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The Guardians welcome new member Scott Mullins

Written by Staff on April 3, 2020 – 1:47 pm -

The Guardians welcome new member Scott Mullins

The Guardians

The Guardians are thrilled to welcome new member, Scott Mullins. He joins Dean Hickman, Pat Barker, and John Darin Rowsey, after the recent retirement of Neil Uhrig. Many fans will know Scott from his days with the Anchormen.

The group posted this on their Facebook page, moments ago:

The Guardians welcome new member Scott Mullins

Cathy and Scott Mullins

If you were listening to “The Gospel Greats,” you heard Dean Hickman talk about our newest member. We welcome Scott Mullins to The Guardians!

Scott is no stranger to gospel music. His love for the music goes back to his childhood, and it’s evident when he steps on the stage to sing.

“Scott Mullins has one of the most pleasing voices I’ve ever heard,” says Pat Barker. “You’re confident he knows exactly who he is singing for.”

The Guardians welcome new member Scott Mullins

Scott Mullins with the Guardians

John Darin Rowsey adds, “As sad as we have been about the departure of longtime group member Neil Uhrig, we are equally as excited about Scott Mullins. He is a very talented singer and great addition to the Guardians!”

Dean Hickman, one of the founding members had this to say: “There are three qualifications you look for in a quartet man. First off, is he a Christian? Is he someone who believes in what he is singing? Does he display Christ likeness in everything he does? Secondly, is he easy to get along with? Is he someone you can travel with on a bus? Finally, can he sing? Well, Scott Mullins exemplifies all 3 and much more!”

Scott has this to say: “It is both a privilege and an honor to have the opportunity to sing with such an organization as The Guardians. I am so thankful that God has placed me with such fine gentlemen as Dean, John, and Pat, and I am looking forward to seeing what God has planned for the future.”

The Guardians welcome new member Scott Mullins

Scott Mullins

The Guardians can’t wait to see what the future holds!

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Legacy Five’s Matt Fouch releases “Born and Raised”

Written by Staff on October 27, 2017 – 6:23 am -

Legacy Five’s Matt Fouch releases “Born and Raised”

Legacy Five’s Matt Fouch releases “Born and Raised”

Nashville, Tennessee (October 27, 2017) — Matt Fouch, skillful bass singer of popular Gospel quartet, Legacy Five, releases his first solo album today. The talented vocalist has answered his fan’s pleas for more Fouch music with the album entitled, “Born and Raised.” From the Bluegrass tune, “Wayfaring Stranger,” to Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons,” this recording brings the comfort of a long-ago time when life was more peaceful.


“This album, ‘Born and Raised,’ has been a dream of mine for several years now,” says Fouch. “I have wanted to record a solo CD for many years but never felt the time was right, until now. I decided to title this release ‘Born and Raised,’ because I’m sharing songs that I was born and raised on. Some of my favorite singers and groups sang these songs and I am finally getting to record them. Singers like Tennessee Ernie Ford, George Younce, J.D. Sumner, Johnny Cash and more. These songs have influenced my life and my singing. I also recorded a song on this album for my Matt Fouch Born and Raised song listfamily (my mom’s favorite song). I hope that you will take a walk down memory lane with me as I bring to life these songs that I was born and raised on. I think you’ll find that you may have been raised on some of these as well.”


Produced by John Darin Rowsey and Trey Ivey, the recording also hosts special guest, Legacy Five, and Paul Lancaster of the Booth Brothers along with Rowsey as background vocalists.


“Matt Fouch is a special vocalist with the ability to sing many types of music with that smooth, buttery bass voice,” says Rob Patz, owner of SGNScoops Magazine. “I have been looking forward to this solo recording. Matt, it’s about time you got off of your couch and gave your fans the CD they have been waiting for.”


Legacy Five’s Matt Fouch releases “Born and Raised”

Legacy Five’s Matt Fouch

Fouch is also known for his live interviews which he calls, “On the Couch with Fouch.” New CD, “Born and Raised,” is available directly from Fouch here at or on iTunes here

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Written by Staff on March 3, 2015 – 8:52 am -

john darin rowsey

Proud Grandparents, John Darin & Shirley Rowsey, hold their new grandson, Cullum Ray Rowsey

John Darin Rowsey (the Guardians) along with his wife, Shirley, are proud to announce the birth of their grandson, Cullum Ray Rowsey. Cullum was born to parents Michael & Bridget Rowsey on February 25, 2015 at approximately 6 PM. He weighed 6 lbs. and 15 oz.

John Darin comments: “Our son, Michael Shade Rowsey and daughter-in-law Bridget, have made us grandparents of our first grandson. It’s hard to believe that you can fall head over heels in love this fast! We thank God for giving us a healthy boy. Father, Mother, and Son are doing well.”

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John Darin Rowsey to remain firmly entrenched in the Daywind Music Publishing fold

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 4, 2014 – 10:49 am -

John Darin Rowsey

John Darin Rowsey

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn.  Daywind Music Publishing is excited to announce that John Darin Rowsey’s tenure with the organization is now 11 years and counting. Rowsey recently re-signed an exclusive agreement to remain as a part of the organization’s superb lineup of songwriters.

“It’s an honor to partner with the premier publisher in our industry,” emphasizes Rowsey. “I can’t wait to see what the future holds as we grow together thinking outside the box.”

Rowsey – who traveled with the award-winning trio Karen Peck and New River from 1999-2003 – has been nominated for multiple Dove Awards and has won one, for the 2008 Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year with “He’s In Control.” He has had numerous hit songs, with one of the earliest being the Gaither Vocal Band’s “Singing with the Saints.” Among his No. 1 songs are Karen Peck and New River’s “I Wanna Know How It Feels” and “Hey” and the Kingsmen’s “Joy’s Gonna Come in the Morning.”

Rowsey is also currently a member of the dynamic vocal trio Watts, Rowsey and Bean, which is part of the Daywind Records roster of artists.

“Consistency is a trait I highly value,” explains Daywind Vice President of Music Publishing Rick Shelton. “John Darin Rowsey consistently creates quality music that is far reaching, and it is his consistent Christian walk that is the wellspring of his impacting ministry. I couldn’t be more delighted to continue the publishing relationship that started for the two of us nearly 12 years ago. John Darin is dear to me personally, and he is an important member of the exclusive Daywind roster of exceptional songwriters.”

Daywind Music Publishing is the premier source of new songs for the Southern Gospel and church print/choral markets. The organization is home to an award-winning roster of songwriters. For more information, visit www.daywindpublishing.com  or e-mail info@daywindpublishing.com.

For more information on John Darin Rowsey, visit the Daywind Music Publishing web site or visit www.wattsrowseyandbean.com.

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The Littles By Lorraine Walker

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 28, 2013 – 11:38 am -

The Littles
By Lorraine Walker

The Littles oneThere are many venues that represent success in Gospel music, but few are as respected
as the Main Stage at the National Quartet Convention (NQC). The artists that perform on
this revered platform are the best of the best. The Littles, a family group from Monroe, North
Carolina, have been working hard to achieve their goals as Christian artists. This year they have
seen their first single release to radio hit the charts and they were thrilled to be asked to perform
on the Main Stage this September in Louisville Kentucky. Hard work, diligence to their craft and
keeping their mind on ministry has allowed these artists to begin to see their dreams fulfilled.

Someday Soon is the latest CD from The Littles, recorded at Harvest Gospel Studios in
Huntington, West Virginia. The project was arranged and produced by John Darin Rowsey and
the single “I Know” debuted on the Singing News Top 80 Chart at #64. This was also the song
The Littles chose to sing on the Main Stage of NQC, where they were asked to appear as the Top
Showcase Group. “We each felt incredibly honored and excited, but at the same time humbled
that the Lord would allow us the opportunity to share His love with so many,” says Jack Little.
“Just thinking of the potential doors God will open as a result of those few minutes on the main
stage, and the hearts that He will be able to reach through us is something to be excited about!”

“We chose to sing “I Know” for a few reasons,” Little continues. “First and foremost,
the message of the song is so important for believers. There are many things about life we don’t
understand, but we can live with certainty that God has everything under control and He loves us
so much! Secondly, it is our current release to radio, and not only are we proud of what the Lord
is doing, but we also wanted to honor the hard work of the writers who so kindly allowed us to
record their song, Ms. Tammie Herring, and Ms. Sheri Thrower.”

Singer/Songwriter Sheri Thrower says, “I sure wish I could’ve been at NQC this year, but
I am so thrilled to hear all the good reports. I guess I’m especially glad to hear about The Littles
who won the Regional Artist Show Case and were honored to sing on the main stage with a song
Tammie Herring and I wrote called, “I Know.” They are Steve Hurst School of Music students
and have worked so very hard. Their first single ever, in the first month, has hit the charts. More
than that, this family is tight! They have been through very difficult circumstances and the Lord
has raised them up. I think your readers would love hearing how this group can sing songs
like “I’m Gonna Make It” and others on their project, because of their faith and strength in the
Lord. It’s true that you can tell if a person or group has been broken by the way they sing. The
Littles don’t just perform, they minister.”

Ministry is something that Jack Little, an ordained Baptist preacher, has been familiar
with for over 17 years. Jack was introduced to Southern Gospel after becoming a Christian
in 1987 and then began singing with his wife Jan in various groups. In 2006, their daughter
Rebecca joined them and they began traveling locally as The Littles, while continually striving
to improve their sound and performance. They also began to attend the Steve Hurst School Of
Music. Director Steve Hurst says, “The Littles are a part of the Steve Hurst School family. We

are so glad to be a part of their ministry. The Littles have worked so hard to reach the vocal
level where they are now singing. Their love for the Lord coupled with their music abilities will
take them far. We believe that many lives are changed each day by their ministry. Churches
and promoters would be blessed by bringing the Littles to into their services and concerts. We
are blessed to know them.” Read more »

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Watts,Rowsey and Bean Join A Great Line Up For The 2012 Diamond Awards

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 12, 2012 – 3:02 pm -

Seattle, WA (October 11, 2012) – Rob Patz of Coastal Media Group and SGN Scoops has announced the addition of Watts, Rowsey and Bean to the lineup of Creekside Gospel Music Convention, to be held October 29 through 31 at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Nicole Watts Jenkins, John Darin Rowsey and Gina Bean recently formed one of the most talented new trios in Gospel music. Fans will be able to experience this exciting trio in person at the 2012 Diamond Awards presentation on October 30, 2012.

“We’re delighted for the opportunity to be a part of such a great event that honors the music and the artists we love so much,” said Dove-award winning singer/songwriter John Darin Rowsey, who traveled with Karen Peck and New River for four years.

Nicole Watts Jenkins is a multiple Singing News award nominee, having performed with The Perrys for seven years. “I am so excited to be performing on the Diamond Awards again this year!” said Watts Jenkins. “We are looking forward to spending time with our fans and friends in beautiful Pigeon Forge.”

Joining Rowsey and Watts Jenkins is acclaimed singer/songwriter Gina Bean. Watts, Rowsey and Bean recently released their debut single to radio, “Turn Your Radio On”. Rob Patz interviewed the trio during last month’s National Quartet Convention, and he noted that the group has a seasoned, exciting sound that showcases three amazing voices.

“We are thrilled to welcome Watts, Rowsey and Bean to the 2012 Diamond Awards presentation. We know this group of awesome vocalists will be a terrific addition to the
program,” said Patz.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention will be held at the Smokey Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from October 29 through 31, 2012. The 75th Anniversary Celebration of Lou Hildreth will be the focus on Monday, October 29. The 2012 Diamond Awards will be held on October 30 and October 31 is Family
Night. For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention visit http://www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com

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Rick Shelton Named VP of Daywind Music Publishing

Written by SGN Scoops on March 9, 2012 – 1:24 pm -

Hendersonville, TN (March 9, 2012) – With 40 #1 songs, 2 BMI Christian Publisher of the Year nods and 10 GMA Dove Awards, including 2011 Song of the Year winner, “Sometimes I Cry,” Daywind Music Publishing has established a strong foothold in Christian music publishing.  In recognition of his leadership towards this end, Rick Shelton has been named Vice President.

Since joining Daywind in 2004, Shelton has signed hit songwriters and forged a strategic partnership with Lifeway Worship enabling Daywind to start a choral print division.  The most recent offering, “Love Won,” by Kenna Turner-West is up for a GMA Dove Award this year for Best Musical.

“Rick Shelton is a great leader.  He is completely focused on finding ways to create opportunities for Daywind’s songwriters.  We are so pleased to have him at the helm of our publishing division,” stated Ed Leonard, president of Daywind Music Group.

Shelton is overseeing Daywind’s expansion into other markets, recently hiring Stephen Duncan as Creative Director.   Duncan is the first graduate of the Belmont University songwriting program and has great relationships across all genres of Christian music.  His strong music background as a concert pianist will prove a plus as Daywind moves into praise and worship, adult contemporary and Christian hit radio formats through new writer signings and collaborations with the talented staff of songwriters at Daywind.    “Stephen Duncan was highly recommended for this role by Steve Rice at Centricity and Mike Murray at Integrity, two men I highly respect in this industry, and I am so excited to see what we will accomplish together,“ said Shelton.

Daywind’s family of songwriters includes Caleb Collins, Marty Funderburk, Ronny Hinson, Scott Inman, Kyla Rowland, John Darin Rowsey, Jeff Steele, Ben Storie, Kenna West, Dianne Wilkinson, Daryl Williams and Gina Vera.

To learn more about Daywind Music Publishing, contact, Rick Shelton at rshelton@daywind.com.

Pictured Top Right-Rick Shelton, VP of Daywind Music Publishing and Stephen Duncan, Creative Director on the left.

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