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APRIL POTTER AGENCY ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE BOOKING AND MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT WITH BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY/GOSPEL ARTIST NATHAN STANLEY

Written by Staff on January 22, 2020 – 6:19 am -

Nathan Stanley signs with April Potter AgencyNASHVILLE, TN – April Potter, President of the April Potter Agency announces the addition of Bluegrass, Country, and Gospel artist Nathan Stanley. April Potter Agency will be handling all booking and management duties for Nathan.

“I am very excited to work with such a music royalty with rich heritage such as Nathan,” shares April. “I have the utmost respect for his grandfather and his influence on the world of music and I look forward to helping Nathan carry on that legacy.”

Nathan StanleyNathan adds, “I’m thrilled to be working with April Potter and all of her wonderful staff. She has many years of experience with booking and management and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future has in store.”

MORE ABOUT NATHAN STANLEY:

Nathan Edmond Stanley was born into a music royalty bloodline and rich family legacy. The grandson of the Bluegrass music icon Dr. Ralph Stanley, Nathan made his music debut at the young age of two playing the spoons for the Clinch Mountain Boys with his grandfather at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

He later graduated to playing the mandolin, and from 2007 to 2016 became the last lead singer and rhythm guitar player for the Clinch Mountain Boys – one of the most highly acclaimed bands in the music industry.

Nathan StanleyNathan has spent most of his life on a 45-foot tour bus traveling across the United States and internationally collecting many awards and accolades along the way:

  • In 2006, Nathan had the great honor to perform for the Queen of England when Her Majesty visited the state of Virginia.

  • In 2011, he had a #1 song on the Inspirational Country Music (ICM) charts for the unforgettable song “White Dove” with Vince Gill.

  • In 2011, the National Traditional Country Music Association voted My Kind Of Country the Classic Country Album of the Year.

  • In 2014, Nathan signed a recording deal with Willow Creek Records Nashville, TN.

  • In October 2014, his album Every Mile garnered Nathan his first GMA Dove Award (Gospel Music’s Highest Honor) nomination and win for “Bluegrass Album of the Year”.

  • In January 2015, Nathan was featured on the Grammy Nominated Cracker Barrel album Ralph Stanley and Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow. Nathan performed two songs with his grandfather on the special project. One was the classic “Rank Stranger” and the other was a heartfelt performance of “Hills of Home.”

  • In 2016 Nathan was voted “Best Bluegrass Artist” at the ICM AWARDS in Nashville, TN.

  • Also in 2016, Stanley made several cameo appearances in the award winning Christmas Movie Believe starring Ryan O’Quinn and produced by Billy Dickson.

From 2013-2016, Nathan Stanley hosted his own television show on Living Faith TV based out of Bristol, Tennessee. With close to one million viewers each month, The Nathan Stanley Show was the #1 show on the network for almost the entirety of its four years of airtime.

Stanley has nine solo albums to his credit, recording with artists such as Brad Paisley, George Jones, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Patty Loveless, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, The Isaacs, Gene Watson, T. Graham Brown, and many more.

Nathan StanleyNathan will release his 10th studio album in 2020. The project is real country music! The first radio single “That’s How I Got To Memphis” will be released to Country & Americana Radio nationwide in February 2020. Stanley will tour with his country band in 2020 while still doing a select amount of his acoustic show concerts. Stanley is currently signed with J&T Entertainment and MC1 Nashville.

MORE ABOUT APRIL POTTER AGENCY:

April Potter Agency is a full-service, exclusive booking and management company located in Nashville, Tennessee serving a large selection of venues including arenas, auditoriums, churches, fairs, festivals, schools, city events, coffeehouses, theme parks and more with a variety of artists. April Potter brings to her agency 23 years of experience in the music industry. In 1996, she began working for The Harper Agency, and later formed her own company in 2002, where she represented some of the most popular names in gospel music. She returned to work for Harper in 2010 for two more years, before leaving to homeschool her daughter. Since that time, she’s worked as a freelance agent and consultant in multiple areas of the industry, including management, marketing, radio, publicity, and booking both stateside and worldwide. In May 2016, she relaunched April Potter Agency expanding from Christian music to several genres including Country, Bluegrass, Rock, Corporate Speakers and Tribute Bands.  Potter is a Franklin County, Alabama native and Music Business graduate of the University of North Alabama. For more information click HERE.

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SGNScoops DJ Spotlight on Sylvia Green of WVOB

Written by Staff on January 20, 2020 – 5:32 pm -

DJ Spotlight on Sylvia GreenDJ Spotlight on Sylvia Green

By Vonda Easley

WVOB 91.3 FM went on the air in December of 1988 with 2,500 watts of power. The studio is situated in the main Administration Building of Bethany Divinity College and Seminary.

 

WVOB offers Great Christian Programming, including the best and latest in today’s Southern gospel music, 24 hours a day. WVOB 91.3 FM is a listener-supported radio station and is the home of this month’s DJ Spotlight, the amazingly talented Sylvia Green. I quizzed Sylvia with five unique questions. Check out her answers and get to know her. You will be glad you did!

 

Vonda Armstrong: Sylvia, tell us about your current radio position. station, location, job, years on the job, and how you got started? 

Sylvia Green: Our station is Gospel 91-WVOB Dothan/Webb, Ala. We’re a 24 hour, seven days a week Southern gospel music station that covers parts of the tri-states area of Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Currently holding the position of Assistant Program Director, I’m proud to say I’ve been associated with this station since the first few months of 1992.

Keith Brady, from the group I sang with at the time (the Bradys) was working at WVOB part time when not on the road. When a sister station was opened in nearby Bonifay, Fla., due to my knowledge of gospel music, the management asked me to help spearhead the opening of WJED.  I had no prior on-air experience, but with great on-the-job training and help from up above, WJED became a vital station in that area for many years. When management decided to sell it a few years ago, they transferred me to Dothan’s WVOB where we soon started the “Coffee-Break with Keith and Sylvia,” which has become dear to my heart. We love sharing behind the scenes news in gospel music, jokes, trivia, and a whole list of other things, plus we have the “Word Game” each segment where listeners can win gift items.

 

VA: You are not only a DJ, but a singer, songwriter and an inspiration to many. Do you have a favorite song that you have written? Tell us about that song of one that is special to you and why?

SG: “Here I Am” which was recorded by the Hoppers would have to be my first choice. I was so honored that it became Song of the Year in 1990 and was Song of the Decade for the 90’s. But what means the most to me are the thousands of testimonies connected with this song that I’ve heard through the years. Each time I stop to think about the far reaching effects for the cause of Christ this song has had, I’m blown away yet again by the fact that God allowed this simple girl from lower Alabama to write it. Next year marks the 30th anniversary of “Here I Am” winning Song of the Year. I’m still getting testimonies of how it changes lives. To God be the glory, he far exceeded my goals and I’ll always be humbled by it.

 

DJ Spotlight on Sylvia GreenVA: Please share your testimony. 

SG: I became a Christian at the young age of six years old during a revival at the church my dad and mom pastored in Troy, Alabama. I guess some think that is too young, but I knew exactly what I was doing. My heart was touched, the tears flowed, and I asked Jesus to be Lord of my life. I’ve rededicated my life to him many times since then because none of us are perfect.  We all fail, we all mess up, we all stray a little from where we know we need to be in our walk with him. We break his heart, but his mercy and grace woos us back to him and I’m so thankful for that. Too many feel that because they’ve made a mistake, that God hates them. But nothing could be further from the truth, that’s what the cross was for. I’ve spent a lifetime in gospel music, whether through singing, songwriting, or on radio, sharing the good news of his love and forgiveness; I wouldn’t trade it for the world. 

 

VA: What is something you  look for from artists who send music to Gospel 91-WVOB? 

SG:  Our station has certain guidelines set up by management, that we as employees must adhere to when it comes to what is allowed to be played. One in particular is that it must be recognizable as a gospel song in lyric content. We are reminded that there are many good, positive songs, that may not necessarily fall under our guidelines. In the position I hold of being the person who approves or disapproves what gets to be added into rotation, this can sometimes be a hard task. Because I applaud great, positive lyric content, and because we always want to be relevant as music progresses in ways we can, as we maintain our original goal, I do my very best to make the distinctions needed so that management is pleased, God is glorified, and artists continue to send us great music! Having said that, listeners are facing some tough times, they struggle with things they never thought they’d have to face, so I love getting songs that point us to the source of our joy, our strength in times of trouble, and remind us that although what we are facing right now seems to have no answer, we have hope in a heavenly father who can bring miracles to pass!

 

VA: Do you have a bucket list? We’d love to hear about things you’ve checked off and what’s still there? 

SG: When I was young, the first time I saw Vestal Goodman sing, I wanted to sing. When she became “Queen of Gospel Music,” I immediately wanted (to be) that one day. That of course wasn’t meant to be. When I started writing, I dreamed one day of winning the “Song of the Year Award.” And, for some reason God saw fit for that little 14-year-old girl’s dream to come true.  Veering away from music a bit, I marked several things off my list, like, owning my own golf clubs and learning how to play, learning to shoot a target with a gun, learning to make old fashioned cat-head homemade biscuits, and learning to decorate cakes with roses. But there are some things on my bucket list I have not done. These include, going to Australia and Hawaii for vacation, and becoming a pilot. (Sylvia laughs.) How many would like to fly on a plane I was piloting?

 

Vonda Armstrong

Vonda Armstrong

Thank you Sylvia for sharing with us. I’d fly with you anywhere! Let’s go.

By Vonda Armstrong

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in June 2019

 

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SGNScoops shines DJ Spotlight on Jason Dyess of WMER 

Written by Staff on January 20, 2020 – 2:50 pm -

DJ Spotlight on Jason Dyess of WMER 

DJ Spotlight on Jason Dyess of WMER

By Vonda Armstrong

WMER AM 1390 and FM 91.3 is a radio station broadcasting from Meridian, Mississippi. The station airs gospel music, weather, news and community programs. In Meridian, you will love the sights and sounds of the city from the country music history and railroad heritage, to musical performances and outdoor activities. But, in the afternoon from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., the town of Meridian is tuned in to Jason Dyess and his gospel program. This month we are shining the DJ Spotlight on Jason. Join me as we get to know Jason and his ministry better. 

 

Vonda Armstrong: At what age did you know that you would like to work in radio? Please give us your current radio position and station information. 

Jason Dyess: That’s tough to nail an exact age. I’ve always loved music of all types. I can remember making mix tapes from old cassettes and radio. I’ve always dreamed of doing talk radio from current events to sports talk radio. It took me losing my job last year to finally get my chance with a Southern gospel radio station with music I was raised on. I now manage WMER 93.1FM/1390AM which is a Southern gospel music radio station in Meridian, Miss. I also have a talk show once a week entitled “Good News Meridian,” where I bring in government leaders, civic leaders, pastors and other guests, so we can spotlight positive things going on in the city and area we cover. It seems people are tired of hearing negative news, and this is an opportunity for listeners to hear some positive news to go along with our good news gospel music. 

 

DJ Spotlight on Jason Dyess of WMER Vonda: If you could interview any person alive, who would that be and why? 

Jason: When I first read this question, three people came to mind. Pastor Jentezen Franklin, John Maxwell and President George W. Bush, because they all have so much information that I love learning from. I love to listen to Pastor Franklin; he’s an awesome pastor and I admire him. Being an ordained minister myself, I have so many questions. 

Then there’s John Maxwell, with all of his leadership and management advice he gives. I learn so much from him and I think it’s because of his past pastoral background. Thirdly, President George W. Bush because of the way he led this nation while still being a family man. I even gained more respect watching the way he led his family in grieving with the passing of his father in the public eye last year. I really cannot narrow this down to one. 

 

DJ Spotlight on Jason Dyess of WMER Vonda: Please share your testimony. 

Jason: At a young age, my mawmaw Jet and my parents always said I was going to be a preacher or politician. For a while as an adult, I ran from God’s calling on my life. In July 2002, the Lord really grabbed a hold of my life. In April 2006, I finally surrounded to the Lord’s calling in my life, and began the process of ministry schooling, becoming an ordained Assemblies of God minister in May 2017. I’ve been hoping to pastor a church. I have been bi-vocational by serving on ministry staff and a regular job in the past. The company I had worked at for 18 years left Meridian last year. We had opportunities to leave this area, but I felt the Lord was not done with me in my hometown. As a family, we felt this was the time to pastor a church. Although those doors didn’t open, the radio station did and now gives me a bigger platform to share God’s word. My heart is to still serve and help people to get to know God on a more personal way. So my prayer now is that the Lord will use and guide me with the plan he has for me, and not what I feel is my own plan. 

 

DJ Spotlight on Jason Dyess of WMER Vonda: Please tell us about your family. 

Jason: My wife, Dawn and I began dating in January of our sophomore year of high school. Everyone in high school said that we were going to get married, and I proudly say I married my high school sweetheart. We’ve been married for almost 22 years. I almost lost my wife and daughter Katelyn during Katelyn’s birth. Now, 16 years later, both Dawn and Katelyn are healthy. Dawn works for Mississippi State – Meridian campus, and Katelyn is 16 years old and is a junior in high school. 

 

DJ Spotlight on Jason Dyess of WMER Vonda: When you are not behind a mic, what do you enjoy doing ? 

Jason: When not behind the mic, I enjoy doing photography. I do freelance sports photography for newspapers, colleges and other media outlets. I also love opportunities to preach and visit other communities when being able to share God’s Word. I also love deer hunting when the season is open. We are all big Mississippi State fans and we have season tickets to football and women’s basketball. When not traveling to Bulldog events, we love traveling to NASCAR races, the Smoky Mountains and Gulf Shores, Alabama. Family is important to me, so any time all of our family can come together is important to me. 

 

Vonda Armstrong

Thank you Jason Dyess for giving us a glimpse into your life of radio and ministry. When you are  in Meridian, tune into WMER AM 1390 and FM 91.3 between 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., to catch Jason playing great Southern gospel music.

By Vonda Armstrong

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in August 2019

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SGNScoops shines DJ Spotlight on Darrell Gibbs

Written by Staff on January 20, 2020 – 12:18 pm -

Darrell Gibbs DJ Spotlight

Darrell Gibbs under DJ Spotlight

SGNScoops DJ Spotlight: Darrell Gibbs

By Vonda Armstrong

Recently, we shone the DJ Spotlight on Darrell Gibbs from WUAT AM in Pikeville, Tennessee. Darrell spent the week with us at the 2019 Creekside Gospel Music Convention, and it was a joy to get to know him better. Check out our conversation below. 

Vonda: Tell us about the station, where it’s located and how we can listen.

Darrell: The radio station is WUAT AM 1110. It is an “old-time” radio station, and has been around since 1960. We are considered the giant of the valley, and have an antenna on the top of the mountain that reaches way out there. 

The station is located on the corner of Main Street and Cumberland Avenue in Pikeville. We have around 3700 listeners. Many businesses in Pikeville and the surrounding area tune into our station in their stores, doctors’ offices, and even at the courthouse. The radio station “blasts through the streets” and side streets on speaker in town. It is  really old school and really cool.

Billy Bridges is our station manager, and is a great guy. We have several TV shows filmed at the station every week. The very popular “Albert and Billy Show” is filmed here, along with my program as the only Facebook Live. We hope to become an FM station in the future, and to purchase additional equipment as well. It takes time and money though. 

 

Vonda: How did you get your start in radio?

Darrell: The very first time I ever played gospel music as a DJ was in the 80s.  I was working on Christian Night at a skating rink in west Nashville. I was the only one that knew anything about gospel music, because of my dad’s love for it. The area I grew up in used to be called “the Star Route” in Nashville. I knew a lot of those people from school or at least their kids and grandkids.

 

Darrell Gibbs under DJ SpotlightVonda: Can you tell our readers your testimony?

Darrell: I was raised in the Methodist church. Once, I was able to take a ride to the Carolinas with Harold Lane. Some of your readers may remember him with the Speer Family. He told me about a simple gospel that started my way to salvation. I was working on pools in the summer, and in the winter I would do anything I could do to make money. I was driving my own car to school in the 9th grade. I worked hard, sometimes two or three jobs, as a teenager because I wanted to, not because I had to. I was making my own money and doing my own thing. 

Soon, I found myself doing things I shouldn’t. I was about to get into some trouble and I decided to leave and move to Chattanooga with my parents. Right away I went to the skating rink and got a job. They had a “Christian Night” and I was the only one that knew about Christian music. Fast forward to three years ago, I went into a radio station in Pikeville, wanting to DJ a show for Facebook and for the local radio station. 

I was called to preach many years ago. I told God he had the wrong guy. I told him that I don’t look right, I don’t talk right, and I can’t stand up straight.  But opportunities kept opening for me to speak on the road in churches and even colleges. God has given me my heart’s desire. A beautiful wife, a beautiful place to live on the Cumberland plateau, and a voice on the radio station. That’s what brought to where I am today and God is still working in my life today.

 

Vonda: If you had to play one group all day long, who would it be and why?

Darrell: This one is easy. I would play the Primitive Quartet. I had the opportunity to interview them once.They are amazing and so friendly.

 

Vonda: If you could interview anyone, who would it be and why?

Darrell: Well I would love to interview Johnny Cash. I would also like to interview Harold Lane and let him see what God has done in my life since the last time we saw each other. And besides them, I would also love to interview the McKameys, Guy Penrod, Gold City, and Squire Parsons.

 

Vonda: If someone is interested in working as a DJ, what advice would you give them?

Darrell:  My advice to them would be don’t give up trust in Jesus in all you do.

 

Vonda Armstrong

Thank You Darrell! Keep spinning those songs and thank you for sharing with us….

Vonda Armstrong

First published in SGNScoops Magazine in December 2019

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Hug a Disc Jockey Day: Brandon Bearden of SOGR

Written by Staff on January 20, 2020 – 10:18 am -

Brandon Bearden of SOGR

SGNScoops DJ Spotlight on Brandon Bearden of SOGR Radio

By Vonda Armstrong

SOGR Radio is dedicated to bringing the best gospel music in Powell, Tennessee. It was established in 2012 by Brandon Bearden, and since then has grown to become a favorite station with gospel music lovers everywhere. Recently, we spoke with Brandon and here is what he had to say.

 

Vonda Armstrong: Brandon, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. Can you give us the history of SOGR?

Brandon Bearden: Thanks Vonda for the opportunity to do this. SOGR Radio is an internet radio station. I launched it in 2012, when I saw that there were not that many gospel stations for people to listen to. I live out in the country in an area without much signal for an FM Station. I thought an online station would give other people like me a chance to listen to the Word of God and some great gospel music. You can listen to SOGR Radio either online via our website which is www.sogrradio.com, or you can listen on Tune-In, Roku, or our free mobile app. SOGR Radio is located in Powell, Tenn., as part of Kenny Interactive Media, a media company owned by Jay Stuard III and myself. We offer services such as website design, creating apps, and streaming services to name a few. 

 

Armstrong:  Can you please share your testimony with our readers?

Bearden: Many people don’t know this but I grew up in a gospel music ministry. At three months old, I had been traveling on a bus with my mom and the group she sang with out of Maryville, Tennessee. My grandfather was a preacher. I loved watching him preach, especially when the spirit fell. When I was eight years old, we were having a singing one Sunday morning and the spirit was moving. I could feel the Lord tugging at my heart. I went to the altar and got down on my knees, and my grandfather led me to the Lord. And I have served the Lord since that day.

 

Armstrong: At what age did you know you wanted to be a DJ? What happened that caused you to know that?

Bearden: I was 19 years old when I knew I wanted to be a radio DJ. I started the station because I saw the need for it. Since becoming a DJ, I have seen God work in so many ways in my life. 

 

Brandon Bearden of SOGR radio DJ spotlightArmstrong: If you could interview anyone, who would it be? Why would you choose this person?

Bearden: Wow, that is a hard one. I would have loved to have interviewed Howard and Vestal Goodman. I have heard other people that knew them talk about how you could feel God’s presence when talking with Vestal. I sure would have loved that interview!  That would have to be number one on my list.

 

Armstrong: Other than being a DJ, what are some other things you enjoy doing?

Bearden: I love spending time hanging out with my family. We love to sit out by the pool on a hot summer day. Another thing we love to do is visit the mountains in the fall and enjoy the beautiful foliage, God’s beautiful handiwork. But I would have to say that the thing I enjoy most is sitting behind the microphone in the studio and spinning this great music and telling folks folks about what the Lord has done for me.

 

Armstrong: What is your favorite gospel music event that you attend?  Tell us what you do there.

Bearden: My favorite event is the National Quartet Convention (NQC). I love seeing all the people that come from all over the world to hear Southern gospel music. My typical day at NQC is loading in equipment, setting up my booth, and doing live remotes and interviews. I try and keep the folks updated on what’s happening at NQC, but my favorite thing to do is catching up with the artists and finding out what’s going on in their ministry.

 

Vonda Armstrong

Thank you Brandon for sharing with us about SOGR Radio. God bless you.

By Vonda Armstrong

First published by  SGNScoops Magazine in September 2019

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Charles Novell completes his race

Written by Staff on January 18, 2020 – 5:16 pm -

Charles Novell and his wife, Barb

Well known Gospel music teacher and supporter, Charles Novell, passed away early Friday morning, January 17, 2020, leaving behind his wife, son, and daughter.

On January 17, 2020,  Charles Novell’s son Rob posted the following on Facebook: My Dad completed his race around 12:30am this morning. Earlier in the evening we were gathered around his bed singing songs of praise and worship. As we sang “What A Day That Will Be” I celebrated the words in the second verse… “no more sickness, no more pain”. My Dad received his complete healing this morning. We’ve talked and shared stories about Dad this week. He was a man that encouraged, motivated, invested in and gave his all to everyone he ever met. He was my Dad, my hero, my teacher, my example, and my biggest supporter. He taught me how to be a husband, a father, a musician and most importantly a Christian by his Godly example. Please keep my Mom, my Sister and our family in your prayers over the next several days.

Charles NovellI will be sharing details over the next several days but we will have a visitation in Georgia and a service in Ohio next week. As far as today…. for my Dad…. this is going to be his “Best Day Yet”. Let’s head to class!!

Bill Dykes, a close friend of Charles, wrote the following biography of this beloved man:

Dr. Charles Novell is a graduate of the world famous Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and
holds a Doctorate of Music degree. He has been involved in gospel music as a songwriter, arranger, recording producer, and performing for several decades. He has produced over 2,500 albums in his career and has arranged and been a vocal coach for numerous groups, soloists and choir over the years. Charles began teaching in the Stamps Conservatory of Music in the early 60’s. He soon became the Dean of the school. In 1978, JD Sumner handed the school over to Charles and he ran the school with Cecil Blackwood under the name the National School of Christian Music. In 1986, Charles changed the name of the school to Christian Music Conference. In 2005, the school went through one more name change to the Charles Novell School of Music which still runs today under the direction of his son, Rob Novell. I will miss my dear friend but know he is well now and happy with his Savior Jesus Christ at home in Heaven!! — Bill Dykes

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January 2020 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by Staff on January 18, 2020 – 8:31 am -

SGNScoops Cover January 2020Happy New Year! We are excited to present to you the first issue of SGNScoops Magazine for 2020. This is also the first issue that is a color magazine, sold by subscription and available on the record tables of your favorite artists. If you don’t see the SGNScoops Magazine, condensed hard copy, on an artists’ record table, then please ask them to carry it. We would love for you to see it!

The January issue of SGNScoops Magazine is usually one where our cover highlights an artist that we feel will make waves in Gospel Music in the new year. This year, we bring you Josh and Ashley Franks, whose music has been climbing the charts and whose talented family is well-known in the industry. We hope you enjoy this great article by Jimmy Reno.

Be sure to read all about the Erwins, Eli Fortner, Citizens of Glory, Mark Bishop, and Andy Leftwich; artists whose styles span the breadth of Gospel music. JP Miller reaches a milestone, and we pay tribute to Dr. Buck Morton. All this plus our DJ Spotlight, Coastal Events Update, Publisher’s Point, and the top songs across the country. Thanks to all of our writers this month, including Jantina Baksteen, Justin Gilmore, Lyndsey Chandler, Marcie Gray, Les Butler, Vonda Armstrong, and Rob Patz. Some of these talented people are doing double-duty this month, and all are gracious when asked for something at the last minute. Please check out their biographies at the end of the issue.

We hope you start the year with SGNScoops, but more than that, we hope you start the year with Jesus. He is our Rock and our Foundation, and if you don’t know Him, you are missing out on peace and security that can only be found in a relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. If you have any questions or comments, please write to me at lorraine@sgnscoops.com

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THE JOURNEYS – “WE ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE!”

Written by Staff on January 15, 2020 – 10:38 am -

THE JOURNEYS – “WE ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE!”

The Journeys

Dobson, NC – The Journeys share a message with audiences all over the country that people with special needs can be used by God in powerful ways. Greg and Donna Journey, along with their Autistic son, Ben, have made some remarkable appearances, encouraging families near and far that God has a plan and a purpose for everyone!

 

The Journeys appeared at the commencement ceremony for the Helen Keller School for the Blind in Talladega, Alabama on May 23, 2019. Donna Journey shared, “This was such a unique opportunity for us. As we stood on stage, we felt such a sense of pride for the graduates and all of the struggles they had overcome. It was such an honor to bring a message of hope in Christ to young people who had worked harder than most of us can imagine to achieve independence in this life.”

 

Greg and Donna were devastated when their beautiful son was diagnosed with Autism at just two-and-a-half years old, but they have embraced Ben’s needs and allowed God to use their family to encourage others that we are all created uniquely. As they travel, sing and minister, the joy in Ben’s heart is evident when he plays the piano or guitar and sings. He may not communicate often verbally, but musically, his passion for the Lord is unmistakable!

 

One of the sweetest memories for The Journeys was

THE JOURNEYS – “WE ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE!”

THE JOURNEYS – “WE ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE!”

when Vince Gill and Amy Grant invited Ben to visit with them in their home for his 21st birthday. They were so gracious and Ben was thrilled to spend some time playing guitar with Vince as we all sat around and sang. What made it even more special was that Ben wasn’t even aware that he was playing guitar with a celebrity. To Ben, Vince was just a friend who invited him to come and spend some time worshipping the Lord. Ben is a beautiful example of God’s purpose for creating each one of us to be unique and to serve Him with every breath we take.

 

The Journeys host a radio show called The Blue Ridge Gospel Network that airs weekly on WIGN in Saltville, VA, SOGR Internet Radio (www.sogrradio.com), Pure Gospel Radio in GA, WSPR Radio, SBB Radio and Country and Southern Gospel Radio in Northern Ireland and Canada. Their brand new live radio program will air on Wednesday nights on the New Journey Radio App and on Facebook Live beginning in February. Their new radio single, “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” recorded at Chapel Valley, paints a beautiful picture of God’s purpose for each and every life.

 

Learn more about The Journeys at www.thejourneysgospel.net, and be sure to visit Ben’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Through-Bens-Eyes-113444550072733/ to view his paintings and experience how fearfully and wonderfully made this talented young man truly is.

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Master’s Voice releases ‘Solace,’ finding peace in God’s word

Written by Staff on January 10, 2020 – 10:09 am -

Master’s Voice releases ‘Solace,’ finding peace in God’s word

Master’s Voice is, from left, tenor singer Ricky Capps; bass singer Jerry Pilgrim; lead singer T.J. Evans; baritone singer David Folenius; and musician Theron Perry.

Arden, North Carolina (January 10, 2020) — Master’s V (website HERE) is finding comfort in God’s promises on Solace, their new album now available from Sonlite Records (website HERE)

Solace recognizes there will be life after death, and therefore it isn’t something to be feared. With powerful and moving moments, Master’s Voice brings hope to the weary and finds peace in the gospel.

The album begins with “Let Us Not Grow Weary,” a song about keeping a positive attitude and spreading God’s word, even when the world is a difficult place. It’s followed by “He’s Coming Back,” the first radio single, detailing Christ’s return to Earth. T.J. Evans, singing lead, shares that day will be joyful for those headed to their eternal home.

“Why should I worry with the sinful world / I’m getting ready to leave / He’s coming back, I’m going home / Soon I’m gonna see the face of the one I’ve waited for so long.”

Solace has quiet reverent moments with “The Things Only God Can Do,” featuring Ricky Capps marveling at God’s power and the miracles only He can accomplish, and “Pray Through Me,” describing how hopelessness can be turned over to the Holy Spirit.

Songs like “Because I Said So” and “Took It All Away” — which features David Folenius — remind us to trust in God’s plan as He’s given us all we need to live and thrive before reaching eternal life.

In “At Home,” featuring Jerry Pilgrim, Master’s Voice tells of learning about Heaven and all the wonders it will hold. “Five Minutes” reminds that diligently living as a follower of Christ will allow you to reach that promised land, and the haunting “Thinking Outside The Grave” serves as a warning to not be shortsighted and to remember life continues after death.

Other tracks include “This Same Jesus,” “Peace Like A River,” and “Last Of The Last Days.”

As a collection, Solace is a statement of being at peace with God’s plan for all life and a reminder of the glories Heaven promises after death.

Listen to Solace HERE.

About Master’s Voice
Since 1995, Master’s Voice has been committed to bringing an evangelistic approach to singing and preaching the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ till all know…or He returns. This team is also devoted to musical excellence, understanding that this “music with a message” requires the utmost professionalism, preparation, commitment, clarity, doctrinal soundness and passionate vocals. The group features founder, owner and tenor singer Ricky Capps; lead singer T.J. Evans; baritone singer David Folenius; bass singer Jerry Pilgrim; musician Theron Perry; and sound technician Chuck Howe.

About Crossroads:

Crossroads (website HERE) is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Americana fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ music.

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Beyond the Song: Master Peace is “Alive Again”

Written by Staff on January 9, 2020 – 2:56 pm -

Master PeaceFor this edition of Beyond the Song, Jantina Baksteen spoke to Bill Worley of Master Peace Quartet.

Jantina Baksteen: Can you do a short introduction of Master Peace?

Bill Worley: Master Peace Quartet, or MPQ, began from the desire of three friends to uplift their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in song. Anthony Patton (lead), Bill Worley (bass) and Barry Minish (manager) have been long time friends. Rounding out the group is Brian Etheridge (tenor) and David Hill (baritone). On April 26, 2014, the first concert for Master Peace Quartet was held at Olivia Baptist church in Dalton, Georgia. 

MPQ released their first single to radio in September, 2018. The song is entitled, “You Didn’t Throw Me Away.” We are grateful for the radio success it received.

In January of 2019, MPQ released their second single to radio, “Alive Again” written by Jerald Hill, Gene Ezell, and Eva Wilson.

MPQ is based out of Dalton Ga., and has no plans to slow down.

 

JB: You all have a rich background in singing. Was it a longing for each of you to be a singer from your younger years?

BW: Brian, Anthony, and Bill, each grew up singing at church. From an early age they wanted to sing. David fell in love with Southern Gospel music in the mid-90’s when he saw Gold City in concert.

 

JB: What’s your definition of a solid quartet group?

BW: Each one doing their part to move the group in a positive direction, in all areas from vocals, harmony, stage presence, and even promoting the group. A quartet or any group is only as strong as its weakest link. 

 

Master PeaceJB: Your current radio song is “Alive Again.” On what album did you record this song?

BW: “Alive Again” was recorded as a single; it is not on an album.

 

JB: What’s the message in this song? 

BW: That God forgives each one that asks, and makes us “Alive Again.” Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.”

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JB: How many tour dates does MPQ do in a year?

BW: 50 to 60

 

JB: In what parts of the country do you sing?

BW: Mainly in the southeast, but we have traveled to Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and this December, we were in New York.

 

JB: What keeps you busy when you’re off the road

BW: Families, churches, and our jobs.

 

JB: Where can the reader find you on the web? 

BW: masterpeaceqt.com

 

JB: On your website, you have highlighted the Bible verse Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.” No doubt that’s where the name of the group is linked to! How does this verse come alive in your personal lives? Please share.

BW: Really, that you can have peace through Christ if you have accepted Him as your personal Savior. Even when you don’t understand what is going on in your life, you can have peace through Christ.

We hope you enjoy Master Peace singing, “Alive Again.”

 

Thanks Master Peace Quartet for sharing your ministry. May your message you share in song touch many lives.

 

By Jantina Baksteen

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