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Jessica Horton: “How Great Thou Art”

Written by Staff on May 16, 2019 – 10:34 am -

Jessica Horton

Jessica Horton

How Great Thou Art: “Thy power throughout the universe displayed” (written by Stuart K. Hine, published 1949).

Melissa walked into the doctor’s office, clutching her purse tightly. Inside her bag were the typical clues of motherhood – a few toys, wipes, and a baggie of goldfish crackers. She considered eating a few, just to give her hands something to do, but then she changed her mind – suddenly afraid that she might be feeding her fear instead. After all, she’d been through this before. The odds were not in her favor. As the doctor turned the handle to the room, her ears began to ring and her heart began to race.

“Mrs. Nichols,” he said, “your tests are back and there is no cancer.”

God is all-powerful – omnipotent. He is the creator of the earth and has always existed.

As a kid, I used to lie awake at night, straining to know the unknowable truth of His ever-present nature. He just is.

Throughout the Bible, we’ve seen our all-powerful God do many great acts that we struggle to understand. One such incident that I often think about is the flood. He destroyed the earth to make it new because there was no good to be found, and it was in desperate need of a reset. Sound familiar?

But afterward, He did a strange thing. He sent a sign to let them know He would never destroy the earth again. Why did He do that? He certainly did not have to! The world is His to create and destroy as He sees fit, and we are in no position to criticize Him. But by sending this sign, I believe He showed that His great love and care are just as powerful as His wrath.

rainbowIn this world, where our sins run rampant and nations are considered godless, it seems logical that God would destroy it in order to start again with a faithful few. After all, He’s done it before. The odds are not in our favor.

I believe God sent this sign because just like in Melissa’s story, we would continue living in fear and dread until He gave us assurance. There is no way that we could live the purposeful, joyful, free life God has created for us while we war against dread. Anyone who battles with anxiety can attest to this truth. I can’t pretend to know why God does all the things He does, but I do know this – He is all-powerful and all-knowing, and this same God loves us more than we could ever imagine.

God, It is astounding to me that I can call you by name and speak to You. It is even more amazing that You hear me when I call. Thank You for holding us in Your hand and caring for us in ways we cannot even comprehend. Amen.

Scriptures: Genesis 6:9-9:17 Job 26:7-14 Psalm 147:4-5 Hebrews 1:3 Isaiah 55:8-9

Jessica HortonBy Jessica Horton

Find out more about Jessica HERE on Facebook or HERE online.

Jessica Horton is a singer/songwriter from Columbus, MS. She was raised in classic country and gospel, and the soul and sound of these classics often find their way into her music. Her songs feature the acoustic guitar, dobro, mandolin, and other roots instruments. On stage, Jessica brings a live aspect to her show by playing guitar and including singable old-time hymns and gospel songs. Offstage, Jessica spends a lot of time with her husband, David and her church family. She serves as a worship leader and youth director at Shaeffer’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Columbus, MS… (for more click here.)


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Jessica Horton rejoices that “Morning Has Broken”

Written by Staff on April 18, 2019 – 5:41 am -

sun rise sunset Morning Has Broken: “Praise with elation, praise every morning” 

Devotional by Jessica Horton

A few years ago, I lived on the west side of the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii. Kona is all about the sunset. Rental properties, hotels, restaurants, and bars line the shores with the promise of the most gorgeous view.

Sunsets in Hawaii really are like nowhere else. But my favorite view was watching the sun rise from behind Hualalai, one of the breathtaking volcanoes that slopes down to the beach town of Kailua-Kona. There was a special place in my neighborhood where I would stop on my way to work, just so I could watch the sun crest over the peaks, shooting rays
of sunlight in every direction.

It was in these moments of awe and wonder that I began to truly understand that if we ever stopped praising the Lord, the rocks and trees would cry out to give Him glory. As the sun rose each day in Kona, the birds began to sing, the sounds of traffic came into focus, and the whole island awakened to begin a fresh, new day.

I have always loved mornings. My mother always said that they are fresh starts with new possibilities and second chances – “It’s a new day, baby girl. Start fresh.”

Psalm 30:5 tells us that “weeping may come for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” Praise God that we do not live in endless night.

Praise Him for the beautiful morning – the sun that rises just in time! Let us renew our spirits with Him each day, and may we never lose the awe and wonder for the things God has done and continues to do. Amen.

 

Jessica Horton

Jessica Horton

Almighty God,
Thank You for Your beautiful creation. I am in awe of your glorious work. Help me to walk each day with You. Thank You for the beautiful gift of a new morning. Renew my spirit and draw me nearer. Amen.

Scriptures:
Psalm 90:14
Psalm 130:6
Psalm 143:8
Job 38:12
Lamentations 3:22-23

By Jessica Horton.

Find out more about Jessica HERE on Facebook or HERE online.

Jessica Horton is a singer/songwriter from Columbus, MS. She was raised in classic country and gospel, and the soul and sound of these classics often find their way into her music. Her songs feature the acoustic guitar, dobro, mandolin, and other roots instruments. On stage, Jessica brings a live aspect to her show by playing guitar and including singable old-time hymns and gospel songs. Off- stage, Jessica spends a lot of time with her husband, David and her church family. She serves as worship leader and youth director at Shaeffer’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Columbus, MS… (for more click here.)

(bio from https://jessicahortonmusic.com/bio March 1, 3:55pm)

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2019 Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend

Written by Staff on March 29, 2019 – 3:46 pm -

Vernon Alabama's Gospel Music Weekend

 

Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend will be held Sept. 6 – 7, 2019 at the City Auditorium in downtown Vernon, Alabama. This family-friendly event is open to all ages and groups. Admission is free.

The weekend will feature multi-talented gospel artists showcasing a variety of musical styles, including Southern Gospel, Christian Country, and Bluegrass. Evening concerts begin at 6:00 p.m.

Many artists appearing are M.A.C. Records recording artists, including Jesse Reece, Jessica Horton, McKay Project, Carol Barham, Kenny Gardner, and Amy Richardson.

Also appearing are special guests the Bibletones, Eagle’s Wings, Day Three, Chronicle, Hope’s Journey,  The Riders, Gloryland, and Zion’s Way.

 

In addition to the nightly concerts, this year there will be a Saturday afternoon showcase concert featuring various regional artists. Concessions will be available.

Artists interested in performing during the showcase are invited to call the promoter listed below.

General admission is free, however, VIP passes are available this year. VIP guests will receive special priority seating, a bag of merchandise, and a private meet and greet reception with the artists. VIP passes are only $25.

Artists wishing to participate in the showcase, or for more information and VIP passes, email info@macrecords.net or call 662.889.2829 . For more information about the artists, sponsors, hotel accommodations, and restaurants, visit facebook.com/macnightofworship/

 


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First Day of Southern Gospel Weekend a blast!

Written by Staff on March 22, 2019 – 5:28 pm -

SGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightOxford, Ala. (March 22, 2019) – The first day of Southern Gospel Weekend was filled with numerous gospel artists and styles, from the Bluegrass sound of Eagle’s Wings to the Country gospel stylings of Tonja Rose and Jessica Horton. Fans began filling the auditorium at 5:00 p.m. and the excitement grew as the First Responders and Veterans began entering the hall, after a special private reception with the artists.

SGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightThe Veterans Appreciation event began the evening with the presentation of the flags, followed by keynote speaker Ken Rollins, who honored the Veterans and First Responders for their service. Special music by Mark209 and Matthew Wilson of Eagles Wings.

SGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightSGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightSGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightSGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightThe musical portion of the evening was very well received, with artists like Mercy Rain, the Williamsons, New Ground and ClearVision Quartet.

After the concert, many went to eat at Hubbard’s Off Main, where the Midnight Prayer portion was led by Tonja Rose.

We hope you enjoy the images we have captured for you.

Please note, for any that are in the Oxford, Ala., area:  All day Saturday there are events in the Civic Center. Most are free admission. Be sure to catch the Diamond Awards Top 10 big reveal.

SGW 2019 Thurs Veterans NightFor more information please call SGW 2019 ThursdayHubbard's Off Main.

SGW 2019 Thursday Mid Prayer. Tonja Rose

SGW 2019 Thursday Mid Prayer. Tonja Rose

256-310-7892.


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Jessica Horton: Do you believe in Amazing Grace?

Written by Staff on March 11, 2019 – 3:09 pm -

Jessica Horton

Jessica Horton

Amazing Grace: “How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed.” 

Grace. As a small-town Southern girl, I was raised hearing that word around every corner. Down my high school halls I could hear, “Well, we need a ‘hail Mary’ in math, but he’ll graduate by the grace of God.” In the office at work I might hear, “We’re burning at both ends but by the grace of God we’ll make the deadline.” At home I heard more than once, “We’ll make the bills in time…by the grace of God.”

When you think about it, we might as well just say, “by the skin of our teeth” because the phrase is so common and inadequate. Don’t get me wrong – God is most definitely working and applying grace to every aspect of our lives! He fills in our shortcomings more times than we will ever know. But we cannot forget how precious His gift truly is.

When I met Jesus, and I accepted Him into my heart, the “old” man was washed away, and the “new” man was born. My sins, great and small, were forgiven in an instant.

God didn’t think about it. He didn’t weigh the pros and cons. He didn’t look at my past and have critical comments about my ability to make better choices in the future. He took the payment, made by Jesus, and marked my transgressions “PAID IN FULL.” As the old song says, He “overlooked my fault and saw my need.” How precious!

So, what will we do with this new heart full of gratitude? Extend this grace to others. I will never forget what God has done for me and what He continues to do in me every day. We are all sinners in need of God’s constant grace. Therefore, what is so freely given to us, may we give to others as a testament of God’s “Amazing Grace.”

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the precious gift of Your grace. Make us more aware of Your presence and the way You move in our lives every day. Give us hearts that love Your people the way the You love them. Amen.

Scriptures:
2 Corinthians 5:17
Romans 3:23-24
Ephesians 2:8-9
Romans 6:14
1 Peter 4:10

By Jessica Horton

Jessica HortonSGNScoops welcomes talented gospel music artist Jessica Horton to our team of writers. We hope you have enjoyed her first article and will encourage her to write more by visiting her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jhorton51110 or her website at https://jessicahortonmusic.com/

Jessica Horton is a singer/songwriter from Columbus, MS. She was raised in classic country and gospel, and the soul and sound of these classics often find their way into her music. Her songs feature the acoustic guitar, dobro, mandolin, and other roots instruments. On stage, Jessica brings a live aspect to her show by playing guitar and including singable old-time hymns and gospel songs. Off- stage, Jessica spends a lot of time with her husband, David and her church family. She serves as worship leader and youth director at Shaeffer’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Columbus, MS… (for more click here.)

(bio from https://jessicahortonmusic.com/bio March 1, 3:55pm)

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Christian Country Expo returns to Cookeville, Tennessee 

Written by Staff on February 27, 2019 – 10:13 am -

CCX '19 will feature Jessica Horton and Tonja Rose teaching songwriting

CCX ’19 will feature Jessica Horton and Tonja Rose teaching songwriting

Musical weekend features songwriting  showcase

Cookeville, Tenn.  — Coastal Media is pleased to present Christian Country Expo ’19 in Cookeville, Tenn., June 20 – 22, 2019. Welcoming over 30 Christian Country artists and hundreds of fans, Christian Country Expo is three days and nights of music, shopping and family fun, held at the Quality Inn Convention Center, 970 S. Jefferson Ave.
CCX ’19 will feature fan favorite artists such as Tonja Rose and Jessica Horton during daytime and evening concerts, along with a large exhibit hall filled with artist booths. A new addition is a songwriting course for aspiring artists.
“I’m so excited to be a part of this wonderful event,” says Rose. “I’m totally pumped about having the opportunity to work alongside of Jessica Horton, mentoring and writing with some of Tennessee’s young songwriters. It’s gonna be a blast!”
Horton agrees. “I am so excited to be a part of the Christian Country Expo this year. I am especially excited about the new songwriting workshop that Tonja Rose and I are crafting for the kids in the community.
“Music is one of the best ways to understand ourselves, our faith, and the world around us,” continues Horton. “Songs tell our stories, and each generation tells its own tale. This workshop is designed to teach the students about the songwriting process, guide them through crafting a song of their own and empowering the songwriters of the future!”
CCX '19 in Cookeville, Tenn.Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media, says he is thrilled to return this year to Cookeville, as the community was so welcoming last year.
“Christian Country Expo is about more than just music,” says Patz. “It’s about community, family, and faith. It’s about bringing people together to embrace our freedom to worship and fellowship as we please. It’s about enriching the young members of the community with music and knowledge. I’m excited Cookeville is open to CCX ’19. I can’t wait!”
For more information on CCX, or to set up interviews with CEO of Coastal Media, Rob Patz, organizer of CCX, phone 360-933-0741.

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Southern Gospel Weekend Welcomes Jessica Horton

Written by scoopsnews on February 25, 2019 – 4:16 am -

Jessica Horton and Vonda Easley

Jessica Horton and Vonda Easley

Jessica Horton

Singer / Songwriter

Jessica Horton is a singer/songwriter from Columbus, MS. She was raised in classic country and gospel, and the soul and sound of these classics often find their way into her music. Her songs feature the acoustic guitar, dobro, mandolin, and other roots instruments. On stage, Jessica brings a live aspect to her show by playing guitar and including singable old-time hymns and gospel songs. Off- stage, Jessica spends a lot of time with her husband, David and her church family. She serves as worship leader and youth director at Shaeffer’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Columbus, MS.

Jessica is originally from Eupora, MS, and she grew up singing classic country with her “Pop” Jess, starting when she was only 3 years old. He taught her guitar and piano, and they traveled to different schoolhouses, opry houses, festivals, and election events to perform. When he passed away, Jessica focused more on her classical studies as a music major at Mississippi University for Women, where she earned a degree as a soprano vocalist and music educator.

In 2018, with the encouragement of her husband, Jessica reached out to Dennis and Leslie McKay with M.A.C. Records in Columbus, MS. Shortly after, Jessica signed with the label and began working on her first single “Love Wins.” She released her second single, “Pictures” in November 2018, and it has already charted in Christian Country and gospel charts. These two songs will be on her project “Both Feet In,” due to be released in March 2019. You can find her singles on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Play and any other online music outlets.

Vonda Easley Armstrong, one of the  board members for the event, recently invited Jessica to be a guest on The a Strictly Southern Show in Heflin, Alabama at WPIL.  Vonda said, “Jessica is an uncommon talent. By that I mean, it’s not everyday you find an artist that no matter the style , she can sing it and sing  it well.  She radiates with Christ’s love when she sings and I can’t wait for the folks to meet her at Southern Gospel Weekend.”

Southern  Gospel Weekend  will take place March 21-23rd at  the Civic Center in Oxford, Alabama. The event will feature 25 other groups like New Ground, Josh and Ashley Franks, The Diplomats, The Williamsons, the Connells, ClearVision, Hope’s Journey and many more.

Call today to reserve a VIP Ticket or to inquire about the event. The number is 256-310-7892.

 


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Story Behind The Song, “Pictures” by Jessica Horton

Written by scoopsnews on January 31, 2019 – 6:30 am -

From time to time, we will ask a songwriter to tell us the story behind a song. M.A.C.Recording Artist, Jessica Horton happens to be the writer and the artist of the song “Pictures.”

The song is available on ITunes HERE

To hear the story:  Click HERE

 

 


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Benefit For Paul Warren

Written by scoopsnews on November 18, 2018 – 4:51 am -

On Saturday evening 11/17/18, Kenny Gardner Family, The McKay Project and Jessica Horton, gathered together in Calhoun City, Ms. @ Grace Fellowship. It was an evening of benefit for Paul Warren, Kenny Gardner’s Brother-in-law. Paul has been hospitalized at MD Anderson in Houston,
Tx for 2 months. If you would like to contribute any gift we would really appreciate it. Go to PayPal and type in this address:
Ewarrenbelleame@yahoo.com
Here are a few pictures from the event.

Jessica Horton with McKay Project

Jessica Horton with McKay Project

Friends and family praying with the daughters of Paul Warren


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Jessica Horton Signs with MAC

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 6, 2018 – 4:27 pm -

Jessica Horton Signs with MAC

Jessica Horton Signs with MAC

 

M.A.C. Records is proud to announce the addition of their newest artist, Jessica Horton, to the Route 82 Records division.

Jessica is an Americana/Gospel artist with a classic Country Roots style. She will be appearing at Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend in September and making her first appearance at Creekside Gospel Music Convention in October, during the daytime showcase.

M.A.C. Records owner, Dennis McKay, says, “When I first heard her sing, I thought, ‘who is this,’ because she doesn’t sound like anyone else. Jessica has a unique sound that separates her from everyone else. She isn’t interested in trying to imitate anyone and she has a sound that is recognizable as Jessica Horton.

“She is easy to work with, has her head on straight and knows what she wants for her musical career, while being open to direction. I expect great things for her and we are pleased to be a part of helping her take things to another level.”

Jessica’s newest song, “Love Wins,” has been released to radio and is available online. New Journey Radio owner, Bobby Richardson, debuted “Love Wins” on his “3rd Cup of Joe” morning show last week. He described Jessica’s sound by saying, “Her voice is like silk.”

Leslie and Dennis McKay of McKay Project and M.A.C. Records

Leslie and Dennis McKay of McKay Project and M.A.C. Records

Leslie McKay sat down with Jessica recently to interview  her, so everyone can get to know this new artist.

LM: Where are you from?

JH: I’m originally from Eupora, Mississippi. I’ve been living in Columbus, Miss., since 2007, when I started school at the W (Mississippi University for Women). When I graduated in 2012 with my Music Education degree, I worked on my M. Div. (Masters of Divinity) through Asbury Seminary until 2014. At that time, I moved to Hawaii where I lived for three years. I just returned home this past year to follow my dreams as a musician from my home in the south.

LM: Tell us about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids or pets?

JH: I’m married to my college sweetheart, David. We got married in 2010, and we have two fur-babies that we adopted in Hawaii, Bear and Snickers. (Jessica reminds readers to #spayandneuter #adoptdontshop)

LM: What do you do for fun?

JH: I like to surround myself with people and activities that I enjoy, so I’m having fun pretty much all the time. Currently, I’m the youth minister at my church – Shaeffer’s Chapel UMC. A lot of my free time is spent with the youth or planning for them. I really enjoy working with our students at Shaeffer’s Chapel UMC and being a part of their faith journey. I am also the contemporary worship leader.
As far as other fun things…when I’m not working or doing chores, I like to write, or watch Netflix, or spend time
playing with my pups. I love all:animals and I pretty much just love any opportunity to pet them, or watch YouTube videos about them, or look up cat memes. If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you’ll know that every other post is a cat meme or a dog video. Have you seen the one  where the dog misses the food like a
hundred times?

LM: When did you start singing? Do you play any instruments?

JH: I started singing when I was a baby. My grandparents took a special interest in me and would teach me all the old country songs and hymns. By the time I was three, I was traveling with them to various old schoolhouses and community events to perform. My favorite memories are at the Sparta Opry in Woodland, Miss., and the old
Blackhawk School in Carroll County. I also remember getting to meet Miss Kitty Wells herself when I was about 12 years old. My grandpa got me the most amazing opportunity to visit with Mr. Johnnie Wright (Kitty Wells’ husband) at their home and sing some of Kitty’s songs for him. My grandpa also taught me how to play basic guitar and piano – I could learn a bit more.

LM: Do you write your own songs?

JH: I have been writing songs about Jesus since I was a teenager but I never played them for anyone. I stopped writing for a long time and recently picked it up again. I figure l’ve just now got some good stories to tell.

LM: Who are your musical influences?

JH: Vocally, I have always been drawn to Patsy Cline. Her songs have permeated every year of my life. When I’m especially missing my grandfather (he passed in 2011) and I’m craving the music that makes a memory come to life, I listen to her. As a songwriter, I am in awe of Norah Jones, Emmy Lou Harris, and Loretta Lynn. Nobody writes a song like these ladies.

LM:How would you describe your musical style?

Jessica Horton and her husband David

Jessica and David Horton

JH: I’m an Americana artist through and through. My style keeps a Root-sy core and a positive message. I love to keep the classic Country sound alive by including acoustic guitar, dobro, mandolin, steel guitar, and fiddle into my projects.

LM: How do you feel about working with M.A.C. Records?

JH: I’m so excited to be working with M.A.C. Records. I couldn’t have dreamed of a more supportive, knowledgeable, and proactive label. I am just so proud to be added to the family.

LM: What do you hope people remember about you when they leave your concert or service?

JH: I hope people leave my concerts with a smile. I write my stories and I’m full of hope. With all the negative messages the world is sending, I want my stories and thoughts to make us feel clean and simple and happy. I hope, most of all, that people will hear my stories and feel as if I’m telling their’s. I hope that my music speaks to you in some way and makes you feel connected and known. We all need that.

LM: When did you start following Jesus? Tell us about that.

JH: I have known God since I was a child. God speaks to children in a different way, and even though I didn’t grow up in a Christian home, I heard his voice through the hymns my grandparents would teach me and I felt his presence when I was lonely. When I was about nine, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and I have followed him ever since.

Every day is a journey, but my hope is to learn to trust him more and more every day and to be the best representation of his love that I possibly can be.

LM: How can folks contact you?

JH: You can follow me on Facebook at Jessica Horton Music or you can friend me personally. You can contact me via Messenger or you can email me at jesshortonmusic@gmail.com. I look forward to meeting all of you down the road.

 

Watch and listen for Jessica Horton in the coming days and months. Check out “Love Wins” online and on your local radio station. Her first original project is in the works, so stay tuned for the release information.

Again, Horton will be appearing at Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend in September and she will be making her first appearance in the daytime showcase at Creekside Gospel Music Convention in October.

For information about M.A.C. Records, contact Dennis McKay at 662.889.2829, or on Facebook @musicstudio115a or email info@macrecords.net.

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