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Creekside Gospel Music Convention

Are you ready for Creekside 2019?

Written by Staff on January 27, 2019 – 12:08 pm -

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019

In only nine months, one of the most creative and festive events in Christian music will occur in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. On Oct. 27, hundreds of fans will return to the Smoky Mountain Convention Center to enjoy the musical artistry of over 50 Southern, Country and Bluegrass gospel music artists. The Convention continues through Oct. 31, 2019.

Smoky Mountain Convention Center and Ramada Inn

Smoky Mountain Convention Center and Ramada Inn

Creekside 2019 will present daily musical showcases, evening concerts, midnight prayer, keynote speakers, and a large exhibit hall for fellowship and interaction with artists. Special events include the Life Achievement Honors, 2019 Diamond Awards, Creekside Choir, and main event artists. The first main event artist has already been named: the Down East Boys. Keep watching this site more more news.

Rob Patz asks: Are you free?

Rob Patz at the Diamond Awards

For more information on all of these events as well as hotel accommodations, and VIP tickets, please contact Rob Patz at rob@sgnscoops or 360-933-0741. Be sure to follow Creekside on Facebook HERE for all the latest news and updates.

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Down East Boys to appear at Creekside 2019

Written by Staff on November 12, 2018 – 11:35 am -

Down East Boys to appear at Creekside 2019

Down East Boys to appear at Creekside 2019

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (Nov. 12, 2018) — Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019 is in the planning stages after a very successful 2018 event. Rob Patz,  director, is thrilled to announce that the Down East Boys from North Carolina will be appearing at the 2019 event, to be held from Oct. 27 – 31 in the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

The Down East Boys are currently enjoying the success of their single release, “Beat-Up Bible,” from the album, “One Day In The Past.” Members include Doug Pittman, Ricky Carden, Daryl Paschal and newest member, bass singer Zac Barham.
Down East Boys to appear at Creekside 2019Ricky Carden has been with the DEB for 28 years. “I am excited to be a part of Creekside 2019,” says Carden. “I have watched this event grow over the past few years and am honored to be included in the great list of artists!”
Patz is thrilled that the DEB have already signed on for 2019, on top of all the great artists returning from 2018. “I have always wanted Ricky and his boys to appear on the Creekside stage,” says Patz. “I know they will be welcomed into the Creekside family with open arms.”
Creekside Gospel Music Convention is an annual event held in Pigeon Forge, featuring over 50 artists, daytime showcases, evening concerts, the Dr. Jerry Goff Honors, Diamond Awards and Midnight Prayer.  For more information, call Rob Patz at 360 – 933 – 0741.

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Sonlite Records and the Down East Boys work to spread God’s word with Singing News Radio and Bible League International

Written by Staff on November 2, 2018 – 3:28 pm -

From left, Greg Bentley, Crossroads/Sonlite Records; Ricky Carden, Down East Boys; and Greg Goodman, Singing News Radio.

From left, Greg Bentley, Crossroads/Sonlite Records; Ricky Carden, Down East Boys; and Greg Goodman, Singing News Radio.

Arden, North Carolina (November 1, 2018) – Sonlite Records and the Down East Boys have teamed up with Singing News Radio and Bible League International to get Bibles into the hands of new Christians around the world through the League’s ‘Til The Whole World Knows campaign.

Throughout the month of November, the first 50 people who donate $50 or more to Bible League International will receive a copy of the Down East Boys’ latest album, One Day In The Past, which features their hit single, “Beat Up Bible.”

“As Singing News Radio continues to work with Bible League International to buy Bibles and put them out to new Christians across the globe, we felt a perfect tie-in was the Down East Boys song, ‘Beat Up Bible.’ We are so pleased to have the Down East Boys and Sonlite Records working with us in November to give copies of their project One Day In The Past to some of our donors,” says Greg Goodman from Singing News Radio. “In order to achieve a beat-up Bible, you have to place it in the hands of someone who is going to use it and gather all the knowledge they can from it. We know that is the work that Bible League is doing daily!”

Greg Bentley from Crossroads said joining the effort to spread God’s word was a no brainer, especially because “Beat Up Bible” was a perfect match for the campaign.

“I’ve heard many stories of families and churches in foreign countries sharing one copy of The Bible between many people because they do not have the resources to have their own copy. And how it becomes tattered and torn from the use,” says Bentley. “To be able to team up with the Bible League and Singing News in this effort just seemed like the icing on top of the cake since the song ‘Beat Up Bible’ will be the #1 song for the upcoming December chart. To be a part of getting the message around the world is part of our goal. We are thrilled to contribute to such a great cause.”

Those interested in contributing can do so on the Singing News Radio website, by clicking on the Bible League International link.

About Crossroads:
Crossroads is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Americana fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, Crossroads Publishing Group and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ life-changing music.

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Down East Boys release One Day In The Past

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 24, 2018 – 10:36 am -

Down East Boys release One Day In The Past

Down East Boys release One Day In The Past

Arden, NC.  –  After more than 30 years of ministry, the Down East Boys’ latest album, One Day In The Past, is available now on Sonlite Records.

With songs about praising the Lord and preaching the good news, One Day In The Past reminds followers of Christ to get back to basics — remember what God has done and can do for you, give Him glory, and tell others His story.

The message is built on tradition, a theme the Down East Boys carry through One Day In The Past. “Beat Up Bible,” the first single, which has already reached the top 5 on the national charts in just three months, is a rich, heartfelt rendition of the popular Little Big Town song that paints the picture of a “worn out and torn up” book used by generations to teach the value of prayer and unwavering trust in God.

“This song takes me back to my grandparents and the Christian heritage they showed to me,” says lead singer Ricky Carden. “Their Bibles are worn and tattered from the many hours spent studying the word. We need more beat up Bibles in our homes.”

“Testimony Time,” an upbeat driving tune written by Sandy Knight, tells of people being unafraid to tell what God has done for them. “Come gather round and spread the news / Tell what the Lord has done for you, and let the whole world know that God is good.”

The album closes with “Beautiful Valley,” a new recording of the Down East Boys’ first chart topping song from 1989 that has all the elements of a great gospel song: a classic country sound and a message that relates easily with almost everyone with notes of faith and perseverance.

As a whole, One Day In The Past carries on the Down East Boys’ ministry with honesty and passion for the Lord.

“This is by far my favorite album we’ve ever recorded, and that’s a lot of albums over almost 30 years. I feel the lineup of guys we have now in combination with the songs and arrangements has made that total connection needed to have a successful album,” says Carden. “We are overwhelmed with the response ‘Beat Up Bible’ is getting, but it’s not just that song. Our hope and prayer is that when listeners hear this new album, they will be taken to a place in their minds when life was simpler, and we focused more on just how great God is to each of us. It’s had that effect on us as a group, and I believe it will to the listeners as well.”

Listen to One Day In The Past HERE.

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Jason Runnels Ministries Announces First Annual Homecoming

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 3, 2014 – 11:16 pm -

Jason Runnels

Jason Runnels

Plans have been finalized for our first annual Jason Runnels Ministries Homecoming. May of 2015 will mark  one year of full time ministry for our family. We would like to invite you to join us as we celebrate this milestone in our ministry. Many of you know I spent 10 years in Gospel Music singing tenor for The Down East Boys, and I have invited them to be our special guest for this event. Several people over the past year have said that they would love to hear me singing with the guys again. Well, May 16, 2015 you will have that chance. Ricky Carden and I have agreed to do a Down East Boys reunion set after intermission that night. I will join Ricky, Daryl, and Joe to sing some of your favorite Down East Boys songs.

This will be a one time event, and we would like to invite you to join us May 16, 2015 at Harvest Baptist Church in Burlington, NC. The concert will start at 6:30 PM and the cost of the event will be $5 ticket and we will take up an offering to off set cost of the event. If you have a family with 5 or more, you only pay $20. We are looking for a sell out crowd for this event. If you are interested in getting on our list for tickets before they are released, simply call 336-263-8266 or email me and give me your name, number of tickets, and phone number to contact you when they are available. Official ticket release date is March 1st and will be available through the Church office and our website Please mark your calendars, get your tickets and join us as our family celebrates this milestone of Jason Runnels Ministries.

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St. Jude Benefit Concert Exclusive Report

Written by SGN Scoops on August 9, 2011 – 4:55 pm -

T & T promotions & Stanley Pierce presented the 13th Annual St. Jude’s Gospel Sing on Saturday, August 6 at the Georgia Mountain Center.  The concert featured: Karen Peck & New River, The Perry’s, The Kingsmen, the Down East Boys, and CS&K. The concert generated over $27,000 in donations to assist St. Jude in their cancer research. It was the largest donation to date for this annual sing. A red and white St Jude’s banner adorned the front of the stage which displayed a profound statement; Finding Cures. Saving Children.

Danny Jones. of Singing News. was the emcee of the night. Danny stated that when you give, you become somebody’s hero.    

Taking to the stage first was hometown artist CS&K from Gillsville, GA. CS&K are the 2010 NQC Talent Competition winners. The trio preformed “Living In The Pages” and “Our God Saves.”  CS&K were followed by the Down East Boys from Reidsville, NC who were no strangers to the St. Jude’s Annual Sing. The Down East Boys were turning out old favorites like “He’s A Personal Savior,” “Send The Light,” “I Feel Like Traveling On” and “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power.” I looked around the arena and noticed that everyone was singing along with them. Tony received a standing ovation for his performance on “Little Is Much.”

The multi Grammy nominated Karen Peck and New River, along with Karen’s children; Matthew and Kari Gooch, hit the stage with “We Shall Wear a Robe and Crown” and had the audience on their feet! With the audience still standing, Karen paid tribute to all the veterans with a stellar performance of our National Anthem.  Jeff Hawes also gave a performance that was second to none, on “This Is What Mercy Does.”  The audience was moved to tears as KPNR sang their latest release “On The Banks of The Promise Land.”   

 Bryan, Randy, Harold, and Ray of The Kingman’s Quartet kept the spirit going with songs like “When God Ran,” “If Not for The Love of Christ” and “After The Sunrise.”  “Beautiful Home” has always been a fan favorite by Ray Dean Reese, who is celebrating 46 years in the ministry.  Everyone loved the Kingsmen’s latest release “That’s All I Need.”  Great song! 

 When The Perry’s walked on stage they began to sing “Plan of Salvation” which featured Tracy Stuffle. What a miracle! Tracy has stayed true to his meds, his diet and his calling. The Perry’s also preformed hit after hit “I Know It Was The Blood,”  “I Rest My Case,” “Wish I Could Have Been There,” “If You Knew Him” and “Celebrate Me Home.” 

As the night drew to a close the groups joined together on stage to sing “God Walks The Dark Hills,” “Living In Canaan Now” and “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now.”

A special “thanks” to all the groups who so graciously donated their time for such a worthy cause. If you would like to become somebody’s hero, donate today to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

***SGNScoops says “thank you” to Angela Griffin for her exclusive concert report.



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