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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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SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday: Top Ten Places Gospel Artists Like To Eat

Written by Staff on June 24, 2015 – 4:37 pm -

wackywednesdayThanks for joining us for another Wacky Wednesday on SGN Scoops. Today we ask another insightful question: “Where do Gospel artists like to eat?”

Booth Brothers

Booth Brothers

SGN Scoops polled about 17 or so 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 (more or less)!

Zane and Donna King

Zane and Donna King

Our panel of expert artists gave us the following answers.

The Number One answer it seems is, of course, Cracker Barrel. Now we aren’t sure if there is a particular entrée that is preferred by our contestants, although most of us on Facebook are aware that Gerald Wolfe likes Cracker Barrel for the lima beans. He was not one of our panel of guests, but five out of 17 on the panel voted for this country-style restaurant, including Greg Bentley, all three of the Booth Brothers and Donna King.

The next favorite place to eat is in a mall

Greg Bentley

Greg Bentley

food court, as voted on by Scotty Inman and David Sutton. David also indicated that he enjoys Bourbon Chicken in the mall.

Other favorite restaurants include…

Michaela Brown…Skyline Chili

Karen Peck… Longhorn Steakhouse

Hannah Webb… Panera

Lauren Talley Alvey…Cheesecake Factory

Gary Casto… Waffle House

Billy Blackwood… HuHot

Phil Collingsworth Sr. … Dickey’s Barbeque

Three Bridges

Three Bridges

Some other interesting responses include…

Clayton Inman, who likes to eat on the bus.

Joseph Habedank, who likes to investigate local restaurants.

Shannon Smith, who said, “Five Guys may be the most common and consistent, particularly when we’re on a tight

Joseph Habedank

Joseph Habedank

schedule (however, some of the local places are very cool and interesting.)”

So now you know! There may be more than 10 answers, but that is how we roll on the SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday!

Thanks again to all of our participants. Be watching SGN Scoops mainpage for more Wacky Wednesdays in the weeks to come. Do you want to suggest a subject or an artist? Email us at sgnscoops@gmail.com

SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten

SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten

For those of you who wish to find out more about our panel, here are the participants: (please note that not all participants answered every poll question)

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/

 


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SGNScoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten: Vacation Time!

Written by Staff on June 10, 2015 – 11:57 am -

wackywednesdayWelcome to another edition of Wacky Wednesday. SGN Scoops has polled about 18 or so artists about various things and received their answers. We have used this (not so great) scientific process to tabulate the Wacky Wednesday Top Ten (more or less)!

SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten

SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten

Today our subject is: Where do your favorite artists like to spend their vacations?

Our panel of expert artists gave us the following answers. These are not in any particular order.

It’s obvious that several on our artist panel are preparing to break out their Speedos! These include:

Joseph Habedank: “Rosemary Beach.” (soloist)

Karen Peck: “Destin, Florida.” (Karen Peck and New River)

Karen Peck & New River Hosts Online Prayer Meeting

Karen Peck & New River

Greg Bentley: “Any sunny beach!” (Crossroads Studios)

Billy Blackwood: “Gulf Coast.” (Blackwood Brothers Quartet)

Clayton Inman: “Anywhere with a beach.” (Triumphant)

Gary Casto: “Hawaii!” (Tribute)

**Booth Brother 1: “Warm, sunny

June 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

June 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

Florida!” (Booth Brothers)

Chris Jenkins: “Top Regular Destination: Beach; Favorite Of all Time: Jamaica!” (Kingsmen) PS. Don’t miss the Kingsmen feature in the June 2015 edition of SGN Scoops!

2015 SGNScoops Magazine

2015 SGNScoops Magazine

And then there is the lure of the lake…

Michaela Brown: “Lake Okoboji, Iowa.” (The Browns)

David Sutton: “The lake.” (Triumphant)

This might be the lake…or a nearby river…or stream…

Shannon Smith: “Any place that I can fish, read, and eat.” (Three Bridges)

 

We also have some fans of the beauty of North Carolina…

**Booth Brother 2: “Cabin in the North Carolina woods.”

Hannah Webb: “North Carolina mountains.” (The Rick Webb Family)

 

Other artists are going to be flying to their favorite vacation destinations:

talleys539Phil Collingsworth Sr.: “London ?” (Collingsworth Family)

Scott Inman: “  Australia!” (Triumphant)

Lauren Talley Alvey: “Honestly, after traveling all the time, when I have some time off, I love to just stay home. If we’re going somewhere, we like Las Vegas a lot for the shopping and shows. (We take Jesus to Sin City.)” (The Talleys)

Donna King: “Southern California because I have two daughters, a son-in-law and two grandsons there!” (Zane and Donna King)

 

And we are really surprised that only one person said…

Booth Brothers

Booth Brothers

**Booth Brother 3: “Home.” (Booth Brothers)

 

Thanks for joining us for Wacky Wednesday. Do you have a suggestion for a question we can ask our artist panel? Write to us at sgnscoops@gmail.com

 

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

 

**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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Younger Perspective: Michaela Brown

Written by Staff on March 12, 2015 – 1:19 pm -

MichaelaBy Erin Stevens

Welcome back to a brand new year of Younger Perspective! We’re starting 2015 on a bright, beautiful note with the multi-talented, Miss Michaela Brown! Get to know this gem of a young lady in the next few moments as we take a little trip to the Browns’ farm in Iowa. Maybe we’ll even stop at Blue Bunny Ice Cream on the way! Michaela, it’s all yours…

Erin: When did you feel the call into music ministry? 

Michaela: Music was always a part of our family! The day before my 13th birthday, they showed the Jesus film at our church and I rededicated my life to Christ. That night, I told Him I would be a willing life, ready to embark on an adventure with God. This music ministry has been just that! Over the past 15 years, I can see that guiding hand I prayed for so many years ago!

The Browns

The Browns

Erin: What does a typical day in the life of Michaela Brown look like at home on the farm?

Michaela: Mornings must include French Press coffee and quiet time. My sister-in-law and I work out together and my office is in town. Le Mars is the home of Wells Blue Bunny Ice Cream and the CEO and his wife are dear friends. They started a ministry center and coffee shop across the street from the Ice Cream Parlor! Our offices are in that building and about a 10-second walk from the best ice cream in the world. That’s why I work out, so I can eat ice cream! The rest of my morning is spent working behind the scenes for The Browns, Stage to the Stove (my cooking and music company), and some design work I do. Violin practice is also a part of my days. During harvest season on the farm, you would just scratch all the above and find me in the field, out and about on the farm from sun-up until after sun-down!

Erin: At what age did you discover your love for the violin? Share the story behind the musician.

Michaela: My sister and I took piano lessons. There were some kids in our church who played violin and we wanted to play just like they did. So we started violin lessons too. My grandma gave us the idea to work up one song with a violin part in the middle; I stood there with my feet planted and played my little song. Adam joined me and eventually Andrew as well. We love the energy they bring to our concerts. We don’t just stand there with our feet planted the whole song anymore!

michaela cookErin: What was the inspiration behind compiling your cookbook?

Michaela: Mom and the fans thought I should write a cookbook! Ever since I was little, I was always doing something with cooking. Gloria Gaither asked me to do two cooking shows at her Fall Festival a couple years back; that was the perfect event to debut a cookbook. The second one is in the works!

Erin: It’s apparent from social media that you take your role of being an aunt very seriously!What is your favorite part about being Auntie to adorable little Tessa and now Baby Charlie?

Michaela: It’s one of the greatest gifts in the world! My favorite thing is watching them grow into little persons! I just spent some time with them; we made cookies, played, laughed, hugged and kissed. Everyone needs five days with a two year old and two month old!

Erin: As a chef, I’m sure this answer will be no easy task: what is your go to, can’t live without, all-time favorite dish to whip up?

Michaela: I love making desserts and pastries. I still can’t make a pie like my Grandma did, but I keep practicing!

Erin: Craziest thing a fan has ever said to you? Go!

michaelaMichaela: Well, I just got a marriage proposal through Facebook, does that count?!

Erin: What was your favorite part of filming the group’s latest music video? Give the readers a behind the scenes glimpse.

Michaela: COLD! It was in the 30’s with 20-mph winds. We threw our coats off, recorded a take, then bundled up and did it all over again. We shot it in front of a neighbor’s barn, and had to chase the cows out of the shot! Day two, we went to another neighbor’s farm that has all kinds of animals, so we had fun interacting with them while catching it all on camera. “A Place in the Choir,” music video will be released in January, so stay tuned!

Erin: As a young woman in ministry, how do you personally keep Christ the focus of your hectic lifestyle?

Michaela: Well, I’m not perfect and will be the first to admit some days I spend more time with Him than others… But I have come to truly cherish my quiet time with Him. I have some wonderful women in my life who inspire me to keep Him first in all things. It’s a daily journey and I love waking up to see what each new day with the King will bring my way!

brownsEven on those days when it seems we can’t find the opportunity to have our quiet time, I pray that we won’t be so quick to let it go by the wayside. We’ll never be perfect and our Heavenly Father doesn’t expect us to be, but that’s why we need that daily one-on-one time with the Lord. As we embark on this New Year, let’s try to keep Christ at the center of those hectic ‘every days.’ Thanks to Michaela for joining us today, and sharing straight from her heart. Until next month, Scoops fans…

And that’s my take on it.

For more information on Michaela’s singing family, The Browns, click HERE.

By Erin Stevens

First published by SGN Scoops in the January 2015 issue. For current issues, go to the SGN Scoops website HERE.


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Spotlight on The Browns

Written by Staff on August 7, 2014 – 7:58 am -

The Browns

The Browns

By Lindsay Huggins

It’s my honor today to feature some of my favorite folks in Southern Gospel music. We see lots of families singing and traveling together, but I want to share a very special group with you. The Browns hail from Le Mars, Iowa, making their way across the nation sharing God’s love through music. And if this is your first introduction to this family, you can thank me later.

Shelly Brown, “mama” of the group, spent several years singing with a ladies trio. The kids would sing a song or two with them, which must have let Shelly know that they had something pretty special as a family. One of the first concerts as The Brown Family was for a Christmas banquet in Minnesota. Michaela says, “I remember Andrew was so little he just got up on one song and shook a rhythm egg!” They were very young at the time, and just starting out singing as a family. The kids only knew a few songs so they mostly backed up Shelly with their sweet vocals and, of course, cuteness.

Browns 2 editFast forward to the present. The Browns have now been traveling in Southern Gospel music for 14 years, and those kids are some of the finest young people in gospel music today. Shelly, Michaela, Adam, and Andrew are the ones you will see on stage, but the whole family is involved. Dad Keith is the bus driver and keeps them all in line. From time to time, Keith and Shelly’s oldest daughter Jessica Trammel (married to Nick Trammell of The Mark Trammell Quartet) will join them.   This family has grown recently with the addition of granddaughter Tessa, Jessica and Nick’s two-year-old. And they are expecting a baby boy later this year!

Their bubbly personalities, beautiful smiles, and unquestionable talent have made them one of our genre’s most loved family groups. My first time meeting this fine family was at National Quartet Convention a few years back. Our booths were just across the aisle from each other, and The Browns always had a crowd of folks coming to see them. It was easy to see that the folks loved them. It might have also had something to do with the brownies they gave away, but we’ll just say that’s a bi-product of their sweetness! Something else that impressed me about The Browns is how they encourage others in the industry, particular the young folks who are furthering the music we love. Each year at National Quartet Convention, they host a night of pizza and bowling and provide a time of fellowship, fun and encouragement, all on their dime! I think that’s pretty cool.

Michaela Brown

Michaela Brown

For those who might not yet be familiar with their music, you don’t know what you’ve been missing! They are always writing and creating new music, but also love the old hymns of the faith and have a way of taking them to a new level.   The kids all play violin, but when you add a little Southern Gospel flair it turns into a fiddle! Listeners of all ages will enjoy the hymns done “Brown style”, and you can find these on their HERITAGE HYMNS COLLECTION albums.(more than one?)

Most importantly, though, is their testimony of God’s faithfulness and indescribable love. This season in their ministry is focused on sharing the hope and joy that can only be found in a life rooted in God’s love for us, and our love for Him and those He has placed in our lives. 1 John 4:16 says “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” The Browns want to do just that: live in love. Michaela says, “Dad has always told us ‘You don’t have to look far for ministry,’ and that is truer today than ever before.”

Having recently signed with Stowtown Records (a record label formed by Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun), The Browns are delighted to share new music from their latest project LOVE LOUD. It’s the perfect title for the heart of their ministry.   This journey with a new record label has been an exciting time. “It has been such a pleasure to team with Stowtown in taking our music to the people. Wayne Haun did an incredible job producing it as well as writing some of the music. All the family members had a hand in writing over half of the songs on the album. We love making new music and we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we loved making it!”

This family has had the privilege of performing on some of the biggest stages across the country. Southern Gospel fans have followed them from the Gaither events such as Family Fest and Gaitherfest, to the main stage at National Quartet Convention, all the way to Branson, MO, where they performed over 30 Christmas shows in the Americana Theater. Their bus has seen many miles!

Speaking of the bus, life on the road is “CRAZY”, they say. When you put the whole Brown family together 24/7, you never know what might happen, but they enjoy being with each other. Who knows what new song might be birthed from the next trip on the bus!

Browns CD Love LoudWe’ve talked about the music and ministry, but did you know The Browns have a huge family farm? Yes, these beautiful people are farmers!! “Our farm is a century farm. We grow corn and soybeans… lots of them!  We all help in various ways and are no strangers to large equipment, hard work and a little dirt on our clothes now and then.”   Luckily they clean up pretty well!

When they aren’t working on the farm or singing on stage, you can find them furthering other creative outlets and ambitions. Michaela has studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, and has taken a few notes from the best cooks she knows…her mom and grandmas. You can find her delectable recipes at www.stagetothestove.com.   Michaela and Adam are also real estate entrepreneurs, and enjoy rehabilitating and managing properties.   See? They really can do it all.

You should probably be watching for a reality TV series soon! Okay, seriously I don’t think there are plans for one, but with farming, hobbies, ministry on the road, and upcoming life events (Andrew is graduating high school, Adam is getting married this summer, and Grandbaby #2 is on the way), they’d have plenty of material. Not the least of which could be the retelling of the time the kids left Shelly at the airport because she was late to the gate!

By now, I know you can’t wait to connect with The Browns, find them in concert in your area, and add their music to your collection. Take a moment to visit their website at www.thebrownsmusic.com. You’ll be glad you did.

First published by SGM Radio website in May 2014.

For current features by Lindsay Huggins on SGM Radio visit http://www.sgmradio.com/


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Audio Files: Michaela Brown of The Browns

Written by Scoops Staff on May 18, 2011 – 11:01 am -

This week, Rob chats with Michaela Brown about what’s happening with The Browns!

Download the interview here.


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The Browns Sign With Manor House Music

Written by Rhonda on August 14, 2010 – 4:15 am -

 

August  14, 2010
Brentwood, TN (Mansion Entertainment) August 14, 2010 – The Browns have recently signed with Manor House Music and have the distinction of becoming the first addition to the Manor House label, a new division of Mansion Records.

This family group, based out of LeMars, Iowa is comprised of Shelly, Michaela, Adam and Andrew Brown, They have performed across the country from the Americana Theatre in Branson, MO, to Dollywood Theme park stages, to singing on over seven Royal Carribean and Carnival cruise ships. The Browns have also performed for Former Vice President Dan Quayle and were invited to sing for President George W. Bush. This award winning group has received the prestigious honor of Top 10 Mixed Group of the Year for the second year in a row as well as having been awarded the Top 5 Horizon Group of the Year for 3 consecutive years by The Singing News Magazine Fan Awards. Their last single release, “It’s A God Thing”, was a Top 40 on The Singing News Charts peaking at #23.
The Browns are currently writing and selecting songs for their new project and will begin recording in Mansion Entertainment’s world-class studio in the near future. A release date will be forth-coming. For more information regarding The Browns, Mansion Entertainment, Manor House Music please go to www.thebrownsmusic.com or www.themansionentertainment.com.


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