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September 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by Staff on September 5, 2017 – 10:39 am -

SGNScops Magazine for September 2017

SGNScops Magazine for September 2017

It’s September and time for another great issue of SGNScoops Magazine. We are proud to have Goodman Revival as our cover guests and we know you will enjoy reading this backstage interview with one of the top trios in Gospel music.

Within these pages, we present several intensive interviews with Jonathan Wilburn, Eli Fortner, Rebecca Burke, Matthew Holt, the Freedom Singers and Evie Karlsson. Take a close look at the CD reviews by Randall Hamm and Kaleb Powell and you just might see a release from your favorite artist.
Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is approaching quickly. For all the current information, be sure to read the latest update in this edition of SGNScoops Magazine. You can also find Hope To The Hill by Nathan Kistler, the DJ Spotlight by Vonda Easley, SGNScoops Top 100 and Christian Country Top 40. For those detailed readers, you will notice that we reran the August 2017 charts, as we move to a new system of reporting the top songs.
Finally, be sure to read the Publisher’s Point by Rob Patz and the Editor’s Last Word by Lorraine Walker, to find out what is on our minds as we prepare this publication for you. We hope you are engaged, entertained and encouraged. Most of all, we hope you see the love of Jesus Christ between our pages. Thank you for reading SGNScoops Magazine.
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A note from Jonathan Wilburn….🎶

Written by scoopsnews on January 13, 2016 – 9:56 am -

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Wilburn and Wilburn

A note from Jonathan Wilburn:

I found out today from a radio station that they would be removing our song from their playlist due to a listener complaining. The song is “You Asked Him to Leave”. It deals with how we have turned our backs on God and blamed Him for the problems we have. If one person can have this kind of influence, imagine what a bunch of Christians could do who are willing to stand? We ask for your help to get the message of this song heard.We ask you to call your local stations and ask them to play “You Asked Him To Leave” by Wilburn and Wilburn. We ask you DJs to help us get this message to your listeners. We have to take a stand!On a side note the song jumped from 50 to 21 in one month. God is still in control! P.S. If you call your station and they say they don’t have it. Please message me with the stations email address or mailing address and I will personally see to it that they receive this single.

 

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In Depth With Jonathan Wilburn

Written by Staff on October 23, 2014 – 1:40 pm -

wilburnandwilburntracksJonathan Wilburn has been around Southern Gospel for as long as he has been alive. Son of Elaine and Jackie Wilburn, Jonathan learned his craft at the knees of one of the best duos in Southern Gospel. He sang with his parents until the age of 16 and then moved on to anchor the lead position of the award-winning Gold City Quartet for several years. His powerful voice now blends well with his son, Jordan, as they sing together in Wilburn And Wilburn, carrying on the family tradition as they sing about their faith. [Editor’s note: article first published December 2013]

Jonathan Wilburn has always been the friendly extravert who naturally falls into the position of group spokesperson. Just as he has had to answer the same questions from interviewers all his life, he must at times tire of giving the same answers. For our “In Depth” article, we tried to find out some different things about Jonathan that you may not know. We have tried to let Jonathan tell it in his own way.

Wilburn_cover72Jonathan began singing with his son Jordan in 2011, releasing their first CD, Family Ties. In 2012, they won the Singing News’ Horizon Group of the Year, with Jordan picking up the Horizon Individual Award. It seems like their group began at the top and stayed there, but Jonathan says it wasn’t as easy as it may have appeared.

“Getting started in a new business or venture is never easy but in our case was made some what easier due to the fact that I traveled singing Southern Gospel Music for most of my life up until 1996. That is when I took the lead position with Gold City. I stayed with Gold City for 12 years until 2008.

Jonathan continues, “That was a tough decision when I felt it was time to leave. Gold City had become like family to me. Tim Riley and Daniel Riley were great to live with and work with over those years. I could not have asked to be treated any better than I was with Gold City. My decision to leave was completely personal and all my decision.”

“During the time I was off the road, working at a local Ford dealership, I began to notice that my son was developing as a singer himself. I would come home and all he wanted to do was watch or listen to Southern Gospel music. That is when I began accepting some dates for us to sing from time to time. One day at work God spoke to my heart. He said all He needed was a father and son to tell folks about The Father and The Son! Now I know there are some who might say, “Yea we have heard this before.” I will tell you this: my position as one of the top sales people at Ronnie Watkins Ford brought home a good living! This was not for fame or money. It is what God laid on my heart, period. It makes no difference if anybody believes that or not as long as God and I have it worked out. I guess I learned that from my Dad, Mr. Jackie Wilburn.”

wilburn“Wilburn and Wilburn was not an over-night success, by no stretch of the imagination!” Jonathan continues, “I have been singing now since I was 12 years old. I remember our first National Quartet Convention in Nashville, Tennessee and hoping one day to be able to sing on that stage. Well after a lot of hard work over the years, God has blessed me with an opportunity to sing and travel with my son Jordan. We have had some great songs written by some of the best writers in Southern Gospel music. That is the key! Good songs with good music.”

God has taken Wilburn and Wilburn along a path of rich blessing. “We were signed by Daywind Records with an awesome support staff there, then a very highly-sought-after booking agent, Michael Davis at The Dominion Agency. We have a great producer in Ben Isaacs. We also have wonderful support from pastors, promoters and many others that have become our friends over the years. God has truly blessed our efforts. It has not all been easy. This is hard work keeping a ministry on the road. I have a whole new respect for my dad and Tim Riley!”

Jonathan shares what it has been like over the last three years. “Traveling with my son Jordan has already been a great trip. We travel about 120 dates a year. Some may ask, “Is that healthy for a father and son to be together that much?” Well, Jordan and I have a unique relationship. We have always been able to just be very truthful with one another and get passed stuff. That means a lot when traveling. It’s putting disagreements and problems in the rear view mirror. He is my son who is also my best friend. He has even become more special since he and his wife, Lauren, are expecting my first grandchild. We know it is a little girl. My, my, my, I am done. Stick a fork in me because I am going to spoil that kid to death! 

For the time being, Jonathan and Jordan travel light. “Right now it is just two men and a truck,” Jonathan laughs. “I am going to try to add a utility picker one day, but for now economics won’t allow us to hire anybody. I will not hire a musician unless I can take care of him. From time to time we have a dear friend from Georgia, Jim Cox, who helps us drive on the longer runs we are required to make.”

WilburnIt is obvious that Jonathan loves his current career and singing with his son. However, there is a part of him that is still is a quartet-man. He says if he could sing with anyone for just one performance, it would be in one of the most beloved quartets of all time. “I have a wide selection of groups that I have loved and listened to over the years, but if I could just pick one that I have never sung with it would be The Cathedrals; the era with Danny Funderburk, Gerald Wolfe, Mark Trammell, Glen Payne and George Younce!”

However, as this is a dream that won’t come to fruition until all the members reach Heaven, we had Jonathan pick out some singers that he would choose in order to increase his current duet into a quartet. His choices for bass vocalist would be either Gene McDonald or Aaron McCune. On tenor, he would pick Steve Ladd or Jay Parrack. “I believe these four guys to be some of the best artists not traveling with a group full-time in gospel music!”

Jonathan and Sandra Wilburn

Jonathan and Sandra Wilburn

With Christmas swiftly approaching, Wilburn and Wilburn turn their thoughts toward home and hearth. “Christmas is very special to all of my family,” says Jonathan. “This is going to be a very special one, though, because both of my children are married now and we will be together for the first time. We always go to my Mom’s, Elaine Wilburn’s, on Christmas Eve. It is a tradition that has been in our family for over 40 years. I have never missed a Christmas Eve night on Wilburn Lane in Carthage Tennessee. Family and friends from all walks of life gather at my Mom and Dad’s house to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Yes, we really celebrate. I ain’t talking people forced to be there. We get there early and stay late. Singing, testifying, eating, telling old stories and yes we love it! Just family and friends enjoying each other’s company. The love we share on this special night is awesome. It may be a little too “country” for some folks but we like it just the way it is. Sometimes there are just as many outside as there are inside!” Jonathan laughs. “We always have a tender Tennessee Christmas!”

With the end of the year in sight and a new one just around the corner, we asked Jonathan what his goals were for Wilburn and Wilburn in the coming months. “I hope and pray Wilburn and Wilburn will stay in the will of God in 2014. I am not sure where that will lead us, but we pray He gives us enough wisdom to pursue the things and set the goals that will bring Him honor and glory.”

Jonathan has always been open and vocal about his desire to see lost hearts come to know his Lord and Savior. His music with Jordan is all about ministry and reaching those who are hurting and alone. Therefore, it was no surprise to hear his favorite scripture and a little Wilburn preaching too. “Romans 10:13- For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved!” Jonathan continues, “This scripture is not just speaking to the lost souls. When Jesus was on that boat, with His disciples, they thought everything was going to be fine as long as Jesus was just there. Well the storm came, the lightening flashed and the thunder rolled! They were in fear for their lives. Then one called out to the Master! Remember Romans 10:13. Jesus got up from his sleep, walked out on deck and just spoke: “Peace, be still” and the waves fell, the thunder and lightning ceased. We are seeking for Jesus and the peace He brings but very few are calling on His Name! I will tell you this: if you are not in a storm, you are headed for one or coming out of one. Remember Rom 10:13 and before you go under, just call on Him. He will see you through!”

jw-lIt’s good to see a family tradition of faith that lasts throughout generations. The kind of personal faith, like that of Jonathan Wilburn, is more than something inherited; it is the kind of spiritual change that is experienced deeply and daily. We are so thankful that Jonathan is continuing on the tradition of communicating that kind of faith to his generation and beyond.

By Lorraine Walker

First published by SGM Radio website  in December 2013

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Wilburn and Wilburn Takes On New Meaning

Written by Staff on May 14, 2014 – 2:04 pm -

Marley Wilburn

Marley Wilburn

Gadsden, AL (May 9, 2014) In a world where words often have double meaning, kind of like a Bass singer and catching a Bass on a fishing line Wilburn and Wilburn has also taken on new meaning. For the past few years Wilburn and Wilburn has meant father and son singing together. It seems now it means cousins playing together.

Jonathan Wilburn the father half of Wilburn and Wilburn joyously stated “It’s double trouble in the Wilburn household. It’s all because there are two brand new Wilburn and Wilburn fans. Marley Lynn Wilburn and Julia Elaine Vines have finally made their grand entrance into the world. I never knew that having grandbabies could put such a big smile on my face.”

Marley is a St. Patrick’s Day baby. She was born on March 17, 2014 at 5:21 pm at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. Marley is the daughter of Jordan and Lauren Wilburn. According to her dad, she came out showcasing a strong set of lungs. Marley weighed 7 lbs 7 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long with a head full of dark hair. Marley is named after her maternal grandmother, Lynn.

Julia Elaine Vines made her a debut appearance just a few days before Mother’s Day. There’s no greater gift than that. Julia was born May 8, 2014 at 7:56 pm at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. Julia is the daughter of Dexter Vines and Jessica Wilburn Vines. She weighed 6 lbs 15 oz and was 20 inches long with beautiful blonde hair. Julia is named after her maternal great grandmother, Elaine Wilburn, who is a staple name in Southern Gospel Music.

With these two baby girls being born just 7 1/2 weeks apart, it is no doubt that a forever friendship is in their future. Will these two make a new addition to Wilburn or Wilburn, or part two of the dynamic duo? I guess we all need to stay tuned.

To learn more about Wilburn and Wilburn, the singers, go to http://www.wilburn2.com or https://www.facebook.com/WilburnandWilburn .

To book Wilburn and Wilburn contact the Beckie Simmons Agency at http://bsaworld.com or beckie@bsaworld.com .

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About Wilburn & Wilburn
Wilburn & Wilburn, the Father – Son team of Jonathan and Jordan Wilburn are continuing the tradition for three generations. Jonathan spent the first 16 years of his Southern Gospel Music career singing with his family, the Wilburns, one of Gospel Music’s most beloved and respected families. In 1996 Jonathan would move to Gadsden, Alabama where he would anchor the lead position with Gold City for the next 12 years.
Adding a dimension to this group is Jonathan’s son Jordan. Feeling his call to sing Gospel music at a young age, it is a great match of Father and Son to create a great sound and an excitement that enhances any worship service.


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Southern Gospel Love Stories

Written by Staff on February 13, 2014 – 1:48 pm -

Jonathan and Sandra Wilburn

Jonathan and Sandra Wilburn

February is all about love and we at SGMRadio asked a few couples to tell us their love story. They were happy to oblige! Read all about how these couples are living out their happily- ever- after. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Jonathan and Sandra Wilburn

Jonathan grew up in Southern Gospel, singing with his family The Wilburns and then with Gold City Quartet. Jonathan currently sings with his son Jordan in Wilburn And Wilburn. http://www.wilburn2.com/

This is Jonathan’s story:

I met my wife Sandra in high school. I played football and she played basketball. I met her one day when one of my best friends, Chris Carter, asked me to talk to this pretty girl and get her phone number. Well, one day while in class, it happened! Chris jumped up and pointed out the window that was facing the gym. He said, “That is her, go talk to her and get her number for me.” I said, “No problem.” She came down the hall toward our class and I looked her in the eyes for the first time. I got lost in her big brown eyes. I told her Chris wanted her number and she began to write it down. When she was finished, I had made my mind up. I said thanks, stuck that number in my pocket and went back inside. Chris asked, “Did ya get it?” I said “Nope, she wouldn’t let me have it!” I called her that night and rest is history. On March 7, 2013 it will be 27 years that we have been together.

I am still in love with Sandra and those big brown eyes!

Jonathan Wilburn on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/karter.hollins?fref=ts

Wilburn and Wilburn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jordanwilburn1

 

Shannon and Madison Easter

Shannon and Madison Easter

Madison and Shannon Easter

Madison is a singer/songwriter/musician with Jeff and Sheri Easter. http://www.jeffandsherieaster.com/

Shannon is a songwriter who currently works in the Easter’s office as Sheri’s assistant. They are preparing to release their first EP together on March 19, 2013.

Shannon shares with us their love story:

Madison and I have always lived in the same town, attended the same school, and participated in many of the same extracurricular events. In August of 2004, our youth group was in charge of providing entertainment for our county’s youth rally. The weekend for which the rally was scheduled happened to be a weekend that Madison was not traveling, so he was able to participate. Through rehearsals, Madison and I began talking more and we developed a strong friendship. We began dating on October 26th of that year, and on October 13th, 2008, he proposed by taking me down by The Lewis Family Home Place under the starriest sky, on one knee!

We got married on December 12th, 2010 at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, in Augusta, GA. The building, built in 1897, served as a Catholic church for over 70 years and still contains many of its original features today. The wedding embraced the warmth of Christmas and included a simple ceremony and reception immediately following. We honeymooned in Paris for 3 days and London for 3 days. Read more »


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Daywind Records Welcomes Wilburn & Wilburn To Its Growing Roster Of Artists

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 22, 2011 – 4:00 pm -

Hendersonville, TN (March 22, 2011) – Daywind Records is excited to announce the addition of Wilburn & Wilburn to its list of talented artists. After singing with his family, the Wilburns, for 16 years, Jonathan Wilburn went on to become the lead singer for one of Southern Gospel’s most beloved groups, Gold City.   Following a short break from life on the road, Jonathan has recently decided to return to the world of Southern Gospel music full-time, this time joined by his 24-year old son, Jordan.  With their first project of fan favorites already available and a full schedule of concert appearances, this father-son duo has already captured the attention of fans across the country with the unique combination of valuable experience and a fresh, new sound.

Jonathan is thankful for the opportunity to once again share and minister to long-time supporters and new fans alike.  He also looks forward to sharing the stage with Jordan, whose vocal talent and conviction in delivery of the message is sure to bless the hearts of audiences.  Backed by the team at Daywind Records, Wilburn & Wilburn is eager to get their ministry started.  “Jordan and I are very honored to be a part of the Daywind family of artists,” shares Jonathan Wilburn.  “In my years of experience you cannot beat hard work, and Daywind has a great work ethic.  Starting from the top to the bottom, this company is a great example of what it takes to be successful.  We are blessed to get started with the best!”

Wilburn & Wilburn will begin recording their debut release with Daywind Records in the coming weeks.

Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors.  In addition to Wilburn & Wilburn, Daywind is home to such great artists as the Perrys, Legacy Five and Brian Free & Assurance, among others.  For more information on Daywind Records, visit daywindrecords.com.  For more information on Wilburn & Wilburn, visit wilburn2.com


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Wilburn & Wilburn Added As Featured Performer at First “Diamond Awards On Tour” Show

Written by Scoops Staff on February 7, 2011 – 1:14 pm -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (February 7, 2011) – Coastal Media Group and SGN Scoops Digital, home of the Diamond Awards, are excited to announce the addition of new Southern Gospel duo Wilburn & Wilburn to the upcoming “Diamond Awards On Tour” opening show this week in Nashville, Tennessee.

Wilburn & Wilburn is a brand new duo to hit the Gospel music scene this year. The group consists of 5-tive Singing News Fan Award winner Jonathan Wilburn and his son Jordan. Jonathan made a name for himself while traveling with Southern Gospel mainstays Gold City and his own family group The Wilburns. This father and son group combines a solid foundation of “old school” with a flare of youthful presence to bring the message of Christ in song. After years of prayer, Wilburn & Wilburn are now on the road. They have a vision to bring fathers, sons, mothers, and daughters close again by expressing their love for one another through songs of faith and inspiration.

Rob Patz of Coastal Media Group said, “The buzz surrounding Wilburn & Wilburn is already deafening. We are so excited about adding them to the first date of our ‘Diamond Awards on Tour’ shows. We know that the people of Nashville will fall in love with these guys just like we have.”

“What a blessing it is to be a part of the ‘Diamond awards On Tour’,” mentioned Jonathan Wilburn. “I feel weird being the old guy on the program! I look forward to seeing all of my Middle Tennessee friends at Trevecca!”

Set to take place this week in Nashville, Tennessee, the first show on this brand new tour will include performances from Driven Quartet, Beyond the Ashes, and Christy Sutherland in addition to Wilburn & Wilburn. The first date on the “Diamond Awards On Tour” experience will be on Thursday, February 10, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee at Trevecca Nazarene University at the Boone Business Building Convocation Center started at 6:30 p.m.

The “Diamond Awards On Tour” is a new initiative designed to take the Diamond Awards experience across the country this year. The “Diamond Awards On Tour” concert series will hit major markets and universities in an effort to bring awareness to the Diamond Awards program and attract new readers to the already popular digital magazine.

This year’s Diamond Awards program will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2011 as a part of the 3rd Annual Branson Gospel Music Revival in Branson, Missouri.

The Diamond Awards are currently accepting nominations for the Top 10 Ballot in this year’s program. To find out how you can nominate your favorite artists, visit http://www.sgnscoops.com for more information.

Hosts, performers and sponsors for the 2011 Diamond Awards will be announced at a later date.


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Jonathan Wilburn Talks About His New Duo: Audio Files

Written by Scoops Staff on February 2, 2011 – 8:53 am -

SGN Scoops Exclusive:

In an interview just recorded, Jonathan Wilburn discusses with Rob Patz how God opened doors for his new gospel venture, the duo Wilburn and Wilburn, which includes his son Jordan.

He also discloses the top 5 songs he sings in the shower!

Click here or on the picture to listen.


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Jonathan Wilburn Announces Formation of “Wilburn And Wilburn”

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 31, 2011 – 12:09 pm -

Jonathan Wilburn recently announced that he and his son, Jordan, will be traveling full-time as “Wilburn and Wilburn”. The duo is currently recording their first CD and will release another new project in time for the 2011 National Quartet Convention.

Wilburn and Wilburn will be doing select dates with Jonathan Wilburn’s former group, Gold City Quartet, as well as performing with Jonathan’s parents, The Wilburns.

For more information, please call (256) 504-4396


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