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The Martins Celebrate Street Week of All-NEW A Cappella Release

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 5, 2014 – 9:48 am -

Martins A CappellaNASHVILLE, Tenn.-June 5th, 2014 – Popular GRAMMY®-nominated and eight-time GMA DOVE Award-winning recording artists The Martins are celebrating their all-NEW release, A Cappella which debuted at #2 on the Southern Gospel chart this week and landed at #17 on the Contemporary Christian Music chart according to Nielsen Soundscan.

It has been nearly two decades since The Martins released their first a cappella CD; and as the multi-talented group celebrates the release of their latest A Cappella recording, which has received glowing reviews, the family sat down with radio host Daniel Britt to discuss the new endeavor. The Martins will be featured on the next two broadcasts of SirusXM’s “Daniel Britt & Friends” during the weeks of June 16th and June 23rd. These broadcasts will feature an intimate interview with Joyce, Jonathan and Judy, who talk about the making of the recording, allowing listeners the opportunity to catch up on the latest happenings with The Martins.
The one-hour program will air three different times over the next two weeks on SiriusXM Radio. The trio will be featured at 7pm (eastern) on Monday, June 16th & 23rd, as well as at 10pm (eastern) on Thursday, June 19th & 26th, and at 12 noon (eastern) on Saturday, June 21st and June 28th.
A Cappella, from Gaither Music Group, has been much anticipated from these siblings recognized throughout Christian music for their intense family harmonies and a cappella masterpieces. Distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution, the release is available now at retail and digital outlets worldwide including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com and www.martinsline.com.
Tune into “Daniel Britt & Friends” during the weeks of June 16th & 23rd to hear the very latest from The Martins.
Connect with The Martins at www.martinsonline.com; visit them at facebook.com/martinsonline; or follow them on Twitter: @martinsonline.

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 1, 2013 – 8:40 am -

Nashville, TN (October 1, 2013) – Marty Raybon can now add an IBMA (International Bluegrass MusicMarty Association) award to his prestigious list of awards including Grammy, CMA and AMC awards with the group Shenandoah to his successful 40 year career as an entertainer. Last Thursday night Raybon was presented with the “Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year” Award for “Beulah Land” during the 24th IBMA Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“It is a such an honor to win the IBMA Award for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. This the first of many I hope, I am overwhelmed with joy. I am truly proud of the steadfast job from a great record label Rural Rhythm Records, the lyric from a wonderful writer Squire Parsons. I am thankful and humbled at the favor the Lord has shown me”, commented Marty Raybon.

Raybon’s first IBMA award is not his only first this year as he celebrates his 40th year as an entertainer with his current album “The Back Forty”. The current single, “That Janie Baker”, is moving up the Bluegrass Unlimited chart at #18 . He can also add to his list of firsts in 2013 the #1 song on the Bluegrass Unlimited chart for his hit song “Dirt Road Heartache” which hit #1 in June from his album “Southern Roots & Branches” released in April 2012.

In addition to this impressive list of first time career accomplishments now includes the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited. Raybon appears on the cover of the October 2013 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited with a feature story by Steve Morley. He also appeared on the cover of the May issue of
The Direct Buzz, AirPlay Direct’s monthly magazine. which was another first.

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“Forgive Myself” Finds Place on Industry Charts and In the Hearts of Listeners

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 15, 2013 – 2:05 pm -

Franklin, TN (February 7th 2013) – Mansion Entertainment, label home to GrammyThree Bridges
nominated and Dove Award winning Gospel artists, has enough experience to know when a song
begins to take on a life and persona of its own. Three Bridges newest single “Forgive Myself”,
off their latest album Twelve, is just such a song.

Twelve has been an important number for Three Bridges – Twelve is the title of their newest
project, it describes the number of songs on the album, their number of years in ministry, and
the number of studio albums they have recorded. At a time when the music industry struggles
creatively to capture audiences, Three Bridges has released one of its strongest and most
powerful singles, “Forgive Myself”.

“Forgive Myself” written by John Lemonis and Amy Keffer, stresses the importance of learning
to forgive yourself of past sins just as Jesus does. This strong message hits home with the very
foundation of the Church and has resonated in the hearts of concertgoers and followers of social

Shannon Smith, who sings lead on “Forgive Myself”, stated that “When we perform this song
people are obviously moved by it – you can almost see a healing take place. It’s amazing to see
what God to do through a three or four minute song.”

Shelia Harper, founder of SaveOne Ministry, states, “Forgive Myself is quickly becoming
the theme song for our ministry, SaveOne. We are an abortion recovery ministry and the
line, ‘Mercy has no memory, grace has no regret’ speaks to the very heart of what we’re
about…forgiving ourselves through accepting Jesus’ mercy, grace, and forgiveness. Thank you
to Three Bridges for sharing this song with the world!”

One fan on social media said that the song “Greatly blessed me. I have struggled my entire life to
forgive myself…” Another fan said, “Moving on from the past and learning forgive yourself of
past mistakes is something that everyone struggles with and is relatable to so many.”

“Forgive Myself” debuted on the Singing News Top 80 Chart for March and has already
achieved success on other industry charts. As the popularity and exposure of the song grows, so
does the feedback from fans who hear it.

For more about Three Bridges newest album Twelve, purchasing information, and upcoming
concert dates please visit www.threebridges.net.

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 8, 2011 – 10:41 am -


GRAMMY® Awards Nominees Jeff & Sheri Easter
to Join THE DREAM CENTER and GRAMMY® Nominee

(Contemporary, Pop, R&B, Traditional, Rock, Rap, Southern, Country & Bluegrass)
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal congratulates Jeff & Sheri Easter on their GRAMMY® nomination
at the Atlanta GRAMMY® Party honoring Georgia nominees at The W Hotel in Atlanta GA
on Thursday January 27 2011. (photo, L-R) Group members Jeff and Morgan Easter,
Gov. Nathan Deal and Sheri Easter

  • WHAT: Sunday, February 13, THE DREAM CENTER, twelve-time GRAMMY® Award Nominee Kirk Whalum and Victory University are hosting “IT STARTED WITH A DREAM.” In celebration of this year’s Gospel GRAMMY® Nominees, the event is a pre-awards ceremony, concert and service honoring the nominees and benefiting THE DREAM CENTER’s PROJECT HOPE. “IT STARTED WITH A DREAM” will feature live performances by GRAMMY® Nominees; Israel Houghton, Lalah Hathaway, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Kirk Whalum with special guest George Duke and others to be announced from all fields in the Gospel category.
  • WHEN: Sunday, February 13, 2011
    10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • WHERE: Angelus Temple
    1100 Glendale Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90026

The FREE EVENT is open to all that can attend. The concerts stellar performances will be streamed live on the web at DreamCenterLive.com inviting the entire world to view for $4.99 with proceeds benefitting Project Hope.

The vision of PROJECT HOPE is to provide a restoration home for immediate care to those rescued from human trafficking; rebuild one’s physical, mental and spiritual wholeness; and prepare individuals toward returning to society. Project Hope exists for the purpose of helping the lives of individuals who have fallen victim to human trafficking. This home offers a safe place to rebuild lives based on biblical principles. The home will focus on the specific needs for each individual.

Two-time GRAMMY®-nominated Jeff & Sheri Easter are Gospel music treasures, featured regularly on the Gaither HOMECOMING videos and international HOMECOMING tours in addition to their own heavy schedule of appearances. Jeff & Sheri are the recipients of six GMA DOVE Awards, 15 Singing News Fan Awards, three Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association Awards, two International Country Gospel Music Association honors, 16 Voice Awards, four Southern Gospel Music Fan Fair Awards, five SGN Scoops Diamond Awards, four Hearts Aflame Awards and three Cash Box Awards. Formed in 1988 following childhoods as part of their respective, nationally-known family groups—The Lewis Family and The Easter Brothers, the married couple is joined today on stage by their children—Madison and Morgan Easter—who round out the group. The group is known for such hits as “Roses Will Bloom Again,” “Praise His Name,” “Thread of Hope,” “Speak to the Mountain” and many others including “Born to Climb,” which garnered a 2010 DOVE Award. They are nominated for a 2011 GRAMMY® Award for their Expecting Good Things (Spring Hill Music) recording.

Saxophonist, Kirk Whalum will host the event and perform with his band. Kirk has been a recording artist for 25 years and has over 25 solo recordings to date. He has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for his musical excellence including twelve GRAMMY® nominations (four this year which include two for his most current release; The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter III), two Dove Award nominations, a NAACP Image Awards nomination, and he has won two Stellar Awards. Kirk is a ordained minister with a Masters of Art in Religion. He was recently appointed CEO/President of the STAX Music Academy and the STAX Museum of American Soul Music in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Please visit www.facebook.com/KirkWhalum www.KirkWhalum.com.

Matthew Barnett, co-founder of THE DREAM CENTER and senior pastor of ANGELUS TEMPLE, will co-host the event. THE DREAM CENTER – located at the former Queen of Angels Hospital, is now a refuge for the city of Los Angeles’ homeless, abandoned teens, gang members and those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Los Angeles is being changed daily through THE DREAM CENTER and most people in the city are unaware of it. On behalf of Barnett, we would love to invite you to experience “IT STARTED WITH A DREAM” first-hand. Please visit www.angelustemple.org.

Through its numerous outreach programs, THE DREAM CENTER feeds over 40,000 people per month (one million pounds of food) and houses more than 500 people daily each week, meeting them with love and a helping hand at their greatest point of need. THE DREAM CENTER provides food, shelter, clothing, life rehabilitation, education, job training and numerous resources through its 273 programs and outreaches. From its humble beginnings in 1994, located in a formerly crime-infested neighborhood of Los Angeles, THE DREAM CENTER has become one of the outstanding models of transformation in America.

Victory University is a Christian liberal arts college committed to academic excellence and the joining of faith, rigorous academic inquiry, and action guided by a biblical worldview. Building upon a challenging curriculum in the classroom, Victory embraces the richness and diversity of its urban community as an extension of its campus. Victory strives to set the standard among Christian colleges as a place where students are mentored by a strong and caring Christian faculty and Christian area leaders learn that knowledge and faith can transform communities and advance God’s purposes in the world.

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The Power of One Makes Three for Israel Houghton

Written by Scoops Staff on February 3, 2010 – 1:14 pm -

Acclaimed Worship Artist/Songwriter Wins 3rd GRAMMY Award

LOS ANGELES, Calif. –Multi-talented worship leader, songwriter and recording artist Israel Houghton won his third consecutive GRAMMY® last night during the 52nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Houghton took home the award for “Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album” for his critically-acclaimed CD The Power Of One and also was honored as a nominee for “Best Gospel Song” for “Every Prayer” from The Power of One.

Previously, Houghton and his powerhouse musical ensemble New Breed won two GRAMMYS in 2008 for A Deeper Level and in 2007 for Alive in South Africa. This year’s win marks his first GRAMMY as a “solo” artist.

“It’s really an honor to be nominated for such a prestigious award,” says Houghton. “And to win is such a surreal experience…I’m so moved that the message in the music was embraced and appreciated.”

The “message” of the genre-blending album is one of hope, redemption and revelation, especially the title track, which expresses Houghton’s passion for social justice.

“I strongly believe that those of us who consider ourselves worshippers need to have a heart for social justice,” says Houghton who will be in Toronto for a Haiti benefit concert on Feb. 12.

In addition to his career as a recording artist, Israel Houghton is a worship leader at Houston’s Lakewood Church and a spokesman for international relief agency World Vision. He is the recipient of six Dove Awards, two Stellar Awards, a Soul Train Award and three GRAMMY Awards. Additional information is available at www.israelhoughton.net and www.integritymusic.com.

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