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Written by Staff on September 28, 2019 – 2:29 pm -

Tribute QuartetDaywind Records presents the release of the brand new project from beloved Southern Gospel supergroup Tribute QuartetLiving The Stories. This is the first project to feature new tenor, Gus Gaches.

Complete with ten (10) specially chosen songs, Living The Stories is a beautiful collection of songs that each tell a story that listeners are sure to enjoy. The first single, “The Healer Hasn’t Lost His Touch” hit radio waves at the beginning of September and is quickly becoming a fan favorite.

TributeTribute Quartet celebrated the release of the new album during the 2019 National Quartet Convention at a special release party. Fans from all around the country gathered in celebration of the new album.

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Adam Crabb, Amber Nelon Thompson, the Blackwood Brothers, the Bowling Family, Brian Free & Assurance, Greater Vision, Hoppers, Jason Crabb, Jim & Melissa Brady, Jonathan Wilburn, Joseph Habedank, Karen Peck & New River, Legacy Five, Mark Lowry, Michael Booth, Michael English, the Nelons, Riley Harrison Clark, and the Tribute Quartet. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors and the Orchard, covering all major physical and digital outlets.

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Tribute Quartet: Uniting the past, present and future of Southern gospel

Written by Staff on June 12, 2019 – 11:37 am -

Tribute Heritage and tradition is incredibly important in the Southern gospel music field. The quartets of today often look to groups of old for inspiration, while putting their own spin on their style of music. One of the groups leading the way is fittingly named Tribute Quartet. This dynamic quartet, founded in 2006 by Gary Casto and Josh Singletary, honors those who have come before and is dedicated to sharing the Gospel through their music. Their mission statement is simple: “preserving the heritage and promoting the future of gospel music.”


Gary Casto of Tribute

Gary Casto

Tribute Quartet will be celebrating their 13th year in full time Southern gospel music this year. Over the years, this powerhouse group has been delighting fans with their energetic style, humor, courtesy of Josh Singletary, and the message of the Gospel via incredible songs. The current lineup is comprised of lead singer and founder Gary Casto, baritone and pianist Josh Singletary, bass singer Anthony Davis, and the newest member, tenor Gus Gaches.


Casto has been singing full time in gospel music for 36 years and his classic lead voice has captivated audiences all over the country. He also serves as the group’s emcee at their concerts.

Josh Singletary of Tribute

Josh Singletary

Josh Singletary has been singing in gospel music for 18 years. His unique, crooner- style voice adds a great dynamic to the group, as does his crazy sense of humor. Anthony Davis has been with the group since 2011, for eight years of experience in Southern gospel music. His smooth bass voice has cemented him as one of the most popular bass singers on the road today. Gus Gaches is no stranger to Southern gospel music, having traveled with both the LeFevre Quartet and Legacy Five. Gaches, who joined the group in January, has 19 years of experience and has become a fan favorite tenor.


Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

These talented vocalists are inspired by many of Southern gospel music’s finest. Casto states, “To name them all would take a novel. We all have a vast variety of musical influences. But the group as a whole has influences from the Cathedrals, Wilburns, and Statesmen, to the Imperials, Oak Ridge Boys, and a plethora of others.”

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Saying goodbye to songwriter Annette Herndon

Written by Staff on August 14, 2018 – 3:59 pm -

Annette Herndon

Annette Herndon

Gospel singer-songwriter Annette Herndon has won her battle with cancer and has entered the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

SGNScoops received the following on Monday, Aug. 13, from Gus Gaches of Song Garden Music Group:

Gus Gaches of Song Garden Music Group talks about Annette Herndon

Gus Gaches of Song Garden Music Group talks about Annette Herndon

My heart is heavy. I learned yesterday that Annette had passed away.

We have been working on an incredible new project for her that consisted of songs that she wrote while walking through her ongoing battle with cancer. My heart is heavy because I know she wanted to see the completion of this project before going home to Heaven.

The message in the songs is simply incredible, and she wanted so much to share that with others who were walking where she had walked. That is the perfect example of who Annette was, that in the middle of her struggle her thoughts were on helping others with theirs!

People like that don’t come along very often, and I am so honored to have known her and worked with her. She will truly be missed.

Please pray for her husband Harold and the rest of her family as they walk thru these next few days.

Fay Edens, friend of Annette Herndon

Fay Edens

Herndon’s friend, Faye Edens, submitted the following:

Annette Herndon

Annette Herndon

Obituary for Mrs. Annette McElhannon Herndon

Mrs. Annette McElhannon Herndon, age 54, of Bethlehem, Georgia, entered her Savior’s presence on August 11, 2018. A native and lifelong resident of Barrow County, Annette was a graduate of Winder-Barrow High School’s class of 1981. A member of Bear Creek First Baptist Church, she was a Christian speaker, song writer and publisher. Annette was active in the Homeless Shelter Ministry and was the founder of Encouraging Today’s Women.
Surviving are Husband, Harold Herndon of Bethlehem, Georgia; Sons and Daughters-in-law, Weston and Rachel Herndon of Bethlehem, Georgia, Christopher and Maegan Herndon of Statham, Georgia; Grandchildren, Lilly Herndon and Nicholas Herndon; Parents, Jerry and Joyce Mobley McElhannon of Bethlehem, Georgia; Brother and Sister-in-law, Tim and Jeanette McElhannon of Bethlehem, Georgia.
The family will receive friends Monday, August 13, 2018 from 6:00 P. M. until 8:00 P. M. at Carter Funeral Home. A Funeral Service is scheduled for Tuesday at 11:00 A. M. at Bear Creek First Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny Wright and Rev. Steve Ray officiating. Interment will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens. Flowers are welcomed, or memorials may be made to Bear Creek First Baptist Church, 1786 Georgia Highway 82, Winder, Georgia 30680.

Faye Edens also sent us the following expository on the life of this much-loved lady:

Annette HerndonAnnette’s life is a pilgrimage of the pursuit for God’s own heart. Born into a strong Christian family with solid beliefs, she was taught the scriptures and accepted Jesus Christ as a child.  

Professionally trained in music from the age of nine, Annette first experienced the use of her talent as a church pianist.  It wasn’t uncommon for her to accompany singing groups or soloists while the other children were playing.  She later served as a Music Director for five years and was pianist for the Sonlight Singers Southern gospel quartet.  

A young wife and mother at the age of 20, Annette prayed for God to use her to be a witness for Him. She never imagined God would use the PTL Club, a Christian TV program, to start her on a journey of serving God with a music ministry.  It was through one of the programs that God prompted her to pray and ask for His anointing and guidance to write a song. 

Since then, Herndon has written hundreds of songs, the Hope for Today 10 Week Devotional and recorded 19 projects. Her challenging lyrics and worshipful music has encouraged listeners all across the world to open their hearts to God. 

Annette has become a skilled writer and her love for the Lord is portrayed through the lyrical content of her songs.  Annette is owner of Annette Herndon Publishers and MyRapha Music. Many groups and soloists across the country are singing and recording Annette’s songs.  Annette is a member of the Song Garden Music Group record label based in Nashville, Tenn. 

Annette served as Administrator for Come Alive Ministries, a local Crisis Pregnancy Center in Winder, Geogia, for two years before resigning in November 2001. She then served on their Board of Directors before resigning in 2010.  

Annette has written and recorded two pro-life songs and “Memories” was included on a GRTL promotional CD and adopted as the theme song for the Georgia chapter of Silent No More.  Annette has sung at the Georgia State Capital on several occasions, and in one of which, the then Governor Sonny Perdue was in attendance.

Annette hosted the Voice of Truth TV program on WCTV in Winder, Georgia until May 2010. Other TV appearances include TBN Atlanta Georgia, Day Star Christian Television Ashland Kentucky, Dove Christian Broadcasting Greenville South Carolina, WTCT Global Television Marion Illinois and Nashville Tennessee, WATCTV 57 Atlanta, Georgia, Living Faith TV Abingdon Virginia, TV 49 Augusta Georgia, UC TV 3 Ft. Oglethorpe Georgia and several video shows aired on Gospel Music Television, North Georgia Gospel and the Country Gospel Network. 

Annette HerndonAnnette has enjoyed Southern Gospel charting success for several songs including “None but Jesus,” which held its place in the Singing News for four months and her music can be heard on radio worldwide.  Music recognitions include a top 10 nomination for a Diamond Award in the Female Soloist category and two nominations from the Emerald Coast Southern Gospel Music Association, for “Revived”-Album of the Year, and “None but Jesus”-Song of the Year.

In 2002, Annette accepted the call to begin a women’s ministry and founded Encouraging Today’s Women. Annette and her husband, Harold, host an annual event called “A Day of Encouragement,” in their local community, where women can come and receive most anything they need but most importantly they are filled with spiritual inspiration and the word of God. She has become a much sought-after speaker and singer for lady’s events in churches. 

In 2008, Annette wrote, “Hope for Today,” a ten-week devotional to accompany her CD entitled, “Songs of Hope.”

In 2011, Annette started ministering to women in Homeless Shelters. The second Tuesday night of every month, she has ‘Ladies Night Out’ meetings with women at the Salvation Army Homeless Shelter in Athens, Georgia, where she gives the women personal hygiene products.  She has the privilege of leading many women to the saving grace of God and encouraging many more through this ministry.  She also ministered to women at the Walton County Correctional Institute in Monroe, Georgia, for six years and ministers at the women’s state prison in Alto, Georgia, on occasion.

In 2014, along with help from Babbie Mason, Annette co-wrote ten songs with Mr. Marlin Harris, III for “The Beatitudes Life” CD.  Marlin is the author of “Let the Beatitudes Be My Attitude in You” book and bible study.

In 2015, Annette and Harold started the “Encouraging Today’s Women” 30-minute radio program heard Sunday mornings on WJBB 107.1 FM, locally and through the internet. 

In June 2016, Annette was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.  She continues to be a fighter and survivor today! God has brought her a long way and she gives Him all the glory!

In April 2018, Annette is going back to the studio to record her latest CD for Song Garden Music Group.

Annette and Harold are active members at Bear Creek First Baptist Church in Winder, Georgia. Together they are a team serving the Lord in this beautiful ministry that He has entrusted to them.  


All of us at SGNScoops extend our sympathies and prayers to the family and friends of Annette Herndon.

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Song Garden Fall Retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Written by Staff on November 15, 2017 – 4:10 pm -

Song Garden Fall Retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Song Garden Fall Retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains

A Weekend of Music and Relaxation in the Majestic Blue Ridge Mountains   


NASHVILLE, TN, November 15, 2017 – Gus Gaches will host the very first Song Garden Summit to be held October 26-28, 2018 at Ridgecrest Conference Center just east of Asheville, North Carolina.  This three day conference event will feature music and unique activities providing attendees a chance to get away from the routine and stress of life in a location where they can really experience the beauty of fall.


Song Garden Summit takes seven artists and combines them into a memorable weekend experience in an area that boasts one of the longest and most vibrant fall color seasons in the nation. In addition to concert times, attendees will enjoy contests, games, hiking, fellowship and laughter along with an intimate time around the campfire each night.  The campus at Ridgecrest encompasses 1,300 acres to explore and is conveniently located off of Interstate 40, less than a day’s drive from over 15 states.  


Song Garden“We are very excited about the level of enthusiasm we have received from the artists, sponsors and attendees for this unique weekend event,” said Gus Gaches.  “We look forward to providing a weekend where folks can relax and renew, make memories that will linger throughout the year and leave with lasting friendships.”


The conference event pass includes admission to five sessions, two nights lodging and four meals on campus.  For more information or to register for the conference event please visit:   

  Song Garden       

About Song Garden Music Group:  Song Garden Music Group is a record label with the belief that a group of people who share the same vision and goals, who choose to come together for a common purpose, who work and “plant” together, can then “grow” and “reap” together, and accomplish great things. To learn more about the label visit:

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Song Garden Music Group is thrilled to welcome The Mark Dubbeld Family!

Written by Staff on February 19, 2017 – 4:15 pm -

Song Garden Music Group is thrilled to welcome The Mark Dubbeld Family!

Song Garden Music Group is thrilled to welcome The Mark Dubbeld Family!

Song Garden Music Director Gus Gaches says, “I was first introduced to their music at NQC by Rick Webb. He said I really needed to hear them, and he was right! I love their sound, their energy, and their heart for ministry. As you well know, we at The Garden are very big on heart, and The Mark Dubbeld Family is built on it. From their harmonies and their enthusiasm on stage, to the incredible writing ability that Janene shares, The Mark Dubbeld Family gives their very best in sharing the message of the gospel.”

Formed in 2011, the group is based out of Moneta Virginia, and are renowned for inspired originally penned songs, family harmony, and a sincere desire to communicate the Gospel through their music and testimony. They have been making a significant impact in Gospel Music and impacting lives with a song to sing, a word to write, and a call to answer.
The Family consists of Mark and Janene along with their children, Elena 20 years, Channing 15 years and Britton 12 years old. Each of them play an active role in the ministry.

They have been featured artists at National Quartet Convention since 2013, and have been featured on The Gospel Greats as Spotlight Artists in 2015 and 2016.

The Dubbeld’s music has been played around the world on XM Radio and Gospel Radio, garnering them six Top 40 singles, and in 2013 they were named as one of the Top 10 Artists to watch.

Their ministry takes them across the Nation with over 175 appearances each year ranging from concerts, to Church venues and events.

Mark Dubbeld states, “It is our privilege to be part of the Song Garden Family of Artists. We are thrilled to be teaming up with music professionals who have ministry focused minds and hearts. We believe this partnership will allow God to open broader doors and expand the ministry to which He has called us.”

Gus says, “We at Song Garden are so thrilled to be partnering in ministry with this family, and we look forward to sharing their incredible music and message with everyone.”

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Jim Brady Trio undergoes changes

Written by Staff on March 14, 2016 – 3:38 pm -

Jim Brady Trio At SiriusXM

Jim Brady Trio At SiriusXM

Charting trio, Jim Brady Trio  is experiencing the first change after almost 15 months on the road.

Gus Gaches

Gus Gaches

Tim Parton, vocalist and pianist, has departed the group. Gus Gaches,  formerly of Legacy Five,  is currently filling in.

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Gus Gaches Named Song Garden Music Group Director

Written by Staff on March 6, 2016 – 5:38 pm -

Gus Gaches

Gus Gaches

Song Garden Music Begins New Era

Chesapeake, VA, March 4, 2016 – Song Garden Music Group announces the appointment of Gus Gaches as director. Gus brings an unparalleled depth of experience in the music industry along with personal insight and knowledge from both, artist and production vantages. Utilizing award winning talent and creativity, as director, he has already begun to implement his vision of innovative ideas for Song Garden Music Group and their artists in order to set them apart from other record labels.

Song Garden Music Group owners, Dale, Lynn, and Marilyn Keffer, expressed their gratitude to the Rick Webb Family for their efforts in running Song Garden. “The Webbs have worked tirelessly to help us, but with the growth that their ministry has experienced they were simply unable to continue the day to day operations of the company” says Marilyn. “We are grateful for their assistance in this transition, and we are thrilled that they will continue to call Song Garden Music home for their wonderful family music ministry.”

The Keffers are also pleased with their choice of appointment. Marilyn comments, “Gus brings a fresh perspective to both the label and artists alike with a mind-set that formulates the big picture and long term growth. His heart to serve the Lord and passion for people are known throughout the music industry. We are blessed to have him accept the position of director.”

The record label has been redefined with a new face and formula. Gus explains, “We want to do our best not to be the typical ‘label’. Our goal is to build a community of artists who understand the value of helping each other and working together for a common goal. We have restructured everything from the ground up, and we are introducing new and exciting programs which will assist, educate, and help our artists as they grow their ministries. From simple things like offering financing for our artists to record, to programs which will help bring them much needed exposure and credibility. These efforts will allow our artists to experience real and needed growth. As our slogan says we are “sowing with purpose, growing with love”.

About Song Garden Music Group: Song Garden Music Group is a record label with the belief that a group of people who share the same vision and goals, who choose to come together for a common purpose, who work and “plant” together, can then “grow” and “reap” together, and accomplish great things for the Kingdom. To learn more about Song Garden Music Group visit their website: or contact them at (615) 294-2866.

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Matt Fouch interviews Gus Gaches in On The Couch With Fouch

Written by Staff on November 12, 2015 – 4:01 pm -

Legacy Five with Gus Gaches

Legacy Five with Gus Gaches

Thank you so much for watching today’s video. This is a special video for the month of November. Gus is the former tenor singer for Legacy Five and I had a great opportunity to interview him a couple weeks before he left. He takes this opportunity to personally thank everyone and it is a wonderful way to hear from Gus about what he will be doing in the future. Thank you for watching and thanks for following On the Couch With Fouch

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Legacy Five Announces New Tenor

Written by Staff on October 9, 2015 – 6:27 pm -

Legacy Five

Legacy Five

Recently, Legacy Five’s long-time tenor, Gus Gaches, announced his resignation from the popular quartet. Group manager Scott Fowler announced the replacement for Gaches this week. Josh Feemster was re-introduced to the Southern Gospel music world by a video in which Fowler brought Feemster to the forefront, posted this week on the Legacy Five Facebook page.

Josh Feemstra and Family. Legacy Five Facebook page

Josh Feemstra and Family. Legacy Five Facebook page

Today Legacy Five posted a picture on their website that introduced Feemster’s family. The caption stated, “Introducing Josh, Brandy, Joshua and Beasley Feemster. Josh will start singing tenor on November 6 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.”

Josh Feemster was well-known during his stint with Mercy’s Mark for the song, “Something’s Happening.” His resume also includes time with N’Harmony and in church ministry.

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Gus Gaches to leave Legacy Five

Written by Staff on August 26, 2015 – 5:47 am -

Gus Gaches to leave Legacy Five

Gus Gaches to leave Legacy Five

(August 26, 2015) Scott Fowler of Legacy Five made this post on Facebook today:

Day three of major Legacy Five announcements.

It is with sadness that we have to let you know that our tenor, Gus Gaches will be departing Legacy Five after more than five and a half years with us.

Gus states that, “singing tenor in a southern gospel group is a very demanding job vocally. The reality is that it has become increasingly more rigorous for me over the past several months because of severe allergies and vocal fatigue. I have sought much assistance from doctors and voice teachers alike and cannot seem to find a lasting solution to these nagging vocal issues. When I started this Legacy Five season of my life, I thanked Scott Fowler for hiring me. I move into the next chapter of my life thanking Scott Fowler for allowing me to be a part of this great group for over five years. I also want to thank the Legacy Five Family, those who follow, love and support Legacy Five, for their love support and gifts to me and my family.”

Legacy Five

Legacy Five

Scott Fowler says, “Everyone on this bus respects and appreciates Gus and his heart. He has been a great asset to the ministry of Legacy Five and he has been such an easy and delightful person to travel with. The only times that I ever saw Gus upset was anytime the Nashville Predators failed to advance in the play-offs….seriously…the guy never gets mad. Gus has a beautiful voice and we pray that with continued treatment and some time off, he will continue to sing in a less taxing capacity than this position demands. The voice is the one instrument that you cannot simply go to the store and purchase. As such, we all have to take great care of the one voice God has given us. Gus and his family are precious people and we wish them all the best as they enter the next season of their lives.”

Gus will continue to travel with Legacy Five for a yet to be determined amount of time while Legacy Five begins the search for the tenor that will replace him. Please keep the Gaches family in your prayers as they seek God in this new season of their lives, and please pray for Legacy Five, as they seek God’s provision for the right person to minister with them.

If you are interested in auditioning for Legacy Five, you may contact Scott Fowler at

In Day One of big announcements, Scott Fowler said they have acquired two new team members. The first one to be introduced was David Keel, Legacy Five’s new driver.

Yesterday, Fowler reported that they have hired a new sound person, Blake McAllister.

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