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Written by Staff on September 28, 2015 – 11:39 am -

NQC Sunday Night 2015

NQC Sunday Night 2015

Bonus Sunday Evening Concert Sets The Stage for Thousands of Gospel Music Fans

Pigeon Forge, TN (September 28, 2015) – Over 40,000 gospel music fans are set to descend on the town of Pigeon Forge, TN as the 2015 edition of the NQC is set to officially start today.
Hoppers NQC 2015

Hoppers NQC 2015

Last night – Sunday, September 28, 2015 – early arrivers enjoyed a bonus evening concert by the top names in gospel music including The Hoppers, Mark Trammell Quartet, Greater Vision, the Jim Brady Trio and Tim Lovelace.

The LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN – a $45 million special events facility – serves as the host for gospel music’s

Connie Hopper NQC 2015

Connie Hopper NQC 2015

largest annual event.

The NQC was founded in 1857 by gospel music legend and former backup vocalist for Elvis Presley, J.D. Sumner who co-produced the event with James Blackwood. The annual convention was moved in later years to Nashville, TN and then to Louisville, KY where it was held for 20 years.
Featured artists are a “Who’s Who” of gospel music, and nightly concerts feature up to 20 acts. Among them are the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, the Hoppers, the Kingdom Heirs, Triumphant and the Collingsworth Family, as well as prominent soloists such as Grammy Award winner Jason Crabb.
Mark Trammell Qt NQC 2015

Mark Trammell Qt NQC 2015

Special events during the week include the Singing News Fan Awards, a fan-voted program of Singing News Magazine, on Sept. 30, the keynote address by Dr. David Jeremiah on Oct. 2, the Cathedrals’ Family Reunion featuring several alumni of gospel’s most celebrated group on Sept. 30 and a Gospel Music Hymn Sing hosted by

Greater Vision NQC 2015

Greater Vision NQC 2015

Gerald Wolfe NQC 2015

Gerald Wolfe NQC 2015

Gerald Wolfe on Oct. 3.

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SGN Scoops attends the Gatlinburg Gathering of Abraham Productions

Written by Staff on September 10, 2015 – 1:47 pm -

Photographs by Erin Stevens, Photos For Keeps



Booth Brothers and the Collingsworth Family

Booth Brothers and the Collingsworth Family

The Gatlinburg Gathering was held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in downtown Gatlinburg on the weekend of August 19-22. Erin Stevens was there to photograph the event and she shared these pictures with us! Some of the artists that Erin captured on stage included: The Hoppers, Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, Triumphant, Tribute, Talleys, Brian Free and Assurance, The Collingsworth Family, Jason Crabb,

Karen and Rickey Gooch

Karen and Rickey Gooch

Erwins, Ivan Parker, Karen Peck and New River, Mark Trammell Quartet, and the Primitive Quartet.

Booth Brothers

Booth Brothers


Be sure to make your plans to attend the Gatlinburg Gathering next year.


For more information on Abraham Productions various events throughout the year, visit them online. 

Brian Free and Assurance

Brian Free and Assurance

Collingsworth Family

Collingsworth Family



For all the news, scoops and artist features, keep your browser on SGN Scoops mainpage. 


For more pictures from the Gatlinburg Gathering by Erin Stevens of Photos For Keeps, click below.

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Mark Trammell Quartet Announces 2016 Homecoming Event

Written by Staff on September 1, 2015 – 7:46 am -

imageSouthside, Alabama (September 1, 2015) – The Mark Trammell Quartet announces today that their three day Homecoming Event is returning to Hill Crest Baptist Church July 29-31, 2016. After fans inquired about the absence of a MTQ Homecoming in 2015 due to a heavy touring schedule, the quartet wants them to be the first to know the artists, dates and activities so they can plan to be in attendance for their 2016 Homecoming. The line-up features two of the most popular programs appearing right now in Gospel Music.
The MTQ Homecoming will begin on Friday, July 29, 2016 featuring the Gold City Reunion with special guest Tim Riley and artists Wilburn and Wilburn, Jay Parrack and Vocal Event and The Mark Trammell Quartet. Saturday morning, those signed up to take part in the Golf Tournament will gather at Silver Lakes Golf Course in Gadsden, Alabama at 8:30 AM for a morning of fun and fellowship. (Golf Tournament is open to the public.) That same evening, The Mark Trammell Quartet will share the stage with their friends Greater Vision and come together as The Second Half Quartet; featuring Gerald Wolfe, Mark Trammell, Chris Allman, Rodney Griffin and Pat Barker on classic Gospel songs from the past. On Sunday morning, MTQ will take part in the worship service at their home church with the Hill Crest Choir and Orchestra to close out the weekend.
This event is the quartet’s gift to the fans for supporting the ministry all year and is sponsored by Mark Trammell Quartet Outreach which is a non-profit ministry branch of MTQ. The Mark Trammell Quartet wishes to thank everyone in advance for their financial and prayerful support of this ministry and its effort to take quality Gospel Music to areas that could not otherwise have it. All concerts and services will take place at the Trammell’s home church, Hill Crest Baptist Church. Hill Crest is located in Anniston, Alabama just off of Highway 431, easy to find and accessible. You can find more information about the MTQ Homecoming on the group’s website:
Mark Trammell has been involved in Gospel Music for 41 years and formed The Mark Trammell quartet in 2002. The group is a full-time, professional Southern Gospel Quartet whose goal is to see Believers edified and lost souls come to know the Lord through Gospel Music and evangelism. Based out of Southside, Alabama these four men have traveled all over the U.S, Canada and are planning their debut in Ireland for the fall of 2016.
Mark Trammell Ministries
PO Box 588
Gadsden, AL 35902
(256) 442-1621

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Through the Lens of Craig Harris: Gospel Music Greats in Pictures

Written by Staff on July 21, 2015 – 2:09 pm -

The Whisnants

The Whisnants

The National Quartet Convention once again hosted their Spring Break in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 16 through 18, 2015. Hundreds of eager fans filled Highview Baptist to

Ivan Parker

Ivan Parker

hear artist favorites including Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Jim Brady Trio, Greater Vision, Triumphant, Ivan Parker, Whisnants, Booth Brothers, Isaacs, Mark Trammell Quartet, Legacy Five, Tribute, Hoppers, and the Sneed Family.

In this photomontage, SGN Scoops photographer Craig Harris, gives us an exciting look at the concerts that made this a truly wonderful break from the cold, snowy winter experienced by so many across the country. Thanks to NQC for whetting our appetites for a summer full of musical events and the swiftly approaching National Quartet Convention 2015!

For more features, pictures and artist columns, read the latest edition of SGN Scoops here.

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Mark Trammell Quartet Offers FREE Mobile App

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 7, 2015 – 3:12 pm -

Mark Trammell Quartet Offers FREE Mobile App

Mark Trammell Quartet Offers FREE Mobile App

Mark Trammell Quartet is thrilled to announce the release of a new platform to update and connect with their fans! As of today, you can download the MTQ mobile app – available for Apple and Android devices. The MTQ app is the easiest and most convenient way to stay connected with the Mark Trammell Quartet – and it’s free!

Not everyone is on Facebook or Twitter, and in our modern day world where everything is turning to social media, it can be hard to stay updated on your favorite ministries. The app offers people a way to stay updated with concerts, latest releases and current news without having to log onto all the media platforms to find the information you need. With the app, everything MTQ is at your fingertips with one click…

The app is compatible with Apple (iPhone and iPad) and Android devices. When you download the app, there will be an option to allow “push notifications” – these notifications are sent directly to your phone/tablet and will appear on the lock screen. When a notification comes with a title that interests you, just slide it open (like you would to answer a phone call) and the app opens automatically, taking you to the page with the information that appeared on the lock screen. The notifications will include concert dates, news items, instant updates from the road, encouraging thoughts and more!

For more information about the MTQ app or to download, visit!

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Dustin Black To Begin New Ministry in Ireland

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 22, 2015 – 8:31 am -

Dustin Black To Begin New Ministry in Ireland

Dustin Black To Begin New Ministry in Ireland

GADSDEN, AL…….This statement released from the office of the Mark Trammell Quartet.

Twenty Eight year old MTQ tenor Dustin Black has tendered his resignation effective August 3. Dustin will be involved in a wonderful new ministry opportunity overseas. Mark states, “We have been honored to watch this young man become a very usable tool in the hand of God. While he will be missed, we are thrilled that God has his hand on Dustin, and will literally be taking his music abilities and God’s message to the wonderful people of Northern Ireland. Dustin will assume his new responsibilities in country sometime in August. Please be praying for this young man, and Rachael (his bride to be) as they begin this exciting new chapter in their lives. Join us in wishing them Godspeed.” If you are interested in an audition for the tenor position with MTQ please send a brief resume, current photo, and an mp3 of no more than two songs to Thank you for your continued support and love for The Mark Trammell Quartet!

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RFD-TVs Music City Show Set To Open Season Four With Big Give-Away

Written by Staff on May 27, 2015 – 9:24 am -

tim lovelaceNashville, Tenn (May 26, 2015) The very popular RFD-TV Gospel music variety program The Music City Show is excited to announce the opening of Season Four on Thursday, May 28th, with more great talent and a fascinating Give-Away creating an electrifying atmosphere.

Season Four features some of Gospel and Country music’s most popular artists. Aaron Tippen, Michael English, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Gordon Mote, Mark Trammell Quartet, Whisnants, Don Moen, Allison Speer, Freemans, Tim Lovelace, Blackwood Brothers, and  The Freedom Singers, as well as the show regulars, the Positive Cowboy – Jim Sheldon, and the Blue Jean Band.

Help The Music City Show Season 4 Premier on RFD-TV by entering the contest give away. Follow the instructions below and it will be easy and fun, plus you may just be a winner.
$25.00 each in merchandise to 10 fans.
Here’s how to enter:
1. Like The Music City Show Facebook fan page.
2. Like this post
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We will announce the winners on Friday, May 29th!!!!!
In the meantime click this link for a super preview of some of the talent scheduled for Season 4.

To learn more about the Music City Show go to or . Twitter them at .

About The Music City Show
The Music City Show, a Southern/Country Gospel weekly show featuring top artists like the Oak Ridge Boys, Adam Crabb, Karen Peck and New River, the Browders, the Bowling Family, the Blackwood Brothers, the Hoppers, Comedian Tim Lovelace, Gene McDonald, Aaron Wilburn, Lynn Anderson, the and many more. The show features special host, Tim Lovelace, each week with Nashville’s own Blue Jean Band and The Positive Cowboy Jim Sheldon. The Music City Show is a series based in Nashville, Tennessee – America’s favorite Music City. The show has many elements of Nashville that people love, namely a live house band, talented artists, heartfelt interviews and comedic entertainment. It is likened unto The Tonight Show, with comedy segments, and a beautiful cityscape backdrop.
The Show has now expanded to four networks which include RFD-TV, The Heartland Network, FamilyNet, and the NRB Network.

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Young Gospel: Nick Trammell

Written by Staff on May 5, 2015 – 2:23 pm -

Mark Trammell Quartet - Cropped

Mark Trammell Quartet

By Rebecca Little Burke

Many years ago a quartet was formed known as The Cathedral Quartet. This quartet was one of the greats and has paved the way for many in Southern Gospel music, including this month’s featured artist. As the recipient of the Singing News Fan Awards 2007 Horizon Individual and 2008 Favorite Young Artist, as well as an accomplished songwriter, there is no doubt that God has been at work behind the scenes over many years preparing for this young man to step on stage and share the Gospel message through song. It is my absolute pleasure to introduce you all to my friend, Mr. Nick Trammell.


Nick Trammell

Nick Trammell

RB: Tell us about your start in Southern Gospel music.


Nick: I was born in 1984 when my dad (Mark Trammell) was with the Cathedral Quartet. I was blessed to grow up around some of the most influential people in the industry and didn’t even realize it until I was grown. I watched my dad get on the bus to leave every weekend and always dreamed of someday getting to do the same thing. In 2006, I got my first opportunity to sing with some of my favorite people, The Perrys. Joseph Habedank called me in August of 2005 and asked me if I would be willing to fill in for him for a couple of nights while he attended his best friend’s wedding. Of course I accepted! I was scared to death both nights, but after that weekend, I was hooked. I prayed when I got home for God to allow me the opportunity to do this. Almost one year to the day later, in August 2006, I stepped on the stage in Seminole, OK again with The Perrys, my first full time group. Read more »

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Randy Byrd: Piece by Piece … It’s All Coming Together

Written by Staff on March 24, 2015 – 1:09 pm -


Mark Trammell Quartet

Mark Trammell Quartet

By Craig Harris

2014 brought bountiful blessings in more ways than one for Mark Trammell Quartet bass singer Randy Byrd

The pieces to Randy Byrd’s puzzle have miraculously fallen together. However, the “fit” happened a little later rather than sooner. Randy can vividly remember traveling to Robinson Auditorium in Little Rock, Ark., as a 12-year-old for a concert that included both the Kingsmen and the Cathedrals.

“I went home that night and I told my mom that I wanted to be a bass singer,” Randy says. “I got every Cathedrals’ album I could get my hands on. I tried to sound just like George (Younce, the legendary bass singer for the Cathedrals).”

However, Randy had to wait 28 years before even the outside edges of the jigsaw began to come into view. The road to full-time ministry was one that involved missed opportunities even from an early age.

“My first opportunity to ever sing was with the Bob Wills Family in Fort Worth, Texas,” Randy – who worked on an assembly line for 14 years in Missouri followed by a lengthy stint as a phone operator for a principal financial company in Des Moines, Iowa – explains. “Bob offered me a job full time when I was a senior in high-school. He offered it in October. I left home, and it all fell apart. The bass singer they ended up hiring was Jeff Chapman (currently a member of the Kingdom Heirs). Every time I saw him, I’d say, ‘You have my job,’ but I was proud for him.

“I never gave up. I knew it was a dream. With local groups, I had already lived a dream. I wanted to do it full time for a living. I wanted to be in ministry full time singing. My heart was to sing and minister. I wasn’t going to punch a time card somewhere.”

Randy Byrd

Randy Byrd

He had been singing with an Iowa-based local group, Majesty, for more than five years when an e-mail from Mark Blackwood settled in his inbox. That message was too hard for Randy to believe.

“I thought it was a joke, so I didn’t answer (initially),” Randy remembers. “I was just playing along (later on), so I answered it. It turned out that they (the Blackwood Gospel Quartet) were going to be in the area the next week. They had been there the week before and announced that bass singer Ken Turner would be retiring. Someone gave them my name. To this day, I don’t know who did it. Two weeks later, I got the job.

“This was the dream since I was 12. At the time, I was 40. I turned 41 later that year.” It was Randy’s first professional job in Southern Gospel Music. The group later changed its name from the Blackwood Gospel Quartet to the Blackwood Brothers.

He was with the group from that time until 2012, when he relocated to Arizona during a tough period in his life. That stay out West lasted just six months before he moved back to Tennessee.

“I applied for 200 jobs and got two phone calls,” Randy points out. “I got in my car to come back to Tennessee. I was in the car for 10 minutes, and my phone started ringing.”

Short stints with the Anchormen, LeFevre Quartet and Songfellows followed. He also did some solo dates. That’s when another Mark contacted Randy: Mark Trammell.

Mark Trammell Quartet - Cropped“I was just praying for God’s guidance,” Randy shares. “Mark called and asked if I would fill in (as the bass singer of the Mark Trammell Quartet). I said, ‘Sure.’ After the first week, he asked if he could consider me (as a permanent group member). I said, ‘God’s going to have to speak audibly.’

“I wanted it so bad. I had wanted it so bad with Mike (LeFevre). I didn’t want to do that again. I didn’t want to get ahead of God, but in my heart, I wanted it more than anything.”

Randy and Mark were acquainted since his tenure with the Blackwood Brothers. “When Randy came to the Blackwood Brothers, we sang with them not long after that,” Trammell says. “We hit it off with him.

“I started the process of listening to the other 35 (candidates for the bass-singing position), but I didn’t find anybody with the same kindred spirit and the same love of our music he had. As nice as they (the other candidates) were, I feared they would sing at the people instead of to them.”

Randy’s passion for the position was due in part to his fondness for his childhood heroes.

Randy Byrd 3027“My favorite group was the Cathedrals, and Mark stood next to my hero,” Randy notes. “My fiancé (Tracy Kelley) and I sat down and wrote three very specific things, fleeces to God. They were highly unlikely and very detailed. I told Mark that I wasn’t going to tell him what they were. He said, ‘I respect that.’ We prayed specifically about income and benefits packages that are not industry standards. In two weeks, all three of the fleeces took place.

“I shared that with Mark after he offered me the job. We both cried. When you are where God wants you, it’s good.”

The fit felt right from the outset. He officially joined the group in July.

“When he hired me, Mark said, ‘From the very first week you were on the bus, it felt like I came home and put my favorite old shirt on,’” Randy points out.

Mark adds, “It just worked. From the beginning, it worked because of like-mindedness. We have a lot of history. I can start an old joke that has been told, and he can finish it.”

Randy has been overwhelmed at the opportunity for many reasons, some of which pertain to past trials he has experienced. “When I left the LeFevres, I was so discouraged and distraught,” Randy remembers. “I felt like God wasn’t in tune with me anymore. Anything was a big deal to me. I understood him calling me to fill in, but to me, the likelihood of Mark Trammell offering me that job, it was more likely for the local high-school baseball pitcher to get a call from the New York Yankees.”

However, Randy is enjoying every minute of his opportunity in the “big leagues.” Read more »

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Mark Trammell Quartet appearing at the Texas Gospel Music Hall

Written by Staff on March 12, 2015 – 12:52 pm -

APRIL 3 SMALL POSTERFirst concert for this year!

The Texas Gospel Music Hall presents Mark Trammell Quartet and First Voice Quartet on April 3, at 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:00PM.

The Texas Gospel Music Hall is located at 6513 HWY 19 South Palestine in Athens, TX.


For more information, call 903-477-8084. Group rates for 10+ people.

Ask how you may receive 2 free tickets!   

Visit our web site for our 2015 concert schedule.

The Mark Trammell Quartet is one of the finest in the industry. For more information on this quartet, visit their website HERE.

First Voice Quartet was formed to minister around Texas. For more information click HERE.

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