SGN Scoops had several roving reporters at NQC this past week, and we are thrilled at the pictures and interviews they obtained. You will be
seeing the fruits of their labors in upcoming SGN Scoops magazine editions, but we wanted you to see some of these live shots now.
Thanks again to all of our writers and photographers, as many of them are also artists that participated in events at the National Quartet Convention. We hope you have enjoyed all of their contributions over the last few days.
Artists that appear hear are members of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound,
Greater Vision, Gold City, 11th Hour, The Bowling Family, Karen Peck and New River, The Whisnants, Mark Trammell Quartet, Triumphant Quartet.
Thanks to Craig Harris for these great photos from Saturday night at NQC.
For more artist features, photos and stories, stay tuned to SGNScoops’ Facebook page.
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SGN Scoops roving reporters were out in full force during NQC this week. We hope you enjoy the portraits of faces we’ve all come to know and love.
Be sure to watch for the October issue of SGN Scoops where you will find even more photographs and stories of artists you love and will meet for the first time.
Thanks again to Craig Harris, Michelle and Pat Drummond and all of the SGN Scoops writers and Social Media team.
We hope everyone returns to Pigeon Forge on November 2 – 5 for the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. We can’t wait! For more information and to reserve your FREE tickets click on to the Creekside website.
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At SGN Scoops, we love Southern Gospel music and its artists; not sure if you knew that or not! NQC has a lot of them and we have pictures.
Canton Junction, Greater Vision, Old Paths, the Perrys, Mark Trammell Quartet, the Mylon Hayes Family, Joseph Habedank, Nick Trammell, Loren Harris, Bryan Walker, Mike Bowling, Troy Peach, Libbi Perry Stuffle, Tracy Stuffle and the Voices of Lee are all shown here!
SGN Scoops is so proud of all of our contributors every month. Do you know we have artists that share their hearts with us in every issue? Kelly Nelon Clark, David Staton, Dusty Wells, Sherry Anne, Laurette Willis, and the legendary Lou Wills Hildreth all have monthly articles. We are so thankful for them! If you see them at NQC, tell them how much you enjoy their writing.
The group whose picture is on the top of this feature, Canton Junction, was
the cover feature in our August edition. Craig Harris wrote the feature and he also provides us with these terrific photographs.
We have many wonderful writers that do their very best to bring the best of the Gospel music world to you every month. Bethany Cook, Candi Combs, Dan Duncan, Dean Adkins, Erin Stevens, Jaquita Lindsey, Jennifer Campbell, Justin Gilmore, Justin McLeod, Lorraine Walker, Lynn Mills, Marcie Gray, Matt Baker, Paige Givens, Randall Hamm, Robert York, Roger Barkley Jr., Roger Speers, Rhonda Wooten, Selena
Day, Sheri LaFontaine, Timmy Williamson, Tina Wakefield, Vivian Belknap, and Vonda Easley all share their talents with us. We are so proud of all that they do!
Thank you for reading SGN Scoops magazine every month. Be sure to share each edition with your friends and family, and to let all of our contributors know how much you enjoy their features!
For the September edition of SGN Scoops magazine with the cover story on the super Gaither Vocal Band, click
here. Look for the October edition
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Bonus Sunday Evening Concert Sets The Stage for Thousands of Gospel Music Fans
Last night – Sunday, September 28, 2015 – early arrivers enjoyed a bonus evening concert by the top names in gospel music including The Hoppers, Mark Trammell Quartet, Greater Vision, the Jim Brady Trio and Tim Lovelace.
largest annual event.
Special events during the week include the Singing News Fan Awards, a fan-voted program of Singing News Magazine, on Sept. 30, the keynote address by Dr. David Jeremiah on Oct. 2, the Cathedrals’ Family Reunion featuring several alumni of gospel’s most celebrated group on Sept. 30 and a Gospel Music Hymn Sing hosted by
Gerald Wolfe on Oct. 3.
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Photographs by Erin Stevens, Photos For Keeps
The Gatlinburg Gathering was held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in downtown Gatlinburg on the weekend of August 19-22. Erin Stevens was there to photograph the event and she shared these pictures with us! Some of the artists that Erin captured on stage included: The Hoppers, Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, Triumphant, Tribute, Talleys, Brian Free and Assurance, The Collingsworth Family, Jason Crabb,
Erwins, Ivan Parker, Karen Peck and New River, Mark Trammell Quartet, and the Primitive Quartet.
Be sure to make your plans to attend the Gatlinburg Gathering next year.
For more information on Abraham Productions various events throughout the year, visit them online.
For all the news, scoops and artist features, keep your browser on SGN Scoops mainpage.
For more pictures from the Gatlinburg Gathering by Erin Stevens of Photos For Keeps, click below.
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Southside, 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
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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.
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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
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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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.
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.”
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.”
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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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.
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.
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