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Ashley DeRamus Receives National Advocacy Award

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 20, 2015 – 8:15 am -

Ashley DeRamus Receives National Advocacy Award

Ashley DeRamus Receives National Advocacy Award

Hoover, Alabama (April 20, 2015) Ashley DeRamus of Hoover, Alabama was pleased to receive The National Down Syndrome Society NDSS Self-Advocate of the Year Champion of Change Award. NDSS self-advocates are volunteer advocates with Down syndrome who are committed to taking part in the democratic process and serve as liaisons between NDSS and their communities to continually raise awareness, educate and advocate for public policy solutions that benefit the Down syndrome community at the federal, local and community levels.

Ashley received the award at the Buddy Walk® on Washington, the annual NDSS advocacy event in Washington, DC. Over 150 people from across the country gathered to advocate for legislative priorities that positively impact the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families.

Ashley stated, “What can l say but thank you Congressman D Benishek of Michigan and NDSS for the great honor you gave me tonight and to all my special friends with Down syndrome.”

Ms. DeRamus, is an entrepreneur, an advocate, a singer, a public speaker, a music video star and a fashion designer. Connie DeRamus, Ashley’s mother, assisted her in establishing The Ashley DeRamus Foundation, an organization founded for and dedicated to the education, advancement and quality of lifestyle for those with Down syndrome, in 2012. Ms. DeRamus has also been touring Inspirational Country, Southern Gospel and Bluegrass venues across the country in 2015. Ashley serves as an inspiration for many and lives by the motto, “Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do. Show them what you can do.”

Award presenters included the Honorable Dan Benishek (R-MI), as well NDSS Board Members and staff.

You can learn more about Ashley DeRamus and the Ashley DeRamus Foundation by going http://ashleybydesign.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ashley-DeRamus-Foundation .

To contact Ashley for a special appearance E-mail adream.gk@gmail.com .


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Lindsay Huggins Releases “Praying Women” Video

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 17, 2015 – 8:27 am -

Lindsay Huggins Releases "Praying Women" Video

Lindsay Huggins Releases “Praying Women” Video

Tribute to Moms and all “Praying Women” 

Nashville, TN,  Gospel music artist Lindsay Huggins has released the video “Praying Women”.  This inspirational video brings to life the story portrayed in her new radio single of the same name.

Viewers of the video will be reminded of the power of prayer.  The story is a tribute to our mothers and other women who pray for us.  Released in time for Mother’s Day, the video brings to mind these women of faith and how grateful we are for their spiritual support.

When asked about the song and video “Praying Women”, artist Lindsay Huggins responded “I’m so pleased to release the music video for my single ‘Praying Women’.  The song was special to me from the moment I heard it, because my mother prayed the prayer of salvation with me on our living room couch.”  Huggins concludes “I know her prayers through the years have shaped me, and I want to leave that same legacy.”  The song was produced by acclaimed songwriter and producer Jerry Salley, and is found on the newly released project Then Jesus Came.

“Praying Women” was penned by award-winning songwriters Lee Black, Marcia Henry and Kenna Turner West.   “I was sick and had called on several of my girlfriends and family to pray. The Lord moved and took care of the problem.” said Henry.  “I shared with Lee and Kenna how thankful I was for praying women.  Lee started running with it and Kenna and I got excited. It was a memorable day!”

“Lee had the idea to turn the testimony into a song.” said West. “And when Marcia began playing the piano, I think that all three of us could sense that we were part of something very special.” she concluded.

The video was produced by Bryce Free and Paper Taxi Designs.  Regarding the video production, Huggins commented,  “I was thrilled to have Bryce Free direct and produce this video. I also owe a huge thanks to my very generous friends who volunteered to be in the video. They did a fabulous job and I’m really proud of what we created.”

The video can be found online at https://youtu.be/lxqFntqBsRM and will also be broadcast nationwide on Harmony Road TV and other television programs in the coming weeks.

More information on Lindsay Huggins and her ministry can be found at www.lindsayhuggins.com.


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April 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 3, 2015 – 11:07 am -

April 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

April 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

Happy Easter! Christ is risen…He is risen indeed! We hope that you will join us in remembering and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus this month in SGNScoops Magazine. Several of our writers delve into what this season means for us as believers. I trust that you will read about the love, grace and eternal life of our Savior on every page.

Our cover artists this month are Gerald Wolfe, Rodney Griffin and Chris Allman, known collectively as Greater Vision. Matt Baker goes a little deeper into the hearts and minds of this award-winning trio. Other new writers whose names you might not know but whose writing you will enjoy include Bethany Cook who introduces us to Adoration Quartet, and Jaquita Lindsay who highlights The Stephens.
Enjoy discovering more about Kris Erwin, the Diplomats, Marty Raybon, the Browders, and DJ Skip Taylor. Candi Combs takes us to the Greenbriar Quartet event and Lynn Mills goes sailing on the Singing At Sea cruise. Vonda Easley, Erin Stevens, Jennifer Campbell and Paige Givens have written from their hearts this month to bring you the latest on your favorite artists.
If you are a Gospel music collector, you’ve said, “I NEED IT!” more than once, and Dean Adkins introduces us to several avid collectors.
Lou Hildreth, David Staton, Laurette Willis, Jeff Steele, Dusty Wells, Kelly Nelon Clark, Jonathan Edwards, Sherry Anne and Ed Smith round out our magazine this month and we hope you enjoy their words as much as we do.
Thanks for taking time to read SGN Scoops April 2015 edition. Please share it with your friends and family and everyone you know. Let us know if there is someone you’d like to read the scoop about! Write to me at lorraine@sgnscoops.com
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PERRYS LATEST SINGLE NOW AVAILABLE FOR DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 12, 2015 – 9:29 am -

Perrys

Perrys

(Nashville, TN)  The Perrys, via StowTown Records, are proud to announce the release of their brand new single, “When He Comes Walking On The Water.”

The latest release, written by Wayne Haun and Jeff Bumgardner, is a remix version recorded with new members Troy Peach and Andrew Goldman, giving fans an exclusive flavor into the new sound of The Perrys.
“The Perrys have introduced some amazing talent to the Southern Gospel world over the years. These two gentlemen are the ‘cream of the crop’,” said StowTown co-founder Wayne Haun.
“Of course, fans remember and love the smooth vocals of Troy Peach and this is a beautiful homecoming for him. Also, people coast to coast are really enjoying the powerful performances of Andrew Goldman. These guys are the ‘real deal’ and StowTown is excited to give everyone a sneak preview of the new sound.”
This is the second release from The Perrys latest project, Into His Presence. The first single, “I Can Trust Him”, was nominated for two Dove Awards, including Song of the Year in 2014.
Published by PsalmSinger Music and Sunset Gallery Music, “When He Comes Walking On The Water” is now available on iTunes.

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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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