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Robert York attends Hope’s Journey’s Homecoming

Written by Staff on September 20, 2015 – 12:02 pm -

Hope's Journey

Hope’s Journey

Robert York’s Concert Rambling’s: Hope’s Journey’s Homecoming

I recently found four great reasons to return to Alabama.  One was Hope’s Journey annual Homecoming. 

image1Vonda Easley founded Hope’s Journey in 2003 along with her daughter Ashley Easley and Chris Clay. Starting out as a trio,  after two years they added a bass singer, Trent Adams, to become a quartet. When Trent departed from the group in 2008, they returned to a trio.Vonda and Chris had said many times they would like to go back to a quartet and finally a few months ago, they hired Jordan Wilson as their bass singer. Lauren Miller-Huckabee was added just a few weeks before Jordan as they lost a member of the group.

Reason number two was the person that was going to be there to emcee the program. Rob Patz, CEO and founder of Costal Media Group and also publisher of SGN Scoops was to be there. Rob is a great supporter of Southern Gospel music. He promotes several multi-day events a year across the nation. He is a great emcee and speaker. With Rob and Vonda on stage together you get many laughs, but he had to be nice at this concert because Vonda’s mom was there.
Josh and Ashley Franks

Josh and Ashley Franks

Then the third reason was that former Hope’s Journey member Ashley, who left the group in 2007 to marry Josh Franks, was there. When Ashley married Josh they started singing as a duet and traveled almost every where to share the gospel. Josh, also being a preacher, often held revivals. These two together are a dynamic duet with Ashley’s great voice and Josh’s energy.

The Browders

The Browders

The final reason was The Browders from Hinton, VA, were there. This great family group with Dad Tommy and his testimony will give you one of the greatest uplifting you can receive.

Tommy shares how he developed polio at age two and was not expected to live until age 19, but God saw different and Tommy in the wheel chair continues to sing and play, something that was never expected in his condition. His sons Matthew and David along with Matthew’s wife Sonya make up the group.
Tommy Browder

Tommy Browder

Vonda introduced Rob, making sure that everything was in line for the door prizes and then Chris had the opening prayer. Rob introduced Josh and Ashley Franks who got the evening off with an up beat song. During their set they brought up their children Priscilla and Eli. You could just see the sparkle in Grandma Vonda’s eyes when these two were singing.

Hope’s Journey was up next, starting off with “Happy Rythmn.” Often their new bass singer Jordan was featured on songs as well as the others in the group.
Matthew Browder

Matthew Browder

The Browders came on the stage with “Lift Up His Name” and “He’s Alive.” Following Tommy’s testimony he sang “I Am Blessed,” saying, “God has blessed and been so good to me.” What a time we all had!

Just prior to the concert beginning, I got a text from Penny Shelnut saying her group Sacred Calling was going to be at a church in Powder Springs the following morning. If you know me, I had to make that event as it was on my way home. Got up early to hear them. 

Sacred Calling

Sacred Calling

Sacred Calling has been singing for five years and current members are Nicole Buchanan, Penny Shelnut, Rachel Elkins and Andrew Alder on the piano. Rev. Snyder Turner sang “My Brand New Home” for their 41st Annual Homecoming. He made a comment after the service how he liked Scared Calling. He said he was not much on jokes and appreciated a group that doesn’t tell jokes but sings the message. I thoroughly enjoyed Sacred Calling and their Homecoming. 


Sacred Calling

Sacred Calling

Until next time………….  

Thanks to Robert York for this feature.
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Written by Staff on September 10, 2015 – 10:05 am -

Josh and Ashley Franks

Josh and Ashley Franks

On December 8, 2007, the lives of Josh & Ashley Franks would forever change. They exchanged wedding vows and begin immediately to travel and minister full-time as a husband/wife duo.

In the last several years they have welcomed in two precious children. Priscilla, age four, and Eli, 22 months old. The Franks family has traveled approximately 180-200 days per year for the last seven years.

The last couple of years of ministry have been an incredible journey. The last three radio singles sent out have all charted in the Singing News Magazine Top 80. They have performed at such prestigious events such as: Singing in the Sun, Myrtle Beach, SC; Karen Peck & New River Homecoming, Dahlonega, GA; and Jackson Sings the Gospel, Jackson, TN.

It seems the journey has only begun but with a slightly different turn. For several months the Lord had been dealing with Josh and Ashley about a new season in their lives.

Josh and Ashley Franks

Josh and Ashley Franks

On May 10, 2015 the Franks accepted the call to return home to become the interim Pastor at People’s Tabernacle Church, 64 Airways Blvd, Savannah, TN; hometown of the Franks and the church that Josh grew up in. After the last four months of fulfilling the role and much prayer and consideration, the church has unanimously elected them to become the Lead/Senior Pastor.

A chapter has closed but a new chapter has begun and the days of traveling are not over. The family plans to continue to travel during the week and on a more limited basis. They will be in their home church on most Sundays to serve.

The Franks are already scheduled to appear on several of Gospel Music’s leading events for the remainder of 2015 and 2016 including: Tony Gore’s Dinner on the Ground concert series, Sevierville, TN; Bill Bailey’s Fall Jubilee, Waldo, FL; Gospel Music Winter Convention, Palmetto, FL; Gospel Music Weekend, Oak Grove, LA; Memorial Day Weekend at Indian Creek Baptist Church, Carnesville, GA;  and Gospel Music Summer Jubilee, Bean Blossom, IN.

As they begin this next season your prayers are appreciated. For more information regarding the Franks Family or People’s Tabernacle Church, visit .


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Jason Crabb to appear at JACKSON SINGS THE GOSPEL

Written by Staff on March 10, 2015 – 12:40 pm -


Bill Bailey and Josh Franks present Jackson Sings The Gospel on July 15-18 in Jackson, TN.

Artists include: Mark Lowry, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, The Martins, Josh and Ashley Franks, Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, Jason Crabb, Triumphant Quartet, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Perrys, The Guardians, Ivan Parker, Gold City, Brian Free and Assurance, The McKameys, Karen Peck and New River, the Bowling Family, Michael English, The Nelons.

Tickets on sales now. For information go to Bill Bailey Concerts.

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Today At Bill Baileys booster club

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 4, 2015 – 1:23 pm -

Josh and Ashley Franks along with Tony Gore  at Bill Baileys booster club

Josh and Ashley Franks along with Tony Gore at Bill Baileys booster club

Josh and Ashley Franks along with Tony Gore performed an impromptu, unrehearsed segment at Bill Baileys booster club luncheon. The trio sang three classic songs for the crowd: “Outside The Gate” , “It’s Not So Hard To Praise Him” , and “God’s Promised Land”.
Quote from Bill Bailey

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2014 Duet Of The Year Nominees for Diamond Awards

Written by Staff on October 6, 2014 – 10:05 am -



We want to introduce you to the 2014 Diamond Awards Duet Of The Year Nominees. The Diamond Awards are being held at Creekside Gospel Music Convention at Pigeon Forge on November 3rd through 6th. These Awards recognize the best in Southern, Country and Bluegrass Christian music and are hosted by SGNScoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group.

The Diamond Awards have a long history of being a gala event with surprise guests, great music and an evening of worship. We urge you to reserve your FREE tickets HERE

SGN Scoops would like you to meet our top-five finalists for each category of the 2014 Diamond Awards.
Last year, the award was presented to Aaron and Amanda Crabb.Today’s category is the Duet Of The Year, defined as a group consisting of two vocalists only.

Rob Patz with Jonathan Wilburn and Jordan Wilburn

Rob Patz with Jonathan Wilburn and Jordan Wilburn

The 2014 Nominees for Duet Of The Year are:

Aaron and Amanda Crabb

Wilburn & Wilburn

Reggie and Ladye Love Smith

Josh and Ashley Franks

Weston and Christy Hinson

The Diamond Awards are swiftly approaching. Reserve your free tickets today!

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An Evening With The Booth Brothers

Written by Staff on October 3, 2014 – 3:25 pm -

Booth_Brothers_2010An evening with America’s number one Gospel Trio, THE BOOTH BROTHERS, will be held on Thursday October 16, 2014 at the Hardin County High School Auditorium in Savannah, TN at 7:00PM.

The Booth Brothers were just awarded with six Singing News Fan Awards: Favorite Artist, Trio, Male Singer, Lead, Tenor, and Baritone.
Host artist, Josh & Ashley Franks will also perform. There is no ticket needed.

General Admission is $10.00 at the door, plus a special free-will love offering will be received.

For more information visit Doors will open one hour before concert.

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What America Wants To Know About Josh and Ashley Franks

Written by Staff on July 29, 2014 – 9:19 am -

Josh and Ashley Franks

Josh and Ashley Franks

By Rob Patz

Josh and Ashley Franks both grew up in the church and with Gospel music in their home. Josh was traveling as a soloist and an evangelist when he met Ashley who sang with her mother in Hope’s Journey in 2006. They were married in 2007 and now have two children, Priscilla and Joshua. Since their marriage they have been traveling and singing as a duet as well as promoting several Gospel concert events throughout the year.

I’m glad this busy couple paused for a moment to answer my ten questions!

Rob: Brand New Single: “I’ve Not Seen A Mountain”…Does this song have a personal story or meaning for you?

Josh: I think back to Myrtle Beach two years ago when Priscilla was rushed to the head trauma facility in Charleston after she suffered a fall in the convention center during Singing in the Sun. That was a mountain we surely had no strength to move, but God stepped on the scene and moved it for us!

Ashley: This is one of those songs that can speak to any person at any point in their life. Personally, there has never been a mountain that I have faced in my life that God did not move for me. I am so honored to have the privilege of delivering this song to people night after night.

Rob: What is the best thing about having kids? What is something you could do without?

Ashley: The very best thing about having my kids is that there are two people on earth who think I am the best at everything. The love that a child has for its parent is comparable to nothing else. I could, however, do without the thousand loads of laundry I wash each week.

Josh: The best thing is watching them grow and learn. I’m amazed! I could do without the mounds of toys that are taking over our home.

IMG_0363 (2)Rob: What three things would you each take to a desert island?

Josh: 1. My Bible! 2. My ipod! [That’s all Josh needs!]

Ashley: The first thing I would want to take is my Bible. The second thing is a notepad and I guess number 3 would have to be a pen. I love to write everything! Feelings, lyrics, whatever. I just love to write!

Rob: What song do you each wish you had sung and charted first?

Ashley: Definitely “Four Days Late”!

Josh: “God on the Mountain”

Rob: What song do you each wish you had written?

Josh: “Amazing Grace”

Ashley: “Through The Fire.” That song defines my life; I feel like it came right from my own heart! Gerald Crabb is an excellent writer!

Rob: There are a lot of awful things happening in the world right now. What advice do you have for people who can’t understand why God would allow them to happen?

Ashley: My mom and I actually just finished a new song about this very thing. We don’t need to understand why God does or doesn’t do the things that we think He should do. We just need to trust that He knows more than we do.

Josh: I would tell them to keep holding on and fighting the good fight of faith. Unfortunately I don’t believe it is scriptural that things will get better, but God will protect His children.

Rob: Do each of you have a favorite Bible character? Who and why?

Josh: The Apostle Paul. He preached Jesus with boldness and told it like it was!

Ashley: I love the story of Elijah and Elisha. A true example of how we, in this generation, should have an even larger burden than the last generation to do God’s work. The elders paved the way and it’s our job to continue reaching people for Christ!

Rob: What is your favorite thing to do with your children at Easter?

Ashley: This year Priscilla is old enough to understand when you teach her about Jesus. She is learning already about the Cross and Resurrection. I love to talk with her about the Bible.

Josh: Celebrate the Resurrection in church, of course!

Rob: What is (each of) your favorite Easter song?

Josh: ‘There Rose A Lamb.”

Ashley: “He’s Alive” by the Talley Trio.

Rob: What are some new and cool things happening for you this coming year?

Ashley: God has opened many new doors for us in 2014. We are very excited about having a very busy schedule.  A couple things we are excited about: being included on the Friday night program at the Singing in the Sun. We are also going to be appearing on Gerald Crabb’s Gospel Fest this August. For complete details, see  www.joshandashleyfranks.com

Thanks to Ashley and Josh Franks for answering our questions and letting us in on their lives and their ministry. Be sure to visit their website and their schedule to find out when they will be appearing near you. Support this lovely family and their ministry as they reach the world for Jesus!

First published by SGN Scoops in April 2014. Written by Rob Patz, Publisher of SGN Scoops.

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March 2012 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 7, 2012 – 5:04 pm -

The March Issue of Scoops Magazine is HERE! We’re excited to present Wes Hampton as our cover story. We have many interesting features this month including The Martins, Josh and Ashley Franks, Kevin and Beverly McManus,Southern Brothers, Kellan Monroe and songwriter, Joel Hemphill. We are also featuring Alisa Asbury for our new artist spotlight and Jonathan Edwards shares an audio interview with Phil Cross of Poet Voices. Sandi Duncan Clark reviews new music from the Crabb Family, Dailey & Vincent and more while Rhonda Frye and Jeff Hawes share their thoughts about new book releases. As always, there is plenty of inspiration and encouragement found throughout the pages of the magazine. Thank you, Scoops Staff for a job well done! Please share with friends, family and fans- AND DON’T forget to participate with Diamond Awards Voting. The first round ends on March 28th!

Check Out The Magazine Here

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