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Mark Trammell Quartet Announces 2016 Homecoming Event

Written by Staff on September 1, 2015 – 7:46 am -

imageSouthside, Alabama (September 1, 2015) – The Mark Trammell Quartet announces today that their three day Homecoming Event is returning to Hill Crest Baptist Church July 29-31, 2016. After fans inquired about the absence of a MTQ Homecoming in 2015 due to a heavy touring schedule, the quartet wants them to be the first to know the artists, dates and activities so they can plan to be in attendance for their 2016 Homecoming. The line-up features two of the most popular programs appearing right now in Gospel Music.
The MTQ Homecoming will begin on Friday, July 29, 2016 featuring the Gold City Reunion with special guest Tim Riley and artists Wilburn and Wilburn, Jay Parrack and Vocal Event and The Mark Trammell Quartet. Saturday morning, those signed up to take part in the Golf Tournament will gather at Silver Lakes Golf Course in Gadsden, Alabama at 8:30 AM for a morning of fun and fellowship. (Golf Tournament is open to the public.) That same evening, The Mark Trammell Quartet will share the stage with their friends Greater Vision and come together as The Second Half Quartet; featuring Gerald Wolfe, Mark Trammell, Chris Allman, Rodney Griffin and Pat Barker on classic Gospel songs from the past. On Sunday morning, MTQ will take part in the worship service at their home church with the Hill Crest Choir and Orchestra to close out the weekend.
This event is the quartet’s gift to the fans for supporting the ministry all year and is sponsored by Mark Trammell Quartet Outreach which is a non-profit ministry branch of MTQ. The Mark Trammell Quartet wishes to thank everyone in advance for their financial and prayerful support of this ministry and its effort to take quality Gospel Music to areas that could not otherwise have it. All concerts and services will take place at the Trammell’s home church, Hill Crest Baptist Church. Hill Crest is located in Anniston, Alabama just off of Highway 431, easy to find and accessible. You can find more information about the MTQ Homecoming on the group’s website: http://mtqhomecoming.com.
Mark Trammell has been involved in Gospel Music for 41 years and formed The Mark Trammell quartet in 2002. The group is a full-time, professional Southern Gospel Quartet whose goal is to see Believers edified and lost souls come to know the Lord through Gospel Music and evangelism. Based out of Southside, Alabama these four men have traveled all over the U.S, Canada and are planning their debut in Ireland for the fall of 2016.
Mark Trammell Ministries
PO Box 588
Gadsden, AL 35902
USA
(256) 442-1621
http://marktrammellministries.com/


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IMC Management Announces Plans For 2015 Christmas Jubilee Tour 

Written by Staff on August 20, 2015 – 1:52 pm -

Jubilee Christmas 2015

Jubilee Christmas 2015

Johnson City, TN – Following three straight years of tremendous success, IMC Management has announced plans for the 2015 Christmas Jubilee Tour. The Jubilee Tour features three of Southern Gospel Music’s most recognized artists, The Booth Brothers, Greater Vision and Legacy Five. The 2015 Christmas Jubilee Tour will begin November 30 and feature 15 concerts, with stops for the first time is such Canadian provinces as Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. It has been two years since the Jubilee Christmas Tour made stops along the West Coast, and this year the event will return to Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California.

What began as a light-hearted lunch conversation between three friends, has become one of the most popular concert tours in Gospel Music. Managed and promoted exclusively by IMC Management, The Jubilee Tour brings three of the most popular names in Southern Gospel Music together for a unique and unforgettable concert experience. The event has proven to be very popular in cities across the North America, with sell-out concert attendance in numerous cities in recent years.
The evening allows each group to be featured during the first half of the program, then the second half brings the three groups together for a Jubilee spectacular filled with Christmas classics.  The unscripted and spontaneous format is both entertaining and inspirational, providing audiences with a most enjoyable, must-see evening.
The Jubilee Christmas Tour concerts feature material from the multiple Christmas Jubilee recordings and have delighted crowds throughout the Holiday season. Since that first year in 2012 when the Tour first kicked off, The Booth Brothers, Greater Vision and Legacy Five have been uniting to bring Christmas cheer to Gospel music lovers throughout North America. This year promises to bring more Holiday cheer.
“We are very excited to take the Christmas Jubilee Tour into new territories and  back to the West Coast,” IMC President Landon Beene states. “In 2013, the Tour enjoyed multiple sold out events, which was a first for Southern Gospel Music in nearly a decade, so we know Gospel Music lovers on the West Coast will be excited that the Christmas Jubilee Tour is returning.”
IMC will partner with successful Canadian promoters, Wayne Dyck, Bill Griffin and Don Miller to bring the Christmas Jubilee Tour to Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia for the very first time.  “Western Canada’s Gospel Music fans are enjoying the growth of Quartet style, harmony driven music often referred to as Southern Gospel,” Canada’s Gospel Music Celebration, Inc President, Wayne Dyck, states. “Blooming Canadian groups and fans are encouraging full-time Gospel groups to come to Canada with their music, and we are delighted to play a part in bringing this very powerful Christmas presentation, featuring solid, traditional Christmas centered music to Western Canada. A full production presentation brings the rich meaning of Christmas with lighter moments and powerful traditional music, which is absolutely what this season of the year is all about. We are blessed and delighted to have this meaningful Christmas concert series come our way to give the Christmas season a strong presence in the Christians’ calendar.”
The Western Canadian Jubilee Christmas Tour will be featured on December 1 in Winnipeg, MB, December 2 in Regina SK, December 3 in Saskatoon SK, December 4in Edmonton, AB, December 5 in Calgary, AB and December 9 in Chilliwack, BC.
Tickets will go on sale for all US Dates beginning September 14, with a exclusive pre-sale to IMC and artists email subscribers on August 27.  Canadian dates are ON SALE NOW! Additional information, including the complete 2015 Christmas Jubilee Tour schedule is available at http://www.imcconcerts.com/tour.php?id=111
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Through the Lens of Craig Harris: Gospel Music Greats in Pictures

Written by Staff on July 21, 2015 – 2:09 pm -

The Whisnants

The Whisnants

The National Quartet Convention once again hosted their Spring Break in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 16 through 18, 2015. Hundreds of eager fans filled Highview Baptist to

Ivan Parker

Ivan Parker

hear artist favorites including Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Jim Brady Trio, Greater Vision, Triumphant, Ivan Parker, Whisnants, Booth Brothers, Isaacs, Mark Trammell Quartet, Legacy Five, Tribute, Hoppers, and the Sneed Family.

In this photomontage, SGN Scoops photographer Craig Harris, gives us an exciting look at the concerts that made this a truly wonderful break from the cold, snowy winter experienced by so many across the country. Thanks to NQC for whetting our appetites for a summer full of musical events and the swiftly approaching National Quartet Convention 2015!

For more features, pictures and artist columns, read the latest edition of SGN Scoops here.

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Greater Vision:  A Legacy of Faithfulness

Written by Staff on May 12, 2015 – 2:09 pm -

Greater Vision

Greater Vision

By Matt Baker

It was 2006. I was scheduled to sing in a church in Clovis, New Mexico. I didn’t realize whom I was opening for until that week. The group I opened up for that night made a lasting impact on me; they became my favorite group and still are to this day. I’m talking about Greater Vision, from Morristown, TN: lead singer/emcee Gerald Wolfe, baritone Rodney Griffin, and Chris Allman singing the tenor part.

Chris Allman

Chris Allman

Gospel music fans from all over the world have fallen in love with the smooth harmony and the timeless lyrics heard on each project they release. What I’ve come to love is their class and consistency on and off the stage; the Greater Vision I saw in 2006 is the same Greater Vision I saw a couple weeks ago in Morganton, NC. Their love for the Lord is evident in their music, and in this conversation, we’ll see some of the heart behind this faithful journey they’ve been on for 25 years now.

Gerald Wolfe is a powerhouse in the world of Southern Gospel, and it’s hard to imagine Greater Vision, or the Southern Gospel industry itself, without his presence. However, he says, that almost happened. “During High School, my plan was to go to the Navy after graduation, using the ROTC Program to pay for my education, since I had finished my High School’s three-year ROTC program. Thankfully, God had a different plan that brought me to where I am today.  If I had followed my plan, I would probably be retired from the Navy by now, and playing the piano or organ in a church in Morristown, TN., or leading congregational worship.”

Gerald Wolfe

Gerald Wolfe

Chris Allman is the most recent addition to this bunch and after a break of several years you’d think there would be changes to the focus of Greater Vision. “Well,” says Allman, “At this point I wouldn’t really be considered the newbie anymore. I’ve been back nearly five years. Believe it or not, it’s not much different. We’re just all older and more patient!”

This older group of Greater Vision still has the powerful singing and heart-gripping songs of the earlier version. It’s not often that in a group, you have at your fingertips two of Gospel Music’s most prolific songwriters. Rodney Griffin and Allman have written literally hundreds of songs in their career and they say this desire to write came out of the need to express themselves more personally in their music.

“Sitting at my desk in Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia in 1989, I wrote my first song,” says Griffin. “I found myself writing during my lunch breaks. The only problem was I didn’t have an outlet for any of my songs. I wasn’t singing with a group at the time, yet I had a desire to say something. I had written 25 to 30 songs before I had the nerve to try to pitch something to a group.”

Allman notes, “I just had a real desire to say something through music. It was as if just singing other people’s thoughts wasn’t altogether satisfying. I prayed for the gift to write and God granted it.”

Occasionally the writers will bring forward a song that just doesn’t work for the trio, and other artists then record these works. Griffin comments, “I’ve been blessed to write several songs that we haven’t recorded. One of those that touches me deeply is: “Will You Marry Me.”  I believe it was recorded on Lauren Talley’s first solo project. Musically, it doesn’t fit us, but wow, when I think of the message, it is deep.”

Rodney Griffin

Rodney Griffin

Griffin and Allman songs have garnered awards and accolades for the group, but this doesn’t make the Greater Vision men stand-offish or place themselves apart from their audience. On any given night, a concert attendee will find any of the men, or all three of them, at the product table. Griffin comments, “It’s always a treat for me to hear how a particular song we sang encouraged someone in some particular instance. There is nothing more encouraging to a writer than to hear what God did with a song in someone’s life – especially when you are looking them in the eye!” Read more »


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Younger Perspective: Reagan Griffin

Written by Staff on April 28, 2015 – 2:37 pm -

Reagan Griffin

Reagan Griffin

By Erin Stevens

It’s one thing to impact thousands of people’s lives through the example of your ministry, songwriting, and personal life, but it is entirely another thing when you are your children’s hero. The shoulder they run to in times of defeat, the hug they crave after a long day at school, and the sounding board to all life’s ‘wonders and whys.’ That is exactly the case in the life of Rodney Griffin. Today I am delighted to introduce to you his darling daughter, the lovely Miss Reagan. Get to know this young lady, budding with talents, and a remarkable dedication to serving others. Reagan, take it away…

 

Erin: What was it like growing up with your dad being such a prominent figure in Gospel music?

Reagan: It was always normal for me to see him leave every weekend. That’s just who he is. Dad loves what he does and I love being his daughter. I take so much pride in his ministry. 

 

Erin: When did you first discover your love for the piano?

Reagan: My love for playing began in church a few years ago; that was a huge push for me! I’ve recently started having fun playing the ukulele too.

 

Erin: It’s apparent on social media that you are becoming quite the scarf maker! How are you enjoying your latest businesswoman endeavor? 

Reagan: Honestly, it’s a blast! When I have spare time, I love to just sit and crochet. It’s quite relaxing.

 

Reagan's dad, Rodney Griffin

Reagan’s dad, Rodney Griffin

Erin: For those who are missing out, try to put into words the magical joy that comes from growing up with your family at ’the happiest place on earth?’

Reagan: Disney World is such an exciting place! It has always been somewhere I look forward to going back year after year! I feel like I’m a little child all over again when we walk inside. 

 

Erin: What is your life-verse or verses? And why?

Reagan: One of my favorites is Proverbs 3:5-7: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.” It reminds me that, yes, I will fail me, but God won’t.  

 

Erin: While being a junior in high school, what are the most effective ways you have found to be an example of Christ to those around you?

Reagan: My youth pastor has a quote he always says: “Treat everybody like somebody.” There is much truth in that statement. Everyone wants to be appreciated. I’ve discovered that when you take time and really listen and pay attention to someone, they will notice something different in you. Another way is to simply go out of your way to do extra, tiny deeds. Whether it’s picking up empty water bottles left after practice, or throwing away the gum wrappers left in the church pew; these are things that are overlooked as ‘unimportant.’ Someone has to do them. Let’s be that person. 

 

Erin: Who would you most likely be found jamming out to on your iPod?

Reagan: I love the 1940-50s swing music: Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, and Nat King Cole. 

 

Erin: If there was one defining moment in life you could relive, what would that be?

Reagan: Last year, I was chosen to be the Singing News Fan Awards ‘Trophy Girl.’ I had the privilege of walking on stage and presenting the awards to those I look up to. It was an incredible experience that I’ll remember for a long time!

 

Erin: Being surrounded by Southern Gospel fans since you were little, what is the craziest thing a fan has said to you?

Reagan: I was standing to the side of a walkway with some friends, listening to my dad sing, when an older lady came up behind me and said, “You know I’m stalking you, right?” With a nervous giggle, I said “Uh, okay.” and moved a little closer to my friends. 

 

Erin: Are you a songwriter like your dad?

Reagan: When I was growing up, my best friend, my sister, and I wrote several little songs with the most obnoxious tunes. “Poor Little Doughnut,” “Mr. Dan and The Hotdog Stand,” and one about cowboys. I don’t think you’ll be seeing those up on the ‘One-Hit-Wonders Chart’ anytime soon.

 

Erin: In closing, how would you personally encourage young ladies in their walk with the Lord as you make steps every day to become closer to Him?

Reagan: I am learning more and more all the time about how much God cares for me. As young ladies, we tend to compare ourselves to the other girls around us; therefore, finding our self worth in the wrong things. God wants to be that one person we go to when those insecure thoughts cross our mind. He wants to wrap you up in a big hug and say, “I love you. I made you just the way you are.”

 

We all come from different walks of life, but I am certain that Reagan’s moving words can speak to every heart. You may be 18 or 80, it doesn’t matter; insecurities plague every age group. Coming from a mind so sharp and a heart so full as Reagan’s, I pray you can see that YOU are enough. You are capable enough when you lean on Jesus as your Rock. When we are weakest, that’s when He is the strongest in our lives. Thank you, Reagan, for gracing us with your presence and allowing us to see a glimpse into your life today. May God’s hand of blessing rest upon you. Until next month, Scoops fans…

 

And that’s my take on it.

For current Younger Perspective features, see the latest SGN Scoops magazine here.


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Greater Vision, AS WE SPEAK, Available This Week

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 16, 2015 – 12:55 pm -

Greater Vision

Greater Vision

Hendersonville, Tenn  –Daywind Records artist, Greater Vision, is excited to announce the release of their newest album, entitled As We Speak.  This project marks the group’s first national release in nearly two years and carries on Greater Vision’s tradition of quality Southern Gospel Music. The 2013 release of For All He’s Done saw three songs reach #1 on the Singing News Radio Chart.

As We Speak, produced by Gerald Wolfe, features several songs from the pen of Chris Allman and reigning Songwriter of the Year, Rodney Griffin.  This project was also one of the last CDs to be orchestrated by the legendary Lari Goss before his recent passing. The first single, “Put Out The Fire,” was released to radio in March and supported by a well-received lyric video on social media.

“Greater Vision is the epitome of consistency and class, proving themselves to be a true staple within Southern Gospel with CD after CD full of quality music” shares Scott Godsey, VP & Director of A&R at Daywind Records.  “As We Speak is no exception to this and I am anxious for fans to hear this new collection of songs skillfully delivered by this solid group. We are proud to have Greater Vision as part of the Daywind family.”

As We Speak is available at Christian retail stores across the country and digitally at iTunes and other outlets.  Bulk purchasing for gift and ministry purposes is available by calling 1-800-635-9581.


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April 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 3, 2015 – 11:07 am -

April 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

April 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

Happy Easter! Christ is risen…He is risen indeed! We hope that you will join us in remembering and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus this month in SGNScoops Magazine. Several of our writers delve into what this season means for us as believers. I trust that you will read about the love, grace and eternal life of our Savior on every page.

Our cover artists this month are Gerald Wolfe, Rodney Griffin and Chris Allman, known collectively as Greater Vision. Matt Baker goes a little deeper into the hearts and minds of this award-winning trio. Other new writers whose names you might not know but whose writing you will enjoy include Bethany Cook who introduces us to Adoration Quartet, and Jaquita Lindsay who highlights The Stephens.
Enjoy discovering more about Kris Erwin, the Diplomats, Marty Raybon, the Browders, and DJ Skip Taylor. Candi Combs takes us to the Greenbriar Quartet event and Lynn Mills goes sailing on the Singing At Sea cruise. Vonda Easley, Erin Stevens, Jennifer Campbell and Paige Givens have written from their hearts this month to bring you the latest on your favorite artists.
If you are a Gospel music collector, you’ve said, “I NEED IT!” more than once, and Dean Adkins introduces us to several avid collectors.
Lou Hildreth, David Staton, Laurette Willis, Jeff Steele, Dusty Wells, Kelly Nelon Clark, Jonathan Edwards, Sherry Anne and Ed Smith round out our magazine this month and we hope you enjoy their words as much as we do.
Thanks for taking time to read SGN Scoops April 2015 edition. Please share it with your friends and family and everyone you know. Let us know if there is someone you’d like to read the scoop about! Write to me at lorraine@sgnscoops.com
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Jason Crabb to appear at JACKSON SINGS THE GOSPEL

Written by Staff on March 10, 2015 – 12:40 pm -

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Bill Bailey and Josh Franks present Jackson Sings The Gospel on July 15-18 in Jackson, TN.

Artists include: Mark Lowry, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, The Martins, Josh and Ashley Franks, Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, Jason Crabb, Triumphant Quartet, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Perrys, The Guardians, Ivan Parker, Gold City, Brian Free and Assurance, The McKameys, Karen Peck and New River, the Bowling Family, Michael English, The Nelons.

Tickets on sales now. For information go to Bill Bailey Concerts.


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Tune In Alert: Lari Goss – The Man Behind The Music

Written by Staff on March 9, 2015 – 1:48 pm -

Lari GThis One-Hour TV Special is hosted by Jim Brady and Gerald Wolfe, and honors the life and music of Lari Goss, who passed away in January of this year.

 

Jim and Gerald share personal stories about Lari and his lasting impact on Gospel Music.  Lari’s career spanned more than five decades, and many of your all-time favorite Gospel songs were influenced by “the man behind the music”… Lari Goss.
The TV Special features songs from a 2-Hour DVD called “Lari Goss: The Man Behind The Music.”  Featured Artists include Greater Vision, The Booth Brothers, The Mark Trammell Quartet, Legacy Five, The Nelons, Jim & Melissa Brady, The Hoppers, Taranda Greene, and more, accompanied by Lari Goss on piano, and the famous Nashville String Machine Orchestra.  One of the highlights of the Show is the reunion of former Cathedral Quartet members Scott Fowler, Ernie Haase, Mark Trammell, and Gerald Wolfe, for a live performance of the Gospel Classic, “Champion Of Love.”  This live performance was the inspiration for the current “Cathedrals Family Reunion” Events.

 

This very special television event will be broadcast Tuesday March 10 at the following times:
Eastern Time Zone: Noon, 9pm, & 1am
Central Time Zone: 11am, 8pm, & Midnight
Mountain Time Zone: 10am, 7pm, & 11pm
Pacific Time Zone: 9am, 6pm, & 10pm
DirecTV Channel 369
Dish Network Channel 263
Check your local Guide for the Cable Channel in your area. (Your Channel Guide may list the program as the “Marcus & Joni Show.”)

 

After you watch the program, we hope you will take a moment to send an email to Daystar to thank them for airing this special program, and encourage them to continue to air similar programs in the future.  You can contact Daystar by clicking on the photo at the top of this email, or you can click HERE.

 

(*Please don’t call Daystar’s toll-free phone number to comment on the program.  They need to keep their phone lines available for prayer requests, and for those seeking spiritual help.)

 

If you enjoy the TV program, and would like to see the entire 2-Hour Concert, you can order a DVD HERE.

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Jubilee Artists Look Forward To Christmas and 2015  

Written by Staff on December 19, 2014 – 12:28 pm -

IMG_2056-1024x768The Jubilee artists were recently in Ontario, Canada to present a Jubilee Christmas and SGM Radio caught up with them to talk about everyone’s favorite, Christmas vacation.

[Editor’s note: See below for link to the Jubilee Christmas concert review.]

 

IMG_2039-300x225IMC Concerts and Greater Vision, Booth Brothers and Legacy Five bring the Jubilee series to many States throughout the year, as well as performing a special Christmas series in December. Gerald Wolfe who does most of the emcee work for the Jubilee presentation, is looking forward to having some time off from the stage work. “By the time I get home, our house will be in full Christmas mode, probably have a half-dozen trees up. We go out and run around, look at lights, go to the mall, eat, do what everybody else does. Then right after Christmas week, we get right back on the road. I’m looking forward to it though, I’m looking forward to putting my feet up!”

 

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Chris Allman

Wolfe is not the only one looking for a bit of rest. Fellow Greater Vision singer, Chris Allman says, “I look forward to relaxing, but that usually doesn’t happen. Because we are out here so much, when I get home there is a lot that my wife wants me to do. Then I will be just hanging out with the family. I always take my wife and my two daughters who still live at home (my two sons are married), to a city like Atlanta or Cincinnati and we shop for a couple of days. We like to go to big cities to get away. So when I’m away, I’m on the road, and when I get back home, I’m on the road! But it’s just different when you are with your family.” Allman adds, “And this year of course my grandkids are going to be with us. My two grandbabies are going to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with us. So Santa is going to come to see them at our house, so that’s going to be fun.”

 

Rodney Griffin is looking for to a couple of celebrations once he gets off the Greater Vision bus. “I’m looking forward to seeing my wife and two daughters. The day after we get home is my wife’s and my 20th anniversary. So that will be a fun day. I’ve got her a gift kind of hidden away. I hope she doesn’t find it!” (Note: Rodney told us where but we aren’t saying!) Griffin continues, “A couple of years ago we moved back to Kentucky where we are from. My mom and dad are there as well as my wife’s mom. I look forward to home cooking from my mom. She cooks as often as we will come over! We love that.”

 

IMG_2041-300x225Legacy Five’s Matt Fouch comments, “This Jubilee stretch is 12 days and last year was 17 days. So we got five days less this year, so that’s good. I look forward to doing what everyone else does at Christmas: spending time with the family, especially after having been gone for 12 days. I get to see my little boy and my wife. I look forward to just relaxing and getting to go see our extended family.” The other Legacy Five members may need some rest, but Scott Howard isn’t planning on going home to put his feet up; at least, not for his entire vacation. “We finish on the 15th in Chattanooga and I will get home the morning of the 16th. My family will already be out of town for our little Christmas get-together. My son and I will catch up with them in Texas. We are doing a big deer-hunt down in south Texas. We’ll get back home around Christmas Eve and spend a few days there and then start in on the New Year’s sing. It’s right around the corner…it’s amazing how quickly it’s gotten here.”

 

With the New Year swiftly approaching, we asked the guys about their New Year’s Resolutions. Trey Ivey intends to keep abstaining from soda pop, and Scott Fowler intends to stop making New Year’s Resolutions! Scott Howard says, “I’m not a good resolution maker because I’m not a good resolution keeper. I think my resolution will be to try to be healthier in 2015. I have discovered that the older I get, the faster my health deteriorates.” He laughs and continues, “So I think that is going to be a resolution of mine; to eat a little bit healthier, live a healthier lifestyle, work out a little bit more, try to be not quite so fat and happy as in 2014.” Howard smiles and says, “Well, I still want to be happy, just less of the fat and more of the happy!”

 

IMC’s Landon Beene comments, “I say ‘lose weight’ every year, but this year it needs to be a reality. And to find a nice balance of being at home and spending time with my babies, and doing more of what I love and less of what I don’t.” Matt Fouch remarks, “It’s too early! I still have a month or so before I have to decide that. We do a New Year’s Eve thing at the Opryland Hotel so I try to hold all of my resolutions off until after that because the food they have in the green room is awesome. So any type of diet or food resolutions, I try to hold off on until after that event.”

 

Gerald Wolfe

Gerald Wolfe

Gerald Wolfe is not a Resolution maker. “I don’t make them because I’m no good at keeping them. My New Year’s Resolution, this coming year, is to eat. That’s the only one I can keep!” Chris Allman says he wants to keep his weight off. Rodney Griffin comments, “I want to draw closer to the Lord. I want to read my Bible more intently. I try to read it through every year but I don’t want it to become mechanical. I want the Lord to speak to me next year, give me songs He wants me to write, to live for Him and be a blessing to someone.”

 

It seems that Michael Booth is also on a health-kick for his New Year’s Resolution. “It’s pretty much just my health, to exercise and have a little better diet. I’m 43 now and that is still young, but I’m feeling the miles more than I used to. And I can feel it in my voice too. If you want to sing well into your sixties, you need to be really careful and eat right. And you know, God says it’s a temple. I’ve ignored that because it’s hard to do on the road. This is the hardest part of the day [following the evening concert] because I’m starving, and we will soon be going to bed. If you eat wrong then you get acid reflux and all that stuff. It’s really challenging.”

 

Ronnie Booth is working on his spiritual health for the New Year. “Keep walking closer, staying more in the Word and being more obedient. True success in life is doing the will of God.”

 

IMG_2042-300x225We also asked some of the men what they foresee for the coming year and whether there were any changes ahead. Scott Fowler comments, “The older I get, the more I don’t like change. I hope there are no changes on the horizon. When things are going well, I like for them just to stay put. I’m hoping things will just stay as they are and life is good.” He says there won’t be a new Legacy Five release for a little while. “We are still kind of enjoying our latest recording which is Great Day, and we’ve had two radio singles off of that so far. We will start recording again in 2015, but nothing in the next couple of months.” Scott Howard echoes Fowler’s remarks when he says, “I don’t know of anything I would predict. There’s always change and the older I get, the less I like it. I don’t really plan for change but I’ve grown to kind of accept it. I don’t foresee anything changing. Our group will still be out doing our thing, unless the Lord tells us something different. I feel like we are doing what we are supposed to be doing now. I tell people all the time that it is subject to change. Sometimes God will steer you in a different direction, for whatever reason. I don’t foresee that, but I never know. So I just wait and see what happens.”

 

The Legacy Five men are looking forward to their New Year’s Concert and Fowler is also looking forward to his family’s New Year’s celebrations. “We usually spend New Years Eve at our event in Nashville, Tennessee. We have a three-day event at the Opryland Hotel. 12-million Christmas lights are up, 12 life-sized nativity scenes, and it’s just a lot of fun. When the hustle and bustle of that is over, we’ll have a delayed New Year’s party and celebration dinner at my in-laws. They are of Norwegian descent, so they have some Norwegian dishes they prepare for us, so it’s a lot of fun to taste that culture.”

 

Gerald Wolfe is looking forward to the New Year, though maybe not so much any of the inevitable alterations that life brings. “There’s always change. That’s the only certainty in life. We are releasing a new album in March, the first major one we’ve released in two years. Also, we are now getting into our 25th year, so all of 2015 will be leading up to our 25th anniversary. So we will do some special events along the way, we are giving away a cruise to the Caribbean, all kinds of special stuff like that!”

 

Matt Fouch

Matt Fouch

In 2015, Chris Allman is looking forward working on his personal projects and with Greater Vision. “There are different goals that I have. I enjoy producing. I’m producing a group right now called The Wrights from Kansas; we just did tracks with them. I’m very excited about what is happening there. They have a great CD that is going to be released next year. I’d like to produce some more groups and do several more of those during the year. So we’ll try to get that underway.” He continues, “We have a new project coming out in 2015; it’s already in the can as they would say. It’s already mixed and ready for release. It has some new songs I’ve written and some new ones that Rodney’s written.” Allman notes, “This past year was the busiest we have ever been. Ever, ever, ever. It’s good and bad. It’s good because there is a demand, and bad because it wears you out. You have to have a balance and this year we got close to crossing that balance. So we are getting pretty tired here at the end of the year. We are still enjoying it though.”

 

Rodney Griffin is looking a little closer to home for changes in the New Year. “The biggest news in the Griffin household for 2015 will be if we get a dog. We had two family dogs and both of them lived about 19 years, and we lost both of them this year. It was a tough ‘dog year’ at our house as both of them had lived the extent of their lives.”

 

IMG_2046-300x225Legacy Five’s Matt Fouch is excited about an unusual trip that they will be making in the fall. “In 2015, Legacy Five is going to Israel! We are doing a Holy Land trip and that is exciting and something new for me; I have not done that before. As you hear from other people who have gone there before, it’s one of those things that is an experience of a lifetime especially for Christians, because you get to see with your eyes and walk the places, physically, that you read about in the Bible. I am looking forward to that and I know most of the guys in the group are looking forward to it as well. We are going in October 2015, so I have a little time to wait, but that is one of the things I am most excited about in the New Year.”

 

Fouch says the unrest in the Middle East doesn’t worry him, when it comes to the Israel trip and personal safety. “Scott went there with Dr. Charles Stanley and In Touch, as well as Greater Vision. Scott wanted to check it out and he was there when the fighting was at its peak. He said that he never heard anything, or saw anything, because it was taking place in a different part of the country. He said that with all the different religions of the people that lived in that area, everyone was peaceful. I think it’s a thing where everyone understands that this is a tourist area, so they stay away from it. Scott said there were no problems, no issues with security, so we are not really concerned about that at all.”

 

A Social Media interview guru; Matt plans to continue his On The Couch With Fouch in 2015. “I love doing it. For those who are reading, one of the really unique things about the interview series is that the audience gets to ask the questions! It’s Social Media driven. So if you are reading this, you are probably on the Internet, or on Facebook. I read a statistic that about 70 or 80% of Americans have a Facebook account. So I put out there whom I am interviewing and you guys get to tell me the questions. I ask the questions you guys want me to ask. That’s what makes it so unique. So if you want to follow me on Facebook, you can go to Matthew Fouch – Bass Singer, or if you are on Twitter you can follow me @L5bass. When I do have upcoming interviews you guys can let me know what you want to know!”

 

Ronnie Booth

Ronnie Booth

With a big smile, Fouch adds: “I love Legacy Five, I love being here, and everything is going wonderfully. I’ve been here for over two years now. September 2012 was my first date with the group. It fit like a glove from the beginning. They made me feel very comfortable. I guess they don’t have a problem with me because they haven’t run me off yet!”

 

We hope you have enjoyed these insights into the lives and hearts of the men from the Jubilee series and Jubilee Christmas. To read the concert review on Jubilee Christmas, visit http://www.sgnscoops.com/2014/12/11/jubilee-christmas/

For more information on the following groups, visit their websites:

IMC Concerts   http://www.imcconcerts.com/

Greater Vision   http://www.greatervisionmusic.com/

Booth Brothers   http://boothbrothers.com/

Legacy Five   http://www.legacyfive.com/

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First published on SGM Radio website in December 2014

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