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January 2020 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by Staff on January 18, 2020 – 8:31 am -

SGNScoops Cover January 2020Happy New Year! We are excited to present to you the first issue of SGNScoops Magazine for 2020. This is also the first issue that is a color magazine, sold by subscription and available on the record tables of your favorite artists. If you don’t see the SGNScoops Magazine, condensed hard copy, on an artists’ record table, then please ask them to carry it. We would love for you to see it!

The January issue of SGNScoops Magazine is usually one where our cover highlights an artist that we feel will make waves in Gospel Music in the new year. This year, we bring you Josh and Ashley Franks, whose music has been climbing the charts and whose talented family is well-known in the industry. We hope you enjoy this great article by Jimmy Reno.

Be sure to read all about the Erwins, Eli Fortner, Citizens of Glory, Mark Bishop, and Andy Leftwich; artists whose styles span the breadth of Gospel music. JP Miller reaches a milestone, and we pay tribute to Dr. Buck Morton. All this plus our DJ Spotlight, Coastal Events Update, Publisher’s Point, and the top songs across the country. Thanks to all of our writers this month, including Jantina Baksteen, Justin Gilmore, Lyndsey Chandler, Marcie Gray, Les Butler, Vonda Armstrong, and Rob Patz. Some of these talented people are doing double-duty this month, and all are gracious when asked for something at the last minute. Please check out their biographies at the end of the issue.

We hope you start the year with SGNScoops, but more than that, we hope you start the year with Jesus. He is our Rock and our Foundation, and if you don’t know Him, you are missing out on peace and security that can only be found in a relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. If you have any questions or comments, please write to me at

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Favorite Christmas Memory- Ashley Franks

Written by scoopsnews on December 12, 2019 – 9:23 am -

Favorite Christmas Memory

My favorite Christmas memory happened just a few years ago.

Josh and I are enjoying Christmas much more in recent years because our kids are old enough to get excited about what Santa brings!

Just about 2 years ago, Eli (then 3 or 4 years old) woke up before the sun on Christmas morning to go look at his presents! He tried to wake myself and Josh up, and we were attempting to come alive after just a few short hours of sleep.

He finally gave up on us and took off running to the living room, only to smack his head into the side of our dresser on his way out the door because he turned the corner too quickly.

It was not funny then, but we get a good laugh every now and again thinking about that day now!

Josh & Ashley with Priscilla and Eli

Eli Franks! Lol





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Josh and Ashley Franks

Written by Staff on November 15, 2019 – 10:18 am -

Josh and Ashley Franks

Josh and Ashley Franks

There was a young man from Florence, Alabama who met a young lady from Anniston, Alabama in 2006 at the National Quartet Convention. They were both singing in a showcase. Was it love at first site?


Ashley Franks says, “Absolutely not!” 


Ashley has many childhood memories of making mud pies at her grandmother’s house. She was born in a musical household with her grandparents playing and singing bluegrass music. 


Josh and Ashley Franks“My pawpaw loved to pick and grin!” Ashley smiles.


Ashley has two brothers, Brad and Michael, and attended Cleburne County High School. Later in life she sang with New Desire from Aragon, Georgia. When she was a junior in high school, she and her mother (Vonda Armstrong) formed Hope’s Journey where she would stay until 2007.


There isn’t enough space for Josh Franks, an only child, to tell about his childhood years. He attended Hardin County High School. 


Josh and Ashley Franks“Both sides of my family has some musical talent, however none of them ever did it professionally,” says Josh. “I was born into it. So I don’t know a life without music.”


God blessed Josh with the ability to play numerous instruments. 


“Now I don’t claim to be the best, but I know a few chords and notes on most instruments,” says Josh. “I have so many wonderful people who have been a great influence in my life. I’ve been influenced by every day normal people, then there are church people, and of course many singers and musicians.  Pastors and evangelist have also influenced my life. I am grateful for each person.”


Josh proposed to Ashley at Taco Bell with a sauce package that said, “will you marry me?” 


Josh and Ashley Franks and familyThey were married on December 8, 2007, at Liberty Hill Congregational Methodist Church, and began singing together as a duet known as Josh and Ashley. 


“I got to sing background vocals on Josh’s last solo album,” Ashley says. “He recorded a song I wrote called ‘He Loves Me.’ We also sang on a couple of other songs. We first performed together in Columbia, Tenn. on New Year’s Eve 2007.”  


Lauren Talley has been a big musical influence in her life. However, Ashley states that if she could be like anyone, it would be Karen Peck, with Karen’s heart and spirit.


A lot of milestones have been reached throughout the Frank’s 12 years of marriage and ministry together. They have had two great children, Priscilla and Eli. 


“A couple of years ago, Priscilla loved to watch a show with a character named Michael,” says Ashley. “When she would play with her brother, she would pretend they were the show’s characters and called him Michael. For several months, Eli was totally convinced his name was Michael. We got a good laugh.”


Josh and Ashley Franks have had God’s true blessings and God has given them the desires of their heart. They have been privileged to sing on many stages including N.Q.C., Singing in the Sun, Gospel Music Winter Convention, Gatlinburg Gathering and many, many more. Also, Josh has been asked to speak at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention this year. 


Ashley FranksIn addition to singing, the couple is involved in several other ministries including pastoring at Peoples Tabernacle Church in Savannah, Tenn., where they are getting ready to start construction of a brand new sanctuary. They also work with gospel music promoter Bill Bailey promoting concerts while doing some promoting on their own. 


“Pastor Bill has been a dear friend of our family,” says Josh. “We are so much alike, yet we are 30 years apart in age. It is sometimes scary. We enjoy so many of the same things of life. I count it a high honor to be apart of such a wonderful ministry and share the same vision reaching people for Christ through Southern gospel music.” 


The couple now have a regular TV program on WATC-TV that airs on Saturday afternoon, The Josh and Ashley Show.


What does the future hold for Josh and Ashley Franks? They don’t travel as much as they did. At one time they were up to 200 dates a year, but with their church and other activities they are only doing around 70 dates a year. This is still a great number for a pastor and his wife with all their church obligations where they try to be at every Sunday and Wednesday. They are thankful that God has given them a chance to do both. 


Josh and Ashley Franks“While we have a home base and wonderful church family who supports everything we do, I don’t ever see us off the road completely,” says Josh. “I think there will also be a part of us that travels and ministers to other people outside our home church. Either way, whether we are on the road or on the platform of our church, we are going to sing for Christ and pray that our music and message blesses people.”


You can learn more about Josh and Ashley and keep up with them and their TV schedule HERE  

By Robert York

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in August 2019


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Creekside 2019 Begins with a Bang, Convention runs until Oct. 31

Written by Staff on October 29, 2019 – 2:16 pm -

Creekside 2019 Begins with a Bang

Pine Ridge Boys at Creekside Kick Off

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019 has begun in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The kick-off concert on Sunday night, Oct. 27, was well attended and a great experience for those in attendance. An attentive crowd became a part of the first Creekside Live DVD, as the Pine Ridge Boys hosted a boisterous concert to celebrate the event. The Chordsmen Quartet also appeared at this concert as part of the Classic Artists Music Group. The taping was held at the Mill Creek auditorium, a satellite venue for Creekside.

The main site for Creekside is the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, where the convention was in full swing on Monday, Oct. 28. Morning events featured the Pine Ridge Boys Breakfast, artist load-in, and the Nashville Heartsong Showcase. In the afternoon, some attendees took part in the Radio Promotions Seminar with Richard Hyssong, Tiffany Noecker, Vonda Armstrong. Joy

Holden began the inaugural Pine Ridge BoysSinging on the Square in front of the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, where a lovely dinner was whipped up and served free to the first 100 fans.

The evening concert at the Smoky Mountain center began at 5:00 p.m., featuring the Down East Boys, Hyssongs, The Bibletones, and guest preacher, Pastor Bill Bailey. The Dr. Jerry Goff Honors highlighted the career of Troy Burns. Midnight prayer was hosted by Tim and Missy Kinchen in the lobby of the Ramada Inn.

Stay tuned to the SGN Scoops Facebook page for live interviews by Tonja Rose

Creekside 2019 Begins with a Bang

Crowd at the kick-off concert for Creekside

Creekside 2019 Begins with a Bang

Taping the live DVD

and live feed of the various concert events.

Creekside continued today with special showcases, Singing on the Square with Justified, an exciting evening concert including a word from Pastor Josh Franks and singing by The Williamsons, The Pine Ridge Boys, Josh and Ashley Franks, as well as others. The evening’s highlight will be the 2019 Diamond

Creekside 2019 Begins with a Bang

Rob Patz and Vonda Armstrong

Creekside 2019 Begins with a Bang

Altar service at Creekside 2019 Monday night

Creekside 2019 Begins with a Bang

Rob Patz, Vonda Armstrong, Bill Bailey


Hyssongs at Creekside Oct 28

Creekside 2019

Bill Bailey

Creekside 2019 Begins with a Bang


Don’t miss the rest of Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019!

Awards. Following this, Christian Country at the Creek Kick-Off and Midnight Prayer will be held at the third Creekside satellite venue, the Creekstone Inn.

Don’t miss the rest of Creekside 2019, at Pigeon Forge through Oct. 31.

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Three Days Left to Vote for the 2019 Diamond Awards

Written by Staff on September 12, 2019 – 12:38 pm -

Diamond Awards presented by Coastal MediaHave you voted for your favorite nominee in the 2019 Diamond Awards? If not, click HERE and do so today!

September 15 is the final day to vote on the 2019 Diamond Awards so you need to visit the site today. Make sure your voice is heard!

The 2019 Diamond Awards are open to all fans, artists and industry personnel. Anyone may vote, but they must do so by September 15 for their ballot to be tabulated for the 2019 Awards presentation. Vote TODAY.

Three Days Left to vote on the 2019 Diamond Awards Top 10

Three Days Left to vote on the 2019 Diamond Awards

The 2019 Diamond Awards will be held on Tuesday, October 29, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., during the 8th Annual Creekside Gospel Music Convention. Creekside runs from Oct. 27 – 31. Tickets are FREE but must be reserved. For more information, click HERE or HERE for the Facebook site.

Gospel music artists appearing at Creekside Gospel Music Convention include Hyssongs, Down East Boys, 11th Hour, Gerald Crabb, Eagle’s Wings, Bibletones, Sue Dodge, the Browders, Josh and Ashley Franks, and many more. Daily showcases, workshops, surprise guests and Midnight Prayer are also among the Creekside happenings.

2019 Christian Country at the CreekSpecial events include Creekside Honors on Monday, the 2019 Diamond Awards on Tuesday, Christian Country at the Creek, and Creekside Bluegrass. New daily event, Singing on the Square, will be a live presentation of Creekside artists outside the facility, open to all. Josh Franks, Bill Bailey, and Burl Cain will be the special preachers for the event.

Once again, we are offering a commemorative T-shirt, available in sizes small to 5x. If you are a VIP pass holder you can preorder your T-shirt for a special rate. To order your commemorative T-shirt or to get your VIP pass, email Rob Patz at

For more information on Creekside 2019, including the Diamond Awards and free ticket reservations, visit or For a $25 VIP pass, tickets and accommodations, contact Rob Patz by calling 360-933-0741.

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There Is A Name- Happy Sunday

Written by scoopsnews on April 14, 2019 – 6:54 am -

Josh and Ashley Franks

Philippians 2:9

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

Happy Sunday…..

Love this song by Josh and Ashley Franks

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The Bibletones 47th Annual Homecoming Sing Announced

Written by scoopsnews on March 25, 2019 – 4:34 pm -

The Bibletones Present The 47th Annual Bibletones Homecoming  in Gulfport, Mississippi with Josh & Ashley Franks and The Dixie Echoes  on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at 6:00 PM.

No Tickets Required! There will be a request for a $10 donation at the door. A love offering will be received during the concert. For more information, visit or call 256-310-7892.

Concert will take place at The Lyman Community Center at 13742 Highway 49, Gulfport, Mississippi

Doors will open at 5:00 pm.

Save the date!

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Josh and Ashley Franks Present Alabama Homecoming

Written by scoopsnews on February 13, 2019 – 9:23 am -

JAF PROMOTIONS PRESENTS the “ALABAMA HOMECOMING” gospel concert on Friday, February 22 at 7:00PM at the Liberty Hill Church, off Hwy 431, in Heflin, AL. Host artist and Singing News Top New Artist of the year, Josh & Ashley Franks have included special guest, JONATHAN WILBURN, former member of Gold City Quartet and Singing News Fan Awards Top Lead Singers. Also appearing will be Heflin’s own, Hope’s Journey. Concessions will be served at 5:30pm. The concert is free admission, however a love offering will be received. For more information visit

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“25 Days of Sharing”- Josh Franks

Written by scoopsnews on December 7, 2018 – 3:34 am -


December is a time for sharing. At Christmas, we (Christians) celebrate The Greatest Gift of All, Jesus Christ.

Over the next few weeks we will be talking with many industry leaders, artists, pastors, promoters, etc. and asking them questions.  They will “share” the answer to the question in 10 seconds or less. We are asking for their best advice on many different topics.


Question #7 goes to Josh Franks. Josh is the Pastor of People’s Tabernacle in Savannah, Tennessee. He and his wife Ashley have a dynamic singing ministry as well. 

Josh, recently you were one of the emcees at the National Quartet Convention.

In 10 seconds or less can you tell us some qualities of a good emcee?




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Southern Gospel Weekend Welcomes Josh and Ashley Franks

Written by scoopsnews on November 7, 2018 – 2:24 pm -

Josh and Ashley Franks

Oxford, Alabama Southern Gospel Weekend 2019 is pleased to announce the addition of Josh and Ashley Franks to the Friday Night roster.

“Josh is a dynamic young preacher and we are so excited to have him bring the message on Friday night at Southern Gospel Weekend”, states Rob Patz, owner of Coastal Media and SGN Scoops Magazine.  “The husband and wife team will be ministering in song as well’, adds Patz.

Vonda Easley, Board member for the event and mother to Ashley Franks says, “This is the first year it has worked out for Josh and Ashley to be a part of Southern Gospel Weekend and I am expecting lots of family and friends to be there. It will be like a huge family reunion.”

For more information on Josh and Ashley Franks, HERE

Southern Gospel Weekend takes place in Oxford, Alabama on March 21st through March 23rd, 2019 at the beautiful Oxford Civic Center. There will be over 25 artists participating in daytime showcases, nightly concerts, and prayer at midnight. There will be something for everyone.  Mark your calendar now and plan to be at Southern Gospel Weekend 2019.

VIP Ticket Info- Call 256-310-7892


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