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Favorite Christmas Memory- John Mathis Jr.

Written by scoopsnews on December 23, 2019 – 6:41 am -

 

Favorite Christmas Memory- John Mathis Jr

 

Favorite Christmas Memories? This year is a different year for me in regard to that thought as it will be the first Christmas I will experience without either of my parents. My father passed in 2011 and my mother passed this year on September 14. The attached picture popped up on my facebook memories this week, it is Alex and my mom (Jeannie). It is from December 15, 2018. My mom had a stroke in November of that year and she was in a rehab facility close to our home. She was wanting to get her hair done because “she looked like a mess” (as she would say). So we coordinated everything and she had her hair colored and cut, she was happy about that. This would be the last time she would have her hair done actually, so this picture has now become a fond memory of the events of that day. She received an early Alzheimers diagnosis and began a rapid decline during the next 9 months until she passed away.
Am I still sad? Of course, I will always miss my mom and my dad until it’s my time to depart this life. But the interesting aspect of a life passing that was so close to me, is that I not only think of particular memories, I feel as if the most fantastic book I’ve ever read has come to an end. The final page completed, that last paragraph read. It’s like that moment of great emotion where you reflect back on the story as a whole and think “What a great story!”.
So this Christmas I find myself not just thinking about particular memories of my mother or father, there are many, but their entire summary of their lives. Death has an interesting way of summarizing who we were, our legacy. Like two characters from a book I marvel at their lives, their choices to love and give unconditionally. Their sacrifices, the perseverance to overcome obstacles and challenges, their faith, their hope and support of their children and grandchildren. In some ways there is sadness that such a great book is over, no more to read, no next chapter to turn to follow the main characters, but it caused something to click inside me when I realized the full body of work in their lives from beginning to end. Oh I had some awareness from the moments and memories, the “chapters” of the story as they unfolded, but to realize the full body of work of lives well-lived, I’m in awe. I have that feeling of having read a great book, “What a story! What a book!”, but in a grander, deeper way.
It impacts me even more because I’m in the middle of my story (I hope it’s only the middle), and I’m part of the lives of two boys in my house, ages 8 (Alex) and 14 (Andrew), who are at the beginning of theirs. I have a wonderful wife, Angie, writing her own story, and all our stories intertwine. I’m reminded by looking back at the life of my mother and father to look forward at the lives of my boys, in the lives of myself and Angie. We have the chance to continue to summarize and write our stories, and lend a whole lot of ink to our childrens. I have the chance to continue to build a legacy of unconditional love, to give, to hopefully pass along all of the things of value that were given to me. To pass along the knowledge that our books are more than mere stories that will end one day, they are filled with purpose from the Author of all things. That the incredible opportunity of having a great story, comes from the Greatest Story of All, that Christ came that we might have life more abundantly. And that once this story ends, we can begin a new one … without end.   John

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Tonja Rose Releases New Music Video & Radio Single

Written by Staff on September 30, 2019 – 3:48 pm -

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“I’m Not Who I Used To Be” Screen Shot

Franklin, TN (September 30, 2019) – Tonja Rose has released a new music video in correlation to her new radio single, “I’m Not Who I Used To Be”. Luke Price Studios directed and produced the video which features John Williams in the story line (the uncle of co-writer Erin Ashleigh) portraying the journey of his own life story. At the time Tonja and Erin wrote this song a few years ago, John’s family had no knowledge of where he was at, he was homeless and suffering from addiction. Later John entered the John 316 Mission Recovery Program in Tulsa, OK where he committed his life to God and as a graduate of the recovery program works with the program to helps others overcome addiction. The video was shot at the Historic King’s Chapel in Arrington, TN (built in 1804) and downtown College Grove, TN.

“I’m Not Who I Used To Be” is the fourth release from the ‘Me, Jesus & The Highway’ album. The album, produced by Tonja and John Mathis Jr. (Bluegrass Valley/Mansion Entertainment), has garnered 3 Singing News Bluegrass Gospel Top 10 chart singles and received 4 Diamond Award Nominations. Tonja is already busy in the studio writing and recording new material for her next album release in 2020. 
Tonja Rose and music video cast at Historic King’s Chapel in Arrington, TN

Tonja Rose and music video cast at Historic King’s Chapel in Arrington, TN

For more information about Tonja Rose or to watch the new music video for “I’m Not Who I Used To Be”, visit her facebook page: Facebook.com/TonjaRoseMusic

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Tony Griffith Joins the Mansion Entertainment Team

Written by SGN Scoops on November 20, 2013 – 11:51 am -

    Mansion Entertainment is proud to announce Tony Griffith as the new Social Media and Marketing director. Tony has a strong mansionsocialmediamarketing background and a wonderful sense of the industry. He has worked in almost every aspect of the music field, and has many studio and road credits.
    Tony has worked in radio management, road management, recording and production, sales and distribution, and was the president of Cornerstone Records and Production 81 music. He has performed on many of the premier stages in the industry and produced, played, sang or written songs on more than 200 albums in his career. Tony has spent the last five years doing studio production and singing with his wife Julie.
    Tony will be covering the latest news and artist information through the Mansion Entertainment website, social media sites and many other press outlets. He will also be working with Pathway recording to bring in new up and coming artists.

(photo) From left to Right: Bill Traylor, Tony Griffith, John Mathis Jr.


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Mansion Entertainment Welcomes Daniel Johnson As Director Of Publishing

Written by SGN Scoops on November 11, 2013 – 1:09 pm -

After experiencing growth and success in its catalog of songs during the past 3 years, including top charting Southernmansion publishing Gospel songs and copyrights being featured in television programs; Mansion Entertainment has brought Daniel Johnson on board to continue to fulfill the ever expanding needs of its music publishing division.
Daniel brings a broad background of experience to the position including 2 years as a missionary in Bangladesh, direct work in radio and radio promotion, a writer and reporter for several newspapers and his own successful music ministry, acting, performing with his wife as a duo in the group Pearly Gates and previously serving as the President of The United States Association of Gospel Entertainers and Musicians (USAGEM).
His specific work as a songwriter and music publisher has had Daniel working in the past with Country Singer/Songwriter Paul Overstreet, the publishing catalog of Maryjohn Wilkin who was probably best known for “One Day At A Time”, managing his own publishing catalog and penning six Number One Christian-Country hits.
Daniel will oversee the search for new material for the Mansion Publishing Catalog as well as music placement of existing copyrights. To reach Daniel Johnson for information regarding new songs he can be contacted via email atdjohnson@themansionentertainment.com

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April 2013 Editon Of SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 2, 2013 – 5:35 pm -

We are stoked about the April edition of SGNScoops Magazine! The beloved, ever popular Triumphant Quartet is gracing the cover this month! Also in this issue, get the inside scoop on Ann Downing’s latest recording experience and enjoy part 2 of Lorraine Walker’s series on John Lanier. Our focus on Christian Country Music shines the spotlight on Barbara Lowman, and we’re highlighting 2 special young folks this month-Zach Flowers and Olivia Collingsworth. In addition to the latest gospel music happenings, April’s issue includes several articles of Christian interest. Sandi Duncan Clark reviews a book titled “Question Everything” and Dixie reviews “The Grasshopper Effect,” a book about small churches. John Mathis Jr. and Jennifer Campbell encourage our hearts with articles of inspiration and don’t miss a special word of encouragement by our new staff writer, Dr. Jeff Steele. This month offers music reviews, an honor to Mark Lowry, a concert review of The Easters and special coverage of the Tracy Stuffle Benefit Concert. Rhonda Frye encourages West Coast Southern Gospel fans to attend the Great Western Fan Festival later this month, and Lorraine Walker tells our readers about the tourist hot-spots in Pigeon Forge, home of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. Thank you to our talented staff of writers and design team for another beautiful issue of SGNScoops Magazine. Remember…we’re always free, and always good! By all means… Please share with your friends, fans and family on your websites and social media outlets!


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April 2013 Editon Of SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 10, 2013 – 6:33 pm -

sgnscoops0413_smWe are stoked about the April edition of SGNScoops Magazine! The beloved, ever popular Triumphant Quartet is gracing the cover this month! Also in this issue, get the inside scoop on Ann Downing’s latest recording experience and enjoy part 2 of Lorraine Walker’s series on John Lanier. Our focus on Christian Country Music shines the spotlight on Barbara Lowman, and we’re highlighting 2 special young folks this month-Zach Flowers and Olivia Collingsworth. In addition to the latest gospel music happenings, April’s issue includes several articles of Christian interest. Sandi Duncan Clark reviews a book titled “Question Everything” and Dixie reviews “The Grasshopper Effect,” a book about small churches. John Mathis Jr. and Jennifer Campbell encourage our hearts with articles of inspiration and don’t miss a special word of encouragement by our new staff writer, Dr. Jeff Steele. This month offers music reviews, an honor to Mark Lowry, a concert review of The Easters and special coverage of the Tracy Stuffle Benefit Concert. Rhonda Frye encourages West Coast Southern Gospel fans to attend the Great Western Fan Festival later this month, and Lorraine Walker tells our readers about the tourist hot-spots in Pigeon Forge, home of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. Thank you to our talented staff of writers and design team for another beautiful issue of SGNScoops Magazine. Remember…we’re always free, and always good! By all means… Please share with your friends, fans and family on your websites and social media outlets!

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March 2013 Editon Of SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 9, 2013 – 10:49 am -

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March 2013 SGNScoops Magazine Is Here

Wow! We sure have the scoop for you this month! The March Edition is jammed packed with exciting news. We’re thrilled to present Jason Crabb as this month’s cover story. Not only does Jason share details about his new CD, “Love Is Stronger,” but he shares his heart regarding ministry and family. Also in this issue, the spotlight is on Karen Peck and her latest solo record, plus we’re highlighting several ministries this month: Charlton Jordan, The Diplomats, Paul’s Journey, John Lanier, The Cargils, Promise, Jayc Harold and Shannon Shelby. As always, SGNScoops keeps the roads hot! This month Angela shares Omega in Concert and Rhonda shares Gospel Boot Camp with Gerald and Adam Crabb as well as the Southern Gospel Music Guild’s 2013 Harmony Honors. Sandi Duncan Clark covers music reviews featuring Red Roots, Tammy Jones Robinette, David Staton and Tommy Brandt. Enjoy a word of encouragement from John Mathis Jr, memories from Lou Hildreth, a fitness challenge from Laurette Willis and chronicles of a Singing English Teacher with Jeff Hawes of Karen Peck & New River. We have a couple of very exciting announcements regarding the Creekside Gospel Music Convention too, so watch the Publisher’s Point with Rob Patz, and don’t miss the Creekside update (hint hint….Ed O’ Neal… The Singing Cookes). All of this is neatly tucked in one place- a beautifully designed online magazine. The best part? It is absolutely FREE! Tell your friends, family and friends- and don’t forget to vote for your favorite artists! Round One Diamond Awards Voting is open NOW! Thank you SGNSCoops staff for an MARVELOUS MARCH issue. Our prayer is for God to be glorified in all we say and do.

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Nick Bruno to Join Pathway Records as Producer

Written by SGN Scoops on February 8, 2013 – 8:57 am -

Franklin, TN (February 7th 2013) – Pathway Records, a division of Pathway Enterprises, is proud to announce Dove Award nicknominated Producer Nick Bruno will be joining the staff at Pathway.

With decades of performing and producing experience, Nick Bruno has produced many Gospel greats including: Squire Parsons, the Booth Brothers, The Kingsmen, and Quinton Mills. His career in performing includes working with such acts as the Rebels with Jim Hamill and Ron & Charles Booth, Coy Cook and the Senators, JD Sumnar and the Stamps and The Kingsmen. Along with his experience in Christian music, Nick has also worked as music director for a few of the largest theatres in Branson, Missouri. During his time there he worked with Christy Lane, Anita Bryant, Ferlin Husky, the Texans, and many other Grand Ole Opry stars.

When asked what he feels the role of a producer is for artists, Nick responded, “Long before any major artist is born into the world of Gospel Music there is a producer behind the scenes finding the right music and arranging it so the talent of the artist is showcased. A good producer is hard to find, but a producer who considers his role as part of God’s plan to advance His kingdom is a rare gift from God indeed.”   Bill Traylor, of Pathway and Mansion Entertainment states, “Nick is a rare talent and a good friend.  Nick will continue to produce major artists outside of Pathway, such as the Booth Brothers and others, but his talent and experience for Pathway and our current and future artists is invaluable”.

Pathway Records is located in beautiful Franklin, Tennessee and offers several recording packages that are designed to fit a variety of needs. For more information about pricing and how to schedule studio time, please visit www.pebn.org and click on Pathway Records.


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January 2013 Edition Of SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 10, 2013 – 5:59 pm -

sgnscoops0113_smWe’re kicking off 2013 with a jammed packed exciting issue of SGNScoops Magazine! Get to know the Ball Brothers this month as our cover story. Other ministries highlighted this month are The Whisnants, Rusty Golden,Woody Wright, Richard Kiser, The Brady’s and Sylvia Green. In this edition, SGNScoops shares details regarding the Sandi Patty, Jason Crabb Christmas Tour, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Christmas and The Bridge Ministry’s “The Bridge To Christmas.” Rhonda shares behind the scenes to Channing Eleton’s new music video and Stephanie Kelley shares her Disney On Ice/Wigs for Children With Cancer experience. Sandi Duncan Clark reviews new music and Angela tells how the Williamsons are involved with spreading the Word of God in Kazakhstan. Other articles of interest include a devotion from John Mathis Jr, memories from Lou Hildreth, a challenge to develop professionally with special guest writer, Sheri Thrower. Rhonda begins a new series called, “Whatever It Takes” focusing on the importance of effective faith sharing. Get fit with Laurette Willis, catch up with Jeff Hawes on the road with Karen Peck and New River and read about plans for the 2013 Creekside Gospel Music Convention! Thank you for making 2012 a great year, and help us make 2013 even better. Please share SGNScoops Magazine with your friends, fans and family. Always Digital, Always Free, Always Good!

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November 2012 Edition Of SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 10, 2012 – 11:07 am -

Tis this season to be thankful,and we have a lot to be thankful for at SGNScoops Magazine. Be sure to read the highlights of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention! Rhonda gives the details of Lou Hildreth’s Celebration as well as details about this year’s Diamond Awards Show. Congratulations to all the winners. We are grateful to all those who participated in this year’s event and look forward to Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2013. We are very excited to present Canton Junction as the cover story and also highlight the ministries of Mercy’s Well, Tyler Hudson, Wes Combs, The Breakfast Club and the Littles. Celebrate 50 years in Gospel Music with the Singing Cookes and the retirement of the Melody Boys Quartet in this issue too! Don’t miss Ms. Lou’s memories, a Mathis moment with John Mathis or inspiration from Scott Rhoades. And a “must read story” is in this issue written by special guest writer, Kenna West regarding faith sharing. Check out who is releasing new music this month and see who is topping the charts! All of this and more written by a staff with more than 100 years experience in the Gospel Music Industry thus making us a trusted and reliable source of news and information. Don’t forget, our magazine is absolutely free! Please share with your friends! From the staff of SGNScoops Magazine, Happy Thanksgiving!

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