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Hey Y’all Media Adds Westward Road To Its Roster

Written by scoopsnews on March 26, 2019 – 5:32 am -

Ellisville, Mississippi Vonda Armstrong and  Hey Y’all Media announce agreement of radio promotions with very popular and talented trio, “Westward Road.”

Regarding the group, Vonda Armstrong states, ” I’ve been watching this group grow for the last couple of years. Their music and ministry is phenomenal and I am very excited to be their “cheerleader” for radio.

Westward Road is an exciting and dynamic family trio from Indianapolis, IN. They have been singing together as Westward Road since 2014 and absolutely love worshiping and spreading the love of God.

Westward Road has a style all their own. Their new take on gospel music along with their smooth family harmonies will have audiences of all ages falling in love with this fun and energetic trio.

“This Is The Lamb”

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A Visit With The Connells

Written by scoopsnews on February 3, 2019 – 9:38 am -

We recently got to chat with this amazing family group from Anniston Alabama.

We asked:

For each member: What is your favorite activity when you are off the road? 

Chris: I enjoy camping and spending some quality time with my family. I have also enjoyed preaching and sharing the gospel for over thirty years.

Karen: Reading, Facebook (keeping in touch with family and friends old and new.) I enjoy watching the Food Network, but it hasn’t helped my efforts in the kitchen yet; some sketching, and I’d like to learn more about photography.

Hannah: I like to read, shop, and go on adventures with my family.

Heather: I love to watch old Hollywood movies.

These guys have recently released a new song to radio entitled, “When Fear Overtakes My Faith.”  Karen’s recent health battle which led to her liver transplant was difficult for the family and they lived the message of their current single.

Karen added, “While recovering from my  transplant, I feel like I learned a lot of things and benefitted from it for more than just a new liver. I gained a whole new appreciation for those around me from family to the medical experts including all those in between. I learned that God is always speaking to us if we’ll just listen and realize that He can use an older hospital janitor to deliver a message to you (true story!) as well as He can use a mega church pastor. Sometimes not even a “body” at all. You just KNOW if you’re listening for him. Another thing I learned is compassion. I always thought I was compassionate before, but beyond the “I’ll be praying,” to “God be with Joe;” that was about it. Throughout my illness, surgery, and recovery so many people have reached out to us, putting feet on their prayers. I’ve been humbled at the generosity and sincerity of so many. My prayer is that I would be SINCERELY compassionate and do more than recite a small prayer out of duty. My personal goal is to live a healthier lifestyle, take the best care possible of my liver, to be able to actually enjoy being active with my family, to cherish the remaining time my girls are at home, and to eventually see sons-in-law, grandbabies, and Disney World a few more times.”

The Connells will be appearing at Southern Gospel Weekend.

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Find out more about the Connells HERE.


Here’s a video of the song.


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Hey Y’all Media Welcomes REIGN DOWN

Written by scoopsnews on December 26, 2018 – 11:54 am -

Ellisville, MS (12-25-2018) Vonda Easley and  Hey Y’all Media announce agreement of radio promotions with very talented quartet, Reign Down from Florida. Regarding the single, Vonda Easley states, “I am honored and excited to do radio for these guys. I believe this song will touch hearts.”

“ The Last Man Standing”, written by Dianne Wilkinson,  will be on the next compilation disc coming out in January.

Hey Ya'll Media

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Hey Y’all Media Adds Charley Lucas

Written by scoopsnews on September 24, 2018 – 4:26 pm -

Heflin, AL (September 24tb ) – Vonda Easley and  Hey Y’all Media announce agreement of radio promotions with very talented soloist, Charley Lucas from Cleveland, Mississippi. The signing took place at The National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee today.

 Regarding the single, Vonda Easley states, “We are honored and excited to do radio promotions for Charley. He is a very talented singer and loves singing for the Lord.”

The single  will be on the next compilation disc coming out in November.

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Exciting News For Hey Y’all Media

Written by scoopsnews on September 5, 2018 – 6:01 am -

Vonda Easley, President and CEO of Hey Y’all Media welcomes Alicia Estis to the staff. Alicia lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with her husband and four children. She is a singer/songwriter and co-owner of gospel female trio, Mercy Fell.  She truly has a passion for Gospel Music and desires to encourage and support fellow artists in their ministries. Easley states, “We are so excited to have Alicia on board. This addition is going to allow more services for the artists. We are blessed, humbled, and honored at God’s blessings here at Hey Y’all Media.”

In addition to radio promotion, Hey Y’all Media will now offer graphic design, copyright assistance, and publishing. 

For more information on Hey Y’all Media, visit

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Written by scoopsnews on August 11, 2018 – 7:39 am -

Welcome to the latest edition of SGN Scoops Fast Five. Recently we tracked down Doug Corum and gave him our Fast Five quiz. Now we all can learn a little more about this gifted Gospel singer! Doug makes his home in Stoneville, North Carolina.

1. Tell us how and when your ministry began.
Reign and Fire Ministries came together about three years ago as a result of God causing the paths to cross of three “misfits” saved by the blood of Jesus Christ.  Joshua Patterson and his wife Wendy had just come to our church, Saving Grace Ministries. Josh was the assistant pastor at that time and Wendy and I just seemed to speak the same language when it came to music. We would attend church services together and often stay late just talking about how the Spirit had moved in the church during the service and how we wanted to spread the gospel beyond the walls of our church. Pretty soon God began to open doors that would lead us to minister to folks that I believe could best relate to us, due to our own past mistakes and shortcomings. We just try to keep things simple and straight from God’s word and the Holy Spirit takes care of everything else.
After the founding pastor of Saving Grace Ministries, Gary Grubbs, passed away, Josh became the senior pastor. That did slow things down some as far as opportunities for all three of us to go out and minister. I have done my best to push forward with Reign and Fire Ministries to carry the gospel of Jesus Christ through any and all open doors to bring glory to the name of Jesus and see souls saved.

2. At what age did you feel God calling you into the ministry?
I have felt like God gifted me with a special talent since I was very young. I started singing solos in church when I was four and playing ukulele and guitar when I was seven. I sang all through high school and college and music was a huge priority in my life. However it wasn’t until the Holy Spirit began to make a change inside of me to make Jesus the number one priority in my life, that I began to understand what God’s calling on my life was truly about. I remember the Spirit waking me up around 3:00 am one morning . I started listening to music on youtube and soon found myself watching and listening to Gerald Crabb preach. I clicked through several of his videos and they all seemed to speak to me a message that was loud and clear: “Go! And don’t look back because faith doesn’t have a back up plan, a plan B, or a lifeboat waiting behind you just in case you fail.”

At 42 years old, sitting in my garage at 3:00 am in the morning, I asked God to give me the strength, courage, wisdom, and the necessary resources, to make the best record that I could make, and to guide me wherever He would have me to go to sing and tell people about Jesus. This was a huge step outside of my comfort zone but the only way that I knew I could fully understand and submit to God’s calling. At that point I knew I would be fine even if I failed big for Jesus but I couldn’t live with the regret of not knowing in my heart that I had given Him my very best effort.

I walked away from a 20 year career working in various human services roles. I had worked as an addictions counselor, a child protective services investigator, and as a school social worker. I truly believe that God is going to use all of those experiences I have had, to connect with people of all walks of life to see souls won and to let people know that there is always hope, if they keep their eyes on Jesus.

3. Tell us about your current radio single.
My current radio single is called, “Don’t Let the Devil Ride.” It was released to radio by Hey Ya’ll Media. This is a song that my pastor and I ran across and used to joke about it because it made us want to dance or move to the groove a little, but as the time came to decide which songs would be recorded on my debut album “Jesus is with Me,” this song was so different that it made the final cut. I sing hard and I love to sing in the Spirit, so this song seemed to fit me well. Praise God that the battle is His and the victory is ours, as we are no match for the devil without the blood of Jesus. I recall so many times in my own walk when a tiny compromise allowed the old devil right in and before you know it, the devil wants to drive and control your thoughts and actions, steering you away from God and into the darkness. Its a fun song with a very serious message.

4. Share your testimony.
When I was 13 years old, I lived with my grandparents because my parents had seperated and it was the only place that I could live and stay on a good schedule to attend school. I was an only child and just had to grow up really fast at age 13. My grandparents lived about a half mile up the road from a church and I would walk to church every time the doors opened with several of my neighborhood friends. I wish I could say it was all about the good preaching we heard and the choir music, but to be honest, it was the only thing we had to do, and the only place in walking distance that we got to see a lot of pretty girls that were our age. We had a great youth group of about 25 kids and very godly man, Hylton Webb, was our youth leader. I got saved and was baptised at age 13, there at Osborne Baptist Church. I have often thought back about the friends and fun we had in that youth group and now I can see how God used that youth group to keep many of us safe from the world. As I grew up and finished high school, I went on to be the first person from my family to graduate from a university. In 1997, I graduated from Appalachain State University in Boone, N.C. and moved back home to Eden, N.C. to go to work and settle down. I met my wife Vickie, and we were married in 2003. Before we were married we had started to attend Trinity Wesleyan Church. I led worship at Trinity for nearly 14 years before our pastor Wayne Johnson passed unexpectedly from a heart attack. In those 14 years we had gotten married in that church, adopted our two daughters who were dedicated and baptised in that church, and many other good memories were made there. After Wayne passed, God had a different plan for us as a family. We had already been down a very difficult road with our youngest daughter as she delt with severe emotional issues as a result of severe neglect prior to us adopting her. We had been through countless hopsitalizations with her and our home life was turned upside down. Before I knew it, I was drinking really bad in an effort to block out the pain and feelings of worthlessness. I had exhausted myself trying to figure out what it would take to fix our daughter and fix our family. Being a luke warm Christian is one of the most dangerous places that anyone can be. I look back now and if I had died during those 14 years that I impersonated a praise and worship leader, I would have been bound straight to a devil’s hell!
God moved us on to another church, Saving Grace Ministries,  that we now call home. I reconnected with pastor Gary Grubbs who was a close friend from back in my much wilder days. Gary used to get me into the bars and clubs to play music when I was a teenager. The Lord had changed Gary and called him to preach. We would often joke that Pastor Gary used to get me into the clubs and now he was trying to make sure that I stayed my course to get into Heaven. On November 15, 2015, my wife and I, along with our oldest daughter, went to the altar and I asked Pastor Gary to anoint me on behalf of our youngest daughter who was in the hopsital. I also asked Gary to pray that the Lord would remove every seed of doubt from my faith. A change took place inside of me that day that I cannot explain. The Lord delivered me from drinking and listening to any worldy music. The Lord gave me His strength and helped me to stand even when we were getting terrible news from the hospital concerning our daughter. There were so many days and nights that all I could do was pray and cry out to God to help us as a family, to touch our child and calm the rage that was going on inside of her spirit. Through it all God never failed us! I can remember getting calls from counselors at the facility where our daughter was being treated, and they were basically stating that there was no hope of her ever living outside of an institution. I would hang up and pray that God would make a way. Praise God He did! On April 20, 2018, we picked our daughter up and we arrived at home at 2:00 am on April 21, 2018, on her 15th birthday. I praise God today for the trials and the valleys that He had to bring me through for me to see how much I desperately need Him everyday. I really don’t know how I used to make it through a single day without Jesus being number one my life. Not just the obvious things, but every ounce of that old man had to die before I could become the man that God wants me to be today. I had known Jesus as my Savior since I was 13 years old, but it really came down to making Jesus the Lord of my life, trusting Him with every aspect of my life that placed me on the solid rock that I stand on today. Praise God for the precious blood of Jesus that paid my sin debt in full on the cross at Calvary. Nothing is impossible if you believe and trust in the finished work of the cross.

5. If our readers would like to book you or purchase product, how can they do that?
Feel free to call me directly (336) 613-8796, or email me through the website for booking or other related questions.
CDs can be purchased through iTunes, CDBaby, or through the website.


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Hey Ya’ll Media To Celebrate #1 Song With Eagle’s Wings At Creekside 2018

Written by scoopsnews on August 10, 2018 – 4:25 am -



Heflin, Alabama 08-10-2017

Hey Ya’ll Media and Eagle’s Wings will be celebrating their first “Number 1 Song” at Creekside 2018. The song, King Jesus will be performed by the group for all in attendance. The song Charted in the Singing News Bluegrass Chart at #1 for the month of September. In addition, the song charted on the SGN Scoops Southern Gospel Chart.

“I am excited to see the success they are having on radio across the nation. Radio loves them and so do the fans,” stated Vonda Easley, Hey Ya’ll Media .

For more information on Eagle’s Wings  visit FACEBOOK

Hey Ya’ll Media  is home to such great artists as Josh and Ashley Franks, The Bibletones, Jordan’s Bridge, and many more.

Hey Ya'll Media

Everyone is invited. Please RSVP to: The party will take place on Thursday November 1 at 3 pm in the Showcase Hall.

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Creekside welcomes Media to Appreciation Night

Written by Staff on July 11, 2018 – 10:36 am -

Media Appreciation Night at Creekside 2018

Media Appreciation Night at Creekside 2018

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. ( 2018) – Vonda Easley, of Hey Y’all Media, invites all media present at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention to a special Media Appreciation Night. This private media-only event will be held after the evening concert on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Vonda Easley would like to treat all media representatives to pizza in the showcase venue following the concert.

Memorial Day Edition Of The Strictly Country Show With Vonda Easley

Vonda Easley

“We are so excited at the number of DJs and media personnel that are making plans to be with us at Creekside 2018,” says Easley. “We just wanted to show each one that their participation in the outreach of our music does not go unnoticed. You are appreciated!”

Media expecting to be present are asked to call Hey Y’all Media to register. Please call (256) 310–7892 or email to let Easley know you are planning on attending this event.

Creekside 2018

Creekside 2018

Creekside features musical showcases, evening concerts, the Jerry Goff Honors, Thea 2018 Diamond Awards and the Red Back Hymnal Choir. Midnight prayer is also planned for each evening.

For more information on Creekside 2018, visit or VIP tickets can still be obtained by calling Rob Patz at 360.933.0741 or emailing

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Tonja Rose Celebrates Chart Debut & New Album Release

Written by scoopsnews on June 8, 2018 – 9:39 am -

(Pictured: Album Cover for ‘Me, Jesus & The Highway’ – High Rez 3000×3000 Available Upon Request)

Franklin, TN (June 8th, 2018) – July will be a special month for Tonja Rose and BlueGrass Valley / Mansion Entertainment as there will not only be a chart debut single but the debut of a new album.

“When The Mountain Can’t Be Moved” will debut in the Singing News Bluegrass Gospel Top 10 for the month of July. The single was released prior to the completion of Tonja’s new album and was co-written by Tonja and John Mathis. The idea for the song began through an exchange of emails before the concept of doing an album was conceived. The single has also landed in the SGN Scoops Christian Country Top 40 with the official video release receiving organic response through social media and is scheduled airing on several national television programs including Harmony Road TV. 
After months of planning, writing songs, selecting material and recording in the studio, the debut album from Tonja Rose official will release during the month of July. ‘Me, Jesus & The Highway’ is being released by Mansion Entertainment on its BlueGrass Valley label and will be available through all world wide digital outlets on July 6, 2018, including digital streaming outlets. Mansion Entertainment digital releases are distributed through The Orchard, a division of Sony.

The new album was co-produced at Mansion Entertainment by Tonja Rose and John Mathis and contains 12 songs from songwriters such as Tonja, Erin Ashleigh, Jim Gaines, Sandy Carroll, Karen Staley, Tricia Walker, AJ Masters (songs recorded by Faith Hill, The Oak Ridge Boys, John Berry, etc), Ken Harrell, Phil Everly (of the Everly Brothers), John Mathis and Mark Narmore. The title cut of the album was co-written by Tonja, John Mathis and Mark Narmore (songs recorded by Josh Turner, Craig Morgan, Shenandoah and many others). This trio of songwriters also penned another song for the album, “Walking Each Other Home”, which features a duet between Tonja and Benjy Gaither. ‘Me, Jesus & The Highway’ also includes a few favorite traditional songs like “Jesus On The Mainline”, “Pass Me Not” and “Softly and Tenderly”.

Label manager John Mathis commented, “Tonja has been in Nashville for several years, she’s had songwriting deals and been a part of other vocal endeavors. I always thought her voice would be a great fit for Bluegrass Gospel and it is! I think vocally and artistically she has found a home. Tonja is not only a great singer, she is also a great songwriter. It’s obvious she worked hard on crafting and selecting the songs for this recording. My good friend George Hairr was involved in some of the post production work and after spending the evening at the studio working on the album he called me the next morning and said ‘John, there are some great songs on here!’ I always consider an unsolicited opinion like that from an industry peer, who has heard thousands and thousands of songs, a huge compliment. I think the songs on this album contain messages that will connect and resonate with listeners across the Bluegrass and Southern Gospel genres … and beyond.”

Tonja recently joined Devin O’Day on The Legendary 650 WSM to talk about the album and will be the special guest artist at several concerts for the Multi-Dove Award Winning group, Selah, throughout the summer.


When The Mountain Can’t Be Moved
(Tonja Rose, John Mathis)

Jesus On The Mainline
(Public Domain)

Me, Jesus & The Highway
(Tonja Rose, John Mathis, Mark Narmore)

Softly And Tenderly
(Public Domain)

Standing On The Rock
(Sandy Carroll, Mark Narmore, Jim Gaines)

Pass Me Not
(Public Domain)

Walking Each Other Home (feat Benjy Gaither)
(Tonja Rose, John Mathis, Mark Narmore)

Keep Walkin’ On
(Tricia Walker, Karen Staley)

He Does
(Tonja Rose, Mark Narmore)

Hide Me Behind The Cross
(Tonja Rose, Mark Narmore)

Call On God
(AJ Masters, Ken Harrell, Phil Everly)

I’m Not Who I Use To Be
(Tonja Rose, Erin Ashleigh)

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Congratulations In Order at Hey Ya’ll Media

Written by scoopsnews on June 7, 2018 – 3:48 am -


Heflin, Alabama (June 6, 2018) – Hey Y’all Media is thrilled to announce that several of their artists are Top Five Diamond Award Nominees. Congratulations are in order to ten Hey Ya’ll Media artists.

The Pine Ridge Boys are known for a rich quartet sound that captivates an audience. In 1963, the Pine Ridge Boys began a journey that is still going strong today. These men are nominated for Quartet Of The Year.

In the category of Duet Of The Year, the top five nominees included Josh and Ashley Franks. “Other than the fact that Ashley is my daughter, I have watched how God has blessed their ministry and I am so proud of both of them,” states Vonda Easley, owner of Hey Ya’ll Media. Most recently, Josh and Ashley came to yet another season of change in life, as God called them to serve as Pastor of People’s Tabernacle Church in Savannah, Tenn. They have been serving as Lead/Senior Pastors since 2015.

Breakthrough artist, Chronicle, made the top five in three categories. These artists are nominated for Sunrise Duet Of The Year and Sunrise Song of The Year with, “Where Did The Wind Go?” In addition, Tim Kinchen is nominated for the Anthony Burger Instrumentalist of the Year. Chronicle is from Denham Springs, Louisiana. Tim and Melissa Kinchen have one mission and that is to tell everyone through song and word about Jesus. God is truly blessing this group.

Day Three has been nominated in the top five Sunrise Trio Of The Year Category. Day Three is making waves in the industry with their current single, “I’m Not A Failure,” penned by Joseph Habedank and Rodney Griffin. Although this trio is a fairly new group, each member has a rich heritage in gospel music.

Brothers 4 (Bros. 4) is a Southern Gospel Quartet from Central Mississippi. Bros.4 offers high energy performances with tight harmonies and quality vocals. We are thrilled that they were nominated for Sunrise Quartet Of The Year.

Hailing from the beautiful Blue Mountains west of Sydney, Australia, Peter Christie is an award-winning Country Gospel and Bluegrass artist. As a Christian man, the music that Peter writes and performs reflects his strong faith and his family values. Congratulations, Peter, on your nomination for Bluegrass Male Vocalist Of The Year.

In the category of Christian Country Group of the Year, we are blessed to have two Hey Y’all Media artists. McKay Project from Columbus, Mississippi has had a stellar year! Their most recent achievement  was their very first Number 1 song, “Taking Me Home.”  Be watching for Big New Things for this group.

In just a short amount of time, MARK209 has garnered the interest of the industry, therefore it was no surprise to hear of their nomination for Christian Country Group Of The Year. MARK209 consists of Nathaniel Justice, Jym Howe, Jimmy Reno, and Ray Woconish; four superbly distinctive and recognizable voices blended together to bring fun, encouragement, inspiration, and an interactive worship experience to all ages.

Corey Pearson started playing music at eight years old and started playing drums for his mom and dad of The Diplomats when he was 12. To name the instruments he can play would take too long to list, but he can take over any part that is needed. Congratulations Corey for being nominated in the top five for the Anthony Burger Instrumentalist Of The Year.

And last but not least is Eagles Wings. This multi-talented group is nominated in several categories, including:
BLUEGRASS GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR for “A Rugged Cross And An Empty Grave”

“Eagle’s Wings is one of the premier Bluegrass groups in gospel music. I am honored to work with them. All of these artists are family,” states Vonda.

The Diamond Awards are presented by SGN Scoops Magazine. You can visit to place your vote for your favorites.

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