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Goodman Revival: STILL HAPPY As They Release Sophomore Recording

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 5, 2017 – 8:25 am -

Goodman Revival: STILL HAPPY As They Release Sophomore Recording

Goodman Revival: STILL HAPPY As They Release Sophomore Recording

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Members of the award-winning trio Goodman Revival will soon release their sophomore album with Gaither Music GroupStill Happy, scheduled to hit streets on August 25th, finds the group doing what their fans love best—recording new songs and putting their signature twist on some of the most popular hits originally performed by the Happy Goodman Family.

The “new-yet-established” group, a mainstay among the Gaither HOMECOMING family of artists, is made up of Tanya Goodman Sykes, Michael Sykes and Johnny Minick, each of whom is a seasoned Christian music veteran and former member of the Happy Goodman Family.  The three performers, hailing from Smyrna, TN, joined together in 2014 to perform and record as a trio, capturing the musical styles and heritage that have endeared them to countless people around the world.  That rich, musical inheritance remains evident on the upcoming Still Happy recording.
“We have been working on this release for about 18 months,” described Tanya, a GRAMMY® Award winner.  “A year-and-a-half is long enough to have two babies!”  And actually, they almost did—grandbabies that is!  Minick’s family added a granddaughter–their fourth grandchild; and Michael and Tanya had their first grandbaby this week, also a girl. 
“A lot has happened to us during that time,” continued Tanya.  “We have enjoyed being in concert on the road and meeting with friends who are moved by our music.  We are loving our grandbabies.  I went through a battle with cancer.  Life has been ‘happening’ all around us—as it does for everyone—and we count ourselves blessed.  We are still grateful for this opportunity and still happy!”
Goodman Revival’s fans are happy as well—so much so they named the group Favorite New Artist of the Year in 2016 at The Singing News Fan Awards, held in Pigeon Forge, TN.  Those fans will be anxious to hear Still Happy, which features such Goodman staples as “Had It Not Been,” “The Lighthouse,” “I’m Too Near Home,” “When They Ring the Bells of Heaven,” “The Answer’s on the Way” and more, including their unique rendition of the Bill Gaither-penned classic “The Longer I Serve Him.”  The songwriter credits for the all-new studio recording include such household names as Rusty Goodman, Aaron Wilburn, Phil Johnson, Joel Hemphill, Minick, Tim Hill, Ronnie Hinson, Sykes and Suzanne Jennings among others. 
Also included on the new release is “The Eastern Gate,” which Minick describes as his all-time favorite Goodman song as it evokes memories from the ‘70s when he played piano for the Happy Goodman Family–Howard, Vestal, Rusty and Sam Goodman.  Another favorite tune of Minick’s on the new release is the barnburner “When They Ring the Bells of Heaven.”  “This song is kind of like riding a unicycle,” laughed Tanya.  “If you fall off you might not get back on!”  Johnny agreed, ”It’s 70mph and a cloud of dust!”
Produced by the three group members, Still Happy follows the success of the group’s debut CD and DVD, Songs in the Key of Happy, which debuted at #1 on the Nielsen SoundScan Southern Gospel chart and at #11 on the Contemporary Christian Music chart.  The trio, recently featured on the cover of The Singing News Magazine, garnered two 2015 GMA DOVE Award nominations for Southern Gospel Song of the Year (“What a Happy Time”) and Southern Gospel Album of the Year.
Still Happy will be featured as part of a television special airing on DirecTV, Dish TV, RFD-TV, The Heartland Network, TBN, GaitherTV, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN.  It will air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.  The project, recently highlighted via a Facebook LIVE event, will be promoted via Gaither Music Group’s website, consumer catalog, digital assets, social media and YouTube channel.
The new recording will be exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Music Group and Universal Music and will be available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and
Still Happy is AVAILABLE NOW for pre-order at the following links:

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Exciting News For Goodman Revival

Written by scoopsnews on October 3, 2016 – 8:29 am -


Goodman Revival Named Favorite New Artist in 2016 Singing News Fan Awards
 Nashville, Tennessee – Award-winning trio Goodman Revival added another award to its growing list of accomplishments as the trio of veterans won its first Singing News Fan Award this week. The seasoned talent in this group caused it to soar to the top of fans radars as they won the illustrious Favorite New Artist Award.
The Awards were presented on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 in conjunction with the National Quartet Convention held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This phenomenal group performed during the program that afternoon.
Consisting of all former members of the The Happy Goodmans, this new group captures the spirit and expression of the latter group. When Goodman Revival hits the stage, instantly the excitement is stirring and you know that this will not just be a concert, but an experience.
Johnny Minick started with the The Happy Goodmans as a pianist and then moved on to vocalist when Sam Goodman passed away. Tanya Goodman Sykes, daughter of Rusty Goodman, cut her teeth on the Goodmans music, while Michael Sykes, Tanya’s husband, played in The Happy Goodman band. All three members are Goodman family at heart.
Johnny Minick commented, “It is totally amazing to stand back and watch as God continues to pour His blessings on us as a group. He is opening doors we never imagined He would open.”
Earlier this year, Goodman Revival was nominated for several Absolutely Gospel Music Awards and took home the coveted Ovation for Traditional Recording of the Year for its critically acclaimed Gaither Music Group debut Songs In the Key of Happy.
If you would like to interview Johnny Minick or Goodman Revival contact AG Publicity at
Learn more about Johnny Minick Ministries at or on FaceBook at
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Written by Staff on June 13, 2016 – 1:41 pm -

All-Star Salute to Air on TBN July 15, 2016

Les Beasley accepts the SGMG Harmony Honor in celebration of the Gospel Singing Jubilee on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Trinity Music City (TBN) in Nashville, TN. Photo by Chip Woods
(Nashville, TN) – The Southern Gospel Music Guild (SGMG) paid homage to Les Beasley and the Gospel Singing Jubilee at the 2016 SGMG Harmony Honors during an all-star salute on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
The event, held at Trinity Music City in Hendersonville, TN, was hosted by Jason Crabb and Gerald Wolfe. Musical guests for the evening included Goodman Revival, The Nelons, Karen Peck & New River, LeFevre Quartet, Rambo McGuire, Ronny Hinson, Freedom Quartet, Three Bridges, Second-Half Quartet, Tribute Quartet, and the Inspirations. Additionally, Duane Allen (Oak Ridge Boys) and Willie Wynn (former tenor, Oak Ridge Boys) honored Beasley recounting personal stories and tributes.
Beasley, known for being the lead singer and manager for The Florida Boys, was also a pioneer in Gospel Music TV. Beasley produced the Gospel Singing Jubilee for over two decades. Under Beasley’s direction, the popular television program aired on Sunday mornings in every major television market in the United States. Millions viewed the show every Sunday where the careers of many of Gospel Music’s most loved artists were launched and some of the most beloved Gospel songs were introduced for the first time.
TBN – Trinity Broadcasting Network – will air the SGMG Harmony Honors during a special television broadcast on July 15, 2016.
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Johnny Minick Signs Agreement With AG Publicity

Written by Staff on January 29, 2016 – 2:44 pm -

Johnny Minick

Johnny Minick

Nashville, Tennessee (January 29, 2016) Pastor, Singer, Songwriter, and Campmeeting speaker, Johnny Minick is known around the world for his singing and preaching, but also for his years spent with the Happy Goodman Family.

After two Doctorate Degrees the point has come in his career that he is ready to reach out a little further with his ministry. He chose AG Publicity to help him do that.

AG Publicity President, Deon Unthank stated, “I have known Johnny Minick for over 15 years, sitting under his ministry as Pastor, so it is a privilege to call him my friend. It is an even greater privilege to represent his total endeavor in reaching the world, whether it’s his preaching and singing at campmeetings, singing on stage with Goodman Revival, or featured on a Gaither Homecoming video.”

Johnny Minick And Goodman Revival

Goodman Revival

Johnny commented, “I’m very excited about signing with AG Publicity. I’ve been looking for a way to get the word out concerning all the doors that have been recently opened to me. This opportunity is one I’m truly looking forward to exploring.”

If you would like to interview Johnny Minick contact AGPublicity at

Learn more about Johnny Minick Ministries at or on FaceBook at

Twitter Johnny at @JohnnyMinick .

About Johnny Minick

Johnny Minick was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He began his musical journey at the age of 3. Johnny’s parents enrolled him in piano lessons at age 6 where he began to study to be a classical pianist. Those years of classical training gave Johnny an important foundation for the artistry he now enjoys. In his teens, Johnny followed a familiar path that many other classically trained musicians follow; the road to jazz.

In August of 1974, Johnny and his sweetheart, Sherry McDonald married. In the Summer of 1975, Johnny and Sherry packed up and moved to become a part of The Happy Goodman Family. The next few years made an indelible mark on Johnny’s life and musical career. Even though he had founded River Of Life Church in 1992 in Smyrna, TN Johnny reunited with Howard & Vestal Goodman to revive the Happy Goodman brand. With the success of the Bill Gaither Homecoming videos and concerts, The Happy Goodmans found a platform to promote their music around the world. From 1995 through 2002, Johnny traveled 3 days a week singing to 1.3 million people per year attending their concerts from coast to coast and in Europe. At the same time, River Of Life continued growing and enjoying their new worship facility at their Sam Ridley Parkway location. The years with the Goodmans were productive and continues to bear fruit to this day. His relationship with Howard, Vestal, Rusty & Sam continued until their deaths.

In 2014, Johnny, Tanya Goodman Sykes and her husband Michael Sykes started singing together as Goodman Revival. In February of 2014 they went into the studio and recorded their debut project, “Songs In The Key Of Happy.” Spring House Music heard the recording and leased the project to be distributed through the Gaither Music Network and in October 2014 a companion video was produced at the Gaither Studios in Alexandria, IN.


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Michael Sykes and Rick Webb Celebrate Birthdays!

Written by Staff on January 21, 2016 – 9:45 am -

Michael Sykes and Goodman Revival

Michael Sykes and Goodman Revival

SGN Scoops wishes Rick Webb of the Rick Webb Family and Michael Sykes of the Goodman Revival a very very Happy Birthday today!

Tanya and Michael SykesMichael Sykes is the husband of Tanya Goodman Sykes, and is a well-known vocalist, producer, and everything-about-music man. We are so happy that he and his wife and Johnny Minick brought back the sound of the Goodmans with their group, Goodman Revival! The group released its first album last year and the singles have been on the charts ever since! Email ; Press contact


Rick Webb and the Rick Webb Family, consisting of his wife Phyllis, son Parker Webb and daughter Hannah Webb, has been singing for over 34 years. 15 recordings, many number one songs, and Rick Webb Familya sound that encompasses all generations, the Rick Webb Family continue to move to the forefront of the Christian music scene! Email ; Press contact

Happy Birthday to these two fine gentlemen!

Rick and Phyllis Webb

Rick and Phyllis Webb

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Goodman Revival: A Happy Surprise

Written by Staff on August 11, 2015 – 11:12 am -

Goodman Revival

Goodman Revival


The name Goodman is synonymous with Southern Gospel Music. This legendary group will forever be remembered for their timeless classics, such as, “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now” and “Who Am I.”  While Howard, Vestal, Rusty, and Sam are now singing on Heaven’s shores, another generation of Goodmans has stepped up to continue the family’s musical legacy. Tanya Goodman Sykes, Michael Sykes, and Johnny Minick are singing songs in the key of happy. What was thought to be a one-time special performance at Johnny’s church, River of Life Assembly of God Church, in Smyrna, Tennessee, has now blossomed into a new ministry. Goodman Revival seeks to not only maintain the uniqueness of the Happy Goodman Family musical style, but to also preserve the purpose of ministry: to share the love of Jesus Christ every time God opens the door.

Tanya Goodman Sykes

Tanya Goodman Sykes

Sometimes, it is evident that God works in mysterious ways. Tanya says the formation of this new ministry was a complete surprise, yet a tremendous blessing. She discussed their decision to move back to Tennessee: “When we first moved back here, we were staying with Johnny and Sherry while we were looking for a house. One Sunday, I sang, ‘Who Am I?’  Just different things, and Johnny would play, and he and Michael would sing harmonies. Then one Sunday, we decided to sing, ‘Until You’ve Known the Love of God.’  We worked it up on Saturday night and we did it on Sunday. At that time, they were posting the services online and putting stuff on YouTube. I saw it on YouTube and it had like 10 or 15,000 hits. We were just shocked. A few months went by and a promoter called us. He said, ‘I want to know about how I can get Johnny, Tanya, and Michael to come and sing.’ We said, ‘We don’t have a group.’”

According to Tanya, the promoter wanted to schedule the group for a reminiscing night of Gospel Music, featuring Tanya, Johnny, and Michael, along with the Rambos and Hinsons. Tanya said they decided it would be fun, but they had to learn more songs to sing, since they had only prepared a couple for church. She said someone got very excited about their limited performances and gave them the money to make a record.  Soon the Gaithers wanted them to do a video and as they say, they rest is history. That’s how Goodman Revival was born.

Goodman Revival has, of course, a strong musical influence from the original Happy Goodman Family.  As the daughter of Rusty Goodman, Tanya shares her father’s heart for ministry. So do Johnny and Michael.  Tanya added, “My dad was a stickler for a good song. A lyric was really important to him and it was also really important that the melody marry that lyric and really represent what that lyric was about, so we all are very picky about songs. One of the things that Michael, Johnny, and I learned by example from my family is that you just need to use the gift that God put in you.” Read more »

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June 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 5, 2015 – 10:26 am -

June 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

June 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

Summer is finally here! Happy June and welcome to another edition of SGNScoops Magazine. We start off with a bang by featuring 11th Hour on our cover. This trio is on the charts and on the lips of Gospel music fans. You will enjoy getting to know them in this article by Marcie Gray!

We are also thrilled to feature both old and new musical guests The Kingsmen, Goodman Revival and Adam’s Call. We welcome Jeff Hawes to the Younger Perspective by Erin Stevens. Father’s Day is highlighted by articles featuring Tommy Brandt and Tommy Brandt II as well as a devotional by Jennifer Campbell. Our writers are all terrific so don’t miss the features by Vonda Easley, Jaquita Lindsey, Paige Givens, Tina Wakefield and Vivian Belknap.
Thanks to all of our creative columnists, including Jeff Steele, Dusty Wells, Kelly Nelon Clark, Sherry Anne, Laurette Willis and Lou Hildreth. Justin Glimore and Cyndi Lavonne review new music by Ernie Haase and Signature Sound. SGN Scoops Top 100, Creekside Update, so much more to see and read!
Have a great summer. Take time to relax and read the June issue of SGN Scoops. Thank you for your support and appreciation! Write us today at or send a note to our editor at Let the Son-shine of Jesus light your summer this year!
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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 14, 2015 – 12:02 pm -



Legendary Icon Welcomes Gospel Music’s Best to her Hurricane Mills, TN Ranch.

Martins, Goodman Revival, McKameys, Karen Peck & New River Among Others Announced as Initial Performers
Nashville, TN  – Initial performers for the 2015 Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival were announced today via Jeff Sneed, talent director for the festival, announced the first round of artists to include The Martins, Goodman Revival, the McKameys, Karen Peck & New River, Angie Primm, the Freemans, High Road, Dennis Swanberg and the Sneed Family. The 2015 Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival takes place September 12 & 13, 2015 at the legendary singer’s ranch in historic Hurricane Mills, TN.
“We’re extremely excited to announce the initial slate of performers,” said Jeff Sneed. “We are thrilled that Loretta has, once again, decided to welcome some of the best in Gospel music to her ranch!”
More performers will be announced at a later date.
For those arriving early on Friday night, September 11, 2015, there will be a special bon-fire and sing-a-long beginning at 8:00 PM
Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN is the perfect destination for this amazing weekend of Gospel music. The full-service RV park features primitive camping, pools, canoeing, paddle boats and more. Guests can also tour Loretta’s plantation home, the Butcher Holler Home Place, and her brand-new 18,000 square foot “Coal Miner’s Daughter” museum.
Tickets are on sale now and more information can be found online at or by calling the ranch at 931-296-7700.

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Gospel Music Today For February 2 On

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 1, 2015 – 10:02 pm -

Gospel Music Today For February 2 2015

Gospel Music Today For February 2 2015

Shannon Knight of The Daryl Williams Trio is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of February 2. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Goodman Revival, and Jean reviews  new recordings by The Troy Burns Family and Watts, Rowsey and Bean. An article from SGN Scoops digital magazine is the subject of this week’s News Notes and in the news this week is the January 1 baby for Anna Grace of High Road III. The show features exclusive video of Lineage of David, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, in Pigeon Forge, TN, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Collingsworth Family at Gospel Singing Time, in Owasso, OK.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website,

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GOODMAN REVIVAL: Debut Release Songs in the Key of Happy TOPS SALES CHARTS

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 29, 2015 – 11:04 pm -

Goodman Revival

Goodman Revival

Fans and Radio “HAPPY” to Hear “What a Happy Time”

Newly Formed Trio Launches Website

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—January 29th, 2014—Songs in the Key of Happy (Gaither Music Group), the debut CD release from newly formed trio Goodman Revival, landed at #1 on this week’s Southern Gospel chart according to Nielsen Soundscan.  In addition, the Songs in the Key of Happy DVD topped the Christian Music Video chart.The audio release also landed at #11 on the Contemporary Christian Music chart, and the DVD came in at #4 on the Billboard Music Video chart.
“I’m extremely excited about the way Goodman Revival is bringing these old favorites back to life,” stated Barry Jennings, president of Gaither Music Group.  “We are especially thrilled with the response we are getting from our television audiences who have been moved by the way Tanya, Michael and Johnny communicate these old classics in a fresh and powerful way. These songs hold a great deal of significance for people all over the world; and Goodman Revival has a gift for connecting with those listeners, as well as attracting a new generation of gospel music enthusiasts.”
In addition to this week’s recording launch, the group’s debut single, “What a Happy Time,” landed in the Top 80 chart of national monthly radio airplay after only two weeks of nationwide airplay.  The song is in the Top 5 New Releases at 14 stations and is the #3 Pick Hit at six stations.
“I have believed in this song from the moment I heard Goodman Revival’s new rendition of it,” stated radio promoter Les Butler, of Family Music Group.  “…and I am not alone in my enthusiasm!  Programmers across the country have been excited to have music from this trio, and I am thrilled with the early numbers we are seeing surrounding this single.  I’ve heard the smiles in their voices as they talked about how happy they were to add Goodman Revival to their playlists.”
Songs in the Key of Happy finds Goodman Revival, of Smyrna, TN, paying homage to the music they grew up singing and hearing.  The trio consists of Tanya Goodman Sykes, Michael Sykes and Johnny Minick, each of whom are seasoned Christian music veterans and past members of the legendary Happy Goodman Family singing group.  This recording debut finds these familiar faces capturing the musical styles and heritage that have endeared them to countless people around the world for several decades.
Produced by Sykes and Minick, the new release features gospel classics such as “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey,” “This Is Just What Heaven Means to Me,” “Look for Me,” “I Hold a Clear Title to a Mansion,” “Eyes of Jesus,” “Until You’ve Known the Love,” “Who Am I” and other fan favorites as well as an all-new song, “Settle the Score,” penned by Minick featuring that “Goodman three-quarter time.”“Johnny has the entire discography,” explains Goodman Sykes.  “We sat down together and kept refining the list of songs. Each of us had our favorites, and we finally whittled the list down to 13 songs.”“As a producer, I think I brought more of the ‘current feel’ stylistically to the recording,” recalls Sykes.  “Johnny keeps the old school style real, and he’s a big part of the DNA of who we are.”Minick agrees, “There is a strong balance here. Michael makes you want to do things. I think I sang things I might not have wanted to sing, and it worked. Michael brings energy to what we do. We have a lot of fun.”

The energy and passion the members of Goodman Revival bring to these timeless songs are readily evident on the DVD that was filmed before an enthusiastic audience at Gaither Studios in Alexandria, Indiana.  In addition to the LIVE performance, the trio sat down with the video’s host and their longtime friend Bill Gaither for a behind-the-scenes look at the new recording and the Goodman Family legacy.

The trio was joined by a few special friends for the video’s performances. “The Gaither Vocal Band did a couple songs, and our great friend and super cheerleader Russ Taff joined us on ‘The Sweetest Song I Know.’ He rocked it down to the ground,” says Goodman Sykes. “It was awesome. He is a dynamo. That was a lot of fun.”

The new releases are currently airing as part of a tv campaign on DISH TV, DIRECTV, AT&T Uverse, GaitherTV, TBN, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, RFD, TCT and TLN.  The campaign is airing in Canada on Vision TV, The Miracle Channel, Grace TV and CTS.  The group has received glowing album reviews and has been featured on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio’s enLighten Channel and in HOMECOMING Magazine.  Goodman Revival will appear on the Gaither Vocal Band’s upcoming DVD Sometimes It Takes a Mountain (Gaither Music Group).

The Songs in the Key of Happy CD and DVD are exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution, and they are available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and

To view a preview of the Songs in the Key of Happy DVD, visit: further information, visit the group’s newly launched website or connect at or on Twitter: @GoodmanRevival.

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