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THE HAGEES CELEBRATE ISRAEL

Written by Staff on May 30, 2018 – 9:46 am -

Pastor John Hagee (r) and TBN president Matt Crouch at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

Pastor John Hagee (r) and TBN president Matt Crouch at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Members of acclaimed Southern Gospel family group and Difference Media recording artist The Hagees recently participated in official events celebrating Israel in both America and the Middle East. John Hagee, founder and senior pastor of San Antonio’s Cornerstone Church and founder of Christians United for Israel—the largest Christian pro-Israel organization in the United States—delivered the benediction at the opening of the newly-relocated U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, a ceremony which was broadcast around the world.

In addition, Cornerstone Church executive pastor Matthew Hagee accepted an award on his father’s behalf in Washington, D.C., given by Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer. In honor of Israel’s 70th Independence Day, the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C., honored 70 of the greatest American contributors to the U.S.-Israel relationship. Pastor John Hagee was named alongside other distinguished honorees, including President Harry Truman, Elie Wiesel, Albert Einstein and President Donald Trump.

Comprised of Pastor John Hagee, his son Pastor Matthew Hagee, and daughters Sandra Parker and Tina Ketterling, The Hagees’ storied Gospel career has spanned more than two decades, boasting multiple acclaimed recordings and international appearances. Their 2014 best-selling Difference Media release, Love (Capitol Christian Music Group), debuted at #2 on Nielsen SoundScan’s Southern Gospel chart.

The Hagees' Sandra Parker at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

The Hagees’ Sandra Parker at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

John Hagee is founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-denominational evangelical church with more than 22,000 active members. He also founded John Hagee Ministries, which broadcasts the Gospel on radio and television throughout America and the world, and is the founder of Christians United for Israel, which has grown to become the largest Christian pro-Israel organization in the United States with over 3.2 million members. One of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world, Christians United for Israel provides a national platform through which every pro-Israel church, parachurch organization, ministry or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel in matters related to biblical issues. John Hagee has authored 40 books, including multiple New York Times best-selling titles.

Difference Media is a division of John Hagee Ministries, founded by John Hagee. Along with The Hagees, the San Antonio-based label features some of the leading names in Gospel music, including Ivan Parker, Canton Junction, Ricardo Sanchez, Matt Hagee, Tim Duncan, Aaron & Amanda Crabb, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir and John Hagee.

Pastor Matt Hagee (r) and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C.

Pastor Matt Hagee (r) and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer
at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C.

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NATALIE GRANT AND JASON CRABB TO HEADLINE SECOND ANNUAL AMERICAN GOSPEL CELEBRATION

Written by Staff on May 15, 2017 – 3:04 pm -

Jason Crabb by Craig Harris

Jason Crabb . Photo by Craig Harris

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Two of Christian music’s biggest voices—multi-GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Natalie Grant and GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter Jason Crabb—are set to headline the second annual American Gospel Celebration June 8 and 9 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Celebrating faith and freedom, the event will be highlighted by messages from best-selling author and renowned pastor John Hagee and author and pastor Matt Hagee.

Kicking-off at 7:00 pm each night at the Lancaster Convention Center, the American Gospel Celebration will also feature three of Christian music’s most beloved groups: GRAMMY®-nominated family band The Isaacs; multi-Dove Award-winning trio The Martins; and Dove Award-winning quartet Canton Junction.

General admission tickets are $40, with single-day passes available for $25 each. Register by phone at 1-855-694-9649 or online.

About John Hagee Ministries
John Hagee is founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-

Natalie Grant

Natalie Grant

denominational evangelical church with more than 22,000 active members. He also founded John Hagee Ministries, which broadcasts the Gospel on radio and television throughout America and the world, and is the founder of Christians United for Israel, which has grown to become the largest Christian pro-Israel organization in the United States—with over 3.2 million members. One of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world, Christians United for Israel provides a national platform through which every pro-Israel church, parachurch organization, ministry or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel in matters related to biblical issues. John Hagee has authored 39 books, seven of which were on the New York Times bestsellers list, including the 2013 blockbuster Four Blood Moons.

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‘I CHOSE ME’ DIGITAL SINGLE TO BENEFIT JOHN HAGEE MINISTRIES’ SANCTUARY OF HOPE

Written by Staff on April 4, 2017 – 10:31 am -

Sandy Hagee Parker and The Hagees

Sandy Hagee Parker and The Hagees

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— “I Chose Me,” a poignant new ballad performed by Sandy Hagee Parker of southern gospel’s acclaimed The Hagees and penned and produced by Cornerstone Church worship leader Zachery Smith, bows digitally today via Difference Media/Capitol Christian Distribution. All proceeds from the single—available at iTunes, among other online outlets— benefit John Hagee Ministries’ Sanctuary of Hope, a home for unwed mothers and orphaned children currently under construction in San Antonio, Texas.

Sandy Hagee Parker

Sandy Hagee Parker

Written from the perspective of a woman struggling with grief and guilt, “I Chose Me” not only sheds light on the abortion epidemic in America, but Smith hopes the song will serve as a reminder of the life-affirming alternatives to abortion.

“This song was a definite departure for me,“ said Smith, a Cornerstone Church worship leader. “To write about the pain without portraying a ‘happily ever after’ closure makes for a very somber writing session. Trying to encapsulate the first-person perspective of a woman in this situation was a challenge I was honored to accept. The Sanctuary of Hope exists to prevent women from walking down this dark path of pain and regret, so that— in and of itself— is the happy ending of the song. This doesn’t have to happen. There is help. There is hope, a Sanctuary of Hope.”

Pastors John and Matt Hagee helped break ground for Sanctuary of Hope last month. The multi-purpose facility, designed to help save the lives of unborn babies and provide a safe place of hope for women, will ultimately equip mothers and children for a better and brighter future.

“As Christians we are mandated to help those in need,” said best-selling author and Cornerstone Church founder and senior pastor, John Hagee. “This facility will not save every mother and every child from poverty, but as my Jewish friends have taught me, if you save one life it is as if you saved an entire world. We are going to do what we can for everyone we can.”

John Hagee is founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-denominational evangelical church with more than 22,000 active members. He also founded John Hagee Ministries, which broadcasts the Gospel on radio and television throughout America and the world, and is the founder of Christians United for Israel, which has grown to become the largest Christian pro-Israel organization in the United States—with over 3.2 million members. One of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world, Christians United for Israel provides a national platform through which every pro-Israel church, parachurch organization, ministry or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel in matters related to biblical issues. John Hagee has authored 39 books, seven of which were on the New York Times best-sellers list, including the 2013 blockbuster Four Blood Moons.

Difference Media, a division of John Hagee Ministries, features some of the leading names in Gospel music, including Ivan Parker, Canton Junction, Ricardo Sanchez, Matt Hagee, Tim Duncan, Aaron & Amanda Crabb, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir, John Hagee and The Hagees.

To learn more about Sanctuary of Hope, visit SOHCares.org. For further information, visit jhm.org, differencemedia.org or turningpointpr.com.

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Sunday Sermon…..Pastor John Hagee

Written by scoopsnews on August 7, 2016 – 5:29 am -

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Pastor John Hagee

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John Charles Hagee (born April 12, 1940) is the founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church, a charismatic megachurch in San Antonio, Texas[2] Hagee is also the chief executive officer (CEO) of his non-profit corporation, Global Evangelism Television (GETV).

Hagee is the President and CEO of John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts his national radio and television ministry carried in the United States on ten television networks, including 62 high-power stations aired to more than 150 million households. He is shown on networks around the globe, including The Inspiration Network (INSP), Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), and Inspiration Now TV.[3] John Hagee Ministries is in Canada on the Miracle Channel and CTS and can be seen in places including Africa, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.[4] Hagee is the founder and National Chairman of the Christian-Zionist organization Christians United for Israel, incorporated on February 7, 2006.[5]

Pastor Hagee’s sermon today is about overcoming Depression.

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The Crabb Family, The Isaacs, Canton Junction and more to appear at American Gospel Celebration

Written by Staff on July 19, 2016 – 2:25 pm -

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JOHN HAGEE’S STAR-STUDDED AMERICAN GOSPEL CELEBRATION JOINS THE MILITARY WARRIORS
SUPPORT FOUNDATION TO HONOR COMBAT MILITARY FAMILIES WITH NEW HOMES

3-Day Faith and Freedom Event Features Diamond Rio, Lee Greenwood, Larry Gatlin, The Crabb Family, The Isaacs, Canton Junction and More

 

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Diamond Rio

Diamond Rio

SAN ANTONIO— Pastor John Hagee will keynote the three-day, star-studded American Gospel Celebration Sept. 1-3 in Louisville’s Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center. This event is not only a celebration of our faith and freedom but also honors our military veterans. Top artists set to perform include Grammy and Dove Award-winning Diamond Rio, Lee Greenwood, Larry Gatlin, The Crabb Family, Canton Junction and many more.

Adding to the excitement of the American Gospel Celebration, the Military Warriors Support Foundation will honor three combat-wounded heroes and/or Gold Star spouses by awarding them mortgage-free homes during the event. The foundation’s CEO and founder, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Leroy Sisco, will make the presentation.

“Come celebrate your faith and freedom with outstanding music as we explore God’s Word together finding wisdom from its timeless Truth,” Pastor Hagee said. “I’m also thrilled to have General Sisco join us to honor military heroes. This is an event not to be missed.”

A special pre-show tailgating event outside the Expo Center each night features eat-and-greet with performers, food trucks, giveaways, and more. Plus, a social media contest yields one individual or group the chance to perform at the tailgate party.

For tickets, register online at AmericanGospelCelebration.com.

Isaacs

Isaacs

The Celebration kicks off Thursday, Sept. 1, with a special pre-show Tailgate Event. As food trucks offer fun fare to eat, performers will mingle with attendees and enjoy a gospel music showcase. Attendees can bring a lawn chair and kick back for live music, food and free giveaways.

Aspiring gospel singers (not signed to a record label) who dream of a shot on stage can win a chance to perform at the Tailgate Event and receive a free ticket for each performer to the Celebration. Just post a solo or group vocal performance on social media (unlimited entries) and use hashtag #agctalentsearch.  Seeamericangospelcelebration.com for eligibility rules.

The American Gospel Celebration follows the Thursday Tailgate Event with a night of teaching and song. As Pastor Hagee encourages audiences to celebrate faith and freedom, musical groups will include The Crabb Family, The Isaacs, Larnelle Harris, Canton Junction, and Voices of Lee.

Canton Junction

Canton Junction

Friday features a second Tailgate Event, more inspiring preaching from Pastor Hagee and music from Booth Brothers, The Hoppers, Larry Gatlin, Gordon Mote, and Voices of Lee. The event comes to its big finish Saturday, Sept. 3, with Pastor Matt Hagee bringing a timely word and musical performances by Diamond Rio and Lee Greenwood.

Keep checking the website as more artists will be announced as the event nears.

John Hagee is known around the world for teaching God’s Word, writing best-selling books and reaching millions through his national radio and television teachings and worldwide, 24 hours a day, seven days a week on GETV.org.

EVENT AT A GLANCE
WHAT: American Gospel Celebration

WHERE: Freedom Hall—Kentucky Exposition Center (Louisville, Kentucky)

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 1; Friday, Sept. 2; and Saturday, Sept. 3

WHO:
Thursday, Sept. 1

Pre-Show Tailgate Event

American Gospel Celebration
Pastor John Hagee
The Crabb Family, The Isaacs, Larnelle Harris, Canton Junction, and Voices of Lee

Larry Gatlin

Larry Gatlin

Friday, Sept. 2
Pre-Show Tailgate Event

American Gospel Celebration
Pastor John Hagee
Booth Brothers, The Hoppers, Larry Gatlin, Gordon Mote, and Voices of Lee

Saturday, Sept. 3
Pre-Show Tailgate Event

Pastor John Hagee Book Signing

American Gospel Celebration
Pastor Matt Hagee
Diamond Rio and Lee Greenwood

TICKETS: AmericanGospelCelebration.com

For more information on the American Gospel Celebration, visit: JHM.org orAmericanGospelCelebration.com

Connect:https://twitter.com/pastorjohnhagee
https://www.facebook.com/JohnHageeMinistries

About Pastor John Hagee JHM.org

John Hagee is founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-denominational evangelical church with more than 22,000 active members. He also founded John Hagee Ministries, which broadcasts the Gospel on radio and television throughout America and the world, and is the founder of Christians United for Israel, which has grown to become the largest Christian pro-Israel organization in the United States—with over 3.2 million members. One of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world, Christians United for Israel provides a national platform through which every pro-Israel church, parachurch organization, ministry or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel in matters related to Biblical issues. John Hagee has authored 39 books seven of which were on the New York Times best-sellers list including the 2013 blockbuster Four Blood Moons.
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THE HAGEES’ LOVE MARKS MILESTONE RELEASE WEEK

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 27, 2014 – 1:04 pm -

HageeNASHVILLE, Tenn.—Difference Media artist The Hagees celebrated the highest sales debut of their career with the June 10 release of Love (Capitol Christian Distribution). The recording debuted at #2 on Nielsen SoundScan’s Southern chart; #27 on the Top Current Contemporary Christian chart; and #15 on the all-genre Top New Artist Albums chart for the week ending June 15. The precedent-setting release of Love marks the highest debut for the Difference Media label since its inception.

Produced by multi-Dove Award winner Aaron Crabb, Love includes “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” featuring Pastor John Hagee, group patriarch and world-renowned evangelist; the contemporary country “When Love Comes To Town,” featuring Matthew Hagee; “That’s What Love Looks Like,” with lead vocals by Sandy Parker; and the powerful affirmation of “I’ll Never Leave You,” spotlighting Tina Ketterling. The project is highlighted by the Dottie Rambo-penned “I’ve Never Been This Homesick Before,” showcasing guest vocals from Dove Award-winning quartet Canton Junction.

Comprised of Pastor John Hagee, his son Pastor Matthew Hagee, and daughters Sandy Parker and Tina Ketterling, The Hagees’ storied Gospel career has spanned more than two decades, boasting multiple acclaimed recordings and international appearances.

A world-renowned evangelist and best-selling author, Pastor John Hagee is founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. A non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members, Cornerstone is home to John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts Pastor Hagee’s radio and television teachings throughout America and to more than 190 countries around the globe. The ministry also operates GETV, a 24/7 online television and video on-demand broadcast of sermons and original programming (getv.org).


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AARON & AMANDA CRABB CONTINUE MILESTONE YEAR WITH MULTIPLE AWARD NOMINATIONS

Written by SGN Scoops on August 29, 2013 – 9:47 am -

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Continuing a milestone year following the April release of their critically-acclaimed fourth recording, Mercy, Mercycoversinger/songwriters and worship leaders Aaron & Amanda Crabb recently garnered four Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Award nominations, as well as a top award nomination from the Inspirational Country Music Association (ICM).

The couple earned a Dove Award nomination in the prestigious Song of The Year category for “Take Him To The Place,” which they wrote and recorded. “I’m Learning,” recorded by the duo and penned by Lee Black, Michael Fordinal and Kenna West, is also nominated for Song of the Year, making Aaron & Amanda Crabb the only artist to have recorded two songs nominated in this category. Song of the Year nominees also include “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)”; “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)”; “Forgiveness”; and “Redeemed,” among others.

In addition, Mercy received a Dove Award nomination for Country Album of the Year, while the couple’s debut mainstream country single, “I’m Learning,” is nominated for Country Song of the Year. Aaron & Amanda Crabb’s multi-format Christian radio single, “Take Him To The Place,” is among the nominees for Inspirational Song of the Year. The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be presented October 15 in Nashville.

The Inspirational Country Music Association also recently announced finalists for the 19th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards. Aaron & Amanda Crabb are nominated for Vocal Duo, alongside such artists as The Roys and Branded, among others. This year’s ICM Awards will be held in Nashville October 24 at the close of ICM Faith, Family & Country Week (www.faithfamilycountry.com).

Aaron & Amanda Crabb’s Mercy bowed April 23 from Difference Media (Capitol Christian Distribution) and was co-produced by Aaron Crabb and Ben Isaacs (The Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs). Featuring 11 songs revealing a decidedly country direction for the duo, the project pays tribute to their storied Southern Gospel heritage and a range of Inspirational influences.

Aaron Crabb gained prominence as a member of the groundbreaking Crabb Family, one of the most popular acts in Southern Gospel music with more than 10 Dove Awards and three GRAMMY® nominations to their credit. After the group disbanded in 2007, Aaron and his wife Amanda released three acclaimed projects as a duo—2008’s Dove-nominated After the Rain, 2009’s CD/DVD Live at Oaktree, and 2010’s Love With No End—prior to the release of Mercy. The couple also serves as worship leaders at San Antonio’s Cornerstone Church.

Difference Media is a division of Cornerstone Church, founded and pastored by John Hagee. The label features some of the leading names in Southern Gospel music, including Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Canton Junction, Matthew Hagee, Tim Duncan, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir, John Hagee and The Hagees. A non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members, Cornerstone Church is home to John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts Pastor Hagee’s radio and television teachings throughout America and to 245 countries around the globe. The ministry also operates GETV, a 24/7 online television and video on-demand broadcast of sermons and original programming, as well as music videos and performances by Difference Media artists (www.getv.org).

For further information, visit www.differencemedia.org orwww.turningpointpr.com.


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CANTON JUNCTION’S SHOW ME YOUR WAY BOWS JUNE 4

Written by SGN Scoops on May 31, 2013 – 1:35 pm -

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—One of Southern Gospel’s leading new talents, Difference Media quartet Canton Junction is set to bowShow Me Your Way June 4. Executive produced by Matthew Hagee and produced by Aaron Crabb, Matthew Hagee and Michael Sykes, the project features 14 selections.

Show Me Your Way is highlighted by the never-before released bonus tracks “Just a Little Talk with Jesus/Jesus on the Main Line Medley (Live),” “In God We Still Trust (Live)” and “Back On My Feet Again.” The album also features 11 songs from Canton Junction’s 2012 self-titled debut, including “Hold On,” which reached #1 on The Christian Voice singles chart and #2 on The Singing Newschart earlier this year, and “The Son Shines Down On Me.”

In addition to Show Me Your WayCanton Junction Live at Cornerstone (DVD) will also be available June 4. Recorded at San Antonio’s Cornerstone Church, the DVD features live renditions of such group favorites as  “Show Me Your Way” and “Sweeter as the Days Go By,” as well as bonus performances of “In God We Still Trust” and a roundabout piano medley of “Just a Little Talk with Jesus/Jesus on the Main Line.”

Comprised of GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Aaron Crabb; award-winning bass vocalist Tim Duncan; singer, pastor and author Matthew Hagee; and acclaimed vocalist Shane McConnell, the members of Canton Junction have collectively garnered numerous Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and multiple GRAMMY® nominations, among other accolades and honors.

Difference Media is a division of Cornerstone Church, founded and pastored by John Hagee. The label features some of the leading names in Southern Gospel music, including Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Canton Junction, Matthew Hagee, Tim Duncan, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir, John Hagee and The Hagees. A non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members, Cornerstone Church is home to John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts Pastor Hagee’s radio and television teachings throughout America and to more than 190 countries around the globe. The ministry also operates GETV, a 24/7 online television and video on-demand broadcast of sermons and original programming, as well as music videos and performances by Difference Media artists (www.getv.org).

Show Me Your Way and Canton Junction Live at Cornerstone (DVD) are distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution.

For further information on Canton Junction, visit www.differencemedia.org orwww.turningpointpr.com.


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CANTON JUNCTION ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF SHANE MCCONNELL TO ACCLAIMED LINE-UP

Written by SGN Scoops on March 26, 2013 – 1:58 pm -

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Difference Media recording artist Canton Junction announces the addition of celebrated vocalist Shane NEWCantonJunctionMcConnell to its acclaimed lineup. McConnell joins Matthew Hagee, Aaron Crabb and Tim Duncan, to round out the popular quartet.

“Shane is a remarkably talented and incredibly gracious individual, who greatly complements the idea that Canton Junction is where good things come together,” said Matthew Hagee, who also serves as executive pastor, Cornerstone Church. “We are extremely blessed to have him and look forward to what the future holds for Canton Junction.”

“I’ve enjoyed all the opportunities I’ve had in the studio through the years, but now as a member of Canton Junction, I’m especially looking forward to being able to interact with live audiences,” McConnell said. “I’ve always loved quartet harmonies, but I also have a heart for praise & worship, so Canton Junction seems like a great home for me. I believe it’s going to be a fun journey!”

McConnell has been a highly sought after Nashville studio vocalist since 1998, having performed on recordings by Garth Brooks, Wynonna, Kenny Rogers, Steve Green, Sandi Patty, Andy Griffith and Bill Gaither, among countless others. In addition, his voice has been heard on recordings for Walt Disney World and SeaWorld. Since 2006 he has been part of the Gaither Homecoming family, performing on Homecoming videos, live events and studio projects.

Since the release of its self-titled debut last year, Canton Junction has quickly become one of the leading groups in southern gospel music. The recording features the #1 single, “Hold On,” and the current single, “The Son Shines Down On Me.”

Difference Media is a division of Cornerstone Church, founded and pastored by John Hagee. The label features some of the leading names in Southern Gospel music, including Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Canton Junction, Matthew Hagee, Tim Duncan, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir, John Hagee and The Hagees. A non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members, Cornerstone Church is home to John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts Pastor Hagee’s radio and television teachings throughout America and to 245 countries around the globe. The ministry also operates GETV, a 24/7 online television and video on-demand broadcast of sermons and original programming, as well as music videos and performances by Difference Media artists (www.getv.org).

For further information on Canton Junction or other Difference Media artists, visit www.differencemedia.org or www.turningpointpr.com.

Photo: (l-r) Canton Junction’s Shane McConnell, Aaron Crabb,
Matthew Hagee and Tim Duncan


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Canton Junction: A Faithful Journey!

Written by SGN Scoops on February 13, 2013 – 8:25 pm -

“A Faithful Journey”

Canton Junction

By Jennifer Campbell, 

(SGNScoops Magazine, November 2012)

 

canton junctionHave you ever encountered a crossroads in life?  Sometimes in life, we may not plan out the course our lives will take.  But God knows the path that we will travel down along life’s journey, and He knows where these roads will intersect.  One Sunday morning, four individuals joined their voices in song, unaware of the harmony that would bring them together as a group.  Matthew Hagee, Aaron Crabb, Michael Sykes, and Tim Duncan came to a crossroads.  Instead of going four separate directions, they faithfully followed God’s footsteps.  And His footsteps traveled down the road to Canton Junction.

Canton Junction was born from a special musical performance at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas.  As the group began to sing, it became clear that the harmony within the group, both literally and figuratively, was a rare find.  The group’s name, Canton Junction, means “the crossroads of different subjects or regions into one gathering point.”  On the day they came together to sing in one accord, that was their gathering point.  The different regions where they live and diverse musical backgrounds they come from represent the crossroads of different subjects.  Yet, no matter how different they may be, they sing for one reason and one reason alone: to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

While they are a quartet, Canton Junction represents so much more than four-part harmony.  They have dozens of GMA Dove Awards, Grammy nominations, and other accolades between them.  In addition, they have over 85 years of experience between them.  Their styles of music range from traditional hymns to the Eagles and Southern Gospel to big band.  Needless to say, there is something for everyone.  And the best part of all is that every song is sung for the sole purpose of sharing God’s grace with everyone who hears them.

For over a decade, the lead singer of Canton Junction, Aaron Crabb, traveled with the renowned group The Crabb Family.  During this chapter in his musical journey, he sang and produced 19 number one gospel songs.  This Kentucky-born individual has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, and many other prestigious locations.  Yet all the while, he simply loves the Lord, his family, and singing.  Aaron holds a firm belief that God can use music to heal hearts and that the Truth gets us through the many obstacles that we may encounter.

Canton Junction is proud to have award-winning bass singer, Tim Duncan, on board with them.  An original member of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Tim describes himself as a “quartet man.”  He received the Singing News Fan Award for Best Bass in 2006.  Tim said his earliest memories of music were of his dad buying quartet records.  It was in these moments that he fell in love with the thrill of hearing long endings, the tenor soaring, and the bass booming.  Bringing to the table 16 years of full-time singing experience, along with his involvement with Billboard-topping albums and DVDs, he still remains down to earth.  For Tim, it’s not about the awards and honors, but instead, it’s about the reason he sings: he loves to make people happy by singing the best music in the world – music that communicates the Best News ever.

Continuing a six-generation legacy of ministry, Matthew Hagee sings tenor for Canton Junction.  Matthew grew up singing around the piano with his family.  He serves as Executive Pastor of Cornerstone Church, alongside his father, John Hagee, Founding Pastor.  Having graduated from Oral Roberts University School of Business, Matthew is also a gifted speaker and author, in addition to being an accomplished vocalist.  He has authored two books, “Shaken, Not Shattered” and “Response-Able.”  When he is not on stage, he lives a truly Texan lifestyle, trading horses and cattle in his spare time.

The group’s baritone is no stranger to gospel music, having enjoyed a long and successful run in Nashville as a producer, songwriter, and business owner.  Michael Sykes has produced award-winning albums for artists such as the Gaither Vocal Band, Russ Taff, The Martins, Jeff and Sheri Easter, and The Oak Ridge Boys.  His love for harmony, along with his tenure with Ponder, Sykes, & Wright, makes him a natural group vocalist.  Although Michael has received multiple GMA Dove Awards for producing and songwriting, he is a country boy at heart who has a gift for making music.

I had the opportunity to interview Matthew recently and found that he not only preaches what he sings, but also lives what he preaches.  I pray you enjoy reading his responses to the questions I presented to him.

Matthew said that it’s hard to remember when he first heard Southern Gospel Music.  He said, “It’s difficult to say when church music, family music, fun music was and is Southern Gospel Music.  It wasn’t until someone told us what we were listening to that we knew what to call the music that was such a big part of our everyday lives.  I have always loved Gospel Music of every kind and type.  From an early age my family memories are around the piano singing the songs of the church.  My father has always made it a point to pursue excellent, God-honoring music in our church, and as long as those two elements were first and foremost, then the style really didn’t matter.   From big band to bluegrass it all has a place.”

Now that he is a part of a Gospel singing group, Mathew says that following in the steps of some of the greatest Gospel Music Legends is nearly incomprehensible.  “To even be mentioned in phrases with people that you admire so dearly seems to be beyond anything we could have imagined for Canton Junction,” said Matthew.

Mathew said his greatest influence has been his father, John Hagee.  He added, “Outside of my father in music, there have been many – George Younce, Glen Payne, Lari Goss, Ben Speer, and Bill Gaither – not to mention the gentlemen I’m privileged to work with now.”

As a singer, the lyrics of songs become a very important part of your life.  Matthew said if he could write a song to describe his life so far, he would title the song, “Blessed.”  Concerning a song that has blessed him personally, he responded, “That is something that changes from day to day and season to season.   Whether it is a season of joy or hardship, the greatest endorsement I can give to Gospel Music is that it always meets the needs of the moment.”

Matthew is definitely a family man.  Matthew said, “Anywhere my wife and kids are happy is paradise to me.”  He and his wife Kendal are blessed with three children, Hannah Rose, John William and Joel Charles, and are looking forward to the birth of their fourth child in April 2013.  He says he balances his time between family and ministry by purposely devoting his time to whatever it is he is doing.  “When I’m with my family, I’m with my family,” Matthew said.  “When I am working, I am working.  Whatever I am doing at the moment is what I am 100% invested in.”

Matthew shared some wisdom to young artists who are just starting out.  He said, “Always honor God; make worship a priority and endure.”  Matthew said, “God is alive and well and watching.”  Canton Junction follows this advice, understanding the fact that we should live our lives in honor of our Heavenly Father, making Him proud when He watches us along the road of life.

More About Matt

Most Encouraging Scripture: Jeremiah 1:5

Favorite Restaurant: “What are you hungry for?”

Favorite Book: Whichever one is in my hand at the moment.  I love to read!

The group is excited to see what great things God has in store for them as they seek His direction on their musical journey.  Their journey has literally taken them around the world with their tour of Israel where they performed for Prime Minister Netanyahu.  Additionally, they recently recorded a live concert in San Antonio.  “It was one of the most exciting musical events that I have ever been a part of,” stated Matthew.  “We are looking forward to sharing the evening in a video release very soon.”

Canton Junction has experienced great success throughout the time they have been sharing the Good News through song.  And it is certain that they will continue to have tremendous success for years to come.  For Matthew, and quite assuredly the other members of the group, the best part of traveling and singing as Canton Junction is the “opportunity to see people blessed by the message of the music that we sing and to enjoy singing with friends that mean so much.”  That is what it is truly all about: the message in the music, the music along the journey, and the faithful journey traveled by Canton Junction.

Canton Junction recently celebrated their chart-topping radio success at a special luncheon. The quartet’s debut single, “Hold On,” written by Gerald Crabb, reached #1 on The Christian Voice singles chart, while currently holding the #2 position on The Singing News.  To order Canton Junction’s debut album, visit: http://www.differencemedia.org.

 

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