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A Southern Gospel Christmas: Christmas Memories from Your Favorite Artists

Written by Staff on December 9, 2019 – 6:46 pm -

A Southern Gospel Christmas: Christmas Memories from Your Favorite Artists

Santa is with Matt Fouch on his couch celebrating Christmas

It’s that time again. Christmas is a time when family and friends come together and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the greatest gift to humankind. While I enjoy opening presents, listening to music, and eating great food, I have realized more and more that none of that matters much compared to Jesus and family.

 

Over the years my family has struggled financially and experienced loss, but we always manage to have a fun and meaningful holiday season. I will always cherish being with family playing games, eating food, and going to look at Christmas lights. It is my hope that reading the following memories from your favorite Southern gospel artists will get you in the spirit of Christmas and remind you to cherish the time you have with family and friends. 

Merry Christmas…

 

Matt Fouch (Legacy Five): “Being able to now be the head of my family and read the story of Jesus birth on Christmas Day to my family.”

 

Christmas

Inspirations

Matt Dibler (Inspirations): “My favorite Christmas memory was a tradition we had. Every Christmas Eve we would turn out all the lights and use only candles and the lights from the Christmas tree. We would sing Christmas Carols and read the Christmas story from Luke 2 and have family prayer. I think of it every year..”

 

Jeff Collins at Christmas

Jeff and Vickie Collins

Jeff Collins (Producer): “I have several great Christmas memories, as my parents made Christmas very special for my sister and I throughout our childhood. But there was one particular year that was extra special. I was around 11 or 12 years old and had asked Santa Claus for a minibike. After what seemed like years, Christmas Eve arrived, and I was hoping and praying Santa would make my wish come true. Lo and behold, on Christmas morning when Mom and Dad let us come down the hallway and around the corner to the living room, there sat my minibike. I was so happy. I was itching all morning to get outside to ride it, but first we had to open all of our presents, eat breakfast, and then finally go outside. 

We finally got the bike out in the carport and Dad says, ‘Start her up, Jeff.’ This minibike was a bare-bones kind of minibike with a basic Briggs and Stratton lawn mower engine. Anyhow, I started pulling on it, trying to start it. I pulled until my arm was like Jell-O. No start. My dad pulled on it for another 30 minutes. A neighbor was there by then, pulled on it for 30 minutes. Man, was I getting frustrated. I should mention here that there is an on and off switch between the handlebars and the seat. We had it in the ‘on’ position. Another neighbor had showed up by now. It was getting close to lunch. He reached down and haphazardly turned the switch to the ‘off’ position, pulled the engine, and it started. Just like that. But finally… I got to ride my minibike. I was one happy 11 year old.”

 

Arthur Rice of SGMA

Arthur Rice

Arthur Rice (Kingdom Heirs): “In the fall of 1987, my dad had a brain aneurysm. I was with the Kingsmen at the time and they had folks praying all over the country. He came out of the surgery great and the only paralysis was his memory. He didn’t know who we were or what had happened. Just before Christmas he said it was like he heard a switch in his head go on and he started remembering us little by little. He was able to come home for Christmas and shortly after that all his memory returned. The Lord gave us 14 more years with him. It was a very thankful Christmas.”

 

Mark Trammell Quartet

Mark Trammell (Mark Trammell Quartet): “The year my dad and mom went without Christmas so they could buy my first bass guitar. I didn’t know it until years later. Priceless lesson in unselfish lifestyle.”

 

Brandy and Josh Feemster and friends

Josh Feemster: “I think it would have to be the last Christmas with my grandma. She was so much fun. This particular Christmas she stayed at our house. My dad, brothers and myself went to a Christmas event without my mom and grandma. She just wasn’t feeling well so they decided to stay home. This particular trip was memorable because of the sleeting going on during the drive,kinda rare in Alabama in December. Anyway, it was Christmas Eve and when we got back to our house Santa had already been there. All of our presents were out and Grandma convinced me that she helped him unload them. She was the greatest. We had a great time and I’ll never forget eating her chicken and dressing one last time the next day. Within a month she was in heaven. I don’t really remember what toys I got but I’ll always remember how happy she was to be with us.”

 

ChristmasLisa Williamson (The Williamsons): “When I was 16, my family and I were going through a pretty tough time. My mom had broken her ankle so our spirits were down. We hated to even ask, but my sister Rachel and I really wanted a PlayStation for Christmas. We didn’t want to get our hopes up, but we sure were hoping to see that thing under the tree on Christmas morning. A week or so before Christmas, Mom came into the living room on her crutches wearing a brand new tee shirt. The back of it had a very bright, colorful, and recognizable logo…PlayStation. We kept asking her where she got her shirt, but all she would do was smile. Needless to say, we opened a PlayStation on Christmas morning.”

 

Randy and Caroline Crawford

Randy Crawford (Formerly of The Kingsmen): “Not so much a memory as it is something I miss. My grandmother on my father’s side always used to have a “sock” for us grandkids. It truly was a sock. But it was filled with fruits, candy, and old fashioned peppermint stick candy. We used to cut a hole in our oranges and suck the juice out through the peppermint candy. I miss my grandmother so much, and love she put into our ‘socks’.”

 

Ben, Maria, Elizabeth Wolfe

Maria Kramer Wolfe (The Kramers): “My favorite Christmas memory, or tradition, is putting up the Christmas tree while listening to traditional Christmas music and baking Christmas cookies. I love family time the most, so getting together with family during the Christmas season is a rich blessing.”

 

Steve Ladd

Steve Ladd (The Old Paths): “My favorite Christmas memory is my first Christmas as a father. Christmas took on a whole new meaning to me since then… my children’s face and the excitement made me not care if I ever got another gift.”

 

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Tammy Burns (Troy Burns Family): “My favorite Christmas memory was 1974. My oldest brother got married right after Christmas and our whole family was together for the last time on this earth. It seemed like it was the happiest time we had ever had with family and friends. That next year my little brother, Tommy, went home to be with the Lord after battling cancer for 12 years. He was only 12. I will always cherish that Christmas.”

 

Judy Nelon: “Rex and I had been dating a while. We spent a few days with his 98-year-old mom and his other family members in his hometown Asheville, N. C., during Christmas. It was the sweetest time. We exchanged gifts and it was interesting –  we gave each other exactly the same Christmas card, he bought his in Atlanta and I bought mine in Nashville. It said ‘Only You.’ We knew from the start we were a match. As he was driving me back to Nashville we stopped in Waffle House. He asked if I had expected a engagement ring for Christmas and I was honest and said. ‘Yes, I did.’ He said, ‘Okay then, will you marry me?’ He had plans for a ring but he couldn’t wait. He was the funniest, sweetest and most unique man. I’ll always love Rex Nelon.”

 

Butler Music Group 2019 Diamond Awards Top Five nominees

Les Butler

Les Butler (Butler Music Group): “Christmas 1971, I was nine. My parents bought me an upright piano. Little did I know that instrument would play such an integral part in my life.”

 

Riley Harrison Clark (Tribute Quartet): “Every year while growing up in Oklahoma, my family went to Silver Dollar City for Christmas. So many memories were made and even more funnel cakes were eaten. Going there is a Christmas tradition I will never forget.”

 

Stephen Adair (Dixie Echoes): “One year my dad was in the hospital after a series of strokes during the Christmas season. He was still in the hospital on Christmas Day, so my mom and I packed up all of the gifts that were under the tree and took them to his hospital room. We had Christmas there complete with hot chocolate, the Macy’s Christmas Day Parade, and the best hospital food we could find. We were together, and that’s what made that Christmas so special.”

 

Christmas

Bob Sellers

Bob Sellers (Soloist): “When I was about 10 years old, my parents asked my sister and I to clean out our closets of any toys, clothing, etc. that we could live without (only good stuff), and we took it to this one room cinder block home where a family with about six or eight kids lived. My dad had cut them a load of firewood and we gave them that, plus all the stuff my sister and I had put together. I’ll never forget the look on those kids’ and their parent’s faces. They were about our same age, and although we were far from wealthy, they looked at us and my parents like we were angels or something. I guess to them we were, at least that year. I’m thankful for godly, loving parents who instilled the true meaning of Christmas in me.”

 

Nic Holland (Poet Voices): “Probably my last Christmas with my mom before she died, 2003. We knew she didn’t have long to live and enjoyed every second of just being together. I have no memory of one single present I got that year but my time with Mom I’ll never forget.”

 

The Oak Ridge Boys

The Oak Ridge Boys

Duane Allen (Oak Ridge Boys): “My wife gave birth to Jamie, our baby girl, on Dec. 13. Early on Christmas morning, Norah Lee slipped out of bed, dressed Jamie up real pretty, put her in her little portable bed and placed her under the Christmas tree. Then, Norah Lee came back to the bedroom, woke me up and led me to the living room to see my Christmas present.”

 

Scott Brand (Gold City): “I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to one. Christmas is my favorite time of the year. When I was a kid, my grandparents, along with my great grandmother, would come spend four or five days with us around Christmas. The Brand tradition was to cook a ham in Coca Cola all night on Christmas Eve. I can still to this day smell that cooking through the house. Just family getting together and keeping traditions alive would be my Christmas memories as a kid.”

 

Jordan Family Band

Randa Jordan (Jordan Family Band): “I was eight years old, and money was something we never had much of. I knew that Daddy and Mama didn’t have enough money to go out and buy me and my brother new toys, and yet somehow I was okay with that. I was a dreamer, and I enjoyed the most simple things that surrounded me. We lived in what seemed like to me the most wonderful apartment in downtown Rome. Two stories, hardwood floors, a screened in back porch, huge living room, and the front yard was next to the busy road where the town’s bus and trolley would pass throughout the day. I loved that apartment so much. The staircase was huge to me and I loved dressing up and and walking up and down them like a princess out of a fairy tail book. The morning of Christmas, 1989, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but my brother and I woke up, and at the direction of Daddy and Mama, we waited on the big staircase till they instructed us to come into the living room. Bubbling with joy and wearing my little white gown and house shoes, I walked into a living room that was covered in gifts. Clothes, toys, games everywhere. The couches and chairs were covered, items set up all across the floor and gifts under the tree. It was like a dream. Dad and Mom had went “yard sale-ing” and “goodwill-ing” and loaded up without spending much at all. That was one of the best days of my life.”

 

Sarah Davison (HighRoad): “When I was a young girl we had a huge snowstorm come through – probably 13-14 inches of snow – and it was so heavy that we lost power for several days including Christmas Eve and Christmas day. I remember Dad firing up the wood stove and Mom making homemade soup on top of the wood stove. We played board games and got some old hymnals out and gathered around the piano. It was the most quiet, peaceful Christmas I can remember and by far my favorite one too.”

 

Christmas

Nathan and Amber Nelon Kistler

Amber Nelon Kistler (The Nelons): “My favorite Christmas memory is sitting around the table playing games with my whole family and grandparents at their house. Then eating the dinner my grandmama cooked …twice a year… Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

Compiled by Justin Gilmore

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in December 2018

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Bill Bailey’s 2020 Winter Gospel Music Convention

Written by Staff on November 24, 2019 – 11:25 am -

Bill Bailey’s 2020 Winter Gospel Music ConventionBill Bailey’s 2020 Winter Gospel Music Convention will be held Monday-Saturday, February 3-8, 2020 in Palmetto, Florida at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.  Over 40 of gospel music’s top artists will be appearing throughout the week – including special guest artist, Larry, Steve, & Rudy – the GATLIN BROTHERS, along with the BOOTH BROTHERS, HOPPERS, GREATER VISION, ISAACS, TRIUMPHANT QUARTET, LYNDA RANDLE, LEGACY FIVE, PERRYS, GOLD CITY, KINGSMEN, JOSEPH HABEDANK, KAREN PECK & NEW RIVER, INSPIRATIONS, and many others!
Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers

This event is recognized as the largest southern gospel concert event in the nation during the winter.  This year’s event also marks Bill Bailey’s 34th anniversary promoting southern gospel concerts throughout the United States.

Monday, February 3rd  1pm
“Early Bird Welcome Party” with the Hyssongs and Troy Burns Family
Monday, February 3rd  6:30pm
“Grand Opening Night” with the Booth Brothers, Hoppers, Perrys, Guardians,
Josh & Ashley Franks
Tuesday, February 4th  1pm
“Up Close & Personal” with the Booth Brothers, and special guests, The Sound
Tuesday, February 4th  6:30pm
Larry, Steve, & Rudy – the Gatlin Brothers, Booth Brothers, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Nelons
Wednesday, February 5th  1pm
The Browns’ 20th Anniversary in 2020!
Wednesday, February 5th  6:30pm
“All Male Quartet Night” with Gold City, Kingsmen, Inspirations, LeFevre Quartet, Dixie Echoes
Thursday, February 6th  1pm
Gerald Wolfe’s Gospel Music Hymn Sing
Thursday, February 6th  6:30pm
Greater Vision, Mark Trammell Quartet, Joseph Habedank, Whisnants, Mylon Hayes Family
Friday, February 7th  1pm
“Exclusively” The Isaacs
Friday, February 7th  6:30pm
Triumphant Quartet, Legacy Five, Lynda Randle, New Speer Family, Erwins
Saturday, February 8th  2pm
“All Day Singing Finale” with Brian Free & Assurance, Karen Peck & New River,
Ivan Parker, Tribute Quartet, Talleys
Ticket options are available for the entire week or just specific nights. (Saturday “All Day Singing Finale” is a ticketed event.)
  DISCOUNTED GROUP TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE! 
Mon-Fri 1pm matinee concerts and 10am chapel services are free admission events, with a love offering received.  Limited amount of overnight parking for self-contained RV’s is located on the grounds.
For tickets, camping reservations, hotels, or general information, call (941) 756-6942.
The Bradenton Area Convention Center is located at One Haben Blvd in Palmetto, just off US Hwy 301/41.

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GOLD CITY, KINGSMEN headline Thanksgiving gospel concert

Written by Staff on November 9, 2019 – 11:41 am -

GOLD CITY, KINGSMEN headline Thanksgiving gospel concertAlabama’s Oldest and Largest Thanksgiving Gospel Sing, featuring Gold City and the Kingsmen, returns to Florence, Ala., at the Florence Coliseum on Friday, November 29th, at 7:00 p.m.!  This concert event has been a Gospel Music tradition in the Shoals area for over 30 years.
The Kingsmen's "Victory Shout" is a powerful anthemFeatured at this year’s concert will be GOLD CITY, KINGSMEN, INSPIRATIONS, and the PERRYS.
 
GOLD CITY, KINGSMEN headline Thanksgiving gospel concertNo tickets are required for admission!  A $15 donation per person will be requested at the door for the concert, and a love offering received during the concert for FCC Ministries.
The Inspirations tell stories of God’s presence on Right Where He Is

The Inspirations tell stories of God’s presence on Right Where He Is

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and all seating is general admission.

GOLD CITY, KINGSMEN headline Thanksgiving gospel concertFlorence Coliseum is located at 702 Veterans Drive in Florence.
For more information, call (941) 756-6942.

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The Inspirations extend relationship with Horizon Records

Written by Staff on October 6, 2018 – 3:53 pm -

The Inspirations have extended their relationship with Horizon Records and are in the studio working on a new album, to be released in 2019.

The Inspirations have extended their relationship with Horizon Records and are in the studio working on a new album, to be released in 2019.

Arden, North Carolina (October 4, 2018) – After multiple charting songs and hit albums with Horizon Records, The Inspirations are happy to announce that they will be continuing to work with the award-winning label as they continue their storied career. Visit the Inspirations website here.

“One of the great blessings of music is the opportunity we have to record our songs. The music we record lives on for generation to generation to be enjoyed. For many years we have enjoyed the privilege of recording with the Crossroads Horizon Records label. We are excited that our relationship continues with them today. As we continue our journey, it is our prayer that we can be associated with Gospel music’s greatest label: Horizon Records,” note The Inspirations, which includes Archie Watkins, tenor; Eddie Deitz, baritone; Matt Dibler, lead; Marlin Shubert, bass; Roland Kesterson, bass guitar and vocals; and Luke Vaught, pianist.

Horizon Records has been The Inspirations’ home for recording since 2001, and the group is currently in the studio working on a new album to be released in 2019.

“The Inspirations are still a class act to work with, and we are excited to extend this relationship into the future. Archie, Eddie, Matt, Marlin, Luke and Roland are carrying on the tradition that our industry was built upon and are still a crowd favorite everywhere they go. Crossroads is so happy to have The Inspirations in our family of artists,” says Greg Bentley, A&R for Crossroads.

To stay up-to-date on new music from The Inspirations, follow them wherever you listen HERE.

Just announced to pray for Matt Dibler. I think I got that right, if the Inspirations. Was in a car accident this aft. He has been airlifted to Knoxville. - Matt Dibler

Inspirations at NQC 2018

About The Inspirations
The Inspirations first formed in 1964 in Bryson City, North Carolina and became full time in 1969 after hosting their first “Singing In The Smokies” event. With a number of hit songs through the 1970s, the group rose to national attention and joined the Gospel Singing Jubilee Television program. In January of 1970, they secured their first #1 song on the Singing News Chart, “Jesus Is Coming Soon,” marking just the beginning of their chart-topping success. In November of 1973, The Inspirations held the #1 spot for 12 months with “Touring That City.” It was followed with the success of “When I Wake Up To Sleep No More” in 1974 and “Jesus Is Mine” in 1976. In 2001, The Inspirations recorded their first album with Horizon Records, titled Pure Vintage. The album’s first song, “I’ll Not Turn My Back On Him Now,” returned the group to the top of the Singing News chart after 26 years. It was followed with more #1 tracks with “I Have Not Forgotten” and “If You Only Knew.” Today, The Inspirations are working on a new album to be released in 2019 with their current line-up, Archie Watkins, tenor; Eddie Deitz, baritone; Matt Dibler, lead; Marlin Shubert, bass; Roland Kesterson, bass guitar and vocals; and Luke Vaught, pianist.
About Crossroads:
Crossroads is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Americana fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, Crossroads Publishing Group and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ life-changing music.

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Updated: Pray for Matt Dibler of the Inspirations

Written by Staff on September 27, 2018 – 5:35 pm -

Just announced to pray for Matt Dibler. I think I got that right, if the Inspirations. Was in a car accident this aft. He has been airlifted to Knoxville. - Matt Dibler

Inspirations at NQC 2018

News from the National Quartet Convention, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee:

Just announced (Thursday,  September 27, 2018):  Please pray for Matt Dibler of the Inspirations. Dibler was in a car accident this afternooon. He has been airlifted to Knoxville.

Matt Dibler

Matt Dibler

Please pray for Matt Dibler and his family.

Updayed at 10:00 p.m. EST from the Inspirations Facebook page :

“Thanks for all of the calls and prayers for our lead singer, Matt Dibler, who was in a car accident today. He is in the hospital for observation with a broken rib over his heart and a fractured knee cap. We will post updates as we know them. Please keep Matt in your prayers.”

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A Gospel Music Love Affair with Paul Belcher by Charlie Griffin

Written by Staff on May 31, 2018 – 10:21 am -

Gospel Music promotion is a love affair for Paul Belcher

Gospel Music promotion is a love affair for Paul Belcher

In the early 1980s, I was working with the Singing Americans. As Ed Hill and I were working to fill some dates, Paul Belcher called the office to say he had heard good things and wanted to book the group.

“Whiter Than Snow” had just hit the top five on the music charts, and people were talking. As Paul and I talked, one date led to another. And as the story goes, the rest is history. That day a long-term friendship began with Paul Belcher Promotions.

Promoting gospel music comes easily to a man who has had a 45-year love affair with gospel music.

“Mom and Dad use to book artists in churches in Michigan,” Belcher said. “I went to an all-night singing in Detroit (with the) Blackwoods, Statesmen, Thrasher Brothers, and Speer Family in one package. I was hooked. I thought I would like to try this. I could not have done this without my mom. I wasn’t old enough to sign contracts.

“I started promoting gospel music in 1973. My first concert was in Detroit with the Hopper Brothers and Connie. I was 17 when I booked them the first time. This year makes our 45th year of promoting Southern gospel music concerts in a ticketed format.”

Paul Belcher and Connie Hopper. Detroit MI. 1975

Paul Belcher and Connie Hopper. Detroit MI. 1975

Belcher has been influenced by some of gospel music’s most noted icons.

“I go back a long way,” Belcher said. “When you have dealings with J.D. Sumner, James Blackwood, Hovie Lister, Brock Speer, Martin Cook, Howard and Vestal Goodman, Les Beasley, Wendy Bagwell, and Roy Carter … there’s history right there.”

Some of gospel music’s best men mentored and coached Belcher in concert promotions.

“Martin Cook of the Inspirations gave me sound advice about promoting the right artist and was always suggesting ideas,” Belcher said. “Claude Hopper (was) very business minded, always a friend, but never shy about giving me pointers. Promoter W.B. Nowlin from Fort Worth, Texas, I bought a half interest from him in the Battle of Songs in the 80s. He taught me about packaging the right artists together, who to use, and who to stay away from.”

Over the years, the art of promoting concerts has truly changed.

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Giving Back to bass singer Joseph Brown

Written by Staff on March 20, 2018 – 8:54 am -

Joseph Brown with the Diplomats

Joseph Brown with the Diplomats

Joseph Brown has been called ‘favorite bass singer ever’ by many who have heard his vocals in the past with the Diplomats, Enlisted and the Blue Sky Quartet. He also has been heard filling in for legendary Tim Riley of Gold City, as well as taking the bass part with the Inspirations and others. Brown had been with the Diplomats for eight years when he resigned at the beginning of 2014.

Joseph and his wife, Debbie, have been dealing with physical and financial hardships. Their daughters, Jamie, Jennifer, and Jessica, have set up a Go Fund Me account for those who would like to help the Browns.

For those who would like to do more than help financially, there is a way to encourage this bass singer who has spent his life encouraging others.

Modesty Lyman has posted a request on Facebook, for all of you that appreciate Joseph Brown.

Joseph and Debbie Brown

Joseph and Debbie Brown

“Many of you have had the pleasure of meeting and knowing Joseph Brown and have experienced firsthand his kind and caring spirit. He’s such a fun guy to be around, and always has a smile and encouraging word to share. He has become very dear to our family, as I know he has to many others. We’d like to do something to show him how much he means to us, the many fans and friends he’s made over the years, so we are asking anyone interested to send us a physical card for Joe which we will then forward all to him in one big package. This can be just a “thinking of you” card, a letter, photo, special memory, or anything else. We are asking that all cards be sent in by April 10th, but if you know yours will be a little late or an extension of time is needed we can add it. Joe has always been such a sweet encouragement and great friend to all who know him, let’s take this opportunity to show him how much we love and appreciate him!” posts Modesty.

“If you’d like to participate and send Joe a special card please comment, message me, or email southerngospelgazette@gmail.com, and I’ll give you the address.”

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Inspirations On Gospel Music Today

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 28, 2016 – 11:15 pm -

Inspirations On Gospel Music Today

Inspirations On Gospel Music Today

The members of The Inspirations Quartet are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of November 27. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Rangers Quartet, and Jean reviews new recordings by Gerald and Verna Edwards and The Ascension Quartet.  An article from SGN Scoops magazine is the subject of this week’s News Notes. The show features a music video from The Isbell Family, exclusive concert video of The Williamsons, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Del City ,OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Ascension Quartet, recorded in Broken Arrow, OK.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. On DecentTV.tv on ROKU, Amazon FireTV, and Google Chromecast. Check local TV schedule for Phenix City, AL, Pontotoc, MS, Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, Morrilton, AR, and West Plains, MO. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, http://www.gospelmusictoday.com/


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Isaacs, Gold City headline at Bill Bailey’s 2016 Spring Gospel Jubilee

Written by Staff on March 17, 2016 – 10:29 am -

Isaacs

Isaacs

“Bill Bailey’s 2016 Spring Gospel Jubilee!” will be held Thursday-Saturday, March 31-April 2 in Waldo, Florida at the Dixieland Music Park.  This three-day weekend has grown to be one of the largest gospel music festivals in the southeast.

 

Wednesday, March 30th, 6:30pm – “Early Bird Campers’ Potluck Supper
& Informal Sing” with Debbie Domer, Gail Boyce, and others

Thursday, March 31st, 7:30pm – Gold City, Three Bridges, Randy Perry

Friday, April 1st, 10am – “Chapel Service” with Randy Perry

Friday, April 1st, 7:30pm – An Evening with the Isaacs, and the Hyssongs

Gold City

Gold City

Saturday, April 2nd, 10am – “Chapel Service” with Randy Perry

Saturday, April 2nd, 6pm – Inspirations, Perrys, Freemans

 

Adult tickets are $15 per night or $40 for three-night pass.  Children ages 3-11 are $5 per night.  All tickets are available at the gate upon arrival.  Bring lawn chairs for seating; the sing is held under an open-air, covered pavilion.  (In case of inclement weather or cooler temperatures, the pavilion can be fully enclosed.)  No admission charge for Wednesday night or daily chapel services –

The Inspirations Pray For Me.

The Inspirations 

love offerings received.

Nearly 300 campsites with hook ups are located directly on the grounds.  For camping reservations, call(352) 468-3988.  The Waldo Inn & Suites Hotel is located adjacent to the Music Park.  For hotel reservations, call (352) 468-2500.

  The Dixieland Music Park is located at 17500 US Hwy 301 NE in Waldo.  For more information, call(941) 756-6942.

For more news about concert click on http://www.billbaileyconcerts.com

 

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The Inspirations Pray For Me.

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 5, 2015 – 10:13 am -

The Inspirations Pray For Me.

The Inspirations Pray For Me.

Some try to be relevant by copying the latest fads. The Inspirations know better. They stay relevant by staying themselves.
Suppose you played their new release, Pray For Me, back to back with their first LP. There would be no question you were listening to the same group. Few develop an instantly recognizable sound. Fewer maintain that sound after member changes. But The Inspirations have for fifty-two years!
The title track of Pray For Me features the resonant tones of bass singer Joseph Brown. Long-time lead singer Matt Dibler delivers the powerful testimony song “It’s Under The Blood.” Tenor Harold Reed shows how well he fits the classic Inspirations sound on “Onward to the Call.” The Inspirations’ lineup also includes pianist Martin Cook, bass Myron Cook, and multi-instrumentalist Luke Vaught.
The same distinctive sound that took the world by storm is still carried on today. Preview and pre-order add to your digital media collection.
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