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Prayer For Nate From Mark209

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 30, 2018 – 3:21 pm -

Creekside: Mark209 wins 2017 Diamond Award

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Jym Howe gave this latest update on Nate:

I just left him at the hospital. Daniel is on his way taking the next shift. Nate’s family is on their way to Nashville and should be here in a few hours.

Doctors have decided to keep him in the hospital for a couple of days. They believe he has pancreatitis, but not sure the cause. Since he does not drink, they assume it is his gallbladder. But the ultrasound was inconclusive. So at the moment, he is hopped up on pain meds and in limbo.

Keep him in your prayers. -Jym


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Mark209 On Gospel Music Today

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 12, 2018 – 9:53 am -

Mark209 On Gospel Music Today

Mark209 On Gospel Music Today

Nate Justice and Josh Pope of Mark209 are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of April 8 and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Carolina Quartet, and Jean reviews new recordings by Ann Downing and Purpose. An article about Jerry and Jan Goff from AbsolutelyGospel.com is the subject of this week’s News Notes. In the News this week is Paul Heil and The Gospel Greats, The Guardians, The Needhams and Les and Frances Beasley. The show features exclusive concert video of Steel City Revival, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Oxford, AL, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of Southern Sound, recorded in Nashville, TN.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM.  Check local TV schedule for Atlanta, GA; Bruce, MS; Phenix City, AL; Pontotoc, MS; Beaumont, TX; Tyler, TX; Atlanta, TX; Morrilton, AR; and West Plains, MO. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, http://www.gospelmusictoday.com./


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A Creekside Thanksgiving

Written by Staff on November 22, 2017 – 8:43 am -

 

The Nelons at Creekside With Diamond Award

The Nelons at Creekside

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2017 ran from October 30 until November 2, with more than 40 artists performing during daytime showcases and evening concerts.

Held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Creekside is growing larger with each year that passes. This year, some of the artists took time to tell us what they would be thankful for this year when Thanksgiving rolls around.

I’m thankful for so many things in my life. I wish I had time to list them all. I’m far more blessed than I deserve. I’m most thankful for God’s grace and mercy in my life. The Bible tells us that all good things come from Him. Whether it be our family, friends or earthly possessions. If I got what I deserved I would have nothing. It’s only by God’s grace, love, and mercy that I am able to be the husband and father that I get to be. It’s only by his grace that I am able to do what I love doing most for a living. Thank you, God, for Your grace. As the title track of our newest project says, I am truly “Beyond Amazed.” — Mike Rogers, Brian Free and Assurance

I’m most thankful for God’s unconditional love, my incredible family, the fact I get to do for a living what I love, and that I get to do it with some of the greatest guys ever — Eric Bennett, Triumphant

I am thankful for my husband, Sean Cook, and my mother, Judy Dittman, for all of their unconditional love. Also, I’m thankful for all of the new friends and fans that I’ve met. God has blessed me so abundantly. I love my home church and church family, I’ve learned that you don’t have to be blood to be family. With that I’m surrounded by the people that I love, and that is such a wonderful gift from God. — Dennise Nichole Dittman, soloist

Creekside Thanksgiving

The Williamsons’ daughters. The Williamsons performed at Creekside.

Today, I’m thankful for our two crazy little girls, Sadie and Olivia. These girls constantly keep us laughing. If there’s one thing I’ve learned after being in ministry for so many years, it’s that there’s a time and a season for everything. There are times to be serious and ministry-minded, and there are times to just act silly and have fun. I’ve got two constant reminders of that. Smile, people. It won’t crack your face … or maybe it will. I dare you to look at these pictures of our girls and not smile. Our girls are the fulfillment of my favorite scripture, James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” They’re precious to me every day, but today, I’m just glad they haven’t learned to take life too seriously. — Lisa Williamson, The Williamsons

I’m thankful for my family most of all, my friends, the Godly men I travel with and what God has done in my life when I didn’t deserve anything. I thank Him every day for all these blessings. — Brian Free, Brian Free and Assurance

Day Three is thankful for the call God placed in our hearts one year ago to form Day Three. Together, Amy Dunnam, Bo Sullivan and myself get to blaze a trail for His kingdom work. God is faithful. It’s been an amazing one-year journey, and we are looking forward to many, many more. –Scott Washam, Day Three

I am thankful for my wife, Amy, my three boys, and all of my singing buddies that travel this country sharing the message of Jesus. God bless, from The Riders. — Jason Oxenrider, the Riders

Gospel Truth Trio is thankful to God for me being one year and two months cancer-free. — Kelly Carter, Gospel Truth

I am thankful for being able to be thankful. — Dennis Cook, soloist

I’m thankful for all the people who support me in my ministry and for the songs God continues to give to me. On another scale, I’m thankful for the things we often take for granted – food, clothing, shelter, family, ability to walk, see, and hear – because, inevitably, nearly every day I’m reminded of all those who don’t. Be thankful for the opportunities you have to bless others. — Kristen A. Stanton, soloist

I am thankful to know I am a child of the King. That’s the most important thing in my life. Then, after God, family, etc. — Sheila A. Blackwell, Creekside volunteer administrator

I just want to say I am thankful that Jesus saved me and delivered me from the pit of bondage. I have to put Him first, because He won’t come second to anything or anybody. Also, I am thankful for my wife and daughter and also to my parents and all my supporters of my ministry who always encourage me to do my best and don’t let others get me down. This is the season to come together in unity as a family and friends and let Jesus be our everything in our lives. Happy Thanksgiving from the Madden family to yours. — Harley Madden, soloist

(I am) so thankful for you and the many friends who have shared this fabulous journey in gospel music. Let us keep on spreading the message of salvation in Jesus Christ. For my husband Howard, our son, daughter, and grandchildren, I am forever thankful and blessed. — Lou Hildreth, member of the Gospel Music Association (GMA) Hall of Fame

Above all, I am thankful to be a child of the King. I am also thankful and honored to be used by Him as a vessel to touch the hearts of many. I am thankful for the gifts He has bestowed on my life with the amazing family I was born into, my two amazing boys, and the gifts of singing and playing my saxophone. Last but not least, I am so thankful for the many amazing friends I have made along this journey over the last almost six years now. — Annette Wallender-Bingaman

(I am) so thankful for healing from third stage cancer. After that the chemotherapy and radiation cut the blood supply off from my hip sockets and they died – it’s called necrosis or something – I was in the wheelchair three years. They said I’d never walk again … but God. Then, during one major surgery, they paralyzed my vocal cords. I could only whisper. They said I’d never sing again … but God. — Sharon from Out of Ashes 

Creekside Thanksgiving

Donna Bledsoe Journey and Ben Journey at Creekside

(I am) so thankful for my salvation and for my 95-year-old mom who is still with us and mostly thankful for God allowing me to be Ben’s mom. Even though he is challenged in many ways with Autism, God has a plan. Ben is perfect in God’s eyes. — Donna Bledsoe Journey, the Journeys

I am thankful to be alive … having almost lost my life in 2011 … every day is a precious gift to me that I will never take for granted. — Debbie Seagraves, soloist

I am thankful that God has allowed me the opportunity to live my dream of singing gospel music full-time. I’m also thankful for the three men I get to travel and stand with every night and minister as God has called us to do – Larry Stewart, Wayne Shuford, and Ivory Luke. Thank you all for your love and support, and thank you God for your love and care for all your children. — Steven Craps, Pine Ridge Boys

I’m thankful for my family, my beautiful wife Christa and my 3 children – Kaleb, Kristen, and Aaron, as well as our granddaughter Adelyn. I’m also thankful for the opportunity to serve in the ministry with Mark209 and thankful for all of our supporters. — Jimmy Reno, Mark209

I am thankful for my Lord and Savior. I am also very thankful for my family, friends, church family and the group I sing with. I am also very thankful that the Lord is using my voice to reach the lost and encourage others. Most of all, I am thankful for the mercy that God showed towards me, that led to my salvation. We serve an awesome God. Happy Thanksgiving to all. God bless you. — Sandy Joyce, Jordan’s Crossroads

Creekside: Mark209 wins 2017 Diamond Award

Mark209 wins 2017 Diamond Award at Creekside

Every year, Thanksgiving is a horrible reminder of the loss of our two boys on Nov. 20, 2011. So not just this year but every year, I am thankful for Romans 8:28. I’m thankful that even when we cannot see why God allows things to happen in our lives that He always has a plan. If not for the loss of our boys back in 2011, Gail and I would not even know what SGNScoops is. We would have never met all of the amazing people that we have come to know in gospel music. We would not be ministering with Bobby and Amy Richardson. I could go on and on. But in summary, I am thankful for Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” — Rocky Smith, 4 the Right Reason

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2017 Diamond Awards honor Triumphant, Kelly Nelon

Written by Staff on November 2, 2017 – 9:37 am -

Eric Bennett receives Lifetime Achievement Award At Diamond Awards

Eric Bennett receives Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo by Craig Harris

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (November 2, 2017) — The Creekside Gospel Music Convention honoured many national and regional Gospel artists on Tues. Oct. 31. The 2017 Diamond Awards were hosted by Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff. Guest artists appearing during the evening included the Hyssongs, Wilbanks and Williamsons. Jean and Ken Grady from Gospel Music Today worked with Rob Patz, owner of SGNScoops, to produce the 2017 Diamond Awards. WATC TV from Atlanta, Georgia, filmed the event for a future special.

with 2017 Diamond Award

Kelly Nelon Clark with 2017 Diamond Award

 

Triumphant Quartet accept 2017 Diamond Award

Triumphant Quartet accept 2017 Diamond Award

And the winners for the 2017 Diamond Awards are…

The J.D. Sumner Living Legend: Brian Free

Mixed Group of the Year: The Williamsons

Quartet of the Year: Triumphant Quartet

Trio of the Year: The Hyssongs

Duet of the Year: Broken Vessels

Female Vocalist of the Year: Kelly Nelon Clark

Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Crabb

Sunrise Award: Matt Felts

Sunrise Trio of the Year: Sacred Harmony

Sunrise Quartet of the Year: Old time Preachers Quartet

Song of the Year: “Somebody’s Miracle” – Brian Free and Assurance

Album of the Year: “Nature’s Symphony in 432” – The Isaacs

Christian Country Group of the Year: Mark209

Anthony Burger Instrumentalist of the Year: Jeff Stice

The Williamsons with 2017 Diamond Award

The Williamsons with 2017 Diamond Award

 

Dottie Rambo Songwriter of the Year: Kenna West

Bluegrass Gospel Album of the Year: “This Ole’ House of Mine” – Heaven’s Mountain Band

Bluegrass Gospel Song of the Year: “I’ll Ride This Ship to Shore” – Heaven’s Mountain Band

Bluegrass Gospel Male Artist of the Year: Tim Maze

Bluegrass Gospel Female Artist of the Year: Debra Wilson

Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year: Eagle’s Wings

The Nelons at Creekside With Diamond Award

The Nelons at Creekside

 

Gospel Music Today Video/DVD of the Year: “Live in Bessemer” – New Ground

Favorite Industry Website: WATC TV Channel 57

Paul Heil Award for Broadcasting: Mickey Bell – WXIC

Publisher’s Choice Award: John Whisnant

Hyssongs win at the 2017 Diamond

Hyssongs win at the 2017 Diamond

 

 

Congratulations to each of the Diamond Award winners and nominees. The 2018 Creekside Gospel Music Convention and Diamond Awardsill be held Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, 2018 at the Smoky Mountain Resort, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. For more information contact event convener and Coastal Media CEO, Rob Patz at 360-933-0741.

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Mark209 wins 2017 Diamond Award

Mark209 wins 2017 Diamond Award

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Rob Patz with Diamond Award winner Kenna West


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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.”
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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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