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Just a little talk with The Erwins

Written by Staff on April 4, 2020 – 1:01 pm -

Just a little talk with The Erwins

Just a little talk with The Erwins by Jantina Baksteen

The Erwins travel as a sibling group from the state of Texas. Their alliterative names are Keith, Kody, Kris and Katie. These artists have been steadily rising in the world of gospel music for several years, and have built a large fanbase as well as being honored with award nominations and charting songs. Starting from a tender age, each child sang with their parents as they shared the gospel in camp meetings and tent revivals. Now these adult children have a mature sound that is enjoyed across the states and the world.

Jantina Baksteen: Please introduce yourselves to the readers of SGNScoops.

Keith Erwin: 46 years ago, our father began his evangelistic ministry, traveling all over and singing and preaching the gospel. After 17 years of being single, he met our mother at a tent revival, and soon after that… we came along. Continuing in our father’s ministry early on and even more so as we grew up, was just what we we loved. God birthed a passion for ministry in our hearts and grew it through the years on the road. Now, God has broadened our scope of ministry to the concert halls, singing alongside many of our heroes, while still periodically serving with Dad in Sunday services, revivals, and bible conferences. We’re having the time of our lives. We look back with wonderful memories and ahead with an anticipation that God has mighty plans.

 

StowTown Records Announces Release of The Erwins' "Watch & See"JB: You were involved in the singing industry from your early years. How old were you all? 

Keith Erwin: Well, as I touched on in the first question, we have literally never done anything else. I was actually in the recording studio for the first time when I was 16 months old, singing, “Jesus Loves Me,” on one of my dad’s recordings. All of us really began our musical journey as young as that. 

 JB: What year did you decide to start as a sibling group? 

Keith: I don’t believe there was really a time of decision concerning that choice. It kind of just happened. For awhile there, it was just the three boys, as a male trio, but I guess it was 2011 or 2012, as Katie came along in her singing, it just became clear that she needed to be added to the group. As you can imagine, she changed every dynamic and made the stage look a whole lot better. 

JB: What is it like to travel together so many miles?

Keith: It’s special, it’s stressful, it’s an honor, it’s challenging, it’s exciting, it’s the easiest thing we can ever do, but also, it’s the hardest thing we can ever do. It’s sometimes nasty, but always beautiful, and always worth each and every one of those miles. 

JB: Your current radio song is, “The Power Of The Empty Tomb.” What does the song say to you?

Keith: “The Power Of The Empty Tomb,” says everything every person in this world needs to hear: The tomb is empty. Our Lord is alive. The great Joel Lindsey wrote this lyric.

JB: Do you have a personal testimony that you’d like to share?

Keith: Well this one isn’t directly personal but it does have everything to do with our single we were just talking about. A couple of years ago, Joel Lindsey was at a very low point in his life and even went so far in telling us that he honestly thought that he had written his last song (this coming from a man that has written songs like “Orphans Of God” by Avalon, and “Shall We Gather At The River” by Point Of Grace). He said that a close friend came to his house one afternoon and took a few hours just to speak life and peace into Joel’s heart and soul. As soon as that timely interaction was over, Joel immediately went to his piano, and the words and music to: “Power Of An Empty Tomb,” entered his brilliant mind. Praise the Lord for good friends, a man that’s open to listen, and pure restoration.

JB: Have any of you written a song?

Kris Erwin: I experienced the Nashville writers room for the first time about two years ago now. I was thrilled to co-write the title song on our: “Watch & See,” project with the incredible Kenna West and Jason Cox. They made it an unforgettable experience that I hope to do again in the near future. With the Lord’s help and in his perfect time, we pray there are many to come. 

Just a little talk with The ErwinsJB: If you weren’t a professional singer, what job would you do?

Keith: I’ve always loved sports, specifically basketball. I would probably be a basketball coach. 

JB: With what famous or not famous person would you like to spend dinner with? 
All of the Erwins: That’s an easy one. The one and only Bill Gaither.

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JB: Who decides what restaurant to pick when you are traveling the road?

Keith: It’s always and forever a joint decision. But thankfully we don’t have picky eaters on our bus. 

Katie: We try to make it a joint decision on where we eat on the road. We stop at a lot of mall food courts so everyone can choose their own restaurant. That’s an easy fix to living in harmony on and off stage. 

JB: Where can we find you on the web?

Katie: You can find us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Youtube by searching The Erwins or our website is www.erwinministries.com 

By Jantina Baksteen

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in January 2020

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Beyond the Song: The Hyssongs sing There is a God

Written by Staff on April 4, 2020 – 7:59 am -

Beyond the Song: The Hyssongs sing There is a GodBeyond the Song by Jantina Baksteen featuring The Hyssongs

I caught up with Richard Hyssong of popular trio, the Hyssongs, to talk about their new radio song, “There Is God.” I love the family blend on this song. My first comment to Richard was, “Is this a Shane Roark song?” True story! Enjoy this interview. 

Jantina Baksteen: “There is a God,” is your third release to radio after “Choose Life,” and, “God Says You Can,” off of your latest project, Pressing On. Those three titles that are uplifting by themselves. What is the story behind this album?

Richard Hyssong: Our family has recorded at Chapel Valley with producer, Shane Roark, for about sixteen years. When we started working on our CD, Pressing On, our goal was to pick songs that would encourage people. It seems like the world is filled with hopelessness and the only one that will give us hope is Jesus Christ. We do not have a travelling ministry for awards or accolades, but we just found out that this CD was just nominated as one of the top 10 albums of the year.

We feel really blessed at how well our first single off this album has done. “God Says You Can,” has been on the charts for seven consecutive months. When we first heard this song, written by Matthew Lawson, we knew we had to record it. Phil 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”  Many are called but due to self doubt, or others doubting them, they do not act on that calling. We need to remember that when God says you can, there is nothing you cannot do!

Prior to that we released “Choose Life,” which was the No. 1 song in Southern gospel last fall. That song was recorded about seven years ago. We decided to send the song to radio due to the timing of what was happening world wide. The song has three powerful verses, and each verse has a story. We knew that the messages needed to be heard, and people’s lives were changed. Michael Frost, the writer of the song has actually sent us another single that we cannot wait for everyone to hear later in 2020.

JB: Shane Roark is the writer of this powerful song, “There is a God.” Did Shane write it especially for this project?

RH: “There is a God,”, written by Shane, is our brand new radio release. It was written as a response to those that question and deny that God exists. When we were in the song selection stage of our new album, we discussed the state of our world. This song seemed to keep coming up, and there was no doubt we needed to record it. The song seems to be perfect for today as people are questioning everything.

Beyond the Song: The Hyssongs sing There is a GodJB: What is the message in this song?

RH: At this point, the world is dealing with Covid 19. As a full time music ministry, there is no income due to churches and venues being closed. In fact, as of right now, no one knows how this will effect world economically. So for me, this song has a deeper meaning. We know that God will take care of us regardless of what happens. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and as the song says “There is a God, He knows my name.” I believe that with all my heart.

JB: I know you have an amazing testimony to share of your daughter, Mckayla. Can you share some of that with the readers?

RH: Most people know that our daughter, Makayla, was born with twenty-two tumors in her heart, and masses of brain tumors. She was just three days old when they discovered her physical issues. My wife, Kelly, and I were told that she would most likely not survive, and that if she did, she would never walk or talk. People all over the world prayed for her and today, she is eleven years old, and doing fantastic. All of her heart tumors are completely gone and she is doing great!

JB: When you look back to that time and that trial with your family, how does that mesh with the message in this song? 

RH: Going through that with our daughter has shown us the power of God. There is no doubt in our minds that “There is a God.”

JB: You travel as a family. How does it feel to spend so much time together?

RH: It is a little different travelling with your family. We have three generations in one vehicle, which can be quite interesting at times, however, we do get along quite well. 

JB: Can you share a funny story that happened on the road? How many dates do you do in a year?

RH: Our family typically performs 225 – 250 concerts and services per year. Each year it seems like we are busier than the year prior. 

Funny story: If you spend anytime with our family, you know we love to laugh. The first year at NQC, we were invited to do a TV interview. We were told that the program was called Daystar. Our time slot was at 8:00 p.m., and we needed to be there 10 minuted prior to sign some paper work. When we arrived at the Daystar network booth, they had no idea who we were or who had scheduled us. I typically do not push, but I felt that they made a huge mistake and had scheduled others and pushed us out. They informed the Booth Brothers that they had made a mistake, and needed to slide the Hyssongs (who nobody knew back then) in their spot. We did the interview and had a great time. Once we were done, we headed toward our booth. As we were walking back another man came up to us and was very upset with us. He informed my family that he was waiting to record us, and that he hosted a TV show with same name, Daystar, but not on that network. What are the chances! Talk about humiliating, however we got on both networks and shows!

Beyond the Song: The Hyssongs sing There is a God

The Hyssongs family

JB: Makayla is does an awesome job together with you on stage. Does she have the passion to follow in your footsteps?

RH: I love having our daughter sing a few songs with us at each concert. At this point, I am not sure what she will do in the future. Of course, I would love to have her and our son continue being a part of our ministry in some capacity. However, we want them to make those decisions and follow God’s leading. They both have some great gifts and it will be fun to see what the future has in store for each of them.

Please enjoy this video, as the Hyssongs sing, “There is a God!”

 

Special thanks to Richard Hyssong for chatting with us on Beyond the Song. You can find out more about the Hyssongs HERE.

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Tribute Quartet Hits No. 1 With “The Healer Hasn’t Lost His Touch.”

Written by Staff on April 3, 2020 – 6:34 pm -

Tribute Continues Its Successful Run of Hit Singles and Award Recognition

Tribute Quartet Hits #1 With “The Healer Hasn’t Lost His Touch.”

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (APRIL 3, 2020) — Daywind Records is celebrating the incredible success of Tribute Quartet.

Tribute’s first radio single from the quartet’s latest album Living The Stories quickly jumped to the top of the Southern Gospel radio charts. “The Healer Hasn’t Lost His Touch” featuring the group’s new tenor singer, Gus Gaches, earned the #1 spot on the Singing News National Radio Chart for May, as well as the #1 spot on the Christian Music Weekly chart for the week of March 16, and a top 5 spot on the SGNScoops chart for the month of April.

Recently, Tribute received an unprecedented nine 2020 Singing News Fan Award nominations, including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for Living the Stories, and Song of the Year for “The Healer Hasn’t Lost His Touch.”

Tribute’s recent success comes on the heels of its two #1 songs (“Never Forsaken” and “God of the Storms”) and three top 5 songs (“When the Prodigal Comes Home,” “Meeting in the Middle of the Air,” and “Everybody Come See Jesus”) from their last album Here for You on Daywind Records.

Here’s what radio is saying about “The Healer Hasn’t Lost His Touch” written by Jason Cox, Joseph Habedank, and Tony Wood:

Tribute Quartet Hits #1 With “The Healer Hasn’t Lost His Touch.” “In the midst of uncertainty, fear, and hopelessness, ‘The Healer Hasn’t Lost His Touch,’ reminds us that God is still in control. This song, by Tribute Quartet, has the perfect message for our current situation. The song gives us hope and encouragement and is a gentle reminder that no matter what we’re facing, the Great Physician, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, still restores, redeems and heals His children!” Brian Crowe – LifeFM

“This song arrived at a much needed time of comfort and peace for our nation and the world. It reminds us to always TRUST even when we can’t see.  I like the line in the song that says ‘I’ve been a desperate soul a voice crying out to be made whole and I’ve felt the empty ache so helpless in that lonely place, but I’ve found Him faithful and I’ve seen Him move.  This is my story, and I’m living proof.’ The song has my name and yours written all over it.”  Otis Dyson – KGHY Radio 88.5 FM

“In times like these we can only do what we can do…and trust in God for the rest. It’s also a good time to be reminded ‘The Healer Hasn’t Lost His Touch.’” Dan Bell – WJBZ FM

“What a perfect song for the days in which we live. We are wrapped up into trying to solve things on our own and most times fail. It reminds us that without the hands of THE Healer on the case, we are left without hope.” Glen Harlow – WZAP FM

“Amazing song that has touched so many of my listeners!” John Graves – WTGF FM

With all this success, Tribute remains ever humble. Group leader, Gary Casto, shared, “We are humbled and honored by the reception of ‘The Healer Hasn’t Lost His Touch.’ We believed in the message of this song from the first time we heard it. A big thank you to radio for playing it. I would like to publicly acknowledge the Guardians for reaching out with congratulations to us. There is not a finer, classier group of men on the road today. I would also like to thank Singing News and other publications for these great honors. We are blessed.”

Tribute Quartet is comprised of Gary Casto, Josh Singletary, Anthony Davis, and Gus Gaches. Their music is available at Christian retail stores and on all major download and streaming platforms. Tribute is booked for appearances nationwide by The Harper Agency (www.harperagency.com).  For more information, visit the Tribute website HERE.
Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Adam Crabb, Amber Nelon Thompson, the Blackwood Brothers, the Bowling Family, The Crabb Family, Brian Free & Assurance, Greater Vision, Hoppers, Jim & Melissa Brady, Joseph Habedank, Karen Peck & New River, Legacy Five, Mark Lowry, Michael Booth, Michael English, the Nelons, Riley Harrison Clark, Tribute Quartet, and Wilburn & Wilburn. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors and the Orchard, covering all major physical and digital outlets.
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The Guardians welcome new member Scott Mullins

Written by Staff on April 3, 2020 – 1:47 pm -

The Guardians welcome new member Scott Mullins

The Guardians

The Guardians are thrilled to welcome new member, Scott Mullins. He joins Dean Hickman, Pat Barker, and John Darin Rowsey, after the recent retirement of Neil Uhrig. Many fans will know Scott from his days with the Anchormen.

The group posted this on their Facebook page, moments ago:

The Guardians welcome new member Scott Mullins

Cathy and Scott Mullins

If you were listening to “The Gospel Greats,” you heard Dean Hickman talk about our newest member. We welcome Scott Mullins to The Guardians!

Scott is no stranger to gospel music. His love for the music goes back to his childhood, and it’s evident when he steps on the stage to sing.

“Scott Mullins has one of the most pleasing voices I’ve ever heard,” says Pat Barker. “You’re confident he knows exactly who he is singing for.”

The Guardians welcome new member Scott Mullins

Scott Mullins with the Guardians

John Darin Rowsey adds, “As sad as we have been about the departure of longtime group member Neil Uhrig, we are equally as excited about Scott Mullins. He is a very talented singer and great addition to the Guardians!”

Dean Hickman, one of the founding members had this to say: “There are three qualifications you look for in a quartet man. First off, is he a Christian? Is he someone who believes in what he is singing? Does he display Christ likeness in everything he does? Secondly, is he easy to get along with? Is he someone you can travel with on a bus? Finally, can he sing? Well, Scott Mullins exemplifies all 3 and much more!”

Scott has this to say: “It is both a privilege and an honor to have the opportunity to sing with such an organization as The Guardians. I am so thankful that God has placed me with such fine gentlemen as Dean, John, and Pat, and I am looking forward to seeing what God has planned for the future.”

The Guardians welcome new member Scott Mullins

Scott Mullins

The Guardians can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Find out more about the Guardians HERE.

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BILL BAILEY SETS UP SOUTHERN GOSPEL ARTIST RELIEF FUND

Written by Staff on April 3, 2020 – 11:59 am -

BILL BAILEY SETS UP SOUTHERN GOSPEL ARTIST RELIEF FUND

Bill Bailey at Creekside Gospel Music Convention

-PRAY, SHARE & GIVE-

Bill Bailey, pastor of Happy Gospel Church in Bradenton, Florida, and  promoter of Southern gospel concerts for many years, has begun a fund to help Southern Gospel artists who are struggling financially due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Many venues are closed and concerts are postponed or cancelled because of the need for isolation and physical distancing. Many states in America have limited the number of people that can gather in one place. All these issues have affected artists greatly and Bill Bailey would like fans to give back. He has set up an online fund HERE.

BILL BAILEY SETS UP SOUTHERN GOSPEL ARTIST RELIEF FUND

Sally and Bill Bailey

Bill posts the following on Facebook:

The coronavirus pandemic is having a major effect on our Southern gospel family. Many concerts are currently being cancelled or rescheduled, leaving a devastating impact on artists and their families. These artists are full time and depend on their income for their livelihood. The objective of this campaign is to raise awareness and support for these artists and their families. 100% of the proceeds will go to those artists’ families affected.

Please watch the following video for more information:

Here’s our three-fold strategy:

1. Please PRAY! “…the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” – James 5:16

2. Please SHARE! “For we are laborers together with God…” – I Cor 3:9

3. Please GIVE! “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart; so let him give, not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” – I Cor 9:7

Thank you for watching the video and responding!

Sincerely,
Pastor Bill Bailey
http://www.happygospelchurch.com
http://www.billbaileyconcerts.com
(941) 756-6942

Special thanks to Bill Bailey for creating a place for the many fans and listeners to give back to these artists who give so much!

Give HERE.

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The Kramers Sign With StowTown Records

Written by Staff on April 3, 2020 – 9:21 am -

The Kramers Sign With StowTown Records

The Kramers (L-R): Scott Kramer, Ben Wolfe, Maria Kramer Wolfe, Rachel Kramer

Nashville, TN (April 2, 2020) – StowTown Records has added The Kramers to its family of artists. The Kramers have an extensive performance and recording history as an independent recording artist. Their upcoming project, The Hope of All Tomorrows, will release on the StowTown label on May 8, 2020 and will be distributed worldwide via Provident/Sony.

The Kramers include Scott Kramer, his wife Rachel, their daughter Maria and her husband, Ben Wolfe. Scott shares, “Speaking on behalf of our entire family, I can honestly say we’re beyond excited and blessed to be working with the team at StowTown Records! We’ve known and admired all of the label’s artists for years, and we’ve been greatly impressed with StowTown’s ongoing commitment to excellence! Working with Wayne Haun on our latest project has taken everything to a new level, and we can’t wait to minister with these new songs! We’re so thankful The LORD has continued to open doors for our ministry, and we’re looking forward to all that’s ahead with the StowTown team!”

The Kramers Sign With StowTown RecordsStowTown Records President Landon Beene had this to say about adding The Kramers to the StowTown roster, “We are pleased to be signing The Kramers to StowTown Records. The goal of StowTown Records has always been to provide a broad audience to our artists that would include many genres within Christian music. It is rare to come across an artist that is able to provide such a variety of styles within the same group, but The Kramers have perfected this within their family brand of music! They are widely talented and will complement our family of artists well.”

More on the Kramers HERE.

Stowtown Records. LogoABOUT STOWTOWN RECORDS:
StowTown Records was founded in 2011 by Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun and then expanded in 2014 with the addition of partners Landon Beene and Nate Goble. With each person bringing their individual expertise, StowTown has become a powerhouse independent Gospel Music label. As the creative home for many of today’s top artists, the StowTown family of artists includes Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Doug Anderson, Charles Billingsley, The Browns, Cana’s Voice, Tiffany Coburn, The Collingsworth Family, The Erwins, TaRanda Greene, The Guardians, The Kramers, The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Tim Lovelace, Jody McBrayer, Devin McGlamery, The Perrys, The Steeles, The Taylors and Triumphant Quartet. Distributed worldwide through Provident/Sony Distribution, StowTown Records has garnered industry attention with multiple GMA Dove Awards and chart-topping releases from their highly respected roster of artists.

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MASTER’S VOICE TO PRESENT “THE ONE WHERE WE WERE QUARANTINED” ONLINE CONCERT

Written by Staff on April 2, 2020 – 3:00 pm -

Master's Voice to Present Online ConcertBRISTOW, OKLAHOMA – Master’s Voice (info HERE) will be presenting a special concert, “Master’s Voice Online Concert 2020…The One Where We Were Quarantined,” on Friday, April 3, at 7:00 PM CDT. The group will be doing lots of singing, including songs from their latest Crossroads album release, Solace. The concert will also include some special surprises, too.  The concert will be available for viewing on both Facebook and YouTube.

 

Master’s Voice, like every other musical group, has seen their touring come to a halt during this COVID-19 pandemic. This is an opportunity for the group to connect with their many fans and offer encouragement in the midst of this unique situation, but also a time for those who wish to donate to their ministry to do so.

 

Master's Voice to Present Online ConcertSince 1995, Master’s Voice has been committed to sharing music that carries the truth of Jesus Christ all across America. Whether it’s a concert hall, theater, outdoor arena or the local church, every platform is the stage for Master’s Voice to deliver their music with excitement, professionalism and passion.

 

At the helm of this group is owner and founder, Ricky Capps, who sings tenor. He is joined by lead vocalist TJ Evans, David Folenius singing baritone, and bass Jerry Pilgrim.  Accompanying the group is pianist Theron Perry. Sound engineer Chuck Howe completes the team. This group of dedicated professionals are excited to present songs that are uplifting and encouraging, entertaining and inspiring.

 

This is going to be a great evening of singing, sharing, laughter, and a life-changing message of the gospel of Christ through the gift of music.  Watch online at Facebook and YouTube.

 

For more information about the event, or to make a donation, visit www.MastersVoice.com or email office@mastersvoice.com

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Josh and Ashley Franks are Building the Kingdom

Written by Staff on April 2, 2020 – 1:03 pm -

2020 January SGNScoops.Jimmy Reno. Josh and Ashley

Josh and Ashley Franks

As Vonda Armstrong walked out of Sunday school class, the choir director informed her that her daughter, Ashley, would be singing that morning for the service. Ashley Franks was just four years old at the time. She sang, “Jesus Loves Me,” during the invitational, and it was apparent to those in attendance that her voice touched people that day.

“I knew God had a special purpose for her life,” recalls Vonda.

After that morning, Ashley knew singing was what she wanted to do with her life. Some things are by divine design and Ashley’s talents are no exception. She comes from a musically gifted family. Her grandparents played and sang bluegrass and her mother sings gospel music. Ashley’s soaring soprano is supremely showcased in the couple’s music, meshing well with her husband’s powerful range.

2020 January SGNScoops.Jimmy Reno. Josh and AshleyJosh Franks was born in Florence, Alabama, and he can’t remember life without music. Having musical talent on both sides of his family, it was something that was a part of him from the beginning. He would gather his stuffed animals as a boy and they served as his audience while he sang and preached to them. What he didn’t realize at the time was that he was being prepared for his ministry.

In 2006, Ashley attended the National Quartet Convention with her family to sing, and Josh Franks appeared on the same showcase.

2020 January SGNScoops.Jimmy Reno. Josh and Ashley“I remember thinking he had such a big voice inside such a small person,” she muses.

After they both returned to their homes, Josh and Ashley reconnected, and by the following February they were engaged. That December, they were married.

God had a purpose for their lives and it began unfolding. Just eight days after their wedding, Ashley and Josh recorded their first gospel album together. God began weaving together their ministry, guiding them like a tapestry where every thread was carefully laid in place. He has used their love of music to help reach others that were lost and hurting.

When reflecting on the songs they have recorded, Ashley says, “Oh my, it’s hard to pick a favorite. I don’t think I have a favorite, per se. Right now, a song from our latest album that has really been ministering to me is called, ‘Just As Blessed.’ It talks about how we are just as blessed in the bad seasons of our life as we are in the good ones. Such a great reminder that I think we all need.”

Josh began feeling led to minister on a deeper level and accepted the position of senior pastor at his home church.

2020 January SGNScoops.Jimmy Reno. Josh and Ashley

Ashley and Josh Franks, with their children, Priscilla and Eli

“Josh and I, both at separate times, heard God say that he wanted us to go home and work there. When we finally had the conversation, we knew that was our next step. We did not know how it would even happen. Josh has never been affiliated with any denomination. But all the pieces just sort of fell into place,” Ashley recalls.

“We started with around 12 people for our church attendance. It’s grown now into around 125 per service,” states the blonde beauty.

The couple continues to travel and sing in addition to their duties serving as senior pastor for Peoples Tabernacle Church in Savannah, Tennessee.

When Josh and Ashley reflect back on their ministry, there is something they desire for others to see.

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January 2020 SGNScoops Magazine

Ashley shares, “For me, I would just want people to say that we were real. That we did not hide the ugly to keep up a good image…but that we gave Jesus even through tough times and that we gave everything we had, every time we had a chance.”

The calling on the lives of Josh and Ashley Franks is to assist in building the kingdom of Heaven. Like that carefully threaded tapestry, where each thread was divinely placed and held together by hundreds of other threads, their singing and preaching has touched others and brought them into the family of the Almighty. They are helping to build God’s kingdom, one soul at a time.

By Jimmy Reno

Find out more about Josh and Ashley Franks HERE

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in January 2020

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Update on Josh Townsend of Legacy Five

Written by Staff on April 1, 2020 – 3:37 pm -

Josh Townsend of Legacy Five

Josh Townsend

Sunday night, March 29, 2020, we asked our readers to pray for Josh Townsend of Legacy Five. The talented young pianist suffered two seizures that night, after a full year without any seizures.

Legacy Five have been giving updates on Josh’s health and also reposting reports from Josh’s mother, Kevalyn Townsend. Kevalyn says:

Update 03/30/2020:

Last night, I had to make a decision about Joshua’s health that I couldn’t have imagined having to make 2 months ago!

After Joshua’s second seizure, I had to decide if I was going to take him to the hospital, knowing that we could be separated for an indefinite amount of time AND risk exposing him to COVID-19, or keeping him home and monitoring him. I had to decide if the risk of a brain bleed/injury was less deadly than COVID-19 exposure. Joshua’s neurologist told me that he would support my decision either way, but he wouldn’t make the decision.

Pray For Josh Townsend

Pray For Josh Townsend

Knowing that I had the support of other acute care nurses, and knowing that I had immediate access to several physicians including Joshua’s neurologist overnight, I made the decision to keep him home and monitor him.

I am blessed to report that he made it through the night without another seizure and he has no obvious signs of an acute brain injury. His back, head, and hand hurt from the fall and he chewed his tongue during the seizures so, his tongue is swollen and sore, but other than the “expected” pain, he appears to be doing well. I’m pretty sure that he is really tired of me shining a light in his eyes every hour to check his pupils and asking him orientation questions!
Today, we will follow up with his neurologist and PCP to develop a plan of care. I’m sure it will include a head CT and blood work, as soon as we can get it scheduled.

We want to thank everyone for the love and support shown through texts, messages, phone calls, and prayers!! This isn’t an easy journey for Joshua but he knows he doesn’t have to walk it alone!! ❤️

Please keep him in your prayers!
#Godsbeengood #WetrustHim
#Stayhome #Covid19kills

Update 04/01/2020

Joshua’s head CT was unchanged – no bleeding or additional injury. His hand X-ray didn’t show any fractures, just some soft tissue swelling. We are still waiting on his blood work to determine if his medication level is therapeutic or if we need to titrate up. He is sore from the fall and his tongue is still swollen but he is on the uphill swing! 🙌🏼
He will be posting a video sometime today to thank everyone for your love and support!! ❤️
Please keep him in your prayers. 🙏🏼
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Legacy Five with Scott Fowler at the helm

Legacy Five

We encourage all our readers to keep praying for Josh and his mom, and of course all of the members of Legacy Five.

 


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Beyond the Song: Scott Peek of KNMG

Written by Staff on March 31, 2020 – 2:21 pm -

Beyond the Song. Scott Peek. Jantina BaksteenBeyond the Song with Scott Peek by Jantina Baksteen

For this edition of Beyond the Song, Jantina Baksteen reached out to Scott Peek who is the owner, manager and host of KNMG radio, a station she has listened to for almost six years.

KNMG will celebrate it’s 8th Annivesary this year.

Thanks Scott, for taking time out of your busy life to join this interview.

Jantina Baksteen: Can you introduce yourself?

Scott Peek: I’m the owner and morning on-air personality at KNMG. I have three amazing children, and I’m looking forward to getting married in June, Lord willing.

JB: Can you share about the birth of KNMG radio station?

SP: After three-and-a-half years of running a concert series, I was noticing a need growing for more music on a consistent basis. While standing on stage during intermission, I asked the audience if they would enjoy a station in our area playing this music full time. People I had never met, walked up to me and handed me cash, and said, “Get started.” Six months later, KNMG was live. It will be eight years, come August.

JB: How did you become a radio DJ? Was it a desire from early age?

SP: I’ve loved gospel music all my life, but had no idea or intention to end up in the gospel music industry. That’s a God thing. I spent the first 20 plus years of my professional life in the paint industry. A health issue forced me out of the profession, and led me on a path that culminated in where I am now, including time as a weekly contributor on both a local TV station, and a national radio program.

JB: Where are you located and what exactly is needed to start an internet radio? 

SP: We are based in the midwest, near Kansas City. As far as starting a station, you need a multitude of things, including good people to support you.

JB: What do the call letters KNMG stand for?

SP: The letters represent Northwest Missouri Gospel.

JB: How far does your broadcast reach?

SP: Since we are an internet-based station, we have been heard globally in over 70 foreign countries and of course, all 50 states here in the U.S.

JB: Besides being a radio DJ playing 24/7, you have an morning show every work day. Please share your mission on this daily work?

SP: We do have a morning show and I’m blessed to be the host. We try very hard to keep everything positive, sharing the saving message of Christ to the non-believe, while encouraging the believers. We all have our struggles, and gospel music is an amazing bridge to reach all types of people.

Beyond the Song, Scott Peek. Jantina Baksteen

Scott Peek and family

JB: Do you have a testimony to share?

SP: My entire life is a testimony. I’ve been on mountain tops and I’ve been in the deepest of valleys. I’ve failed him so many times, and yet he restores me every time with his grace. I’m living proof that if you think you’ve done too much, wandered too far away, you’ll never out run his love. Now I have this station, three beautiful kids, an amazing fiancé, and looking forward to what he has in store for all of us. God is good.

JB: What is on top of your bucket list?

SP: I want to visit Jerusalem.

JB: What group would you have liked to interview that is no longer around?

SP: If I could interview one group, it would be the Cathedrals. Glen Payne and George Younce are two of my heroes.

JB: Who is your greatest influence  for doing this work?

SP: My mom has been my greatest influence in everything I have done. She has always been my biggest fan,  biggest supporter, and best friend.

JB: Can you recall a song that touched you in your early years and hooked you on Southern gospel music?

SP: There were so many growing up. Bill Gaither was big in our house, I just didn’t realize who he was. But if I had to pick one, I would have to say the Cathedrals, Step Into The Water.

Beyond the Song. Scott Peek. Jantina BaksteenJB: Something catastrophic happened to your station last year. Can you tell us about it?

SP: Last year, May 28th to be exact, we were devastated by a flood. I had awakened early that morning, and as I walked into the studio, I was standing in eight inches of water throughout the studio. But again, God is good and friends and artists came together, and here we are …….

JB: What’s ahead for KNMG radio in the near future? 

SP: I’d love to tell you what is on the horizon, but I’m going to be a little secretive here. But I promise it’s going to be good. Stay tuned.

JB: How can our readers listen to KNMG?

SP: The easiest way to find KNMG is to download our free app “KNMG,” and be sure to allow notifications, so we can keep you updated on upcoming events. You can also listen online at  www.KNMGRadio.com

 

 

Thanks so much Scott for sharing your work to preach the word through song on this fine station. What you said with your own words, KNMG is: “A station that God took over a long time ago,” to reach the world.

 

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