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July 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 9, 2014 – 9:01 pm -

July 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

July 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

In this month of family vacations, celebrating freedom and enjoying summer, we hope you take a moment to see what we’ve done on SGN Scoops! We present to you a magazine filled with freedom, hope and all that is good in today’s Southern Gospel and Christian Country music!

July brings a whole host of features, including our cover story on America’s Favorite Gospel Music Family, The Hoppers. Craig Harris takes an in-depth look at the past, present and future of The Hoppers through the eyes of each of the family. Learn why Claude is smiling more these days and Karlye is studying hard. Read about Dean’s and Michael’s role in the group business and why Kim is humbled by her career. Take a close look at the ‘Mother’s Heart’ of Connie Hopper and why she smiles even more widely at the thought of what may be in store for Lexus. A terrific summer read!!

Dixie Phillips fills us in on another of Southern Gospel’s families, the Wilbanks; Marcie Gray tells us all about the Southern Gospel Music Associations’ Hall Of Fame and new contributor Dan Duncan interviews Christian Country artist James Payne. Speaking of Christian Country, don’t miss Natalie Taylor’s first-hand account of Red Roots’ appearance at Creation Festival NE 2014.

Jennifer Campbell shares her experience as part of a short-term missions trip to New York City. Lorraine Walker highlights Triumphant, who have just released a new praise CD, and Cross Pointe, whose new video can be seen on the right of the SGN Scoops website.

Don’t miss the activities of Lou Wills Hildreth as she shares her Love, Life and Legends column; David Staton’s ‘Can You Handle The Truth;” life moment devotions by Dr. Jeff Steele, Kelly Nelon Clark and Sherry Anne; and the must-read Younger Perspective by Erin Stevens who interviews Riley Harrison Clarke. Lorraine also brings us closer look at D.A. Callaway, the man behind Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic!

Other highlights include ‘Event Planner’, a concert review of the Karen Peck and New River Homecoming by Lynn Mills; super New Music reviews by our own Sandi Duncan Clark; and the new DJ Spotlight by everyone’s favorite southern DJ, Vonda Easley. And don’t miss Sandi’s “Letter From…” in the first part of the magazine.

Our publisher, Rob Patz, gets to the heart of things with a few thoughts on ‘Freedom’ in his Publisher’s Point. He also gets to interview his good friend, Pauline Patterson, in his column, ‘What America Wants To Know About…”.

Laurette Willis brings our thoughts back from summer sloth to healthy activities with her column, ‘Present Your Bodies.’

All this plus a Creekside Update, SGN Scoops Top 100 and much, much more! Read what is encouraging, uplifting, creative and gifted about our Christian artists and their ministries.

We hope you have time this month to put your feet up on your lounger, grab your iced tea (or coffee!) and open up SGN Scoops July magazine. You won’t be sorry!

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Karen Peck and New River Score Another #1

Written by SGN Scoops on November 22, 2013 – 1:49 pm -

Dahlonega, GA (November 22, 2013) Multi-award winning group Karen Peck and New River have once again come upkpnrpromo with a #1 song. Titled ‘Revival‘ this song resonates with audiences and radio listeners everywhere. This has resulted in their 4thnumber 1 song across the board on all the major Southern Gospel music charts that was either written or co-written by Karen. The song hit #1 for the month of January in the Singing News chart and has been in the top spot on charts for 4 straight weeks.

The song was co-written by Karen Peck Gooch, Kenna Turner West and Don Poythress at Daywind Publishing. It was recorded at Daywind Records by the group on their latest project with the same title as the single ‘Revival’. Karen Peck and New River knew radio was playing this song, because something special was happening when they sang this song at concerts. Fans were singing along, hands were being raised and people were being blessed.

“We are so passionate about ‘Revival’. We are praying that the Lord will break out revival all over this world. More than ever we need Him.” Karen went on to say “Thanks to our precious DJ’s for believing in the song and for partnering with us in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

This is an article written by Kenna Turner West on the writing of the song ‘Revival’.


You can learn more about Karen Peck and New River at or .

You can reach Karen Peck and New River by E-mail at .

Karen Peck and New River are booked by The Harper Agency – Phone: 615-851-4500 – .

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Daywind To Release Single On Award-Winning Songwriter, Kenna Turner West

Written by SGN Scoops on October 22, 2013 – 9:20 am -

kennapromo5Nashville, TN (October 21, 2013) Five-time Dove Award-nominee and three-time AGM/SGN “Songwriter of the Year” Kenna Turner West is headed to radio with the release of her first Daywind single entitled “Be Still and Know.”

Known primarily for penning chart-topping songs such as “Calvary’s Cry,” “Ask Me Why,” and “Revival,” the list of artists who have recorded her songs reads like a veritable “who’s who” of the gospel music industry, including Jason Crabb, The Booth Brothers, Brian Free and Assurance, Karen Peck and New River, Gordon Mote, The Martins, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Legacy Five, The Bowling Family, and many more.

Music runs in the family for Kenna, the daughter-in-law of country music legend Dottie West and the daughter of former Blackwood Brothers bass singer, Ken Turner. For thirty years, the author and certified counselor has blended music, devotional teaching, and humor into a ministry that has reached around the world serving alongside Christian leaders such as Franklin Graham and Dr. Jerry Falwell at venues ranging from The Pentagon to NASCAR chapels to the local church.

With an impressive seven #1 songs to her credit, thirteen “Song of the Year” nominations, and two “Song of the Year” wins, the Daywind staff writer is thrilled about the release of her first radio single in Gospel music, “Be Still and Know,” which hits the airwaves in NovemberWe couldn’t be more proud of her or more grateful to her Source,” states Rick Shelton, Vice President of Daywind Publishing.

For more information about Kenna Turner West go to or .

You can reach her by E-mail at .

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Karen Peck Gooch Keynote Speaker At Woman’s Conference

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 11, 2013 – 9:27 am -

karenpeck5Dahlonega, GA (October 11, 2013) Multi-Award winning singer Karen Peck Gooch of Karen Peck and New River is the keynote speaker for the Annual Woman’s Conference that is held every year at the North Highland Baptist Church in Warrior, Alabama. This woman’s conference will be held on Saturday, October 12 from 10 AM to 3PM.

Karen Peck and New River will also be performing and leading the ladies in worship. Karen spoke last year at this same event on “God Is Faithful”. The ladies that attended were blessed by the word and the worship time of singing. The conference is held every year by the church to strengthen the faith of the women that attend and give them hope that God is with them on a daily basis whatever the struggles.

Karen stated “I have been studying for the Annual Woman’s Conference in Warrior, Alabama Saturday. I am so excited about what I know God is going to show us through His word. I will be talking about ‘Understanding & Knowing the Will of The Lord’. It will be a powerful time together. Ephesians 5:17.”

If you would like to attend the conference go to this website and call or email the church for information to register.

This conference will come after Karen Peck and New River join an all-star line up in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Crosspoint Church to pay tribute to Claude and Connie Hopper. This is being called “A Night Of Honor” and is being put on by Abraham Productions. There are still a few tickets left for this event and you can go online at to purchase them.

You can learn more about Karen Peck and Karen Peck and New River at or or .

You can book Karen Peck and New River at

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Kenna Turner West Signs Agreement With AG Publicity

Written by SGN Scoops on October 1, 2013 – 12:12 pm -

kennapromo5Nashville, TN (October 1, 2013) Award winning singer/songwriter Kenna Turner West, five-time Dove Award nominee and three-time SGM/AGM songwriter of the year has signed with an agreement with AG Publicity. Kenna is nominated for 2 Doves this year for the song “I’m Learning” by Aaron and Amanda Crabb, which was co-written with Lee Black and Michael Fordinal. It has been nominated in two categories, Song of the Year and Country Song.

Deon Unthank, AG Publicity President said “A songwriter with Kenna’s abilities only comes around every decade or so. I am excited to represent a songwriter of her caliber.”

Kenna was also a co-writer of the current hit single, “Revival”, by Karen Peck and New River along with writers, Karen Peck Gooch and Don Polythress.

Karen Peck Gooch said of Kenna’s songwriting, “She just seemed to know exactly what I wanted to convey in this song even before I could clearly articulate it myself. She was able to pick up on the style of music I had in my heart and help me to put the thoughts on paper in the perfect flow.”

Kenna stated “This is a very exciting time for us. Our ministry is continuing to grow, in part because of the visibility that the songs have brought to the other aspects of what we do. I am thrilled to have AG Publicity helping us get the word out about all that God is doing, both in and through us.”

To learn more about the ministry of Kenna Turner West or to book an event, visit her website or .

You can reach Kenna by e-mail at .


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Karen Peck and New River Sign Publicity Agreement

Written by SGN Scoops on September 24, 2013 – 9:19 am -

kpnrpromoDahlonega, GA (September 23, 2013) AG Publicity of Nashville, TN is pleased to announce they have come to a publicity agreement with Daywind recording artist Karen Peck and New River.

Deon Unthank. President of AG Publicity stated “Karen Peck and New River represent the cream of the crop when it comes to Gospel Music. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with them in such a vital part of their ministry. There aren’t many Awards that Karen Peck and New River haven’t been nominated for or won in one form or another, so we look forward to telling the world about their future accomplishments.”

Karen Peck and New River are a 3-time Grammy Award Nominated and 2-time GMA Dove Award Winning Southern Gospel Group. New River has had five consecutive #1 songs in Southern Gospel Music. In addition, their last album, Reach Out, has had two consecutive #1 songs for “On the Banks of the Promised Land” and “Mighty Big God”.

Reach Out” received 2 GMA Dove Awards, including Country Song of the Year “Good Things Are Happening” and Southern Gospel Album of the Year. The first radio release, “On the Banks of the Promised Land,” reached #1 for December 2011. It was also selected as #1 for the Top 100 Songs of 2011 by AbsolutelyGospel.Com. The second release, “Mighty Big God” reached #1 for July 2012. Accordingly, Karen Peck and New River was selected as Top Played Artist for 2011 on

Karen commented “We are excited to join the AG Publicity team. We have known Deon Unthank and his family for many years. They have contributed countless time and effort in furthering the Gospel through Southern Gospel Music. literally reaches people all around the world. We are looking forward to a bright future together.
Karen Peck Gooch”.

You can learn more about Karen Peck and New River at or .

You can reach Karen Peck and New River at .

Karen Peck and New River are booked by the Harper Agency at 615-851-4500 or


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Daywind Artists Win Major Honors at 2013 NQC Music Awards

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 19, 2013 – 8:44 am -

NQC(Louisville, KY) – Daywind recording artists and a Daywind songwriter were among the big winners at the 2nd Annual NQC Music Awards held at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville last Friday. Popular mixed group, The Perrys, received the award for Album of the Year for their cd “Through the Night.” Dianne Wilkinson added to her distinguished career by being named 2013 Songwriter of the Year. Brian Free and Assurance received the award for Video of the Year for the music video to their #1 song “I Want To Be That Man.”

In an emotional acceptance, Libbi Stuffle thanked her group for carrying on despite tremendous adversity. Libbi’s husband and the group’s leader, Tracy Stuffle, suffered a stroke early this year and is recovering under Libbi’s care in Nashville, TN.

Dianne Wilkinson graciously thanked the crowd for the award while encouraging the audience. “More than ever, sinners need to be saved; Christians need to be encouraged; the Church needs to be awakened; and God needs to be glorified…and we don’t have long to do it,” exclaimed Wilkinson, who has had several #1 songs in the past year to go along with her past hits recorded by the Cathedrals, Kingdom Heirs, Mark Trammell Quartet and many more.

Brian Free and Assurance’s video director, Scott Godsey, accepted on behalf of the group for their win. “I Want To Be That Man,” was the first #1 single from the album Nothing But Love. The album has since birthed a second #1 song, “Calvary’s Cry.” with the third single, “Nothing But Love” now playing at radio stations nationwide. The group and the recording received seven nominations overall for the NQC Music Awards.

“We are so proud of our artists and songwriters. I see behind the scenes how hard they work and how pure their hearts are. It is wonderful when their fans recognize their efforts in this way,” said Ed Leonard, president of Daywind Records.

Along with these great talents, Daywind Records is home to such artists as the Karen Peck and New River, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, and more. Daywind is distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors ( and to the general market by Select O Hits. For more information on Daywind, visit

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September 2013 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 16, 2013 – 10:39 pm -

We are kicking off the fall season with a sensational September edition of SGNScoops Magazine! We are excited to present the Talleys as this month’s cover story. Also in this issue we highlight the ministries of The Greesons, The Mark Trammell Quartet and Karen Peck and New River. This issue also offers details of the recent Song of a Lifetime Experience featuring Phil Cross, Mark Bishop, Gerald Crabb, Squire Parsons and Channing Eleton. Staff writer, Erin Stevens shares the “younger perspective” with Christian Booth and staff writer, Rick Kiser highlights Christian Country Music’s Billy Hale.Rhonda Frye re-caps the first Patterson Promotions Anniversary singing and Lynn Mills re-caps the Mark Trammell Quartet’s homecoming. Enjoy Lou Hildreth’s Life, Love and Legends column, a devotion from Dr.Jeff Steele and Christian Fitness tips with Laurette Willis. We Welcome Sherry Anne Lints to the staff this month. Check out her column “Reflections with Sherry Anne.” Get the latest on the Creekside Gospel Music Convention and more in this edition of SGNScoops Magazine. Be sure to share the magazine with your friends, families and fans, We are always digital, always free and always good!

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SGN Scoops On Location at NQC 2013

Written by Staff on September 12, 2013 – 12:50 pm -

imagejpeg_2SGN Scoops is on location at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville Kentucky all this week. Rob Patz and Rhonda Frye invite all attendees to visit their booth at number 247, talk to them about the magazine and see who is being interviewed for a live Scoops TV taping or the next magazine issue.



Rob Patz and Guy Penrod

Rob Patz and Guy Penrod


Already this week, the Scoops booth has been home to a visit from Guy Penrod, Karen Peck and New River, The Hoppers, The Nelons, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Greater Vision, Brian Free and Assurance, and many others.




Rob Patz and Rhonda Frye

Rob Patz and Rhonda Frye


The National Quartet Convention 2013 is the place to be for everyone who loves Gospel music to hear and see their favorite artists, purchase all the latest recordings and meet the industry movers and shakers. SGN Scoops is proud to be a part of this event and invites all attendees to drop by the booth to meet the Scoops staff. We would love to meet you all!


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Karen Peck and New River Signs Long Term Recording and Publishing Agreement with Daywind Records

Written by SGN Scoops on August 15, 2013 – 1:19 pm -

kp-newriver(Hendersonville, Tenn.) August 14, 2013 – Karen Peck and New River has signed a multi-year recording and publishing agreement with Daywind Records, continuing a relationship between the two that has resulted in many wonderful achievements.

The most recent collaboration “Revival,” releases on 8/27/13 and is perhaps the group’s best recording to date. The songwriting was amped up with the addition of Michael Farren, Kenna Turner West, Jason Cox, Sue Smith, and more. Most exciting is that Karen Peck herself co-wrote songs on the album, including the first single, “Revival.” The Wayne Haun production features wonderful songs about the love and grace of Christ in New River’s award-winning southern and country style. Karen Peck, accompanied by Michael Farren and Kenna Turner West, performed another song from the recording, “Finish Well,” to a standing ovation at the recent BMI Songwriter’s Showcase at the Gospel Music Association’s Immerse event.

“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Karen, Susan, and Jeff. They are about ministry and are spilling over with talent. God continues to bless their steps and find ways to use them for His glory. We are excited about the future,” said Ed Leonard, president of Daywind Records.

Karen Peck added, “we are very honored to be a part of the Daywind family. We are excited about what The Lord has in store for our future together!”

Karen Peck and New River have been blessed with numerous awards and nominations. The group won two Dove Awards in 2012 and has several Singing News Fan Awards and Absolutely Gospel Awards to their credit. Recent years have seen multiple albums nominated for Grammy Awards, many appearances on the Gaither Homecoming tour, and a feature film role for Karen (“Joyful Noise”).

For more information on Karen Peck and New River, please visit

Daywind Records is home to great artists such as Brian Free and Assurance, Adam Crabb, and the Perrys. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Select O Hits and all major digital outlets. For more information, visit

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