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MARK209 ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF JOSH POPE AS BANDLEADER AND KEYBOARDIST

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 18, 2017 – 8:37 am -

MARK209 ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF JOSH POPE AS BANDLEADER AND KEYBOARDIST

MARK209 ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF JOSH POPE AS BANDLEADER AND KEYBOARDIST

NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville based music artist MARK209 announces the addition of Josh Pope of Fort Payne, Alabama, as their bandleader. He will also be playing keyboards and guitar for the band.

Josh began playing at the young age of 4 years old and professionally at the age of 10. He took lessons for 5 years as a child. When he was 13, Josh was featured on the Gaither Homecoming Tour and Video Series. Since then, Josh has played with numerous bands across multiple genres.
Baritone singer Jimmy Reno shares, “I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Josh in a previous group and was excited at the prospect of bringing him into MARK209. Josh is a phenomenal talent that I know our fans will love.”  Josh adds, “The guys in MARK209 are some of the most talented I’ve ever had the pleasure of traveling with. Their musical style and taste is congruent with mine. They have went above and beyond to make me feel like family since day one and I’m excited to see what the future holds for all of us.”
Stay tuned for more information, as MARK209 will be announcing audition opportunities for additional band members in the coming weeks. The announcement of the addition of Josh, comes on the brink of their heavy tour season, which begins in August with their annual New England Tour and continues to their first West Coast Tour in September before rounding out the year with their Christmas Tour.

 


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MARK209 announces release of new project Grassroots III

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 7, 2017 – 1:44 pm -

MARK209 announces release of new project Grassroots III

MARK209 announces release of new project Grassroots III

Nashville, TN – Nashville based music artist MARK209 announces the release of their latest album entitled Grassroots III. Grassroots III is the third in an anthology of four albums featuring the quartet’s signature take on well known hymns and classic gospel songs and has a street date of Wednesday June 7, 2017.

“We always enjoy singing the classics and seeing the excitement it brings at a concert. It’s one of the most popular sections of our program,” says Lead Singer Jym Howe. “It’s inevitable that music is going to progress, but there’s just something special about the great hymns.”
The tracklist for Grassroots III will include the classics “Just A Little Talk With Jesus,” “I Can Call Jesus Anytime,” “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” and “I’ll Fly Away,” along with 8 other favorites.
The four disc anthology is a special release in addition to the regular albums MARK209 releases which contain their original music.
“For us,” says Howe, “the Grassroots project is MARK209 holding on to the roots of Southern Gospel.”
Listen To Todays Gospel Music Online HERE

 


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Mark209 Asks For Prayer

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 6, 2017 – 7:34 am -

Mark209 Asks For Prayer

Mark209 Asks For Prayer

Keep our baritone, Jimmy Reno, in your prayers today. He reports to the hospital this morning for major back surgery.

We look forward to hearing good reports after his surgery and him returning to the road with MARK209 when the doctor clears him in a few weeks.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

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Last Day For The 2017 Diamond Award Nominations

Written by Staff on May 3, 2017 – 9:35 am -

 

Gold City at 2016 Diamond Awards

Gold City at 2016 Diamond Award Presentation

The 2017 Diamond Award Nominations will be officially closed as of 11:59 p.m. on May 3, 2017. Fans, friends and artists are invited to nominate their favorites today in the few remaining hours that the nomination polls remain open. Voters can nominate up to five people in each category. Vote HERE

Sarah Davison at 2016 Diamond Awards

Sarah Davison

The Diamond Award top ten artists will be calculated soon and announced as voting opens to determine the top five artists. Keep watching SGNScoops website for the opening of the top ten voting.

 

The 2017 Diamond

Awards will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 31, during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigon Forge, Tenn. Tickets are free but must be reserved. For more information click here.

Click here to nominate today.

Images courtesy of Shirey Photos.

2017 Diamond Award Nominations

2017 Diamond Awards Nominations

About Creekside 2017

Fans, friends, family and artists are invited to attend Creekside Gospel Music Convention, October 30 – November 2 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center and Ramada Inn, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Creekside 2017 guests also include motivational speaker, David Ring; Pat Barker, who will lead his Pat Barker University; and Mark209, who are favorites at Pigeon Forge. These join over 40 Southern Gospel and Christian Country artists for daytime showcases, evening concerts, midnight prayer and the 2017 Diamond Awards with hosts Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff. Tickets can be reserved at the website creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com. Accommodation specials at the Ramada Inn can be obtained by calling 360-933-0741. For more information on tickets, lodging and special VIP Tickets, contact Rob Patz at 360-933-0741.


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MARK209 SPECIAL GUEST FOR NASHVILLE RESCUE MISSION’S GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 23, 2017 – 9:00 am -

MARK209 SPECIAL GUEST FOR NASHVILLE RESCUE MISSION’S GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

MARK209 SPECIAL GUEST FOR NASHVILLE RESCUE MISSION’S GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

Nashville, TN – Nashville based music artist MARK209 was invited to perform for the annual Good Friday worship service at Nashville Rescue Mission on Friday, April 14th.

The group led residents of the Mission in classic hymns as well as original songs before Nashville Rescue Mission President and CEO Rev. Glenn Cranfield delivered a short message on the celebration of Easter. “Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” says Rev. Cranfield. “At the Mission, Christ’s resurrection power is constantly at work, moving ‘stones’ and changing lives.”

 

Tenor singer Nathaniel Justice shares, “We were already in Middle Tennessee for our annual Good Friday evening concert so we were happy to be at the Mission in the morning. We have always branded ourselves as Music From the Heart of Nashville but today it has been an honor to share Good Friday with the residents of the Mission and have the opportunity to give back to the heart of Nashville.”


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MARK209 INVITED FOR IMPROMPTU CONCERT FOR BOTH BUSH PRESIDENTS AT THE BUSH COMPOUND IN MAINE

Written by Staff on August 17, 2016 – 4:14 pm -

PHOTO CUTLINE 1: Left to right first row – President George H.W. Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush – Left to right second row- Nathaniel Justice, Dustin Hood, First Lady Laura Bush, President George W. Bush, Jym Howe and Ray Woconish. Photo Credit: Evan F. Sisley, Aide to President Bush

Mark209 at Bush Compound. Left to right first row – President George H.W. Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush – Left to right second row- Nathaniel Justice, Dustin Hood, First Lady Laura Bush, President George W. Bush, Jym Howe and Ray Woconish. Photo Credit: Evan F. Sisley, Aide to President Bush

HENDERSONVILLE, TN – Christian music artist, MARK209 based out of Nashville, TN was invited yesterday evening to do an impromptu concert at the home of President George H.W. and First Lady Barbara Bush at the Bush Compound in Kennebunkport, ME.

MARK209 was in the middle of a 23 Day New England Tour and this was their only scheduled day off as they were planning to spend time sightseeing and touring the area when the opportunity presented itself for them to sing a song while touring the Bush Compound for Margaret Bush, an accomplished singer and actress. After leaving the property they were continuing their tour and received a call inviting them back to do a concert that evening for The Bush Family.

The Bush Family enjoying MARK209 during live impromptu concert at the Bush Compound in Kennebunkport, ME. Photo Credit: Evan F. Sisley, Aide to President Bush

The Bush Family enjoying MARK209 during live impromptu concert at the Bush Compound in Kennebunkport, ME. Photo Credit: Evan F. Sisley, Aide to President Bush

“Only a handful of people get the opportunity to sing for distinguished people let alone Presidents and today we were humbled by the opportunity to sing for not only one, but two Presidents at their private residence,” shares Jym Howe, lead singer for MARK209.

They sang several songs including Amazing Grace, Sweet, Sweet, Spirit, Crying In The Chapel and even Elvira by special request. Among those attending the concert were President George H.W. and First Lady Barbara Bush, President George W. and First Lady Laura Bush, Marvin and Margaret Bush, Doro and granddaughter Georgia.

Nathaniel, tenor singer for MARK209 shares, “When we came to the door, we were greeted by President George W. Bush. I was humbled by their gratitude, generosity, and willingness to invite us, someone they did not know, into their home last minute.” Before leaving, the guys were asked by President George H.W. Bush about returning to perform a full concert sometime in the future.

MARK209 just recently signed a booking and management deal with April Potter Agency and will be in the studio working on a new project later this fall.

For more information on MARK209, you can visit their website here or April Potter Agency at www.apotteragency.com or call April Potter Agency at 615.479.0954.

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MARK209 Announces New Baritone

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 24, 2016 – 2:09 pm -

MARK209 Announces New Baritone

MARK209 Announces New Baritone

NASHVILLE, TN – MARK209 is proud to announce that Dustin Hood has agreed to accept their open baritone position.

From Crossville Alabama, Dustin and his son Damion still live there and he will be commuting to Nashville to meet the tour coach.
Dustin has previously sang with The Harper Family, By Grace, Mercy’s Harbor and helped start a group in Chattanooga that is now known as Appointed Quartet.  He spent 5 years in Southern Gospel Radio.  His interests include music and golf.  He also plays several instruments including guitar, piano, bass guitar, and drums.
Dustin told us that he went to his first Southern Gospel concert at age 4 where he saw the Kingsmen and he was immediately hooked.  He began playing guitar and joined his first group at age 8.  He started in southern gospel radio at age 15 and was in and around Southern Gospel for the next 10 years, making many lasting friendship within the industry.  Dustin hasn’t always been in gospel music though.  He had a time that he strayed away from the church and spent several years playing everything from Country to Hard Rock circuits.  It is this time in Dustin’s life that has brought out an incredible testimony.  Dustin recommitted his life to the Lord 7 years ago and started back singing gospel music.  We are thrilled to have Dustin join MARK209.  He has an incredible testimony of how he came back to the Lord.
Jym Howe explains how there’s another selling point for Dustin.  “His birthday is February 9.  That’s right … MARK209 Day!”
For more information about MARK209, visit www.mark209.com.

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FUN FACT FRIDAY with the Freemans on SGN Scoops

Written by Staff on September 4, 2015 – 6:52 am -

Freemans 2015

Freemans 2015

 

We have made it another week. Only 58 days until Creekside 2015! One of our fabulous artists who are joining us on Nov 2-5 is the Freemans. They are Diamond Award winners and chart-toppers, with wonderful Country-Southern-Progressive vocals. You will want to come to Pigeon Forge, TN for this group alone!

This week I got an inside look of memories and road life with The Freemans. Check it out…

Q: What is your favorite singing memory?
Chris: “I have been singing too many years for me to go back and try to single out a favorite moment, but one that definitely stands out in my mind is the first time I won The Queen of Gospel Music.”
Darrell: “My favorite memory was performing in The Dominican Republic at the school in the inner city. They were the loudest crowd ever for the number. They were hungry for gospel music.”
Joe: “My favorite singing memory was recently, in Branson, when the fantastic crowd we had on the Branson Belle at the end of the concert stood and clapped forever. It made the whole group and I feel so wonderful. It was priceless! We sang, “Lead Me Home,” and so many people left with joy restored and peace; knowing that their loved ones were in a better place.”
Misty: “My favorite singing memory is the first week I brought Addie on the road. She wouldn’t let anyone else hold her and I had to do all the concerts with her in my arms.”
Caylon: “My favorite singing memory was the first ‘Legends on the Sea’ cruise, and being able to have fun and perform with some of the most talented artists in the world.”

The Freemans perform at 2014 Diamond Awards

The Freemans perform at 2014 Diamond Awards

Q: What is your favorite pasttime while on the road?
Chris: “I read a lot, as well as make bracelets and play games. I got hooked on that when Caylon was very young. We would play Mario for hours on the bus just to keep him entertained. He would pat me on the back and tell me I was the greatest mom in the world because I played Mario with him. I might add that I was GREAT at it, Lol!”
Darrell: “I get up a little late during road time. I look for lunch or breakfast, watch a little TV and then get ready for business for the King. I always can’t wait!”
Joe: “The other one is a hard one, because I am usually driving. If I am not driving, I am in the buddy seat looking out enjoying God’s creation.”
Misty: “I like to read during my down time on the bus.”
Caylon: “My favorite pasttime on the road is reading. I have read countless books over 14 years while on the road.”

2015 full logo creeksideIf you haven’t already, make your plans NOW to attend Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2015. From November 2-5, Creekside 2015 will be filled with music, fun and fellowship. Tickets are FREE but must be reserved now. As well as the Freemans, other artists appearing include the Hinson Family, the Guardians, the Hoskins Family, 11th Hour, the Williamsons, Mark209, the Pine Ridge Boys, Jordan’s Bridge, and more.

Diamond Awards Top Five Nominees Announced

Diamond Awards Top Five Nominees Announced

Join us on the Tuesday evening, November 3, for the 2015 Diamond Awards! This gala ceremony is always filled with surprise artists and guests. Vote today for your favorites of the TOP FIVE nominees. Vote here: 2015 Diamond Awards Voting. 

Creekside Gospel Music Convention is held in Pigeon Forge, TN,  at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center www.smokymountainconventioncenter.com. For more information, latest news and artists scheduled to appear, visit the Creekside website here creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com or our page on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/Creeksidegospelmusicconvention.

 


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MARK209 Records Live Album Inside Prison

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 11, 2015 – 8:49 am -

MARK209 Records Live Album Inside Prison

MARK209 Records Live Album Inside Prison

NASHVILLE, TN – MARK209 releases new Live album recorded from inside a maximum security prison.

Titled, “Live From Inside”, MARK209’s latest CD was recorded live from inside the James V. Allred Maximum Security prison in Wichita Falls, Texas.  The audience was made up of inmates and prison guards and it gives the listeners an inside look at the raw energy of a MARK209 “Worship Experience”.
MARK209 tenor, Nathaniel Justice, explains, “We decided to record from inside the prison because we wanted the world to see that the men in this facility are on fire for God.  The first time we went there to perform, we expected to minister to the prisoners.  We were not prepared for what happened.  We were actually equally blessed by the prisoners themselves as they shared their testimonies and stories with us.  We have used many of their stories, when talking with youth groups and schools, about why not to ‘dance with the devil’.  Things that you think are innocent, many times will turn to bite you.  As the old Cathedral song stated, ‘Sin will take you farther than you ever wanted to go’.  We left the facility amazed at how we felt, seeing men that may never see the outside of those four walls be that on fire for God and willing to let Him use them even on the inside.  In an effort to share with those on the outside how these men worship, two songs by the Prison Praise Band have been included on the CD.”
The CD was recorded over several days and over multiple services at the prison, both morning and afternoon.  Since large recording equipment was not allowed in the Unit, the recording was taken straight off the board and remixed by Ben Harris at Spera Pointe Studio in Nashville, TN.   Included on the CD are MARK209 fan favorites, “Graceland”, “Tennessee Orange”, and “Have A Good Time” … plus other previously unrecorded favorites, “Say A Prayer” and “There’s Always A Place At The Table”, that are normally only heard at live performances … along with a New Kenna West song, “Praise Makes The Walls Come Down”.
The group is also excited to use this CD to help support the prison ministry that works within the James V. Allred Unit.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this CD will go to support the Horizon Communities in Prison Organization.
This exciting new CD is now available for pre-orders at a discounted rate at MARK209’s online store and will be available at live appearances later this month.
For more information about MARK209 and to purchase “Live From Inside”, visit www.mark209.com.

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Creekside Gospel Music Convention welcomes 11th Hour

Written by Staff on July 2, 2015 – 3:14 pm -

11th Hour

11th Hour

Pigeon Forge, TN – Creekside Gospel Music Convention  is pleased to welcome mixed trio 11th Hour to the concert event scheduled for November 2nd through 5th in Pigeon Forge, TN. These inspiring artists were the 2014 Diamond Award recipients of the Sunrise 2015 full logo creeksideAward for up and coming groups. They were also recently featured on the cover of SGN Scoops issue for June 2015.

“We came to Creekside last year and enjoyed it so much,”says Amber Eppinette of 11th Hour. “Great fellowship and wonderful singing! You do not want to miss it this year.”
Rob Patz of Coastal Media, one of the sponsors of Creekside says, “I am thrilled that 11th Hour is going to join us once again in Pigeon Forge. This trio is really making its mark in Gospel music and they have made an exciting line-up even better!”
The Convention has already announced several artists who will be performing, including The Freemans, The Guardians,

Diamond Awards 2015

Diamond Awards 2015

Mark209, The Hoskins Family, The Pine Ridge Boys, Dr. Jerry Goff and more.

Make your plans now to be at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, held on November 2nd through 5th at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN. Fans are encouraged to

The Freemans

The Freemans

reserve their tickets early.

For ticket and lodging information, contact Rob Patz at rob@sgnscoops.com or 360-920-4057. For more information visit http://www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com/

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