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Clayton and Scotty Inman: A Triumphant tandem

Written by Staff on September 4, 2017 – 9:48 am -

Clayton and Scotty Inman. (Craig Harris)

Clayton and Scotty Inman. (Craig Harris)

Father/son duo is in 15th year alongside each other on stage


Clayton Inman was your typical baseball dad. He was president of the Sevier County (Tenn.) High School baseball program’s booster club. His son was a left-handed first baseman who appeared to be destined to play at the collegiate level. However, a detour altered that path.


Clayton and Scotty Inman. (Craig Harris)

Clayton and Scotty Inman. (Craig Harris)

Now, the Inmans have been playing on the same team for the past 15 years. “It’s been awesome,” Clayton emphasizes. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”


However, for that to happen, Scotty Inman had to don a different type of uniform … trading his jersey and cleats for a coat and tie.


Clayton and Scotty Inman. (Craig Harris)

Clayton and Scotty Inman. (Craig Harris)

“Growing up, his love for this music was always there,” Clayton points out. “He was a pretty talented athlete. I never pushed him to do this.”

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Happy Birthday Eric Bennett

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 28, 2015 – 11:19 am -

Happy Birthday Eric Bennett

Happy Birthday Eric Bennett

Happy Birthday, Eric Bennett From Triumphant Quartet

More About Eric Bennett:

Eric Bennett is the bass singer for Triumphant Quartet and also serves as emcee for the group. He was with the Kingdom Heirs from 1991 to 2002, at which time he left to become one of the founding members of Triumphant Quartet.

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Triumphant Quartet: Living In Harmony

Written by Staff on July 10, 2015 – 12:17 pm -



By Paige Givens
​     Southern Gospel music has been blessed with an abundance of amazing quartets, whose sound and talent keep people coming back for more. There is something about quartet singing that goes beyond simple enjoyment for both the singer and the listener. Gospel quartets have the ability to take the songs of old, songs of our Christian heritage, as well as new and inspired songs, and wrap them tightly in beautiful harmonies before sending them straight to the heart.

In this industry full of wonderful quartets, there are some that especially stand out, and Triumphant Quartet is one such group. Since they formed in 2003, Triumphant Quartet has enjoyed an exquisite harmony both on and off stage. They demonstrate the joys of living in harmony with one another and with the Lord.
The group actually began as singers for Sunday services in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Tenor David Sutton recalls, “Eric Bennett, Jeff Stice, and I had been volunteering at the Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge, singing at her Sunday morning worship services that she held for tourists. She had the vision of having a gospel quartet at her theater doing morning shows and a Sunday night show. She approached us about the opportunity of forming a group to do this. To be honest with you, when she did, we all said, ‘We are happy and not interested but we will keep it in our prayers.’ A little time passed and she asked again. This went on for several weeks and finally we agreed to sit down and talk with her about what her vision was. Because of her vision and lots of prayer, this group was formed, and God continues to bless.”

2015 SGNScoops Magazine

2015 SGNScoops Magazine

David goes on to explain how the group was named Triumphant Quartet. “The name Triumphant came from three fans. When the group formed we were known as Integrity. After a little over a year of singing, we received a letter from a well-known business that had the same name. They were in our same genre of music and felt because of the years they had used the name, there was a conflict of interest, so we decided to take a negative and turn it into a positive. We got with the management team at the theater and started coming up with ideas. We came up with the idea to let the fans pick our name. We started doing national marketing asking fans to submit names. We had over 3500 names submitted. We narrowed it down to our top five and went to Trademark attorneys to search the names out. Our top pick was Triumphant. We had three different people submit this name. We invited all three people to our show one Sunday night at the theater and presented them all with gifts.”

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SGN Scoops Pastors’ Corner with Eric Bennett of Triumphant

Written by Staff on June 7, 2015 – 8:37 am -

Eric Bennett

Eric Bennett

For this edition of Pastors’ Corner, we welcome Eric Bennett from Triumphant Quartet. Eric was formerly a Pastor of a Baptist Church, so we felt he was well qualified for this Pastors’ Corner series on “The Importance of Music in the Life of a Christian.” We trust you will enjoy his blog.


TD Jakes once said that anyone can praise the Lord, but true worship can only come from someone in whom God has done a supernatural work. (1 Peter 2:19,20: “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an Holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the wonderful acts of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.)
I agree with Brother Jakes. True heart-felt worship can only come from someone
who has experienced the hand of God working in their life; someone that God has delivered; someone that God has set free.

Joshua 4:19-24, tells the story of when the children of Israel set up 12 stones as a reminder of what God had done in their life. Most all lyrics in Southern Gospel music reflect on what God has done, either on the cross or something He’s done in our personal life. Whether it is Chris Allman’s, “I Could Never Praise Him Enough,” or Bill Gaither’s, “Jesus We Just Want To Thank You,” which if I were you, I would do myself a favor and look this song up on Youtube and watch the Cathedrals video of this. It’ll make you want to shout “Glory” as George would say! All these songs remind us of the goodness of God.

For me personally, I can sit and listen to songs like these and be reminded of all the things God has done for me. I am so very thankful for salvation, my wife, family, my GRANDKIDS, house, job, health, friends, and on and on. We all have so much to thank God for.

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2015 SGNScoops Magazine

I think music either helps you focus on God or takes your focus off God. The importance of listening to Christian music is that it brings our attention to the One who gave us the breath that we breathe, another good reason to thank Him!

If we could get our mind off who is singing and get it on WHO is being sung about, we could experience true worship. Some of my best times with The Lord are not at church, concerts, or singings. Some of my best times with the Lord are driving the bus at 3am in morning or in my truck, listening to Christian music. God shows up and here we go!

Music will never take the place of Bible Study and Prayer time with God. But, it can truly keep our minds on Him. (Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.)

The world has so much noise today. Why wouldn’t a follower of Christ want to keep focused on Him all day long?! What better way to do that than listening to music that speaks of Him?

If you don’t already, I would suggest that you start listening to Christian music either on radio or by CD. Listen to the lyrics. Be reminded of all the things God has done in your life. Be reminded of “I once was lost but now I’m found, I once was blind but now I see.” If you do, I think you will experience true worship, you will keep focused on Him and I think your day will be so much brighter!
Written by Eric Bennett of Triumphant Quartet

First published by SGN Scoops digital magazine in December 2014. For current issues, visit SGN Scoops mainpage.

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Triumphant Quartet and Soul’d Out Quartet appear at Gospel Winterfest

Written by Staff on March 9, 2015 – 2:27 pm -


Triumphant Quartet

Triumphant Quartet

KNOXVILLE, TN – For the third straight year, New Destiny Productions brought back the best combination of quartets for Gospel Winterfest: the award-winning Triumphant Quartet and Soul’d Out Quartet together on stage at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN.

Soul'd Out

Soul’d Out

Soul’d Out Quartet from Georgetown, OH opened the concert after Russ Woolard, President of New Destiny Productions, opened with a great song, “Holy Spirit Come In This Place.”  After a few songs, Matt Rankin, founder and owner of Soul’d Out who started the group in 2004, introduced the members of the group: Michael Howard, piano and Dusty Barrett, tenor have been with the group for seven

Matt Rankin

Matt Rankin

years. Former lead for the Kingsmen Quartet, Bryan Hutson joined the group three-and-a-half years ago and sings lead, and Ian Owen, bass, joined two-and-a-half years ago. Matt writes most of the songs that the group sings.

The fan favorite Southern Gospel male quartet, Triumphant, was up next. Since their beginning 13 years ago at the Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN, Triumphant has won dozens of awards nationally, as well as receiving Grammy and Dove nominations. They have also had the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall. They opened with the song, “We Will Remember,” as well as many more from their repertoire, to the appreciation of the attendees.
Eric Bennett, bass and spokesman for the group, introduced the members of the group.  The only change in the group since its inception has been the piano

Ian Owen

Ian Owen

player.  The four vocalists are the original members. Eric and David Sutton, tenor for the group, have been standing on stage together for 20 years.  They were members of Kingdom Heirs until Triumphant was formed.  They added Clayton Inman, lead, to the group, who had sung for several groups including Won by One, and Scott Inman, baritone, who is also a prolific songwriter.  The group was close to home, so their families were there and were introduced to the audience.

The concert ended after a little over three hours with both groups on stage singing, ‘When The Trumpet Sounds.”
North Metro Gospel Singings will present a similar event  May 30 – 6:00 pm at Shiloh Hills Baptist Church, Kennesaw, GA with the same two groups. We encourage all Gospel fans in the area to come out,

David Sutton and Scotty Inman

David Sutton and Scotty Inman

expecting a great evening of song and ministry!

For more information on Soul’d Out, visit their website HERE.
For more on Triumphant Quartet, click on their website HERE.
Written by Robert York for SGN Scoops.
Clayton Inman and Eric Bennett

Clayton Inman and Eric Bennett










Soul'd Out Quartet and Triumphant Quartet

Soul’d Out Quartet and Triumphant Quartet


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Triumphant Quartet In Concert At Douglasville Georgia

Written by Staff on January 9, 2015 – 10:36 am -

Triumphant Quartet

Triumphant Quartet

On January 7, 2015, we were in New Genesis Church in Douglasville, GA to see the award-winning Triumphant Quartet.  This church has a lot of Southern Gospel Concerts and Triumphant Quartet is one of everyone’s  favorite groups that visit there.

image3Triumphant Quartet has been singing together since 2003 when they started singing at the Louise Mandrell Theater in their home town Pigeon Forge,TN.  Before forming the Quartet, one of the members was at the theater almost every Sunday morning, singing in the worship service there.  Louise decided she needed a full time quartet to appear daily at the theater so she contacted them and what started there is now history.  The four guys: Eric Bennett, David Sutton, Clayton Inman and Scotty Inman, have been singing together ever since.  In 2008, after Ms. Mandrell left the theater, they felt it was God’s will for them to go on the road full-time.
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Mercy’s Call

Eric and David have been on stage singing together for several years. They had been performing in Dollywood together, and when Triumphant was formed, they asked Clayton and Scotty to join them.  Clayton had been singing with Won by One, a group he formed in the mid-’90’s, and Scotty had been with Poet Voices. The four voices then joined together to become one of the most awarded male quartets on the road today.


Eric Bennett

In Douglasville, Triumphant sang a good mixture of songs: fast, old, and new, and then Eric did a great closing invitation.  A local group, Mercy’s Call, which consists of Jennifer McAllister, Joey Peace and Jelinda Hill, opened the concert.

A great time was had by all! To experience Triumphant in a venue near you, visit their website at
Written by Robert York
Pictures courtesy of Robert York

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Triumphant Quartet Feels That Simple Is Good.

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 3, 2013 – 10:16 am -

Triumphant three

Triumphant Quartet Feels That Simple Is Good.

By Craig Harris


It was more than good enough on June 21 as the group invaded Edmonson County (Ky.) High School for the sixth annual Jeff Stice Homecoming Concert.

“It’s emotional for me,” Stice – the group’s pianist – said. “I look around, and I see teachers who taught me, a boss I used to work for in Bowling Green (Ky.) … I look out, and I see all these different
chapters of my life looking at me. It’s intimidating. It’s emotional. It’s a blessing.” The group has annual dates in or near each of the group members’ hometowns.

“It’s always exciting to go back home,” Triumphant tenor singer David Sutton said. “Our home folks
have supported us since we were little kids. We look forward to going back home. “It always seems electrifying.”

Stice – an Edmonson County High graduate – typically plays two piano solos during the group’s performance each evening, consisting of either “Down From His Glory” (which he opened with that night), “Mansion Over the Hilltop” or “Halleleujah Chorus.”

His homecoming concert kicked off with Stice taking the stage and performing a series 10 piano solos, intermingled with Stice’s emcee work. Stice spoke of how he began to play the piano and of the instrumental support of his family and friends, calling his dad Jimmy his hero but admitting that he is
his mother Evonia’s “moma’s boy.”

After Stice’s artistry was displayed for the first hour, Clayton Inman and Scotty Inman joined Stice on stage for the dramatic and powerful “He Is,” which earned a standing ovation from the crowd. “It’s
energy … they’re going to get energy from us,” Stice said.

Then, the group took off into what most of the group members agree is a nightly staple, performing
the chart-topping “Saved By Grace.” “It’s my favorite song we’ve ever recorded,” Stice said. “It’s an
anointed song.
“Carroll McGruder is a great writer. I’m so happy for him (receiving the Broadcast Music, Inc., Songwriter of the Year Award recently and being honored for writing ‘Saved By Grace’).”
Sutton added, “The one I still love doing every night is ‘Saved By Grace.’ I love that song. I love the
message. That and “Thinking of a Mansion” … I love both of those songs. Those two songs are just as
fresh tonight as when we started.” Read more »

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Victoria Shirey Releases New Solo Project

Written by SGN Scoops on May 20, 2013 – 5:39 am -

victoriacdcoverVictoria Shirey has just released her new solo album,WHO I AM TODAY.  This project features 7 out of 12 original songs that Victoria has written. Guest singers and pickers on this CD include, Kim Hopper, Joseph Habedank, Logan Smith, Bill Shivers, Eric Bennett, Steven Cooper, Wesley Smith, Adam Crabb, Micah Schweinsburg, Corey Pearson, and Kenny Clark. You will love the variety on this project, and be encouraged by each song. Victoria’s prayer is that people will be ministered to by the songs and feel the anointing as they listen. The title song on the project, “Who I Am Today” has just been released to radio on Ricky Atkinson’s compilation disc. Be listening for it, and call in to request to hear it played on your local Southern Gospel station. You can order Victoria’s new project from her website,

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Triumphant Quartet Tops Nomination List for Singing News Fan Awards

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 20, 2011 – 2:05 pm -

Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) March 18th, 2011 – The Singing News, recognized as the leading Southern Gospel Music Magazine, recently announced its list of nominees for the Singing News Fan Awards. Triumphant Quartet tops the list of nominees in a four-way tie with three other artists garnering 11 individual and group nominations. The Singing News Fan Awards are one of the longest running and most prestigious fan-based awards ceremonies in the Southern Gospel Music industry.

Triumphant Quartet comprised of group members Clayton Inman, David Sutton, Scott Inman, Eric Bennett and Jeff Stice, have received nods from Southern Gospel fans for Favorite Artist, Traditional Quartet, Favorite Lead (Clayton), Baritone (Scott), Tenor (David), Bass (Eric) and Musician (Jeff), Songwriter (Scott) and Album (‘Love Came Calling’). The group also received two nominations for Favorite Song with “Somebody Died For Me” and “Love Came Calling”.

The recent Singing News Fan Award nominations continue a string of acknowledgements for the group by both fans and industry personnel alike including Dove Award nominations this year for ‘Southern Gospel Song of The Year’ and ‘Song of The Year’, both for “Love Came Calling”. The ‘Song of the Year’ Dove nomination puts the group in an elite spotlight across all genres of Christian Music as the only traditional Southern Gospel group to appear in the list of nominees that include artists such as Mercy Me, Toby Mac and Chris Tomlin.

The Singing News Fan Awards will once again join with SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the famed Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, TN to announce the winners on September 28, 2011. For more information regarding Triumphant Quartet visit their website at For tickets to this year’s Singing News Fan Awards contact Fan Awards/SGMA Induction Ceremony at (865) 908-4040.

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On-Site Exclusive Concert Report- “Triumphant Quartet”

Written by Rhonda on September 2, 2010 – 12:58 pm -

SGNScoops would like to thank Southern Gospel Music Fan, Elaine Harcourt for sharing her experience of a recent Triumphant Quartet concert.  Ms. Harcourt drove 2 hours to see the quartet and has stated it was well worth the trip. 
Triumphant Quartet began their ministry in 2003 as the “Integrity Quartet” beginning at the Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN.  Since that time, Triumphant Quartet has experienced tremendous success with hit songs and numerous awards and award nominations.  Success hasn’t side-tracked Triumphant Quartet from their mission or changed the reason they sing.  Triumphant proclaims “Christ is the reason we sing” and their mission is ” to spread the Word of God through song and share the good news of Christ with other believers.” (  Ms. Elaine Harcourt was one many who received a blessing that night and her story is as follows: 
     On Saturday, August 28, I drove to Iola, KS for the kick-off concert to the SEKCAS (Southeast KS Christian Artist Series) for the 2010-2011 season at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. SEKCAS is a great venue and these concerts have been held here for a number of years. Each year between Aug- April, they bring 3-5 Southern Gospel Music concerts to mostly packed houses to town.   It’s a small town but not small when it comes to knowing and  loving Southern Gospel Music.
     When I walked in the door of Bowlus Fine Arts Center, Scott Inman (baritone) and his dad, Clayton Inman(lead), were at the table! It was great getting to see them and visit with them awhile. David Sutton (tenor) joined us and I was able to get some pictures taken before the evening started.
     After visiting and taking pictures, I made my way to my front-row seat & settled in for an evening of great music. This was my first Triumphant solo concert and it was great! A little comedy, a lot of music, and testimony rounded out the evening. Eric Bennett (bass) served as MC for the group & did an outstanding job.
     Among other songs,  they sang: “DON’T LET THE SANDALS FOOL YA”, “WHEN THE TRUMPET SOUNDS”, “DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU KNOW”, & “WHITE FLAG OF SURRENDER.” The promoters had made small white flags which they gave to everyone when they came in & it was great to see them waving!  Eric sang “LONG BLACK TRAIN “& did a masterful job.  Jeff Stice (pianist) & David Sutton (harmonica) played a duet on “THIS TRAIN.”  Awesome! Later, Jeff played “THE HALLELUJAH CHORUS”  + one other song. Eric gave a great lead-in to Scott’s “SOMEONE DIED FOR ME”  which is a very moving song. The group sang a medley of standards including  “DADDY SANG BASS.”  During the song, the singers all went down into the crowd shaking hands & getting individuals to sing the lines “Daddy sang bass” & “Mama sang tenor”. It was a lot of fun.
     It was a wonderful evening and well worth the 2 hour drive to get there! I recommend for everyone to go see Triumphant Quartet when you get the chance, you’ll get a blessing.
-Elaine Harcourt
*** The Triumphant Quartet will be having a “Homecoming” September 27th & 2th at the River Plantation RV Park & Conference Center in Sevierville, TN.  For more concert and other information, visit

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