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Lorraine Walker: the in-between month of March

Written by Staff on March 23, 2020 – 12:06 pm -

Spring. Flowers. Editor's Last Word. March 2020. Lorraine Walker2020 March SGNScoops Magazine – Editor’s Last Word by Lorraine Walker

March is here with warmer winds and brighter sunshine, and much-needed rain. It seems like every March is different, but most people just want spring to begin. We are looking forward to a new season here at SGNScoops. I think I speak for all of my northern friends when I say that we’ve had enough snow! But as these pictures indicate, March gives us an in-between month of flowers and snow, expectation and waiting.

March 202 SGN Scoops Magazine

March 2020 SGN Scoops Magazine

We are thrilled to bring March in like a lion as the saying goes, with a cover story on our friends the Browders who are celebrating 30 years of ministry. Thanks so much to Justin Gilmore who worked with me on this cover project. We so appreciate the authenticity of this family. 

We hope you have thoroughly read through each of the features. Canaan Cauffman, Exodus, Tanya Rose, Kenny Smith, and so many others. It was a pleasure to highlight Paul Heil on his 40th anniversary in radio ministry. Thanks as well to Dixie Phillips for introducing us to Sammy Ward, and Bill Dykes for introducing us to one of his favorite pastors, Dr. Keen. 

Be sure to check the back of the magazine to find out more about each of our contributors this month. Writers may change from month to month, but we always strive to give you the highest quality, and the best delivery of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thanks to Lyndsey Chandler, Rob Patz, Vonda Armstrong, Robert York, Jantina Baksteen, and Les Butler. Special thanks also goes to my proofreader and general right hand, Joan Walker. And we so appreciate the people who make everything beautiful: Stephanie Kelley, Staci Schwager, and Pete Schwager.

Since Easter doesn’t fall in March this year, the whole month seems to be waiting in expectation for the event. For those who celebrate Lent, or for any who may decide to commemorate this time of year in any special way, each day is a reminder of how much Jesus did for us. The days leading up to the cross, the events taking place as recorded in the Gospels, all of this happened as Jesus must have been in some way preparing himself for what lay ahead. And yet, he was fully present with every event. He knew that the horrible death was just around the corner, signaling the end to his earthly walk. But we never see where he is walking away from ministry or letting the shadow of what was ahead hang heavy over his heart. He was in between the wedding at Cana and the glorious Resurrection, yet he never dwelt on either, according to scripture. He told his disciples what would happen, but he never told them to leave him alone so he could wallow in self-pity.

Spring. Flowers. Snow. March 2020. Editor's Last Word. Lorraine WalkerMany of us are in between two events. Maybe we are between something very happy and yet we know there is something on the horizon, such as the death of a loved one. Perhaps you were in a good state of health, and now you are suffering, though you know at some point in the future you will be whole again. How are you handling this in between portions of life? Are you hiding, wallowing, or lashing out in anger? Or are you using this time to touch other people?

Lorraine Walker: So this is November with Thanksgiving and Christmas

Lorraine Walker

My prayer for you and myself, is that we use each day as a gift from God, and use the gifts that he has given to us, to bless others around us. Let’s not forget to pray for others. Let’s make each day count for him no matter where we are on our path to victory.

Editor’s note: This article was written prior to the onset of the Coronavirus in North America. Are you in isolation because of COVID-19? You too are in the “in-between,” forced to take time to stop and be aware of what is around you. Don’t waste the time: God wants to talk to you, to let you know that he is the source of all peace and hope, and to calm you with the truth of his love. Spend time with him and also pray for others during this time that they might know his peace.

By Lorraine Walker

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in March 2020

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Exodus Welcomes Back Cole Watson

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 6, 2019 – 1:55 pm -

Exodus Welcome Back Cole Watson

Exodus Welcome Back Cole Watson

From Susan Brady

Please help us welcome Cole Watson back to Exodus!! We are all so happy to have Cole home!
New Album coming Early May!
We are excited and looking forward to a wonderful year!!

To God be the glory!!

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Exodus “shares the truth” on NQC mainstage

Written by Staff on October 11, 2018 – 5:46 am -

Exodus on NQC mainstage

Exodus on NQC mainstage

What a great time Exodus had at the 2018 National Quartet Convention (NQC) this year. It’s a place to connect with friends, make new ones, and sit in heavenly places, as touching lyrics and beautiful melodies fill the soul.

Exodus on NQC mainstageThere’s definitely no place like it and for Exodus to be a part of such an extraordinary event is humbling, to say the least.
Exodus on NQC mainstage

Exodus on NQC mainstage

We had just stepped into a new era of our ministry, as we became an all female trio. We decided.. ‘ to sing in one of the showcases would be a good idea.’ Much to our surprise, Exodus was chosen to sing on main stage.

Exodus on NQC mainstageWe were so happy. We all need encouragement from time to time and this definitely encouraged us.
Exodus on NQC mainstageYes, the lights are grand, the stage is awesome, but all that fades away as you remember the pledge you made so long ago, to allow the Holy Spirit the space he requires to live and be seen through you.Exodus on NQC mainstageWe sang our newest radio release written by Susan Brady and Phil Cross, “Thats What Happened At The Cross.” May we never forget what happened there.

Exodus on NQC mainstage


Singing on the same stage, where all the greatest groups and singers have sung their heart out, year after year, with the hope of leaving a stamp of love on our hearts and a new spring in our step, gave us a sense of pride in knowing the message in which we carry brings hope to the hopeless and redemption to the lost.

Exodus on NQC mainstage

Exodus on NQC mainstage

What an honor to share these truths before so many people at one time.

Exodus on NQC mainstage

Exodus on NQC mainstage

We want to thank Shane Roark and Chapel Valley for sponsoring and managing the showcases each year, as well as Clark Beasley and all the folks who work so hard making NQC the greatest event for Southern Gospel music.

If you have never attended NQC I urge you to make plans to attend next year! You won’t regret it.

By Susan Brady of Exodus

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Exodus Announces The Departure Of Cole Watson

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 21, 2018 – 9:05 am -

Exodus Announces The Departure Of Cole Watson

Exodus Announces The Departure Of Cole Watson

The mixed group Exodus from Gadsden, Al announce the Departure of Cole Watson.
Cole will be filling a position with The Troy Burns Family. We love Cole  and pray for him as he enters this new position.

Exodus will be auditioning to fill the lead position starting immediately.

You can contact Exodus at Exodus – Southern Gospel
Or call Susan at 256 312 5639

Mary Scott Hannah Lanora Brady

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“Sweet Home Alabama Tour”

Written by scoopsnews on January 6, 2018 – 8:45 pm -


Southern Gospel Music was alive and well in Gadsden, Alabama tonight when Day Three, Surrendered, and Exodus joined together at Higher Ground Baptist Church for their “Sweet Home Alabama” Tour.

Here are a few pics from the night!


Day Three



All three groups did a wonderful job. One special highlight was when Susan Brady’s (Exodus) Mom went to the piano.



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Exodus to release “Behold the Lamb” video

Written by Staff on August 2, 2017 – 3:02 pm -

Exodus to release video for "Behold The Lamb"

Exodus to release video for “Behold The Lamb”

Exodus members Mike Watson, Susan Brady, Mary Scott and Cole Watson, from Gadsden, Alab., just released their new single, “Behold The Lamb,” to Southern Gospel radio.  The group has now made a new video to be released shortly.


“Behold The Lamb,” written by group member Brady and Phil Cross, is a beautiful, powerful ballad that features Cole.


Exodus releases Behold The Lamb on video

Cole Watson is featured on Behold the Lamb

Brady tells SGNScoops: “God loved His creation (man) so much He was willing to send His darling Son to be the last sacrificial Lamb ever needed again. When John the Baptist spoke these words in John 1:29 ‘ Behold The Lamb of God which taketh Away the sin of the world’, it was a proclamation, identifying who Jesus was and what He was going to do!

“I love the truth in these words John spoke and wanted to write about them. Phil Cross and I wrote ‘Behold the Lamb.’ Phil said he loves the connection between John the Baptist and the Lord. When you listen to the words ‘Behold the Lamb’…it is a call to worship, to praise the Lord Jesus Christ who came to where we are… so we could go to Him.”
The video and single were produced by Cross, who talks about the anthem in the video below.

The new video will debut on Facebook, tomorrow night August 3, at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 6:00 p.m. Central.

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ExodusAbout Exodus:

We became Exodus after lots of prayer. We all go to church together and that is how it started. Our pastor James O. Wallace asked Mary to sing “There Rose a Lamb” for Easter 2011. We were not for sure how the harmony would sound. Mike sang with his mom and dad for years and Susan with her family, Mary sang bluegrass/southern gospel. When we got together to practice over the song, it was amazing the harmony. It was not just the harmony though, God met with us and God used that song, on Easter, for His Glory and Honor. Praise God for His willingness to come and die for sinners like Exodus. We knew then, that it was something special. Our main goal in the beginning is for God to use us to Honor Him, that still stands today. The name “Exodus” came originally from Susan. Mary and Mike were both skeptical, but after praying and studying it, it was perfect for us. We were in bondage of sin, just like the children of Israel. We were both delivered from that bondage. We exited out of bondage and now awaiting that mass exodus that will take place pretty soon for those who have been gloriously saved from the bondage of sin, from death and hell. Praise God for His grace and mercy.

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Exodus Founding Member Mike Watson Continues to Recover from Surgery

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 25, 2017 – 3:02 pm -

Exodus Founding Member Mike Watson Continues to Recover from Surgery

Exodus Founding Member Mike Watson Continues to Recover from Surgery

Gadsden, Alabama  It has been said that  unexpected change can lead to special blessings. The Southern Gospel group Exodus, from Gadsden, Alabama, has experienced that during this past year.

In 2016, while enjoying success in concerts, radio airplay and other appearances, Exodus added Cole Watson to the group. Cole is the son of founding member Mike Watson. He immediately blended in, singing along with his dad and the other group members, Susan Brady and Mary Scott. They recorded a new project with award winning producer Rick Sandidge, and continued to gain recognition as they shared the gospel across the region. Then came Cole’s opportunity to step in and make an even bigger impact with Exodus.

In the spring of 2017, Mike Watson was diagnosed with cancer and had extensive surgery to remove a tumor from his jaw. He is recuperating at home, and unable to travel with Exodus at this time. However, with the addition of Cole to the lineup, Exodus continues to share the Word in song, as they minister in churches, concerts and TV appearances, presenting their patented sound featuring tight harmonies, exciting vocals and inspirational lyrics. They are scheduled to perform at Dollywood this fall, as well as other high profile events. The group recently hosted their fifth anniversary concert “A Night of Praise,” where they, along with other top gospel artists, sang a large and enthusiastic crowd.

Their current single, “God of Always and Never,” penned by renowned songwriters Jason Cox, Sue Smith and Jessica Campbell, is beginning to garner airplay as it impacts Southern Gospel Radio across the country.

When asked about Exodus and the single, Jan Puryear, of Jan Puryear Promotions, said “Exodus-a group that sings what they believe, and believes what they sing. Their new single ‘God of Always and Never’ reminds us all that God is always there, no matter what.”  She continued, “’He never falters, He never fails, He always comes through and He always prevails’, are words to hang on to and to live by. I’m so excited to release this great song to radio, another inspiring song from the ministry of Exodus.”

Everyone is encouraged to pray for Mike Watson as he recovers and to pray for the ministry of Exodus, as they spread the gospel through music.

For more information on Exodus, go to www.exodus-southerngospel.com, or find them on Facebook at Exodus-Southern Gospel. More information on Jan Puryear is found at www.janpuryearpromotions.com. To book Exodus for your church, revival or other event, call Susan Brady at (256) 312-5639.

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“A Night of Praise” an Anniversary Celebration, in Gadsden, Alabama

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 26, 2017 – 1:59 pm -

“A Night of Praise" an Anniversary Celebration, in Gadsden, Alabama

“A Night of Praise” an Anniversary Celebration, in Gadsden, Alabama

Gadsden, Alabama – Exodus, the fast rising Southern Gospel group, is preparing to host “A Night of Praise, an Anniversary Celebration,” on Saturday, April 29th, at the Church at Wills Creek (formerly Crosspoint,) in their hometown, Gadsden, Alabama. The event, which celebrates the fifth anniversary of the ministry of Exodus, will begin at 6:00 pm. The concert will feature long time favorites The Inspirations, Barry Rowland and Deliverance, the Troy Burns Family, host group, Exodus, and emcee, Pat Barker.

As a thank you gift to the community for its support over the past five years, admission to “A Night of Praise” is free.  A love offering will be accepted to support the ministries of the groups that are participating.

The Inspirations are no stranger to the area, and have been a part of some of the largest concerts in Gadsden throughout the years. Troy Burns, of the Troy Burns Family was a founding member of the Inspirations and sang and toured with them for over 30 years.

Emcee Pat Barker, a native of the area, is well known as a former member of the Dixie Echoes, and the Mark Trammel Quartet. He is currently a member of the Second Half Quartet, as well as a popular soloist. Barry Rowland and Deliverance is a fan favorite everywhere they perform. Host group, Exodus has quickly became known as one of gospel’s fast rising groups with charting songs, a new CD project, high profile events and TV appearances.

For friends coming from out of town, discount hotel rooms (only $79.00 per night, plus tax) are available by calling Comfort Suites at (256) 538-5770 and mentioning the Night of Praise. More information can be found at www.exodus-southerngospel.com or by calling (256) 312-5639.

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Exodus Set to Release New Project

Written by scoopsnews on December 14, 2016 – 8:02 pm -


Gadsden, Alabama (December 15, 2016) Exodus, one of Southern Gospel’s top new groups, has announced the release of their new CD “Give Him Glory.” The group will host a CD release event, including a mini concert featuring songs from the project, as well as a time of Christmas carols. The event will be held at their home church, HIgher Ground Baptist, 2955 Fairview Road in Gadsden, Alabama. on Friday December 23rd, beginning at 6 pm. The public is invited, and there is no admission charge.


The event will also include CD and other prize giveaways and event goers will have the opportunity to purchase the new project, just in time for oChristmas gift giving.

“Give Him Glory,” the second project from Exodus, was produced by award winning producer, Rick Sandidge and recorded at Oak Tree Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. The project contains twelve songs from top songwriters, including Exodus’s own Susan Brady.

Exodus will also be a special guest on WPIL-FM on Friday, December 23, along with host, Vonda Easley.

Strictly Southern With Vonda Easley

Strictly Southern With Vonda Easley

The CD will be available at www.exodus-southerngospel.com as well as at Exodus concerts and events.

More information can be found on Facebook at Exodus-Southern Gospel. Exodus music is distributed to radio by Jan Puryear Promotions. The group can also be contacted at 256-557-6714, or 256-438-9944.

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Benefitt Singing for The Connell Family!

Written by scoopsnews on December 9, 2016 – 5:34 pm -


A wonderful night of singing is taking place right now in Birmingham, Alabama. ClearVision Quartet, Surrendered, and Exodus are singing to a spirit-filled congregation. The reason for this concert is to help friends, The Connell’s. Karen Connell recently had a liver transplant in Birmingham, Alabama. Tonight’s concert is to help with expenses during the families stay in the hospital.

Chris Connell and his daughters, Hannah and Heather are here.

Chris has a report on his wife:


Here are a few pics from the night…


Rob Patz and Cody McCreary of Hope’s Journey


Tony Shephard of ClearVision


The Connells


Mary and Susan of Exodus



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