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SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday: Top Ten Artist Favorite Pizza Toppings

Written by Staff on July 22, 2015 – 8:21 am -

wackywednesdayThanks for joining us for another Wacky Wednesday on SGN Scoops. Today we ask another insightful question, “What do Gospel artists like to put on their pizza?” (because we know YOU are dying to know that answer!)

Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

SGN Scoops polled a few artists about various things and tabulated their answers. We have used this (not so great) scientific process to create today’s Wacky Wednesday Top Ten!

The number one answer for favorite toppings was, of course, pepperoni. Who gave us this answer? Chris Jenkins, Karen Peck (who cheated and also asked for pineapple! But that’s okay because we all love Karen and she can say whatever she wants!) Joseph Habedank, Michaela Brown (yes, this kitchen chef actually eats pizza!) Billy Blackwood, and Gary Casto.

Gary Casto and Tribute

Gary Casto and Tribute

Donna King and Lauren Talley only wanted cheese!

David Sutton and Greg Bentley voted for sausage.

Two out of three Booth Brothers** asked for extra tomato sauce. The other one suggested green peppers.

Phil Collingsworth Sr. likes it Hawaiian style, and asked for pineapple.

Clayton Inman, Scotty Inman and Triumphant

Clayton Inman, Scotty Inman and Triumphant

Scott Inman also cheated, and instead of suggesting just one topping, he nominated “Meat Lovers” for his favorite. But again, we all love Scotty, so we let him get away with this response.

Speaking of Inmans, Scotty’s dad Clayton had only one word in response to what his favorite pizza topping was: “YES!”

Shannon Smith thinks along the same line as Clayton when he says, “Everything except anchovies!”

Booth Brothers

Booth Brothers

Hannah Webb stole this writer’s answer when she responded, “Barbeque Chicken!”

We are sure you have come away from this feature feeling more educated about the pizza toppings enjoyed by Southern Gospel artists. Or perhaps…just hungry for pizza. If so, we have accomplished our goal.

Stay tuned for more of these indepth polls right here on SGN Scoops!

 

Meet today’s contestants…

Who What Where
Chris Jenkins The Kingsmen http://kingsmenquartet.musiccitynetworks.com/
Joseph Habedank Soloist http://www.josephhabedank.com/
Clayton Inman The Triumphant Quartet http://www.triumphantquartet.com/
Lauren Talley Alvey The Talleys http://thetalleys.com/
Phil Collingsworth Sr. The Collingsworth Family http://www.thecollingsworthfamily.com/
David Sutton The Triumphant Quartet http://www.triumphantquartet.com/
Greg Bentley Crossroads Records, Soloist http://crossroadslabelgroup.com/
Gary Casto The Tribute Quartet http://tributequartet.com/
Billy Blackwood The Blackwood Brothers Quartet http://www.blackwoodbrothers.com/
Shannon Smith Three Bridges http://threebridgesgospel.com/
Michaela Brown The Browns http://thebrownsmusic.com/
Booth Brothers The Booth Brothers http://boothbrothers.com/
Scott Inman The Triumphant Quartet http://www.triumphantquartet.com/
Karen Peck Karen Peck and New River http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com/
Donna King Zane and Donna King http://www.zaneanddonnaking.com/
Hannah Webb The Rick Webb Family http://rickwebbfamilymusic.com/

SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten

**Note: The Booth Brothers each answered each question but wouldn’t say whose answer it was…therefore we are leaving it up to you, dear reader, to guess whether the pithy answer comes from Michael Booth, Ronnie Booth or Paul Lancaster!

 

 

 


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Kingdom Heirs Announce New Baritone

Written by Staff on April 15, 2015 – 12:46 pm -

Kingdom Heirs with Brian Alvey

Kingdom Heirs with Brian Alvey

April 15, 2015 – Arden, NC -The Kingdom Heirs are very happy to announce the hiring of Brian Alvey as their new baritone singer. Kries French, owner/manger of the Kingdom Heirs states “A lot of prayer and consideration went into our decision and we are thrilled to welcome Brian and his family, into our family.”  


French continues, “During our time on the road this winter, we had the privilege to audition close to 60 men who traveled many miles for this chance and we thank each of you so much. We feel that God has led us to the man He wants for us.”

Brian Alvey

Brian Alvey

“We are honored to have entered our 30th year of partnership with The Kingdom Heirs”, states Sonlite records President Chris White. “We are excited to continue this relationship with a new recording the group is already working on for an October release.”

The Kingdom Heirs ask you to please help us in welcoming Brian and his family to the Kingdom Heir family. Brian will start his tenure with the group at Dollywood immediately. The Kingdom Heirs would like to invite everyone to come and experience this new era of music and ministry.


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Mike LeFevre, Danny Jones and Karen Peck on the set of Gospel Music USA!

Written by Staff on January 26, 2015 – 12:44 pm -

Karen Peck, Danny Jones, Mike LeFevre. Photo courtesy of Robert York

Karen Peck, Danny Jones, Mike LeFevre. Photo courtesy of Robert York

WATC-TV 57 out of Atlanta, GA airs “Gospel Music USA,” hosted by Mike
LeFevre (The LeFevre Quartet), Danny Jones (Singing News) and Karen Peck
(Karen Peck & New River). This 30-minute segment is filled with your favorite
Southern Gospel music from top artists from all over the USA. Mike, Danny and
Karen bring you face-to-face with the artists as they share their testimonies and
their ministries with their viewers.

Upcoming guests on Gospel Music USA include Jeff Stice, Lauren Talley, Freedom Quartet, Old Paths, Ivan Parker and Archie Watkins. Some of the artists who have appeared on the show are Karen Peck and New River, The LeFevre Quartet, Greater Vision, Triumphant Quartet and The Blackwood Brothers, just to name a few.

Gospel Music USA airs Saturdays at 2:30 pm on WATC TV and Saturday nights at 9 pm as part of the “Saturday Night Gospel Sing” on WATC TOO. Watch Gospel Music USA from the comfort of your own home via live stream here: http://watc.tv/gospelmusicusa/


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Behind The Scenes At Gospel Music USA

Written by Staff on January 23, 2015 – 12:50 pm -

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Karen Peck, Danny Jones, Mike LeFevre

By Robert York

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Old Paths Quartet

Gospel Music USA, a TV program aired on WATC-TV in Atlanta, GA and also available on the internet, recently had a two-day taping of the programs in high definition (HD). The station will be totally HD in February when these programs begin to air. Danny Jones, Singing News Editor; Karen Peck of Karen Peck and New River and Mike LeFevre of the LeFevre Quartet are the hosts of the program.

I had the privilege of having breakfast before the first day of taping with Danny, Karen and Mike. Danny and Mike were discussing the most asked question about Mike’s group. Mike responded about how he was related to Eva Mae LeFevre. Mike said his Dad and Eva Mae’s husband

Interview With Old Paths

Interview With Old Paths

Uncle Urias were brothers. He went on to talk a little about the family saying that they were five brothers and two sisters in the family. Sister Maude started singing with Uncle Urias and Alf. After Maude left the group, Sister Omega sang with them. The marriage took place and Eva Mae started playing the piano and singing alto with the group.

It was over to the studio for taping the program. There were six groups

Freedom Quartet

Freedom Quartet

scheduled to tape in the two-day session. The first day bought The Old Paths Quartet, Freedom Quartet and Lauren Talley in front of the four cameras and on the new set for the program. Day two was Jeff Stice, Ivan Parker and Archie Watkins. When you put those three hosts together you never know exactly what to expect from them. I would go into some funny details about the introduction of Freedom Quartet but I think it best to let you wait and watch the program.

Lauren Talley

Lauren Talley

Patricia Mathis, Vice President of WATC-TV and Greg West produce the program which is aired at 2:30 pm eastern time on Saturdays on both TV and the internet. The original show was taped August 13, 2013 and started airing in September of that year. It has been on the air weekly since then. WATC-TV also filmed the SGN Scoops 2014 Diamond Awards and the Lou Hildreth Honors featuring Willie Wynn this past year in Pigeon Forge, TN and aired the programs

Patricia Mathis and Ivan Parker

Patricia Mathis and Ivan Parker

on their station. For more information including programming details, visit  www.watc.tvhttp://www.watc.tv/

Pictures courtesy of Robert York.

Mike LeFevre, Danny Jones, Jeff Stice

Mike LeFevre, Danny Jones, Jeff Stice


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SGN Scoops at NQC – Thursday

Written by Staff on September 26, 2014 – 9:21 am -

Singing News' Fan Awards Choir

Singing News’ Fan Awards Choir

Photographs by Craig Harris

Lauren Talley Alvey, Brian Free

Lauren Talley Alvey, Brian Free

The Isaacs

The Isaacs

Once again, SGN Scoops’ reporter Craig Harris gives us a look at the evening performances during the National Quartet Convention. Thursday’s events also included the Singing News’ Fan Awards.

Bill Shivers, Mike Rogers, Jeremy Lile-Brian Free and Assurance

Bill Shivers, Mike Rogers, Jeremy Lile-Brian Free and Assurance

The Taylors

The Taylors

 

Ed O'Neal of the Dixie Melody Boys

Ed O’Neal of the Dixie Melody Boys

 

Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision

Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision

Randy Shelnut Sr., George Shelton Jr. of the Dixie Echoes

Randy Shelnut Sr., George Shelton Jr. of the Dixie Echoes


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The Talleys – A Family Affair

Written by Staff on January 9, 2014 – 2:04 pm -

The Talleys

The Talleys

The Talleys unmistakable sound, progressive southern gospel style, and ministering hearts have made them a fan favorite and one of the most respected groups in the gospel music industry. Their accolades include ten number one singles, Dove Award nominations, Singing News Fan Awards, the Southern Gospel Music Guild Harmony Honors, the BMI Awards, SGN Music Awards and the honors aren’t stopping. They keep rolling in. Although the group is noted for their powerful vocals, tight harmonies, smooth blend, and dynamic arrangements, colleagues insist The Talleys’ hearts are just as pure as their sound.

The group believes in giving back and pouring into the lives of others. Every year Debra and Lauren are heavily involved in teaching at Steve Hurst School of Music (SHS). Students come from across the United States to study under them. Gary Casto, lead singer and manager of Tribute Quartet, tells us, “Debra and Lauren are incredible teachers and have been instrumental in making SHS very successful.  Their knowledge of vocal performance has benefited the students, as well as our industry.”

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Lauren Talley

Casto considers it an honor to know this incredible family. “They have set the bar high for many years and have paved a solid road for other artists to follow.”  Casto has also enjoyed working with Roger in the studio on numerous occasions. “He demands musical excellence and at times it can be quite challenging. He will always push artists to work their hardest. He insists they come up a level, but when he is finished, they always have a product they are proud of.”

Lauren has periodically provided vocal and performance coaching for groups and individuals.  She is proud that many of her students have developed into amazing performers and communicators. “When I am coaching, my purpose is to take the artist’s gifts and help them tap into their hidden potential. They hit notes they never dreamed they were capable of and learn the art of communicating a song. I never get tired of seeing the newfound confidence on their faces. It is the greatest feeling in the world.” Lauren’s clientele include: Susan Whisnant, The Browns, The Beene Family, Jody Brown Indian Family and most recently she coached 11th Hour in preparation for their first NQC performance. “I am extremely proud of them all!”

When a student at SHS heard The Talleys sing in concert for the first time, she was deeply moved by their heartfelt performance and humility. She remarked, “Few gospel groups have left their mark and reached the pinnacle of success The Talleys have, yet they maintain lives of integrity and humility. It’s evident they believe what they sing.”

Debra Talley

Debra Talley

Sheri Thrower has been a teacher at Steve Hurst School of Music for ten years. She has worked closely with Debra and Lauren. “I don’t consider them just co-workers, but genuine friends. If I could use two words to describe Debra, it would be “World Class.” She always carries herself with grace and dignity, and is a great encouragement not only to the SHS students, but to our staff, as well. She portrays beauty from the inside, out. I love her like family.”

Thrower considers the mega-talented group a beacon for all artists involved in gospel music. “Their tenacity, love, and heart for people is evident in everything they sing and do. They are stellar musicians. In a world where families are falling apart, they remain strong and secure, pointing others to the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

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JONATHAN MARTIN CO-HOSTS DANIEL BRITT & FRIENDS

Written by SGN Scoops on March 13, 2012 – 5:58 am -

Winston Salem, NC – Jonathan Martin, popular male vocalist and long-time member of Grammy nominated recording artist, The Martins, will co-host the Daniel Britt & Friends this week (the week of 3/12/12). The program is the monthly broadcast where all eyes and ears are listening out for new music. This week, Daniel & Jonathan spin the latest music from Paid in Full, Brian Free & Assurance, Reggie & Ladye Love Smith, Lauren Talley, Ivan Parker, The Martins and many others! The program features new music in 60-jam-packed-minutes.
Daniel Britt & Friends is  available each week to nearly 30 million satellite subscribers through its partnership with Dish Network and SIRIUS XM Radio throughout the U.S. and Canada on SIRIUS XM SATELLiTE RADiO’s enLighten (Sirius XM Channel 18) airing Mondays at 7PM ET, Thursdays at 10PM ET, and Saturdays at 12 Noon ET. Fans can also catch the show online at www.siriusxm.com, via smartphone devices or Dish Network on channel 6018. After the broadcast, fans can download the extended interview from www.danielbritt.com or connect on Twitter @brittandfriends and on Facebook at facebook.com/BrittAndFriends

Sirius XM Radio is America’s satellite radio company.  SiriusXM broadcasts more than 135 satellite radio channels of commercial-free music, and premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, weather and data services to over 21 million subscribers.
The Martins are riding high on the success of their current recording, New Day. The popular trio is presently in the midst of a busy spring touring schedule with concert appearances throughout the US, including performances with the popular Gaither Homecoming Tour. Visit www.martinsonline.com for a complete touring schedule.


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Harper Agency Adds Talleys To Artist Roster

Written by SGN Scoops on October 14, 2011 – 4:38 am -

Goodlettsville, TN – One of Christian music’s leading booking agencies, The Harper Agency, has announced the signing of popular vocal group, The Talleys (pictured in attached jpg), to their talent roster. The announcement comes on the heels of yet another major change for The Talleys when they transitioned from a trio to a quartet in September with the addition of  Brian Alvey. Alvey, who married multi-award winning group member, Lauren Talley, in June, made his official debut on stage with the family Labor Day weekend in Gatlinburg, TN. “Brian not only brings an impressive vocal ability to the group,” group manager, Roger Talley stated, “but he adds a new excitement to the stage with his proficiency as a multi-talented musician. We love his testimony and his heart for ministry.”

The East Tennessee based musical family, consisting of the mother/father team of Roger and Debra Talley, as well as daughter, Lauren and now son-in-law, Brian, has enjoyed numerous honors and accolades over the years, including 10 Number one radio singles, making them one of Christian music’s most beloved families.

The Harper Agency is pleased to add The Talleys to their roster of fine artists, wich also includes numerous notable family groups.  “Being a family business,” Harper Agency representative, Jeff Harper comments, “we understand the dynamics of working together to achieve a common goal.  The Talleys, with their unique sound, are a perfect example of what happens when family blends music and ministry harmoniously.” 

Jeff’s brother, Ed Harper shared those sentiments.“I’ve known Roger and Debra for nearly 30 years, and of course, I love and admire Lauren’s exceptional vocal ability. We are honored to have the opportunity to work with and represent such an outstanding family. We look forward to being a part of their future for many years.”

Joining The Harper Agency marks a major change for the popular group, ending their long-time association with Fay Shedd and the Artist Direction Agency, who first began working with the senior Talleys in the early 1980s. “We would like to express our appreciation to Fay Shedd for the many years of hard work and friendship, but we are excited about the opportunity to work with the Harper Agency. We have long respected Ed and Jeff Harper, and we look forward to a new season of ministry. We encourage and invite all of our promoter and pastor friends across the country to contact the Harper Agency to reserve your place on the Talleys’ schedule.”

The Harper Agency may be reached by calling 615-851-4500 or visiting www.harperagency.com . The Agency is currently scheduling 2012 dates for The Talleys.


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