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SGNScoops to announce 2019 Diamond Awards Top Five Nominees

Written by Staff on June 24, 2019 – 12:26 pm -

Diamond AwardsSGNScoops Magazine is preparing to announce the Top Five Nominees for the 2019 Diamond Awards. This announcement will be made by Jean Grady on a Watch Party, Tuesday, June 25, at 2:00 p.m. (EDT) on the SGNScoops Facebook page.

Rob Patz and Jean Grady discuss the 2017 Diamond Awards.

Rob Patz and Jean Grady discuss the 2019 Diamond Awards.

Jean Grady hosts Gospel Music Today with her husband Ken, and also produces the Diamond Awards along with Rob Patz of Coastal Media.

The Top 10 nominees were voted on until June 15 when the polls closed on the SGNScoops website page. Voting for the Top Five will begin after the announcement on June 25, on the SGNScoops website.

Creekside 2019The 2019 Diamond Awards will be presented on October 29 during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Diamond Awards 2018 at Creekside Gospel Music Convention

Diamond Awards 2018 at Creekside Gospel Music Convention, with Dr. Jerry Goff, Jean Grady, Gerald Crabb

Creekside is held Oct. 27 – 31, featuring Southern, Country, and Bluegrass gospel music in daytime showcases and evening concerts. Some of this year’s featured artists include 11th Hour, the Down East Boys, the Hyssongs, Masterpeace Quartet, Gerald Crabb, Day Three, and many more. New events include Creekside Bluegrass and Christian Country at the Creek.

Creekside also features special speakers, preachers, fun, fellowship, and midnight prayer.  For more information, accommodations, and VIP tickets, contact Rob Patz at 360 – 933  – 0741. #wearefamily

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Rising star Erica Cookston talks to SGNScoops

Written by Staff on December 23, 2018 – 3:17 pm -

Erica Cookston

Erica Cookston

SGNScoops recently talked with Erica Cookston, a rising star who beautifully sings Southern and Country Gospel. She delivers songs with a clear, high emotional soprano that touches the heart. This young lady hails from Hollywood, Alabama. She was recognized at Gospel Fest through the 2018 Crimson Music Award for Social Media Artist of the Year. Erica is an accomplished instrumentalist and vocalist, traveling and singing gospel music while in her first year of college.

Scoops:  Why do you sing gospel music? 

Erica Cookston: I sing Southern Gospel and Country Gospel music because it is what I grew up listening to. I was raised watching the Gaither Homecomings, listening to the Gaither Gospel Hour, and watching groups such as the Crabb Family on TV. I have always loved this kind of music. I do like other types as well, such as the Contemporary, and Praise and Worship, but my heart lies in the kind that I am doing. I do love other kinds of music as well, but I want to be able to reach others through gospel music like the ‘gospel greats’ that paved the way for little people like me to share ministry. I come from a very faith-based family, and we just love the Lord. Many people in my family, such as my dad, have been preachers.

Erica Cookston at Gospel Fest

Erica Cookston at Gospel Fest

Scoops: Tell us how you came to do compilations with Guy Penrod and Gerald Crabb? Who else would be on your bucket list to sing with? Do you always want to be a soloist?

EC: I was working with Alisa Asbury at Sweet Southern Entertainment and had met Gerald Crabb. They decided to do this project, and I was just lucky to have been able to be a part of it. It is a crazy thing to be on a project with someone that you have always looked up to! The Guy Penrod compilation came about the same way, although I have never had the opportunity to meet him. I think that my number one person on the bucket list to sing with is Karen Peck. She performed at GospelFest 2018, where I had the opportunity to be in the choir on stage with her to sing alongside her. She has been the biggest inspiration in my life, and I listen to her music more often Erica Cookstonthan not. She has a lot to do with why I want to go the direction I am going. I love being a soloist, but I would love to have a group at some point as well. I think it would be a lot of fun.

Scoops: What are you studying at college?  And why did you decide to step out now as an artist…why not wait until you are done college? 

EC: I am a business major. I currently work in an office, B&B Reporting, as a pre-employment background researcher. I love the atmosphere of an office, and I think it is a good idea just to have a business degree at my disposal. I work 40 hours a week and am also currently taking 16 credit hours at school (so, 5 classes and a lab). I am usually gone every weekend singing. It is very difficult because of the busy schedule and little free time, but I absolutely love it and wouldn’t trade it for anything. I have been singing since I was four years old, and I started doing more things as I first hit the teenage years, with all of the traveling. I am doing it now, more so, because I do believe that the Lord has called me to do so. I don’t think that anyone is too young to try to step out to share their passion. Many people my age are told by our society that it isn’t okay to do so, but I hope that maybe I can set an example to prove that this isn’t the case. I never expected to be where I am today, and it is all very surreal to me. I do know that it was all a God thing, though. He gets all of the credit, and I just am his vessel to go wherever I am called.

Erica CookstonScoops:  Why do you have a passion for non-profits (charities)? 

EC: Right now I am not working with any organization in particular – I am doing everything independently. I have always had a heart to help others, so I think it is just another one of my passions. I try to be available for anything. I do head up a charity each year in my local area, Scottsboro, where I host a benefit concert to raise money for food distribution. I use these funds to purchase canned food items and meat certificates which go to those in need in Jackson County, providing them with a Christmas meal that they might not originally have. All of the food is purchased locally. I love to volunteer to help out for different causes as well and always stayed pretty busy doing these types of events in high school. I think it is important to show that there is still good in this world, and that sometimes people want to help without expecting anything in return.

Erica CookstonScoops: What has the Lord been speaking to you about specifically in recent days?

EC: Recently, the Lord has just been telling me to be patient and trust in him, and that everything is happening for a reason; things will fall into place. Also, that I don’t need to be scared to step out of my comfort zone because he is with me.

Thanks so much to Erica Cookston for answering our questions! In our eyes, you are already a star as you share God’s love in what you say, and it is evidenced by your actions in helping others. All the best in your future.

You can find out more about Erica by going to her Facebook page, Instagram,  and Twitter.

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Creekside Diaries v3: Diamond Awards 2018

Written by Staff on October 31, 2018 – 2:35 pm -

Diamond Awards 2018 at Creekside Gospel Music Convention

Diamond Awards 2018 at Creekside Gospel Music Convention

Tuesdays at Creekside.   If you’ve ever been here, you know exactly what that means without any further explanation.

Diamond Awards 2018 at Creekside Gospel Music ConventionTuesdays at Creekside begin at 9:00 a.m. with music in the Showcase Hall, followed by the evening concert at 5:00 p.m., Diamond Awards, and Midnight Prayer. This year was no different.

Diamond Awards 2018 at Creekside Gospel Music ConventionAt 9:00 a.m. Pastor David Mathis from Living Hope Free Methodist Church in West Unity Ohio, opened the day with prayer.  Pastor Dave has been a friend to many of the Creekside artists including Hope’s Journey, Southern Raised, Mark209, and Kristen Stanton.  

Diamond Awards 2018 at Creekside Gospel Music ConventionThe morning was filled with a non-stop rotation of artists which lasted until approximately 2:00 p.m.

At 5:00 Scott Roberts and the 5 o’clock band hit the stage, playing some well-loved hymns and classic gospel songs which always gears up the audience for the rest of the evening. Tuesday night featured a lineup of great artists leading into a time of singing and preaching with C.T. Townsend and his wife Becky.

Diamond Awards 2018 at Creekside Gospel Music ConventionThe atmosphere was electric and the crowd was talking well past the end of the evening about the message Townsend delivered.  The message was a great reminder that God has already blessed us with what we need, so when we feel like we have nothing left, we need to go take another look. And when we’ve done everything we can, we need not fear because God will step in.

For many in attendance, the highlight of  the evening were the Diamond Awards, hosted by Dr. Jerry Goff and Jan Buckner Goff.  

Diamond Awards 2018 at Creekside Gospel Music ConventionGloryway Quartet, who won the Sunrise Quartet of the Year, were asked to open the awards show with some singing.  Justin Crank from Gloryway reported that it was an honor just to be asked to be part of the Diamond Awards.

“We didn’t think we had a chance at winning.  We just want to give God glory first and a thank you to all of our fans and family for their love and support,” said Crank.

Winning multiple awards were the Jordan Family Band with the Sunrise Song of the Year,  “This is the Day;” the Gospel Music Today Video DVD of the year, and the Sunrise Award.

Eagles Wings also took home multiple awards with the Bluegrass Gospel Song of the year, Bluegrass Gospel Female Artist of the Year, and Bluegrass Gospel Male artist of the year.  

Also walking away with awards were:

The Children of the Promise –Sunrise Trio of the Year

The Williamsons — Mixed Group of the Year

C.T. and Becky Townsend – Duet of the Year

The Kingsmen—Quartet of  the Year

HighRoad – Christian Country Song of the Year

Vic Clay  — Publisher’s Choice Award

Jeff Stice – Anthony Burger Instrumentalist of the Year

Chainbreaker (Triumphant Quartet) — Song of the Year

Gerald Williams – JD Sumner Living  Legend Award

Gerald Crabb – Dottie Rambo Songwriter of the Year

Lottie Squires —  Paul Heil Award for Broadcasting

Robert York—Mountaintop Industry Award

The evening closed out with Exodus leading Midnight Prayer, once again centering on how prayer changes things.  God has met with us in this place. And it’s not over yet.

By Kristen Stanton

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Gerald Crabb – A Man of Many Talents

Written by Staff on September 2, 2017 – 1:09 pm -

Gerald Crabb

Gerald Crabb

Gerald Crabb was born in the small rural town of Rosine, Ky. As a young boy, Crabb was passionate about music and was always in church. His mom taught him how to pray and made sure he attended services. He sang for the first time in public at age five, at a church in Louisville, Ky. By age 11, Crabb was playing the guitar and then preaching by age 17.

When Crabb was just nine years old, George Esterly – a blind man from Louisville – came to his house and brought his SG Gibson red guitar and taught Crabb how to play it. He loved it so much that he never looked back. It wasn’t long before Crabb was singing on a television program called “Country Music Jubilee” on Saturday nights.

Over the years, God has blessed Crabb with a thriving ministry and a compelling career in music as a singer, songwriter, publisher, and producer. He says he is a man that has been blessed, and he has no problem telling others just how blessed he is. God took a simple, ordinary man from the backwoods of Kentucky and used him to touch the hearts of millions of people around the world. He is a living testimony of how God can take your circumstances and use them for His glory. And if God can do that for him, He can certainly do it for others.

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Savannah Campmeeting 2017 to feature Freemans, Gerald Crabb

Written by Staff on July 3, 2017 – 6:23 pm -

:Episode host: Darrell Freeman and the Freemans

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Savannah Campmeeting 2017 to feature Freemans, Gerald Crabb

Savannah Campmeeting 2017 to feature Freemans, Gerald Crabb

People’s Tabernacle Church, 64 Airways Blvd, Savannah, TN will host, “CAMPMEETING 2017”, beginning Sunday, July 16 and continuing until Friday July 21.

Six days filled with old fashioned, anointed, preaching and singing with different guests each evening.

Sunday, July 17 at 10:30am & 6:00pm, guest speaker, Pastor Bill Bailey;

Monday July 18, 7:00pm, Betty Jean Robinson

Tuesday, July 19, 7:00pm, Dr. Johnny Minick

Update On Gerald Crabb

Gerald Crabb

Wednesday, July 20, 7:00pm, Gerald Crabb

Thursday July 21, 7:00pm, The Freemans

Friday, July 22, 7:00pm, Tony Polk

Pastor Josh and Ashley Franks will also appear each night.

Free admission, however a love offering will be received each service.

For more information, go to www.joshandashleyfranks.com

The Freemans current single “It Still Takes The Blood” is has been impacting radio coming in at #5 on the top 10 new releases for May 2017. For more information visit the Freemans online here.

 

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Old Fashioned Camp Meeting…..

Written by scoopsnews on June 18, 2016 – 3:17 pm -

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Old- Fashioned Campmeeting coming to Savannah, Tennessee.

Checkout this lineup! Make plans today to be at this meeting. Come EXPECTING a blessing!

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Gerald Crabb Gospel Music Fest hosts Jason Crabb, Adam Crabb and more

Written by Staff on September 25, 2015 – 6:56 am -

Gerald and Jason Crabb

Gerald and Jason Crabb

SGN Scoops was thrilled to be a part of the second annual Gerald Crabb Gospel Music Fest held in the North Georgia Trade and Convention Center this

Jason

Jason

past July. From Wednesday, July 8, through Sunday, July 12, fans were treated to great music, amazing vocalists, uplifting worship and wonderful fellowship.

Gerald and Adam Crabb, Terah Crabb Penhollow

Gerald and Adam Crabb, Terah Crabb Penhollow

The Gospel Fest started with a bang as many of the artists gathered at Heritage Park in Dalton, Georgia, on Wednesday night for a Crabb cookout, prepared and served by Alisa Asbury and her family. Some of the musicians got out their guitars and had a Gospel jam session. What a great time of singing!

The evening concerts of the Gospel Music Fest were a delight for audience and artist alike. Host of the weekend, Gerald Crabb, welcomed various family members to the stage. His daughter Terah Crabb Penhollow appeared, along with Adam, Jason, and Jason’s daughters Ashleigh and Emma

Gerald and Jason Crabb

Gerald and Jason Crabb

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Gerald Crabb Update Continue To Pray

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 30, 2015 – 10:26 am -

Update On Gerald Crabb

Update On Gerald Crabb

Ripley MS, July 30, 2015 (A&G Entertainment)  Gerald Crabb has come through triple bypass surgery this morning with everything looking well. As expected, he will have to spend some time in the intensive care unit before being moved into a regular hospital room. The family would like to express appreciation for the outpouring of love, encouragement and support and asks for continued prayers as Gerald recovers.

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Heart Surgery For Gerald Crabb

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 29, 2015 – 10:02 am -

Heart Surgery For Gerald Crabb

Heart Surgery For Gerald Crabb

Ripley, MS (July 29, 2015) Prayers are appreciated for Daywind staff songwriter, Gerald Crabb. He was admitted into the hospital last night with chest pains. Due to several blockages, by-pass surgery will be required. Please be in prayer for him as he faces this surgery and several weeks recovery to follow. We will keep you updated as soon as we have more information.


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Gerald Crabb Gospel Music Fest 2015

Written by Staff on July 12, 2015 – 12:11 pm -

Gerald and Jason Crabb

Gerald and Jason Crabb

Dalton, GA (July 13,2015) – SGN Scoops was thrilled to be a part of the

The Hinson Family

The Hinson Family

second annual Gerald Crabb Gospel Music Fest held in the North Georgia Trade and Convention Center this past weekend. from Thursday night through Sunday, fans were treated to great music, amazing vocalists, uplifting worship and wonderful fellowship.

Gerald, Adam Crabb, Terah Penhollow

Gerald, Adam Crabb, Terah Penhollow

Artists appearing included Gerald Crabb, his sons Jason and Adam, and his daughter Terah Crabb Penhollow. Wilburn and Wilburn, Brian Free and Assurance, The Freemans and The Hinson Family also delighted the audience. Read more »


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