsworth Family, Beyond The Ashes, and Wayne Haun on their GMA Dove Award nominations in the following categories:
  • Song of the Year: “Sometimes I Wonder” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  • Song of the Year: “From My Rays To His Riches” – Devin McGlamery
  • Southern Gospel Performance of the Year: “Sometimes I Wonder” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  • Southern Gospel Song of the Year: “Sometimes I Wonder” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  • Country Song of the Year: “From My Rags To His Riches” – Devin McGlamery
  • Inspirational Song of the Year: “When Love Whispers Your Name” – Beyond The Ashes
  • Southern Gospel Album of the Year: Glorious Day - Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  • Producer of the Year: Wayne Haun
  • Songwriter of the Year: Wayne Haun
  • Christmas Album of the Year: Feels Like Christmas - The Collingsworth Family
StowTown Records, founded in 2011 under the direction of Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun, is distributed worldwide through Provident Distribution. The independent label has quickly gained industry attention with chart-topping releases from their artist roster. For more information on StowTown Records, visit
The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN at 7:30 PM CST.  The awards show will be televised on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM CST exclusively on the UP! Television Network. Tickets are now on sale at the Allen Arena box office in Nashville, TN and at

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Written by SGN Scoops on August 29, 2013 – 9:47 am -

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Continuing a milestone year following the April release of their critically-acclaimed fourth recording, Mercy, Mercycoversinger/songwriters and worship leaders Aaron & Amanda Crabb recently garnered four Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Award nominations, as well as a top award nomination from the Inspirational Country Music Association (ICM).

The couple earned a Dove Award nomination in the prestigious Song of The Year category for “Take Him To The Place,” which they wrote and recorded. “I’m Learning,” recorded by the duo and penned by Lee Black, Michael Fordinal and Kenna West, is also nominated for Song of the Year, making Aaron & Amanda Crabb the only artist to have recorded two songs nominated in this category. Song of the Year nominees also include “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)”; “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)”; “Forgiveness”; and “Redeemed,” among others.

In addition, Mercy received a Dove Award nomination for Country Album of the Year, while the couple’s debut mainstream country single, “I’m Learning,” is nominated for Country Song of the Year. Aaron & Amanda Crabb’s multi-format Christian radio single, “Take Him To The Place,” is among the nominees for Inspirational Song of the Year. The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be presented October 15 in Nashville.

The Inspirational Country Music Association also recently announced finalists for the 19th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards. Aaron & Amanda Crabb are nominated for Vocal Duo, alongside such artists as The Roys and Branded, among others. This year’s ICM Awards will be held in Nashville October 24 at the close of ICM Faith, Family & Country Week (

Aaron & Amanda Crabb’s Mercy bowed April 23 from Difference Media (Capitol Christian Distribution) and was co-produced by Aaron Crabb and Ben Isaacs (The Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs). Featuring 11 songs revealing a decidedly country direction for the duo, the project pays tribute to their storied Southern Gospel heritage and a range of Inspirational influences.

Aaron Crabb gained prominence as a member of the groundbreaking Crabb Family, one of the most popular acts in Southern Gospel music with more than 10 Dove Awards and three GRAMMY® nominations to their credit. After the group disbanded in 2007, Aaron and his wife Amanda released three acclaimed projects as a duo—2008’s Dove-nominated After the Rain, 2009’s CD/DVD Live at Oaktree, and 2010’s Love With No End—prior to the release of Mercy. The couple also serves as worship leaders at San Antonio’s Cornerstone Church.

Difference Media is a division of Cornerstone Church, founded and pastored by John Hagee. The label features some of the leading names in Southern Gospel music, including Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Canton Junction, Matthew Hagee, Tim Duncan, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir, John Hagee and The Hagees. A non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members, Cornerstone Church is home to John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts Pastor Hagee’s radio and television teachings throughout America and to 245 countries around the globe. The ministry also operates GETV, a 24/7 online television and video on-demand broadcast of sermons and original programming, as well as music videos and performances by Difference Media artists (

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Beyond The Ashes Nominated For A Dove

Written by SGN Scoops on August 28, 2013 – 2:41 pm -

btadNashville, TN (August 28th, 2013) – StowTown Records’ artist Beyond The Ashes is honored to have garnered a Dove nomination for Inspirational Song Of The Year.

The song, “When Love Whispers Your Name,” written by veteran Dove winning songwriters, Joel Lindsey and Ernie Haase, is from the trio’s debut StowTown Records release entitled Living In The Moment.

“It is overwhelming how God continues to open doors and opportunities for BTA.  I feel very honored to represent Southern Gospel music at the Dove Awards once again. Thank you all for believing in our ministry,” expresses Anthony Facello of Beyond The Ashes.

The Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards will take place on Tuesday, October 15th 2013, at 7:30pm CST.  They will be held at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville, TN.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

To learn more about Beyond The Ashes, visit  Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter at @beyondtheashes1.

To schedule the Dove nominated trio for your church service or concert event, contact the Adoration Agency (A division of Michael Davis And Associates) by visiting or by calling Sophia Davis at 615-590-7453.

You can learn more about StowTown Records and their family of artists by visiting

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