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Claire Lynch Releases Holiday Album

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 13, 2014 – 3:27 pm -

Claire Lynch

Claire Lynch

NASHVILLE, TN – 2013 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, and winner of the 2014 IBMA Song of the Year (“Dear Sister”), Claire Lynch, is excited to announce a very special release for the holidays on her own Thrill Hill Records. Holiday! is Claire’s first seasonal album and is available now at her live shows and through the Claire Lynch website.

Holiday! sets the mood for enjoying holiday traditions and cheer. “I took songs from my childhood holiday memories and then we put the ‘CLB twist’ on them,” the multi-award-winning artist says.

The ten-track album is melodic and contemporary with a retro charm that harkens back to great, traditional holiday albums. Holiday! features an array of seasonal standards like “Home for the Holidays,” “White Christmas,” and a special version of “Scarlett Ribbons” with harmonies by Claire’s daughter, Christy.

Holiday! puts emphasis on Claire’s delicate vocals and the instrumentation of her virtuosic players creating a delicious intersection of bluegrass and jazz.

The current Claire Lynch Band is a powerful juggernaut, a quartet that has the innate ability to perfectly interpret the beauty, subtlety, and genre-defying sophistication of Claire’s music. The CLB features like-minded musicians blending tradition and innovation – two-time IBMA-winning bassist-clawhammer banjo player-dancer-percussionist Mark Schatz, soulful mandolinist-guitarist Matt Wingate, and young string wizard Bryan McDowell.

Holiday! was recorded at Lynch’s recording studio, The Pine Room, and engineered by Todd Phillips, who also appears on the album as percussionist and has traveled with the CLB.

“I can say that this is the most-relaxed and happy I’ve felt while recording an album in my entire career. Many years have passed since I first expressed interest in doing a holiday recording. Here is a collection of holiday classics with that fresh “CLB” feel, yet grounded with the sentimental feeling we all sense this time of year.” – Claire Lynch


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The History Of Veterans Day

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 11, 2014 – 10:50 am -

Veterans Day

Veterans Day

THE HISTORY OF VETERANS DAY, 1919 – November 11: President Wilson proclaims the first Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” The original concept for the celebration was for the suspension of business for a two minute period beginning at 11 A.M., with the day also marked by parades and public mettings.

Join us here at SGN scoops today as we reflect and remember……


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Country Music Sweethearts Joey+Rory to Release All-new Country Recording

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 28, 2014 – 12:07 pm -

Joey+Rory

Joey+Rory

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—October 28th, 2014—Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award-winning husband and wife country duo Joey+Rory have just released an all-new recording in partnership with Gaither Music Group.  Inspired by songs from their childhoods and music that helped make them kindred spirits, the couple has created Country Classics, A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage (Gaither Music Group/Farm House Recordings), a collection of tunes that create a songbook of traditional American country music.

Available on both CD and DVD, the recording weaves more than a fabric of lyrics and chords.  “As a songwriter, these are all songs I wish I had written—songs that we are honored to not only sing, but to have the chance to try to ‘make our own,’” describes Rory, known for hits he has written or co-written for Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Randy Travis, Clay Walker and Collin Raye among others.

“I dedicated this record to my father, Robert Feek, who passed away in 1988…before I ever made my way to Nashville or heard one of my songs on the radio or played the Grand Ole Opry with my beautiful wife…he would’ve loved where his dream has led me.  And I believe he would’ve loved this record.”

The record, produced by Rory, features songs such as “King of the Road,” “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” “Paper Roses,” “I Believe in You” and others including “Coat of Many Colors,” one of the first songs Joey learned as a little girl.

“When I was about four years, old my mom and dad gave me a Dolly Parton cassette tape; and I took it upstairs and played it over and over again until I learned all of the words to ‘Coat of Many Colors,’ even though I didn’t know how to read yet,” she recalls.  “I’m so proud to finally get to record [this song] and many other songs that Rory and I loved and listened to when we were young….”

The two sweethearts shared stories behind these songs with gospel music legend, singer, songwriter and friend Bill Gaither on the Country Classics DVD. Taped outdoors on a sunny day at the Feek Farm south of Nashville, TN, the three talked about the couple’s successful music career, their rich heritage of country music, details of what life is like on the farm and about Joey+Rory’s year of both mountaintops and valleys.

In addition to recording the new CD and video, Joey+Rory gave birth to their baby girl, Indiana, who was diagnosed with Down’s syndrome.  A couple of months later, just as they were growing accustomed to the joys of parenthood, Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer, yet underwent a successful surgery to remove it.  A few months later, Rory’s mother passed away.

“As God often reveals, what seemed like our biggest fears are [in the end] our greatest joys,” commented Rory as he detailed how the tough days have actually made their lives more fulfilling over time—a fitting discovery for the couple whose signature song is “That’s Important to Me.”

“You know, the world is trying to figure out what’s important in life,” stated Gaither reflectively.  “We all do.  We’re on this journey, and every day of our lives we gotta decide what’s important to hang onto and what’s important to let go.”

Joey+Rory remind us of what’s important to them along life’s journey as they share their story and the songs on the new recording.  The release will be featured on tv networks including RFD, PBS, DISH TV, DIRECTV, TBN, Family Net, TNN, Airtime, CTN, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), TCT and TLN and also in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, Grace TV and the Miracle Channel.  In addition, the DVD will be featured on Gaither TV (available on Roku, Google and the Internet).

The couple’s hit tv series, “The Joey+Rory Show,” filmed entirely on and around their farm, is one of the highest rated shows on the RFD-TV cable channel.

Country Classics, A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage, is exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com.  The audio recording is available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.

For further information regarding Joey+Rory, visit www.joeyandrory.com, follow them at www.facebook.com/joeyandrory or on Twitter at @joeyandrory.

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#HoustonWeHaveAProblem Petition Launches at HoustonProblem.com, Demands City of Houston Immediately Cease Bullying Actions Against Pastors

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 16, 2014 – 7:49 am -

Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Photo courtesy of Zblume (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

RALEIGH, N.C. — Faith Driven Consumer™, the group that emerged on the national stage last year with its #IStandWithPhil campaign that played a leading role in Phil Robertson’s return to Duck Dynasty, continues to serve as an advocate for more than 41 million consumers who spend $2 trillion annually. Today, the group is launching a major petition campaign #HoustonWeHaveAProblem – using the website  HoustonProblem.com – demanding that the City of Houston immediately “cease and desist all bullying and other offensive actions” against a group of pastors who are victims of an aggressive harassment effort at the hands of the city government. The city is demanding that a group of pastors turn over any sermons – including personal correspondence such as emails – “dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor” as  reported by Fox News.

“Pastors are a critical part of the very fabric of American society. They have been iconic champions of major moral issues such as American Independence, abolishing slavery, women’s suffrage, child labor laws, and civil rights. Now, a group of pastors who have continued this tradition are being bullied by the strong-arm tactics of the government of America’s fourth-largest city-simply for preaching out of the same book that Houston’s officials took their oath of office on,” said Chris Stone, Founder of Faith Driven Consumer. “Today, we are launching the  #HoustonWeHaveAProblem petition drive at  HoustonProblem.com because we know that untold millions of Americans are or will be outraged by this. We are asking people of conscience to sign up, stand with pastors everywhere and show the city of Houston that we will not tolerate intolerance.”

Faith Driven Consumer’s new #HoustonWeHaveAProblem petition campaign reminds everyone that “pastors have been at the very center of American society since even before our founding as a nation, and they remain an integral part of the lives of untold of millions of Americans today,” that “our First Amendment protects freedom of speech and religion” and that “we…live in a society that values equality, including the notion that everyone has the right to publicly express deeply held beliefs without fear of persecution or reprisal.” Signers at HoustonProblem.com desire that “the City of Houston, in their quest to provide protection for LGBT citizens, to equally and explicitly acknowledge and ensure the equal rights of people of faith to live and express openly their deeply held religious beliefs.”

Read the full petition at  HoustonProblem.com.


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RICKY SKAGGS AND SHARON WHITE JOIN HANDS FOR FIRST-EVER STUDIO ALBUM

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 19, 2014 – 10:07 am -

Skaggs

Skaggs

Legendary Country Music Couple to Release HEARTS LIKE OURS on September 30, 2014

NASHVILLE, TENN. (August 19, 2014) – On August 4, country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White (of country music’s The Whites) celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary.  Over the course of more than three decades of marriage, Skaggs and White have savored every moment of their lifelong commitment to one another.  With both of their respected careers cemented into the country music history books, one might find it hard to believe that the couple has never recorded an album together.  That all changes on September 302014 when Skaggs and White release their first-ever studio album, Hearts Like Ours.
 
In 1987, the pair won a CMA Vocal Duo of the Year award for “Love Can’t Ever Get Better Than This,” but White was touring with her family band and Skaggs was on fire with his solo career, so releasing a full project wasn’t possible at the time.  Skaggs and White are beyond thrilled to finally release their first full project.
 
Hearts Like Ours is a dream come true for Sharon and I,” says Skaggs.  “Being married for 33 years, you really get to know someone’s heart. I know hers and she knows mine, and you can hear that on this CD.  I loved getting to work with her.  She knows what she wants.”
White notes, “I am so happy that Ricky and I have finally done a duet CD, which we have wanted to do for years and I think our hearts are in the right place to do this now.  It was great to pick songs together and share ideas about how we wanted to do them.  I have always enjoyed making music with Ricky so this album is the fulfillment of a dream of my heart.”
The 13-track album, releasing on Skaggs Family Records, is produced by Skaggs and White and features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs.  The album includes songs written by some of the industry’s top songwriters including Connie Smith and Marty Stuart-penned tunes, “Hearts Like Ours” and “I Run To You,” Bob DiPiero and Keith Sewell’s “Forever’s Not Long Enough,” Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz’s “Hold On Tight (Let It Go),” Leslie Satcher and Buddy Jewell’s “When I’m Good And Gone” and the late Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You,” among others.
Hearts Like Ours will be available in-stores and digitally on release day.  Album pre-sales are available now at www.skaggsfamilyrecords.com.

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Isaacs Receive Dove Nominations

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 18, 2014 – 9:17 pm -

Isaacs

Isaacs

Nashville, TN  The Isaacs, collectively and individually received three nominations for the 2014 Dove Awards. Their group nominations are for Bluegrass Song of the Year for ‘Daniel Prayed’ written by G.T. Speer and Bluegrass Album of the Year ‘The Living Years’ produced by Ben Isaacs and Bill Gaither. Ben also produced another album nominated for Country Album of the Year;  ‘Here Comes Sunday‘ by Wilburn & Wilburn.

“We are so humbled and honored to have received nominations in the GMA Dove Awards again this year. The song Daniel Prayed has been recorded many times in different genres, including bluegrass and southern gospel, and we’ve always wanted to do it our style. ‘The Living Years’ is a fun, and insightful album, featuring harmony and light instrumentation, that contains a lot of songs we have loved down through the years, as well as a few originals. We are always grateful when a work of heart gets noticed by such an elite organization.  Thank you Gospel Music Association and fans.” Lily Isaacs stated.

The Isaacs have won over seven Doves in various categories and have had several Grammy nominations in their career.

Ben Isaacs is following up a stellar year in 2013 with awards for his production of projects for groups such as the Gaither Vocal Band and the Oak Ridge Boys with an award already this year for Producer Of The Year at the AGM Awards and now two more nominations for Doves.

Ben commented “I am so blessed to produce the best music in the world for some of the best talent in Gospel Music. To be nominated in this category with so many other talented individuals is truly an honor.”

In other exciting news for The Isaacs, Jimmy and Sonya Yeary along with their son Ayden announced that a new baby is on the way. The addition is expected to join the group on January 31, 2015.
To learn more about the Isaacs got to http://www.theisaacs.com or https://www.facebook.com/TheIsaacs or Twitter at https://twitter.com/IsaacsMusic .
If you are interested in booking the Isaacs go to the Harper Agency at www.harperagency.com or info@harperagency.com .


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Adams Call Launches Kickstarter

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 11, 2014 – 1:31 pm -

Adams Call

Adams Call

Adams Call Christian music ministry uses their vocal variety and other music skills to lay down an anointed mantle to those who know Jesus and need to deepen their relationship with Him and a welcome mat to those who have yet to meet Him. Their forthcoming album of southern gospel flavored tunes will utilize their 25 years of music experience, the works of Grammy and dove award winning writers, along with a noteworthy producer. They are slated to launch their next album project in time for the holidays.

Bobby Davenport is one of the musicians involved in this Christian Vocal Group. He joins others in using Gospel music as a catalyst for change and a vehicle to reach masses with messages of Mercy, Grace and Salvation. He started the group, Adams Call, as a trio in 2012. Other top-shelf vocalists have been added to the group since then.

Their concept video, “Don’t Give Up,” was nominated for Video of the Year

Adams Call

Adams Call

two years in a row and the trio received a Sunrise Artist of the Year nomination in 2014. Their most recent recording, “Live at Six Mile,” received a nomination for Christian Country Album of the Year. With 10 captivating concert songs, it carried mass appeal. A single chart-topping selection called “You Deliver Me” from that recording made its radio debut.

Adams Call continues to reach new heights, as they strive to reach the word with the presentation of communication through song.
Through their concerts, they have seen the impact that musical messages can have on people. This will be their first full-studio recording as a group, and they wish to see it hit the market in time for Christmas.

The impact that they are anticipating is of a transformational nature. They believe the timing of the project is critical, and that it will enter the market capable of meeting existing needs throughout the world.

The success of this campaign will help bring the breakout album to mass production. The dedicated group has already raised substantial funds to use toward their project.

Crowdfunding
In support of its Crowdfunding campaign Adams Call is committed to:
•    Securing production, engineering and studio time
•    Paying for mixing, mastering and professional styling
•    Securing album artwork
•    Reimbursing duplicating and manufacturing professionals
•    Securing DVD and Blu-Ray manufacturing
•    Obtaining music video production
•    Paying for marketing, promotion, radio promotion fees
•    Paying distribution costs
•    Providing all promised perks to reward supporters of the campaign
Crowdsourcing
The Kickstarter campaign’s initial goal of $14,000 is currently active and runs through August 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM Central Time. Full details about the Kickstarter campaign including sponsorship and involvement levels can be found at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamscall/adams-call-full-length-album


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God Is All We Need by Kelly Nelon Clark

Written by Staff on August 1, 2014 – 1:04 pm -

kellyI woke up this morning (a little later than normal) to the sweetest sound of birds singing. It sounded so happy and so carefree. It took me back to a simpler time. A time when life was carefree for me. I didn’t have to worry about anything, it was all on my parents. They did the worrying. My greatest worry was which friend will I play with today? It could be Susie next door, we would read books, or sing songs out of the little country and western hymnal I had or we might just play Mouse Trap! I loved that game. Or I could be off to the Chadwick’s across the street. They were so lucky! They had a creek behind their house and we would spend hours back in the woods playing in the water and going on trails.

One thing I remember distinctly was that their mom, Wanda always sang Gospel songs as she worked. She always made me feel good. Yes life was much easier then. No responsibilities and no one looked to me for anything. There are times I admit that I would love to go back, but how could I know the mercy and grace of God without growth? It’s in the growing, living and learning that we also grow in God.

If we never go through anything we never learn how great God really is. It’s in the struggling that we see the miracles God can perform in our life. In some of the darkest times of my life is when I seem to be the closest to God. Why?   Probably it’s because that’s when I feel I need him the most.

Really, we need Him all the time to survive in the crazy mixed up world. I don’t know about you but there have been times when I felt so discouraged and down that it seemed that God was the only one there for me. He was the only one who truly understood me. The only one who could give the comfort that I needed.

Our bus almost got the best of us this past year. It seemed like every week was another catastrophe. It was one repair bill after another, draining all of the ministry money. One day we would freeze because the heat wouldn’t work and the next we would burn up with the air not working. A few times we had no running water. It makes you want to throw your hands up in the air and give up. I prayed, “Lord please help us, we just want to sing for you. Can you make a way for us?” You know what He did and what He always does. He always provides.

One day listening to Pastor Tom Messer from Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville Florida he made a statement that we made into a song, When God is All You Have, God is All You Need! He truly is all we need!

 

Kelly Nelon Clark is a regular contributor to  SGN Scoops digital magazine. This article was first printed May 2014. For the current SGN Scoops magazine, visit http://www.sgnscoops.com/


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Thomas Nelson to Release “The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible” October 28, 2014

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 4, 2014 – 7:50 am -

Nashville, TN Bible One of the leaders in Christian publishing, Thomas Nelson, is teaming with two high-profile television personalities who are known for their faith, Phil and Al Robertson. Together they are releasing The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible on October 28, 2014, and the project will focus on the Robertson’s five core values: Faith, Family, Fellowship, Forgiveness, and Freedom. The Bible will be released in the New King James Version and will include 30 life-changing testimonials along with 125 Set Your Sights features from Phil and Al, who serve as Executive Editors on the project. The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible will be available at all online and retail outlets.
“We are honored and excited to be working with Phil and Al Robertson on this new Bible,” says Robert Sanford, Vice President and Associate Publisher for Thomas Nelson’s Bible Group. “The Robertson family’s passion for the Word is infectious and the impact of their ministry is amazing. We see this Bible as being something people can grow with in their own personal walk with God.”
“This is just one more way that we can present, as ministers, the message of Jesus to the world around us,” says Phil Robertson.
Al Robertson adds, “One of the things Dad and I are excited about for this Bible project, is that it’s timeless because it’s connected to the Word of God.”
Both Robertsons contribute to the extraordinary features of The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible. The 30 LifeChangers are stories from Al and Phil on how they’ve seen God transform lives and accomplish His plans for people, while the 125 Set Your Sights features unwrap the five core values of Faith, Family, Fellowship, Forgiveness and Freedom as they relate to the most crucial topics people are asking about today, such as suffering, fear, wisdom, money, hope, and many others. Also included is a reading plan for a “personal time” of 52 plans with Phil and 52 plans with Al.
The discussions for The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible began nearly two years ago and from the beginning, Phil and Al were resolute in their desire to take on this project. Then, with the gravity of life experience and years in the service of others, they welcomed this opportunity to work on something bigger than themselves. The Robertson family members are well-known for living out their core values in their everyday lives, so the insights and stories from Phil and Al show how God works in the lives of people regardless of the situation or circumstance.
For more information about The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible please visit online www.thomasnelson.com.


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IStandWithPhil.com Petition Drive Calls for Phil Robertson’s Immediate Return to Duck Dynasty

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 19, 2013 – 9:40 am -

IStandWithPhRALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 19, 2013  — Faith Driven Consumer, an organization connecting Christian consumers with faith-compatible companies, has launched the IStandWithPhil.com petition drive, which calls for The A&E Network to immediately reinstate Mr. Phil Robertson to its #1 hit show, Duck Dynasty. IStandWithPhil.com is garnering strong support from Faith Driven Consumers with its call for tolerance, fairness, and respect for differing viewpoints in America’s rainbow of diversity.

“Simply put, Phil Robertson is being censored and punished for quoting the Bible, and A&E’s treatment of him is punitive and highly discriminatory,” said Chris Stone, founder of Faith Driven Consumer. “Everyday people will not stand for this, they know bullying and violation of religious freedom when they see it. A&E’s actions are censoring Faith Driven Consumers and eliminating them from an entertainment choice that they have overwhelmingly supported.”

IStandWithPhil.com is leading the charge in the call for fairness and equality as we defend the fundamental American right to free speech and tradition of tolerance.

The IStandWithPhil.com online petition drive cites the A&E network’s “intolerant, discriminatory, and punitive treatment” of the Duck Dynasty star, noting that “A&E’s position, which in your own words is ‘championing’ the gay and lesbian community…excludes the views of Faith Driven Consumers and effectively censors a legitimate viewpoint held by the majority of Americans.” IStandWithPhil.com calls for respect for the millions of viewers of the show, and demands that the network immediately reinstate Mr. Robertson and “formally apologize to him, his family, and the millions of viewers who tune in every week, stand by him, and share his worldview.”

The complete petition can be seen here: istandwithphil.com


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