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Younger Perspective on Layke Jones by Erin Stevens

Written by Staff on May 17, 2017 – 12:42 pm -

Younger Perspective on Layke Jones by Erin Stevens

Younger Perspective on Layke Jones by Erin Stevens

A word from the writer…
Newbie alert: A fresh face has recently hit the Southern Gospel scene. Today, I’d like to personally welcome Layke Jones of The Jim Brady Trio to the Younger Perspective corner. No need to waste time. This is your chance to meet the new dude on the block.

Erin: It has quickly become known about the impressive accolades you have to your credit in all things musical, but where did it begin for a young Layke Jones discovering his voice?
Layke: Music has always played a big role in my life. My family enjoys listening to music and attending the occasional concert that comes into town, but I don’t think any of my family members would consider themselves musically inclined. All that to say, I’m confident that my passion for making music is a God thing.

I cannot think of a time that I haven’t been drawn to quality music. I remember as a young child being attracted to classical music, because I was fascinated by the big, robust sound that the human voice could produce. Growing up, I spent a good deal of time in choirs, band, dance and church worship programs. I believe the time spent in those activities were, without question, beneficial to what I am doing now.


Erin: For those that may not know the backstory, how did you come to fill the third part with Jim and Melissa?
Layke: During my sophomore year of college, I auditioned for Mark Lowry’s position in the Gaither Vocal Band. While I did not get the job, I did form a relationship with Bill Gaither, which has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. In March of last year Bill informed me that Jim and Melissa were in need of a third singer for their trio, and he believed our voices would mesh well. Three months after Bill connected me with the Bradys, I was a part of the group. So, I, along with several others, have Bill Gaither to thank for my employment.


Erin: In your career thus far, what are some “No way, I can’t believe I got to do that” opportunities you’ve already crossed off the list?
Layke: My top three opportunities would be:

1) Being a part of the newest Gaither Homecoming taping. Spending the day in Studio C, with all those talented folks, will be a memory I won’t soon forget.
2) Singing on the Gospel portion of the Dove Awards last fall.
3) Spending the weekend in rural Tennessee, with a handful of artists for the Gaither Artist retreat. It’s a weekend that allows gospel artists to recharge, reflect, and because it’s a Gaither event, make some beautiful music too.


Younger Perspective on Layke Jones by Erin Stevens

Layke Jones with the Jim Brady Trio

Erin: How are you personally adjusting to life on the road with the Brady Bunch?
Layke: I’ll be honest, adjusting to the road life has not been the easiest for me. That said, I’ve yet to find a job that doesn’t have some sort of minor difficulty.

I try to remind myself that although being home more consistently would be my preference, I get paid to sing and share the gospel every week. That is a huge blessing for any Christian musician, especially at the ripe age of 23. Another blessing is that Jim and Melissa are great to travel with. We have a mutual respect for each other, and we do our best to accommodate each other while on the road, so that makes the traveling much easier.


Layke Jones with Gerald Wolfe

Layke Jones with Gerald Wolfe

Erin: Congratulations on recently graduating from Anderson University. How would you describe your college years?
Layke: I would describe the years spent at AU as busy at times, and trying, but overall memorable. I was involved in our university chorale, symphonic band, jazz band, private voice lessons, dance classes, and on occasion, I attended my actual liberal arts classes. Aside from the busy workload, I was able to form lasting friendships with both students and professors, and I am forever grateful for what AU offered me during my time there.


Erin: I believe I read recently that you play the trombone. Any chance it will be making a grand appearance in the Southern Gospel world?
Layke: I was almost certain my band-geek days were behind me, but who knows. I definitely have a passion for playing and listening to good instrumental music, so if Jim would want to shoot a trombone feature my way, I wouldn’t turn it down. Read more »


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Kody Erwin readmitted to hospital

Written by Staff on May 16, 2017 – 3:01 pm -

Kody Erwin

Kody Erwin

 

DALLAS, TX (May 16, 2017) – Kody Erwin, bass vocalist for family group, The Erwins, has been readmitted to a Dallas, TX area hospital as he continues to battle Viral Meningitis.

The hospital has issued a strict NO VISITORS policy for Kody’s recovery.

The Erwins record for StowTown Records, distributed by Provident Distribution and are based in Edgewood, Texas.

Kody Erwin has been battling viral meningitis since May 10th. He sings with his family, The Erwins and is married to Cayla.

Please continue to pray for Kody.

 


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NATALIE GRANT AND JASON CRABB TO HEADLINE SECOND ANNUAL AMERICAN GOSPEL CELEBRATION

Written by Staff on May 15, 2017 – 3:04 pm -

Jason Crabb by Craig Harris

Jason Crabb . Photo by Craig Harris

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Two of Christian music’s biggest voices—multi-GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Natalie Grant and GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter Jason Crabb—are set to headline the second annual American Gospel Celebration June 8 and 9 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Celebrating faith and freedom, the event will be highlighted by messages from best-selling author and renowned pastor John Hagee and author and pastor Matt Hagee.

Kicking-off at 7:00 pm each night at the Lancaster Convention Center, the American Gospel Celebration will also feature three of Christian music’s most beloved groups: GRAMMY®-nominated family band The Isaacs; multi-Dove Award-winning trio The Martins; and Dove Award-winning quartet Canton Junction.

General admission tickets are $40, with single-day passes available for $25 each. Register by phone at 1-855-694-9649 or online.

About John Hagee Ministries
John Hagee is founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-

Natalie Grant

Natalie Grant

denominational evangelical church with more than 22,000 active members. He also founded John Hagee Ministries, which broadcasts the Gospel on radio and television throughout America and the world, and is the founder of Christians United for Israel, which has grown to become the largest Christian pro-Israel organization in the United States—with over 3.2 million members. One of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world, Christians United for Israel provides a national platform through which every pro-Israel church, parachurch organization, ministry or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel in matters related to biblical issues. John Hagee has authored 39 books, seven of which were on the New York Times bestsellers list, including the 2013 blockbuster Four Blood Moons.

For further information, visit americangospelcelebration.com or turningpointpr.com.

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Troy Burns Family adds Jacob Kluttz

Written by Staff on May 11, 2017 – 5:01 pm -

Tammy and Troy Burns

Bryson City, N.C. (May 12, 2017) – Popular southern gospel group, the Troy Burns Family, recently announced a new addition to the group. Jacob Kluttz, of Salisbury, North Carolina, has been named as their new piano player.

Jacob Kluttz new member of the Troy Burns Family

Jacob Kluttz 

Troy Burns, owner and singer, states, “Jacob Kluttz is an amazing 18-year-old. In over fifty years in Southern Gospel music, I have never encountered a young man with his God-given abilities. Jacob is entirely unencumbered by musical theory and is almost to the point of being servant-like in his mastery of the piano.”

“I am so thankful for everything God has done for me in my life,” says Kluttz. “He has blessed me beyond measure and I want to thank TBF for making me feel so welcome. Troy and Tammy treat me like their own and I look forward to the future and what God has in store for our ministry.”

Troy Burns Family logoTo order the new Troy Burns Family CD, or to find out when they are in an area near you, click here.

The Troy Burns Family is on the Inspire label, which is part of the Chapel Valley Music Group. To schedule an interview with the group email richard@chapelvalleystudio.com

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Erin Stevens gives a tribute to her Mum

Written by Staff on May 11, 2017 – 9:18 am -

Erin Stevens with her mum and dad

Erin Stevens with her mum, Tami, and dad, Rich.

People have the misconception that road life is glamorous. If you’re one of those folks, let me stop you right there. It’s hard. It requires a strong back bone, and a good sense of humor.

My mom grew up with the call of ministry on her life at a very young age. For the past 32 years, in full-time ministry, she has been the picture of grace and poise at my father’s side.

Erin Stevens with her family onstage

The Stevens onstage

So many know her as the eloquent lady on stage, but I know the hours she spends in prayer behind the scenes, booking our family’s dates, and I know the strength she possesses even on the toughest days. Not to mention, she makes the best Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake known to man.

Erin Stevens

Erin Stevens

I am truly blessed and honored that God handpicked her to be my mum. 

By Erin Stevens, staff writer for SGNScoops, member of The Stevens Family, photographer at Photos For Keeps By Erin.

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About The Stevens Family…The Stevens Family, from Warren, Ohio, has been traveling in music ministry since 1985. Rich, Tami and Erin effectively minister the gospel to people of all ages through a variety of musical styles. They have completed many recordings, which showcase their creative songwriting abilities. They have written songs that have been recorded by artists such as Greater Vision, The Whisnants and The Inspirations… The Stevens Family has a special message and an apparent sense of direction in their ministry. Their music could best be described as Christ-centered and family-oriented. The purpose of their ministry is to offer encouragement and hope through the message of God’s Word in song…(for more click here.)

Thanks to Erin Stevens for her eloquent tribute to her mum today. Would you like to tell us about your mother? Email me today at lorraine@sgnscoops.com

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KODY ERWIN ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL

Written by Staff on May 10, 2017 – 3:18 pm -

Kody Erwin of The Erwins

Kody Erwin of The Erwins

NASHVILLE, TN. (May 10, 2017) – Kody Erwin, bass vocalist for family group, The Erwins, has been admitted to a Nashville-area hospital. He has been diagnosed with Viral Meningitis/Encephalitis.

Kody’s mother, Tiffany Erwin, states: “We need your prayers. Kody has been complaining of a headache for 5-6 days and was treated for Tension Migraines. Today, he woke up and didn’t know who he was and couldn’t talk in a complete sentence. Kody was rushed to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with Viral Meningitis/Encephalitis. Please pray for healing.”
At this time, The Erwins plan to keep all personal appearances.
The Erwins record for StowTown Records, distributed by Provident Distribution and are based in Edgewood, Texas.

Connect with The Erwins online, on Facebook and on Twitter. 

About The Erwins (From The Erwins online, May 10, 2017.)
The Erwins started singing as soon as they were each able to talk.  Appearing

The Erwins' new release, Only Faith Can See, quickly rises on the Southern Gospel chart!

The Erwins’ new release, Only Faith Can See

over 270 dates a year with their mother and father, who have been in full-time evangelism for 40 years, they have been traveling full-time their entire life singing in concerts, revivals, and conferences all across the country.  Three of the four siblings, Keith (born 11-12-92), Kody (born 4-26-94) and Kris (born 5-5-96) performed as a trio until 2013, when the group announced that their little sister, Katie (born 9-19-00), would be joining the group full-time on stage officially making them a Mixed Group.

Please join SGNScoops in praying for The Erwins.

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CANTON JUNCTION ADDS GORDON MOTE TO AWARD-WINNING LINEUP

Written by Staff on May 10, 2017 – 2:29 pm -

(l-r) Canton Junction's Gordon Mote, Matt Hagee, Tim Duncan and Casey Rivers

(l-r) Canton Junction lineup: Gordon Mote, Matt Hagee, Tim Duncan and Casey Rivers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Dove Award and Singing News Fan Award-winning quartet Canton Junction announces the addition of ACM Award-winning instrumentalist/vocalist Gordon Mote. Mote joins Canton Junction founding members Pastor Matt Hagee and Tim Duncan, along with Casey Rivers, to round out the acclaimed lineup, replacing Ryan Seaton who departed last fall. In addition to Canton Junction performances, Mote will continue to make solo appearances.

“We are so honored and excited to have Gordon join our Canton Junction family,” said Hagee. “Tim, Casey and I have all been fans of Gordon’s talent through the years—including his contributions to several of our albums—and we know he is going to bring a unique new dimension to our sound. He has already joined us for several performances and, in a word, it felt like home.”

A two-time Academy of Country Music Award winner for Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year (2008/2010), Gordon Mote is one of the most sought-after musicians in music today. He has contributed to recordings by top country artists Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley and Reba; iconic performers Bob Seger, Lionel Richie, Alabama and Willie Nelson; and leading Christian artists including Matthew West, Selah, Jason Crabb and David Phelps. In addition to his eight solo recordings, Mote has been featured on numerous Gaither Homecoming recordings and videos, and has toured with Trisha Yearwood, the Gaither Vocal Band, and the late Porter Wagoner.

Since their 2012 debut, Canton Junction has become one of Southern Gospel’s most sought-after groups. The self-titled Canton Junction featured four #1 singles, garnered a GMA Dove Award for Southern Gospel Album of the Year, and earned the group a Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Southern Gospel New Traditional quartet. Their follow-up recording, Every Hallelujah, debuted at #1 on Nielsen SoundScan’s Southern Gospel Overall Chart and featured the single “Weep No More,” from the hit box office film Four Blood Moons. Their 2016 holiday offering, A Canton Christmas, garnered rave reviews and airplay on country radio stations across the country. Marking another first for the quartet, the group will be featured on the cover of Singing News’ upcoming June issue.

Difference Media is a division of John Hagee Ministries, founded by John Hagee. Along with Canton Junction, the San Antonio-based label features some of the leading names in Gospel music, including Ivan Parker, Ricardo Sanchez, Matt Hagee, Tim Duncan, Aaron & Amanda Crabb, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir, John Hagee and The Hagees.

For further information, visit differencemedia.org or turningpointpr.com. Follow Canton Junction on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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Tribute Quartet live from the Great Western Fan Fest

Written by Staff on May 6, 2017 – 2:35 pm -

Tribute

Tribute

Popular,  dynamic Tribute Quartet is in California at the Great Western Fan Fest this weekend.  SGNScoops reporter, Derek Simonis recorded a live interview with Gary Casto, Josh Singletary, Riley Harrison Clark, and Anthony Davis. We hope you enjoy this fun chat with some of our great Southern Gospel friends.

 

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Brenda Ann Denney of 2nd Generation needing prayers

Written by Staff on April 23, 2017 – 9:55 am -

2nd Generation

2nd Generation

2nd Generation ministries is on the road this weekend, but this morning they sang as a duet instead as of trio. Brenda Ann Denney had some health issues overnight and is in the hospital today. Her sister, Elaine Robinson, posted on Facebook today:

“Hey all our prayer warriors, need your prayers! 2nd G is in Montana on business for the King and the devil doesn’t like that. Brenda Ann Denney was admitted to the hospital early this morning after being taken there by ambulance late last night. We are not sure what is going on in her body but, we know the healer! They will run several tests today. Randy Barnes and I will be ministering this Morning’s service but felt it best to cancel tonight’s. Please be in prayer for our ministry and for a God report for my baby sis!”

Brenda Ann Denney of 2nd Generation

Brenda Ann Denney

We are praying for 2nd Generation,  Elaine and Randy as they are in the hospital with Brenda Ann today. We pray for a special touch on Brenda and her doctors as well.

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Changes for Legacy Five

Written by Staff on April 21, 2017 – 6:02 pm -

TREY IVEY CELEBRATES LANDMARK MONTH

TREY IVEY of Legacy Five

Open Letter from Trey Ivey

I’m communicating with you all today because you have been so good to me over the past 6 plus years and I wanted you to hear this directly from me.

I have submitted my notice of resignation from Legacy Five. I have been wrestling with this decision for several months now, trying to find a balance between the road, studio work and most importantly, our 8-month-old baby girl, Emerson. I find it harder than I ever expected it to be, leaving town every week.

Scott Fowler was, just as you would expect…gracious and encouraging to me when I told him of my decision. No one has been better to me than Scott, both on a business level and a personal level. I have no finer friend than him. Thank you, Scott, for the amazing opportunity you have given to my family and me and for investing in me.

I would also like to say thank you to Scott Howard, Matt, Josh and Blake. You guys have been a joy to work with.

Legacy Five

Legacy Five

I have told Scott I will remain with Legacy Five as long as I am needed. I have no “job” lined up. I plan to continue pursuing opportunities in the studio producing, arranging and orchestrating.

I ask for your prayers, not only for my family and me, but also for L5 as they navigate their way thru this transition.

Warm Regards,

Trey

Scott Fowler had this to say: “Professionally, Trey has been a valuable member of Legacy Five. His incredible contributions cannot be over-stated. Personally, he is a cherished friend so I will miss him…both personally and professionally, but I understand his decision and I support him fully.”

If you want to be considered for the piano playing position with Legacy Five, contact Scott Fowler via email at scottfowler@legacyfive.com.

 

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