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October 2013 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 14, 2013 – 9:56 am -

 

The staff at SGNScoops proudly presents the October Edition of SGNScoops Magazine. Gracing our cover this month is Ed O’Neal and the Dixie Melody Boys. We will be honoring Ed later this month at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. You can find out how to be a part of that in the latest Creekside update in this issue. Other ministries highlighted are, The Lesters, 11th Hour, Ivan Parker and the Dove Brothers. Catch the Younger Perspective with Amber Nelon, and Christian Country News featuring Mikayla Lynn. This month we congratulate our publisher, Rob Patz for twenty years in the Gospel Music Industry. Don’t miss this story- especially the side-bar containing notes of congratulations from industry professionals, friends and peers. This issue wraps up an era of Quartet Conventions in Louisville and also re-caps a recent Women of Faith conference. Believe it or not….There is more! Don’t miss encouragement from Dr. Jeff Steele, Reflections With Sherry Anne, Life, Love and Legends by Lou Wills Hildreth and with get the latest music reviews by Sandi Duncan Clark. The latest in Southern Gospel Music is tastefully presented and laid out professionally, by Pete and Staci Schwager and is tucked behind a beautiful cover designed by Stephanie Kelley. SGNScoops Magazine is free! Please share with friends, family and fans.


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Leaving Louisville: Twenty Years of NQC

Written by Staff on September 9, 2013 – 11:42 am -

nqcnewlogoChange is always hard and the NQC Board made a bold step twenty years ago when they announced the move from Nashville to Louisville for Gospel Music’s favorite yearly event.

From scheduled sings on the Belle of Louisville to concerts in the downtown square; from impromptu songs in various area restaurants to special gatherings in local hotels; from Elvis sightings to Uncle Sam in the Exhibit Hall, there are many unforgettable moments for the Gospel music fan at NQC.

Lorraine Walker interviewing Wayne Haun 2007

Lorraine Walker interviewing Wayne Haun 2007

As a writer for SGM Radio and SGN Scoops, I’ve had the opportunity to interview many interesting people at NQC.

Legacy Five 2008 with Rob Patz and Lorraine Walker

Legacy Five 2008 with Rob Patz and Lorraine Walker

 

 

 

 

 

Over the years, I have been privileged to interview such artists as Karen Peck,  Kim Hopper,   Susan Whisnant,Marshall Hall,  Jim Mahalick, Shelly Brown of The Browns, Wayne Haun, Jeff Pearles, The Apostolic Boys, The Skyline Boys, The Prophets, Rambo McGuire, The Booth Brothers, Mark Trammell Quartet, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, Triumphant Quartet, Brian Free and Assurance, and Jonathan and Jordan Wilburn, among others.

Rambo McGuire

Rambo McGuire

Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision 2011

Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marshall Hall 2011

Marshall Hall 2011

 

Many of these artists wouldn’t have the time to sit with an interviewer during an ordinary concert setting. NQC is also the opportune time for fans to also talk with their favorite singers. What a great opportunity it is to attend NQC and be able to sit down with the makers of the music!

 

SGM Radio and SGN Scoops would like to extend a special thank you to the board of the National Quartet Convention for continuing on a tradition that began many years ago, for making the necessary decisions for the growth of the festival and for embracing artists, fans and industry alike as we celebrate together our music and our faith.

 

We look forward to 2014 in Pigeon Forge!

 

****As a fan who attended the first Louisville NQC, I have many memories of the National Quartet Convention at Freedom Hall. I’m sure our readers do as well, and I invite you to submit these memories for posting here this week. Please submit your NQC thoughts and pictures to lorraine@sgnscoops.com


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GAITHER HARMONY SHOWCASE ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013 NATIONAL QUARTET CONVENTION

Written by SGN Scoops on September 3, 2013 – 4:58 pm -

Louisville, KY – With less than one week before the kick-off of the 2013 National Quartet Convention, the city of Final GVB StairsLouisville is gearing up to host the annual Convention for the final year. After 20 years of calling Louisville home, the NQC says goodbye this year, but not before the finest Christian recording artists and noted speakers converge upon the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center for one final time, September 8 through 14.

Music will ring from the rafters of the Expo Center in Louisville each day from early morning until nearly midnight. A special highlight at this year’s Convention will be the Thursday showcase in Freedom Hall featuring multi-award winning recording artists, The Gaither Vocal Band, as well as multi-award winning legendary group, The Gatlin Brothers and popular award winning trio, The Booth Brothers. This special Harmony Showcase begins at 11:30am, and promises to be one of the most popular showcases at this year’s event.
In addition to Thursday afternoon’s Gaither Harmony Showcase event, songwriter of the century, Bill Gaither will also host the popular Homecoming Sing-Along concert on Friday, September 13, beginning at 11:30am. The Homecoming Sing-Along will feature a 100-voice Homecoming choir , comprised of Gospel Music’s most talented singers, and will feature many songs from the popular Homecoming Video Series, which is viewed worldwide.
Another exciting showcase event scheduled is Wednesday’s Ken Davis & Friends Showcase. Hosted by best-selling author, radio host, comedian and motivational speaker, Ken Davis, music included during the Showcase will be provided by The Martins, The Hoppers and Legacy Five, as well as a number of other popular guests. Also scheduled on Wednesday is the Bluegrass Pickin’ Jamboree, produced by multi-award winning producer, Ben Isaacs. The event will feature many of Bluegrass Gospel music’s most talented vocalists and musicians.
Several of the nation’s most prominent evanglists, include Dr David Jeremiah and Dr Johnny Hunt will appear at this year’s Convention. Dr Jeremiah is scheduled to speak on Friday, while Dr Hunt will appear on Saturday.
A complete schedule of events set to take place during the 2013 National Quartet Convention may be obtained online at www.nqconline.com.

 

 


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National Quartet Convention Presents the NQC Music Awards

Written by SGN Scoops on September 17, 2012 – 8:53 am -

Louisville, KY – The National Quartet Convention, in partnership with the Southern Gospel Music Guild, presented the first ever NQC Music Awards today (Friday, September 14) at the NQC during the Friday afternoon Showcase Spectacular in Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY.
Awards were presented based on both fan popularity and professional excellence, with two divisions of awards that being presented.  The first division was the  Fan Awarded categories where awards were determined by fan voting.   The second division was the Industry Awarded Categories, which was determined by the music professionals that participate as exhibitors during the National Quartet Convention. No purchase was required for those that are participating in the voting. All that was required is that they were registered on the NQC e-mail list prior to July 1st.
NQC Executive Vice President, Clarke Beasley stated that the Southern Gospel Music Guild has been an important partner in the process, as the SGMG is responsible for determining the category criteria, as well as screening entries for eligibility.  The SGMG professional membership also determined the recipient of the annual Les Beasley Award, given to a person or company that has made a significant impact in the field of Gospel Music. The recipient of that prestigious honor was presented to Marlin Taylor and XM Enlighten Radio.
In order to determine the Songwriter of the Year Award, the SGMG Awards and Criteria Committee pulled The Singing News Magazine radio charts for the eligibility time period and assigned each songwriter fifteen points for a number one song, ten points for a song in the top ten and five points for a song in the top 20. The total points for the eligibility period were tabulated for each writer, and the writer with the most points was awarded Songwriter of the Year.This year’s recipient was Dianne Wilkinson.
Below is a complete list of the 2012 NQC Music Award winners.
FAN CATEGORIES

 

Bass Singer of the Year Nominees:
Bennett, Eric – Triumphant Qt

 

Baritone Singer of the Year Nominees:
Brady, Jim – Booth Brothers
Lead Singer of the Year Nominees:
Booth, Ronnie – Booth Brothers

 

Tenor Singer of the Year Nominees:
Phelps, David – Gaither Vocal Band

 

Soprano Singer of the Year Nominees:
Hopper, Kim – Hoppers
Alto Singer of the Year Nominees:
Easter, Sheri – Jeff & Sheri Easter
 
Soloist of the Year Award Nominees:
Crabb, Jason
 
Male Group of the Year Nominees:
Booth Brothers
 
Mixed Group of the Year Nominees:
Collingsworth Family
Musician of the Year Nominees:
Collingsworth, Kim – Collingsworth Family

 

Album of the Year Nominees:
Celebrate Me Home (Oak Tree) – Perrys

 

Song of the Year Nominees:
I Know a Man Who Can – Greater Vision

 

 INDUSTRY CATEGORIES

 

Arranger/Producer of the Year Nominees:
Lari Goss

 

Concert Promoter of the Year Nominees:
Bill Gaither
 
Radio Station of the Year Nominees:
WBOZ – Nashville

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NQC Week’s Biggest Day Set To Begin

Written by SGN Scoops on September 14, 2012 – 12:04 pm -

Louisville, KY – Historically speaking, the largest attendance during the National Quartet Convention week takes place on Friday. Holding true to form, Friday is expected to be the biggest day of the week at the 2012 event. The brightest names in Southern Gospel Music will take to the various stages throughout the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center in Louisville, as daytime showcases take place in the South Wing, East Hall and Freedom Hall.
Renown speaker, Dr David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and Senior Pastor of Shadow Mountain Church in El Cajon (San Diego), CA, will serve as the featured speaker on Friday morning. Convention attendees are expected to fill East Hall to capacity for this event.
Beginning at noon, Bill Gaither will bring to life his multi-award winning and best selling Homecoming Series, as more than 100 singers are expected to unite on the stage in Freedom Hall during the Gaither Homecoming Sing-Along,
Following the Gaither Sing-Along in Freedom Hall, the first ever NQC Music Awards will take place. The NQC, in partnership with the Southern Gospel Music Guild, will present 17 different awards to individuals and groups based on both fan-awarded and industry-awarded categories. “Much interest has been generated by the fact that these awards will be given based on both fan popularity and professionl excellence. This should be a very special presentation,” stated Clarke Beasley, NQC Executive Vice President.
On Friday evening, more than a dozen of the most popular names in Southern Gospel Music will take to the stage in Freedom Hall, providing Convention attendees with more than five hours of music. Just a few of the popular names scheduled to appear include The Gaither Vocal Band, The Isaacs, The Nelons, The Hoppers and Triumphant Quartet. Popular comedian, Dennis Swanberg will host the evening.
Saturday  marks the final day of the week-long event. Highlights of Saturday will include the Parade of Pianos, featuring the industry’s most talented pianists, as well as the Tribute to Lari Goss, honoring one of Gospel Music’s most legendary producers.
Seats are available for all afternoon showcases and evening concerts for the weekend, and may be purchased in the North Wing lobby of the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. Visit www.nqconline.com for a complete schedule of events.

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2012 National Quartet Convention In Full Swing In Louisville

Written by SGN Scoops on September 11, 2012 – 4:59 am -

Louisville, KY – The 55th Annual National Quartet Convention officially kicked off on Sunday evening, September 9 at Louisville’s Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. The opening event included a special Sunday night concert,allowing Southern Gospel Music lovers arriving early for the 2012 event to enjoy the sounds of  multi-award winning groups, Greater Vision, The Hoppers and The Booth Brothers. This was the second year in a row these three group’s celebrated the kick-off of Southern Gospel Music’s premier event, which has taken place in Louisville since 1994.
The National Quartet Convention is the only event of the year where fans can see and hear their favorite groups at a single event, then meet group members and purchase music, videos and much more at any one of the many exhibit booths which span throughout 175,000 square feet. Southern Gospel Music lovers can enjoy their favorite music all day long, as music spectaculars begin each morning and continue until midnight each evening.
Headliners on Monday evening’s concert in Freedom Hall included Grammy nominated recording artist, Karen Peck & New River, Gospel Music Hall of Fame members, The Hoppers, and seven-time IBMA Group of the Year, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.
Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of 911, and throughout the evening, artists appearing in Freedom Hall will pay tribute to the fallen of that tragic day. Grammy Award winner, Jason Crabb will be among the 13 performers scheduled to be featured on Tuesday evening.
Seats are available for all afternoon showcases and evening concerts and may be purchased in the North Wing lobby of the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. Visit www.nqconline.com for a complete schedule of events.

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NATIONAL QUARTET CONVENTION ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 2013 And Plans for 2014

Written by SGN Scoops on September 10, 2012 – 4:55 am -

Louisville, KY – The National Quartet Convention has announced the dates for the 2013 NQC. September 9 – 14 will be the dates for the 2013 NQC in Louisville, Kentucky.   The event will be very special, as it will be the last year for the event to be held in Louisville.  Many special and unique events are being planned for 2013, to celebrate the end of a wonderful era for the NQC in Louisville.  Thousands of attendees from across the United States and Canada, as well as several countries around the world, will gather one last time in Louisville to relive great memories from two decades of gatherings at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center.  Plans are already underway to make the 2013 NQC one of the biggest and best weeks of the event’s 55-year history.  Many first-time attendees are also expected, as it will be their last chance to experience the NQC in this historic location.
In September of 2014, the National Quartet Convention will begin a new and exciting era as Gospel Music’s Largest Annual Event moves to one of America’s most popular, family-friendly vacation destinations… Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Reserved seating can be purchased for the 2013 NQC during this week’s event, in the North Wing Lobby of the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, and will then be available at www.nqconline.com throughout the year.  Attendees are urged to reserve seating and lodging early for the final year in Louisville.

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Blackwood Brothers Quartet Interview With SGNScoops

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 23, 2012 – 7:18 pm -


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EHA-Nashville & Eyewitness Team up to Host Winter Fest Gospel in Louisville

Written by Scoops Staff on December 7, 2010 – 12:32 pm -

Eyewitness Photo: Mike Parks

EHA-Nashville, TN} Southern Gospel group, Eyewitness, announces they will be the hosting artists, along with EHA-Nashville, for the lst Annual Winter Fest Gospel concert in Louisville, Ky, February 19, 2011. Gethsemane Baptist Church will be the venue location and artists scheduled to perform are, Eyewitness, Singing News charter & Diamond Award Finalist duet; Wendy Word + forgiven, Soloist and Manor House Records Executive Director; Bill Dykes (formerly with Cathedrals, & Jerry Goff), two-time Grammy Nominated Manor House recording artists, Praise Incorporated, (accompanied by the phenomenal Manor House Records Instrumentalist, Zack Swain) the classic; Classic Four, and Homeland Entertainment’s recent Riversong label signee’s; The Men of Music. Hawkins notes, “We expect to have a great night of music and fellowship. We are also excited to have a local DJ and Bill Dykes to be Master of Ceremonies.” More details on the event will be forthcoming from Eyewitness and EHA. www.EHA-Nashville.com

For more on Eyewitness:

http://www.eyewitnessgospel.com


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RobTV: Lynn’s Paradise Cafe in Louisville (YUM!)

Written by Scoops Staff on September 13, 2010 – 12:34 pm -

Why Rob is there and the Scoops staff is not is beyond us…


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