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Gospel Artists Give Thanks

Written by Staff on November 14, 2014 – 6:42 pm -

Gary Casto and Tribute Quartet

Gary Casto and Tribute Quartet

It is good to give thanks at any time of year, but when November comes around, it is a good excuse to stop and give thanks to God. We stop for a day to remember our veterans and those who have died, giving thanks for their sacrifice and for our freedom. We also stop for a day, and perhaps a weekend, to gather with family and friends and to be thankful for everything our Lord has given to us, as well as the great sacrifice He made on Calvary.

Our Southern Gospel friends across the country recently paused for a moment in their busy lives to tell us what they were most thankful for on Thanksgiving Day. [Editor’s note: This article was first published in 2012]. 

Soloist Larry Davis from Newton, Mississippi: “I am thankful for the talent the Lord has blessed me with. I get to sing and write and am able to live my dream everyday. I am thankful I am saved and also thankful for my daughter Stacey and my wife, Sonda.” http://www.larrydavis.org/

Gary Casto of Tribute

Gary Casto of Tribute

Gary Casto, lead singer and manager of Tribute Quartet: “I am so thankful that the Lord has placed a calling upon my life and has given me a platform to minister on each week through Southern Gospel Music. Also, I’m thankful for my family, friends and fans for their love and support on this journey of life that the Lord has placed me on.” http://www.tributequartet.com/

Sonya Browder of The Browders: “Wow, how do you pick one thing to be thankful for? The list just goes on and on! I’ve been meditating lately on the mercy of God. There are days when my humanness sticks out more than I’d care to admit! It’s in those times when I am frustrated with myself that I go to the Father and find mercy once again. Even when I’m tired of myself, He never tires of me, because His mercy endures forever! For that, I am thankful.” http://www.thebrowders.com/

Nick Trammell of The Mark Trammell Quartet: “I have a lot to be thankful for. God has blessed me and my family far beyond what we deserve. Jessica and I brought home our first child on June 21, a beautiful baby girl named Tessa Nichole. I was also privileged to get to join Dad

Sonya Browder

Sonya Browder

on stage after 28 years of watching him from the audience. I’m thankful for my beautiful wife, my family, my friends, and all the people who support us in our ministry. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them.” http://www.marktrammellministries.com/

Soloist Sharron Kay King Driver of Macon, Georgia: “I guess to sum it up would be this scripture: ‘I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm

Nick Trammell

Nick Trammell

34:4.’ I’m ever so thankful that no matter where I am or what I’m faced with all I have to do is call out His name and He hears me and always delivers me from my fears!” http://www.sharronkayking.com/

Bryan Hutson, lead singer of Soul’d Out Quartet: “We are thankful for family and God’s protection on us and our four children during 2012. We have traveled a lot of miles commuting to the bus, to school and getting to and from our jobs. God is so good and we are expecting even greater things in 2013!” http://www.souldoutquartet.com/home.cfm

Evie Hawkins of EHA-Nashville: “This has been one of the most trying years of my life. Many personal changes have come about, but the Lord has stood faithfully by my side. I am so thankful for my family, church family, good health, and great artists who allow me to work for them! But I really have been dwelling on this fact lately: No matter where life leads me and what problems I face, I am so thankful He never changes. This is the one comforting constant in my life: the Lord never leaves my side. If I step away from Him like a toddler slips away from a parent, I may get hurt, because I’ve just hurt

Bryan and Yvonne Hutson

Bryan and Yvonne Hutson

myself. Thankfully, He loves unconditionally, like I do my children. I’m thankful God put a spiritual leader in my life when I was a child. My mother taught me these things and so did my pastor, Rev. Melvin Brown. I wouldn’t trade all the riches of earth for these two people!” http://www.eha-nashville.com/

Donna King

Donna King

Donna King of Vertical Sky and Flight Studio: “It’s hard to keep my words to a minimum in general, but especially when attempting to express my gratitude for this year, 2012! But, in an attempt to at least scratch the service, I thank God first, for His presence in my life, and that He blessed me in ways that could only be His Ways! I realize more everyday just how much higher His ways are than mine. I am overwhelmingly thankful for my new marriage and my amazing husband, with whom I share a love I never thought possible. Zane King is such an incredible gift. He brings me joy on a daily basis, he shares in my dreams (which are our dreams). He’s even funny! A lot of people don’t know that! I am also thankful, beyond words, for the ways in which God provided rescue, this year, in situations that were very, very difficult. We faced some huge challenges in 2012, and God not only walked through them with us, He also made a way where there seemed to be no way, and He brought amazing deliverance. If I could explain all the details, I would, but suffice to say, God heals, God restores, God delivers! 2012, an extraordinary year of thankfulness for me!” http://www.verticalskyonline.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/FlightStudioNashville?filter=3

Amber Nelon Thompson and The Nelons

Amber Nelon Thompson and The Nelons

Amber Nelon Thompson of the Nelons: “I am thankful for my family and friends! If not for them I don’t know where I’d be today. I’m also thankful for the gift of singing. I never will be one of those people who dread going to work because I absolutely love what I do. But mostly I’m thankful for salvation. It is an amazing feeling to know that I have a God who loves and cares about me and who died so that I could live and one day be with Him and my loved ones who have already gone! He also gives new mercies and grace every day so when I mess up He still loves me and forgives me! His love amazes me!” http://www.thenelons.com/home.cfm

Larry Davis

Larry Davis

Soloist Allen Hester, Seoul, South Korea: “I am thankful for God allowing me to serve Him. I am thankful to be in the ministry. I am thankful that I get to see lives change. I am thankful for the Korean students that God has given me to disciple.” http://www.facebook.com/allenhester

Jonathan Bond of Young Harmony: “I’m thankful that even in the valley, God’s still God!” http://www.youngharmony.com/

Mark Lanier, Soloist and songwriter: “That I’ve made it to 2012! Basically God has given me 55 years. Memories, blessings, desires of my heart, someone to love and be loved by!” http://www.marklanierministries.com/

Susan Peck Jackson of Karen Peck and New River: “I am thankful that God has blessed me with a wonderful family, great friends, and a chance to share the love of Jesus.” http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com/

Soloist Ed Crawford of Nashville, Tennessee: “I’m thankful for a loving God that gives us the

Susan Peck Jackson and Karen Peck and New River

Susan Peck Jackson and Karen Peck and New River

opportunity of choices. Also, I’m so very thankful for the talent He has given me   and the desire to be His servant.” http://edcrawfordministries.com/

Gus Gaches of Legacy Five: “I am thankful for God’s provision, and for the blessing of family!” http://www.legacyfive.com/

Greater Vision

Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision

Rusty Golden, Songwriter: “Other than the awesome power of God and His many blessings on me, I’m thankful for: My family, friends and the gift of music that continues to touch people years after they were hits on the radio.” http://www.facebook.com/rusty.golden1

Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision: “I’m thankful to have been in the same group for 19 years. Hard to believe!” http://greatervisionmusic.com/

Dusty Wells, Sales and Marketing, Word Entertainment: “What a great year 2012 has been! I am most thankful that God has taken me to a new place in Him this year, a place of refuge and strength. This year has been pivotal to me in regards to finally just sitting still and listening for His amazing voice to speak. And He has! So excited to see what 2013 has in store for all of us.” http://www.facebook.com/dusty.wells.50

Dusty Wells

Dusty Wells

At SGM Radio, we concur with the sentiments of all of our contributors, as we are thankful to God for all of His good and perfect gifts, His protection and guidance. We echo the words of Dusty Wells, in that we are all, “So excited to see what 2013 has in store for all of us!”

Happy Thanksgiving!

Please take the time and find the artists mentioned above on the web and on Facebook. Thank them for their contributions here and to all our lives through the music they share with us.

 

Compiled by Lorraine Walker for SGM Radio website November 2012.

For current features visit www.sgmradio.com

 

 


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JUBILEE CHRISTMAS TOUR TEAMS WITH SOCK FOR SENIORS

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 16, 2014 – 10:03 pm -

Socks for Seniors

Socks for Seniors

(NASHVILLE, Tenn) The Jubilee Christmas Tour, featuring award-winning Christian artists The Booth Brothers, Greater Vision and Legacy Five, is bringing a heart-warming Christmas concert to twelve cities this December, and they want your socks! After hearing first-hand the needs of many shut-in seniors during colder months, the artists and promoters of this exciting musical Christmas tour decided to partner with the national organization, Socks for Seniors, in an effort to collect and distribute warm socks to area seniors.

Gerald Wolfe of Greater Vision states, “Many of the folks that come to our concerts either know people through church, their community or even people in their families that are shut-ins or in nursing homes. We’ve learned that as it gets colder, something as simple as warm socks for these precious people can make all the difference in their comfort. We talked with the guys and decided we want to help make this Christmas season a little warmer for others, and that’s what sparked the idea.”

Tour promoters, Landon Beene and Brian Hudson (IMC Concerts) are working with Socks for Seniors to coordinate collection, distribution and some special appearances by the artists to deliver socks.

Concert attendees are encouraged to bring new, warm socks to the Jubilee Christmas Tour event in their area. Socks will be collected on-site at the concert and distributed to area seniors. For a complete listing of the Jubilee Christmas Tour dates – 12 Days of Christmas and ticket information, visit www.jubileechristmas.com.


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Trio Of The Year – 2014 Diamond Award Nominees

Written by Staff on October 3, 2014 – 6:49 am -

Diamond Awards 2014

Diamond Awards 2014

Creekside Gospel Music Convention is approaching quickly! The Diamond Awards are being held at Creekside Gospel Music Convention at Pigeon Forge on November 3rd through 6th. These Awards recognize the best in Southern, Country and Bluegrass Christian music and are hosted by SGNScoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group.

The Diamond Awards have a long history of being a gala event with surprise guests, great music and an evening of worship. We urge you to reserve your FREE tickets HERE

SGN Scoops would like you to meet our top-five finalists for each category of the 2014 Diamond Awards.

Rob Patz with Karen Peck and New River

Rob Patz with Karen Peck and New River

Today’s category is the Trio Of The Year, defined as a traditional group with three-part harmony.

Last year, we were happy to award the Booth Brothers.

The 2014 Nominees for Trio Of The Year are:

Karen Peck and New River

Booth Brothers

The Martins

Greater Vision

Jeff and Sheri Easter

The Diamond Awards are swiftly approaching. Reserve your free tickets today!


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SGN Scoops at NQC – Thursday

Written by Staff on September 26, 2014 – 9:21 am -

Singing News' Fan Awards Choir

Singing News’ Fan Awards Choir

Photographs by Craig Harris

Lauren Talley Alvey, Brian Free

Lauren Talley Alvey, Brian Free

The Isaacs

The Isaacs

Once again, SGN Scoops’ reporter Craig Harris gives us a look at the evening performances during the National Quartet Convention. Thursday’s events also included the Singing News’ Fan Awards.

Bill Shivers, Mike Rogers, Jeremy Lile-Brian Free and Assurance

Bill Shivers, Mike Rogers, Jeremy Lile-Brian Free and Assurance

The Taylors

The Taylors

 

Ed O'Neal of the Dixie Melody Boys

Ed O’Neal of the Dixie Melody Boys

 

Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision

Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision

Randy Shelnut Sr., George Shelton Jr. of the Dixie Echoes

Randy Shelnut Sr., George Shelton Jr. of the Dixie Echoes


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NQC KICKOFF CONCERT BREAKS ATTENDANCE RECORDS

Written by Staff on September 22, 2014 – 11:06 am -

nqcPigeon Forge, TN (Sept. 21, 2014) – The 57th annual NQC (National Quartet Convention) kicked off Sunday, September 21, 2014 with a record-breaking crowd at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN. Officials report attendance numbers more than doubling previous years records. An all-star line-up of artists – the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, the Hoppers, the Kingdom Heirs and the Mark Trammel Quartet – helped get Gospel Music’s largest annual event underway in grand style.
A full schedule of events for NQC week is available online atwww.NQConline.com.
PHOTOS COURTESY NQC – National Quartet Convention
Greater Vision

Greater Vision

Hoppers with Melissa Brady filling in for Connie Hopper

Hoppers with Melissa Brady filling in for Connie Hopper

Kingdom Heirs

Kingdom Heirs

Booth Brothers

Booth Brothers

Mark Trammell Quartet

Mark Trammell Quartet


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NQC KICKS OFF 2014 EVENT WITH SUNDAY EVENING BONUS CONCERT

Written by Staff on September 21, 2014 – 5:32 pm -

nqcFREE Live Webcast featuring the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, the Hoppers, the Kingdom Heirs and Mark Trammell Quartet

Pigeon Forge, TN Prepares For Largest Event in Cities History

As thousands of Gospel music fans began their journey to Pigeon Forge for the 2014 NQC, organizers are throwing a “welcome party” in the form of a special bonus concert featuring some of the biggest names in the industry.

Tonight, Sunday, September 21, 2014, at 6 PM EST, the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, the Hoppers, the Kingdom Heirs and the Mark Trammell Quartet will perform in a special kick-off bonus concert. The evening will be held at the site of the 2014 NQC, the LeConte Center.

The entire concert will be availabe via FREE LIVE webcast at www.NQConline.com.

Live webcast coverage of the NQC are available at www.NQConline.com and is the perfect way to enjoy the convention from the comfort of your own home.


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CATHEDRALS FAMILY REUNION LIVE Recordings Top the Week’s Sales Charts

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 17, 2014 – 9:12 am -

CATHEDRALS FAMILY REUNION LIVE Recordings Top the Week’s Sales Charts

Cathedrals Family Reuion Live

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—September 17th, 2014–The all-new Cathedrals Family Reunion, Past Members Reunite LIVE in Concert video debuted at #1 on this past week’s Christian Music Video chart and at #2 on the Billboard Music Video chart according to Nielsen SoundScan.  The audio version of the recording topped the Southern Gospel chart and landed at #25 on the Contemporary Christian chart.

Released by Gaither Music Group and Innovative Management and Consulting, LLC (IMC), the recordings capture the historical concerts that took place on November 8th and 9th, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas, at the MacGorman Performing Arts Center where five former members of the legendary Cathedrals combined voices to celebrate the group’s legacy and pay honor to its founders Glen Payne and George Younce.
The two-day event featured performances by tenor Ernie Haase and his GRAMMY®-nominated quartet Ernie Haase & Signature Sound; baritone Scott Fowler and Legacy Five (a group he co-founded after The Cathedrals retired); lead vocalist and piano player Gerald Wolfe and Greater Vision (the heralded trio he formed upon leaving the group); beloved baritone and bass player Mark Trammel and The Mark Trammel Quartet; and tenor Danny Funderburk, now a popular solo artist and household name among gospel music lovers.  The recordings, an encouraging walk down memory lane, are a tribute to group members Payne and Younce, two patriarchs and mentors who were an inspiration to countless singers for many decades.
The excitement about the recordings and the overwhelming response to the initial concerts in Texas has resulted in a national tour in six select markets organized by IMC in association with Showcase Management.  The tour will start this November in Akron, Ohio, the birthplace of the original Cathedral Quartet where it all began.
Produced by award-winning producer/songwriter Wayne Haun, the Cathedrals Family Reunion, Past Members Reunite LIVE in Concert CD contains classic hits such as “Wedding Music,” “Yesterday,” “Somebody Touched Me,” “Step into the Water,” “Oh, What a Savior,” “Champion of Love,” “We Shall See Jesus” and more.  The companion DVD, produced by IMC’s Landon Beene, contains 17 songs including additions “Oh, Come Along,” “We Shall Be Caught Up,” “Search Me O God” and more.
The new CD and DVD are part of a tv special airing this fall on Dish TV, DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN.  It will air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV; and the projects are featured in the current HOMECOMING Magazine.
The releases are distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and are available at retail and digital outlets worldwide including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com.  For more information on the event and/or to purchase tickets or product, please visit www.CathedralsFamilyReunion.com.
CATHEDRALS FAMILY REUNION Tour Dates:
Sept. 24, 2014 – Pigeon Forge, TN (Matinee preview performance)
Nov. 7-8, 2014 – Akron, OH
Nov. 14-15, 2014 – Fort Worth, TX
Jan. 15-16, 2015 – Orlando, FL
Apr. 24-25, 2015 – Denver, CO
Jul. 17-18, 2015 – Lancaster, PA
Oct. 9-10, 2015 – Branson, MO

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Tribute Quartet Unveils Daywind Debut

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 25, 2014 – 11:15 pm -

Tribute Quartet

Tribute Quartet

HENDERSONVILLE, TN (Aug. 26, 2014) – The debut project by the Tribute Quartet as a Daywind recording artist is being released today, “Journey of Hope.”

Tribute is a male quartet comprised of group manager and lead singer Gary Casto, baritone singer and pianist Josh Singletary, tenor singer Riley Harrison Clark and bass singer Anthony Davis.

“Journey of Hope” was molded by the group’s long-time producer, Roger Talley.

“Journey of Hope” is a collection of songs that resound the constant truth of the hope we have when concluding our journey of life,” says Tribute manager and lead singer Gary Casto. “We are very thankful to Daywind Records and our producer, Roger Talley, for shaping this recording into the theme we so unashamedly sing about.”

“Journey of Hope” is an 11-song project that includes an award-winning cast of songwriters such as Kenna West, Lee Black, Michael Farren, Marcia Henry, Sue C. Smith, Kyla Rowland, Mary Funderburk, Caleb Collins, Dianne Wilkinson, Rebecca J. Peck, Terry Franklin, Barbara Franklin, Ricky Free and Tony Wood.

The group – which joined the Daywind family earlier this year – has produced top-charting hits such as “Homecoming Day,” “Homesick Angel” and “Good News From Jerusalem,” a No. 1 song.

“Tribute has been on a steady rise toward the top of the Southern Gospel

Music industry since its inception, and this recording will propel the group’s climb,’” explains Daywind president Ed Leonard. “With hit after hit already under its belt, we believe that the group has more chart-toppers to come on ‘Journey of Hope.’ Tribute Quartet delivers these songs with a sincerity and an energy that allows the wonderful messages in these great songs to come alive. We can’t wait to hear the reactions from the fans to what we believe is the group’s best effort yet.”

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including The Browders, The Nelons, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, The Bowling Family, Joseph Habedank, The Hoskins Family and Wilburn & Wilburn. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Select-O-Hits, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes. For more information, visit www.daywindrecords.com  or contact Amanda Martin at publicity@daywind.com.

For more information on the group, visit Tribute Quartet’s web site at www.tributequartet.com.


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Zach and Rodney, Greater Vision Featured on this Week’s Harmony Road TV Program

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 22, 2014 – 9:27 am -

Harmony Road

Harmony Road

Signal Mountain, TN – This week’s Harmony Road program includes a mix of artists including a singer/songwriter, top family groups, an award winning trio and a country gospel duet. Music is from Zach and Rodney with “Cookes and Hinsons”, “My Name is Lazarus” from Greater Vision along with the Rochesters and their touching song “My Fathers Eyes”. The program also features Mark Bishop and one of his signature hits “Can I Pray for You?” and the Hoppers with the timely “Jerusalem”.

Hosted by Les Butler, Harmony Road, a weekly southern gospel television program, is now available to over 80 million homes nationwide through networks, local TV stations, ROKU, DirecTV, and a mobile app.  The program is also streamed from several locations.  Information on Harmony Road and its affiliates can be found at www.harmonyroadtv.com.  Viewers can also interact with the program on Facebook at Harmony Road TV and on twitter @harmonyroadtv.

This week’s program originates from Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse Resort in Monteagle, Tennessee.  For information on the Smokehouse and its amenities, go to www.thesmokehouse.com.

Harmony Road is produced and distributed by Harmony Road Productions and features the best in Southern Gospel music and video. It can be found each week on The Heartland NetworkThe NRB Network (including DirectTV, streaming and mobile app), WATC57 in Atlanta, WGNM-TV in Macon, WYBU-TV in Columbus, GA/Phoenix City, AL.  Also find the program on the WALKtv network (including ROKU), Harmony Gospel in Greeneville, SC,  DCT3in Middle Tennessee, TV24 in Anniston/Gadsden, Charter Cable in Clarksville, Cookeville/Crossville, Sevier County, Lebanon and Jackson, TN and  WMJN29 in Decatur/Athens/Cullman, AL  .


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Fast Five With Rodney Griffin On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 18, 2014 – 1:47 pm -

Rodney Griffin

Rodney Griffin

We asked Rodney Griffin What are the top 5 things you do when you are off from singing?

1. Spending time with Regina, Reagan & Riley
2. Taking my family to Wednesday night church
3. Spending time with Mom & Dad
4. Mowing
5. Bass fishing :)

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