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What Love Looks Like: Featuring Morgan Easter from Jeff and Sheri Easter

Written by Staff on March 23, 2017 – 1:57 pm -

Morgan Easter

Morgan Easter

By: Fayth D. Lore

She is a woman full of personality, Jesus and talent. With her contagious smile and confident voice, she walks on stages all across the country with her parents right by her side. Kraft Macaroni and Fruity Pebbles pull the highest rankings in her favorite food category. And, her favorite fur baby is her cat, Alfie. This month’s featured artist is a keeper for sure. I’m pleased to get to share with you about Ms. Morgan Easter, as she shares with us what love looks like.

 After six Dove Awards, two career GRAMMY nominations and multiple other accolades, I believe Jeff and Sheri Easter could say that: “Over and over, again and again, God has been faithful.” Both Jeff and Sheri came from a rich heritage of Gospel Music. Thankfully, for us, they have passed on their love for God and music to their three children.

Morgan Easter with parents Jeff and Sheri Easter

Morgan Easter with parents Jeff and Sheri Easter

Morgan is their middle child, and the eldest sister. Jeff and Sheri began their singing career in 1988, just a short time after their marriage. Morgan said that her first time on the road was at 10 days old. Morgan explains, “I’ve always traveled with them and don’t know anything different.” However, she didn’t begin traveling full time in the ministry until her teenage years.

“I did attend public school all 12 years. Our school system, where all of my family has graduated from, worked so well with us. They said as long as I kept my grades up I could travel. It was definitely challenging at times, especially the last few years, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It gave me a taste of a normal life and because of it I have many lifelong friends that I cherish deeply.
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Jeff and Sheri Easter in Concert

Written by Staff on June 13, 2016 – 2:12 pm -

Jeff and Sheri Easter and band

Jeff and Sheri Easter and band

Jeff and Sheri Easter were in concert at Farmers Family Restaurant in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on May 26. It was a terrific concert with an enthusiastic crowd!

Also performing that evening were artists Williamson Branch, friends of Jeff and Sheri Easter.
We are able to show a great ringside-seat view of the concert, courtesy of one of our amazing SGNScoops photographers and writers who attended that evening.

Morgan Easter

Morgan Easter

Sheri Easter

Sheri Easter

You can find out more about Jeff and Sheri Easter at their website here.

Jeff and Sheri’s latest release is Small Town. Their website says: “Small Town, Celebrating 30 Years of Music & Marriage is our brand new release featuring Jesus Loves You, Small Town Someone, Someone’s Listening and more. Produced by Jeff and Sheri Easter, Madison Easter and Greg Cole, the CD features 11 songs, several of which were co-written by Sheri along with some of Nashville’s most noted songwriters. It captures the warm, country-influenced musical style the group is known for and covers faith and family topics that have been important to Jeff and Sheri since they started the group three decades ago.”
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Jeff Easter

Jeff Easter

Jared Easter

Jared Easter

Williamson Branch

Williamson Branch

Williamson Branch

Williamson Branch

Williamson Branch

Williamson Branch

Sheri Easter

Sheri Easter

Jeff Easter

Jeff Easter

Morgan Easter

Morgan Easter

Jeff and Sheri Easter and band

Jeff and Sheri Easter and band

Jeff Easter

Jeff Easter


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This Week in Gospel Music With Mickey Bell for June 19-25

Written by Staff on June 19, 2015 – 7:50 am -

WVSG Adds This Week in Gospel Music with Mickey Bell

Mickey Bell

This week, SGN Scoops presents This Week In Gospel Music with Mickey Bell is another two hours of non-stop frivolity and Southern Gospel! Don’t miss this syndicated show on a station/internet site near you!

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Phillip Hughes

Mickey’s guests include: Philip Hughes of the Anchormen who will talk about becoming the new leader singer for the Anchormen. Another terrific guest is Morgan Easter of The Easters!

Also we will have Mickey’s Top Seven List.  This week’s list will be Mickey’s Top Seven Ways to make the National Quartet Convention more appealing to younger people. Listeners will be on the edge of their seats to hear these creative ideas from the brain of Mickey Bell!

This Week in Gospel Music airs on WVSG, Virginia on Mondays,

Morgan Easter

Morgan Easter

Wednesdays and Fridays at 4:00 pm (EST), KNMG in Savannah, MO;  WWIC Radio AM-1050 in Scottsboro, Alabama; WTGF 90.5 Truth Radio in Pensacola, Fl; Radio CIA Benbrook Texas;  WPIL in Heflin, AL, and many more. Online, you can also hear Mickey on Rapture Radio in the UK at https://www.facebook.com/raptureradiochristianmusic

and at www.thisweekingospelmusic.com .You can find out more about Mickey Bell from his facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/thisweekingospelmusic
SGN Scoops presents This Week in Gospel Music with Mickey Bell is currently signing more stations. Stations can sign up here: bit.ly/stationsignup . Program Directors can check out more information at www.thisweekingospelmusic.com.

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Jeff and Sheri Easter: Songs of Hope

Written by Staff on February 19, 2015 – 2:51 pm -

JeffSheriEaster-PerformingGrandOlOpry-InText02-JulAug2012The bluegrass merger that changed gospel music forever happened in 1985 – the day Sheri Williamson from The Lewis Family married Jeff Easter from The Easter Brothers. The two met at the 1984 Albert E. Brumley Sundown to Sunup Gospel Singing in Springdale, Arkansas. They married 10 months later. After that, Jeff and Sheri traveled and performed as part of The Lewis Family, until they decided to pursue a career alone in 1988.

Sheri realized as a teenager that gospel music was a vehicle God used to usher people into His presence, and when He showed up, broken hearts would beat again. One night, when she was barely 15, she sensed something changing in the atmosphere of the auditorium while she was on stage singing. “I was deeply moved when I looked out into the audience and saw people’s eyes filling with tears. There is nothing like singing a message of hope to people and seeing their lives changed.”

Jeff and Sheri Easter

Jeff and Sheri Easter

There is a reason why the talented singer can minister to those whose hearts have been shattered. Sheri is no stranger to heartache. When she was 20, her father died of a sudden and unexpected heart attack. Not only did the songs she sang minister to her audience, but also the Lord used them to strengthen her. “As I ministered encouragement to others, I was receiving encouragement myself.”

From the very beginning of their relationship Jeff and Sheri realized God was orchestrating something very special and calling them to something bigger than themselves. Sheri explained, “The combining of our voices made a unique blend that still excites us today, 30 years later, and because of everything we’ve been through, the messages are deeper and even more meaningful to us.”

Their present group consists of Jeff, Sheri, their three children—Madison, Morgan, and Maura; their daughter-in-law Shannon, and their drummer, Landan Smith. This family sings from their heart and aims for the hearts of their listeners. And they hit the mark every time. When a pastor from Iowa, who was facing end stage renal failure, hosted The Easters in his church, he had this to say: “Jeff and Sheri are authentic! It’s evident they have been in the trenches of trials and have found the Lord faithful. God has given them an enormous gift of encouragement through songs of hope. I know they sure ministered to me!”

Jeff & Sheri Easter

Jeff & Sheri Easter

A few years ago the Easters faced the storm of their lives. Sheri was diagnosed with breast cancer. God knew their family needed someone to minister to them during that difficult time. He chose some precious folks in Jackson, Tennessee. One week after the devastating diagnosis, they walked on stage to sing and the audience erupted in applause. The family was deeply moved, especially Sheri. “It was incredible! They continued to applaud for several minutes and I’ve never before or since seen that kind of a public outpouring of love. I was so grateful that we were the recipients!”

Sheri has been an inspiration to others struggling with cancer. She celebrated her sixth year cancer-free “cancer-versary” this past July. “My songs are more important than ever before. I’ve always taken life very seriously, because of Daddy’s sudden death, but it’s easy to forget just how hard a trial’s been when it’s been awhile since you faced one. Walking through breast cancer reminded me of God’s faithfulness and His intimacy.”

Since her cancer diagnosis, Sheri has become even more sensitive to what other women are facing in their lives. She has a passion for women’s ministries and enjoys connecting with ladies of all ages and making new friends. “Women share their stories with me all the time, because of my willingness to openly speak about my battle with breast cancer. Some of them have even scheduled doctor’s appointments and discovered breast cancer early. This inspires me to keep sharing my story.”

Family is a top priority for the Easters. After Jeff’s mother passed away in August of 2011, he wanted to do a project with his dad; featuring many of the songs he had heard him sing. Jeff sat down and made a list of songs.

easter-brothers_March2014Sheri suggested they title the project Like Father, Like Son and mentioned he needed a song written especially for them with that same title. After a few days, she started writing the song, basing it on the relationship she’d been blessed to watch for 30 years. Sheri said, “The Easter Brothers are storytellers. They love to laugh and live their lives with a desire to share God’s love. I wanted the song to encompass the uniqueness of this relationship, yet be able to relate to all fathers and sons.

“Men aren’t as open with their emotions as women and I think sometimes it’s much harder for fathers and sons to communicate than it is for mothers and daughters. Jeff visited his hometown of Mt. Airy, shortly after the song was recorded and wanted to capture a video in the little church his daddy helped to build. I don’t think he even knew at the time what he would do with it. He just knew it was something he had to do.

“Our son, Madison, had experience behind the camera. From the ages of 14 through 20, he had been a camera operator for the Gaither Homecoming Tours. So we knew Madison was the perfect videographer to capture on video the special moments with Jeff and his dad as they sang Like Father, Like Son.

Shannon and Madison Easter

Shannon and Madison Easter

The Easters do their best to balance family life and ministry. Sheri is deliberate in making sure they keep family a top priority. “We’re very blessed to travel as a family, but anyone will tell you that it’s work and not leisure. We try to eat together at least once a week while we’re at home. Madison and Shannon live next door. They visit us or we visit them. Although Morgan still lives at home, whenever we are not on the road she spends most of her evenings as a caregiver to my mama, who is bedridden and in her 13th year of battling Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia.”

Sheri’s loyal and loving heart shines through when she speaks of her mother, “Early on in the disease, it was a simple forgetfulness that we all learned to help her with. Later, she was unable to speak, but she could still sing songs with us because speaking and singing come from different parts of the brain. The songs were a huge part of our communication with her during those years.

“The disease has now progressed to the point where she is unable to communicate, except for a very short phrase every now and then, like ‘I love you, too.’ She smiles often and that helps us get through the day. I’m grateful that we’ve had such a close relationship. We were close before Daddy’s death and grew even closer afterwards. For eight years, Jeff and I ate almost every meal with her because she didn’t want to be alone. These days, we hold her hand, hug and kiss her, make sure she’s comfortable for the night and thank God for every moment.”

Jeff cherishes the last recorded DVD of Sheri’s mama before she became too sick to travel and sing. “Sheri and I had just recorded the CD, We Are Family, which featured both of our families. Soon after we scheduled a live concert DVD in my hometown of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, with all three families doing those songs together. It was an incredible evening captured on film that we always treasure.”

Morgan Easter

Morgan Easter

The Easters are real people facing real problems. Their faith is their anchor and keeps them steady through the storms of life. Their ministry hearts are evident in every song they sing and every testimony they give. “When we perform, we want people to leave a little different than when they came in,” Sheri explains. “We want them to have a great time smiling, laughing, crying, and healing. We want them to know God loves them and that He is in control.”

Not only are the Easters great singers, but also they are gifted songwriters. Sheri is a seasoned writer, cherishing quiet time and a chance to put her heart down on paper. She is quick to give Jeff credit for a number of great song ideas. “Jeff is creative with a hook and has given me several throughout the years, so we share the writing credits. He has given other writers some great ideas and hooks, too. They have come up with some amazing songs!”

Jeff and Sheri recognized their son’s above average writing talent when he was still in school. Sheri shares this story, “When Madison was 14, he gave me a line on one of our Christmas songs and I credited him with that and more recently, I had written ‘I Know How It Feels to Survive,’ but I wasn’t happy with my melody. Being a guitarist, Madison came to my rescue and within 10 minutes, we had completed the song.” Madison and his wife, Shannon, have written several songs together, separately and also with co-writers.

Morgan is following in her mother’s footsteps and honing her songwriting skills. She has grown and developed into a talented songwriter. Two of her original songs will be on her upcoming project.

Although Sheri has written most of their songs for the past 26 years, the family has a number of favorite songwriters they look to before heading back into the studio. Sheri shared, “Early on we recorded several songs by Marcia Henry, Joel Lindsey, The Easter Brothers, Jerry Salley, Aaron Wilburn, Paul Overstreet, and to this day we seek out their songs. More recently, we’ve loved Kenna Turner West, Wayne Haun, Wil Nance, The Isaacs, Jimmy Yeary, Rebecca Peck, Hillary Lindsay, Belinda Smith, Joseph Habedank and Sue Smith’s songs.”

Jeff’s all-time favorite Easter songs are “A Heart that Will Never Break Again,” “I Get To,” “Thank You, Lord, for Your Blessings on Me,” and “Like Father, Like Son.” Sheri’s favorite songs she penned are “I Need You,” “Hear My Heart,” and “I Know How It Feels to Survive.” She also has a special attachment to Marcia Henry’s timeless classic—“Roses Will Bloom Again.”

Years ago Jeff discovered just how powerful a song can be when he had sung at a concert with Sheri and her family. “A young man came up to me crying, explaining how he had lost his mother, his father, and his wife. The tragedies had all happened within a year. The song we sang that night was “A Heart That Will Never Break Again.” He shared how that song really encouraged him. I will never forget the gratitude I felt hearing his story.”

MI0003778377The Easters have just released a greatest hits project called Yesterday, A Decade of Favorites, featuring their number one songs, singles, and award winners over the past 10 years. In honor of their 30th anniversary, they have a very special project coming out that they’re already writing and selecting songs for.

Fans will be happy to know The Easters, winners of seven Dove Awards, recipients of multiple Grammy nominations, numerous accolades, and prestigious awards are going to keep singing for as long as they can. Sheri said, “I tell folks all the time, ‘I don’t know how long God will let me travel with my children, but like a mother hen, I’ll keep my bitties under my wings as long as God allows.’ I’m a wise enough woman to know that God may reach more people by sending us on different mission fields, but I can guarantee that if my genes are anything like my mama’s and my grandfather’s, I’ll probably be doing this until I can’t any longer.”

If you’d like to learn more about The Easters go to, Jeffandsherieaster.com, Jeff and Sheri Easter band page/FaceBook, and JSEaster/Twitter .

Written by Dixie Phillips

First published by SGN Scoops digital magazine in September 2014.

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2014 Diamond Awards presents the Nominees for the Sunrise Award

Written by Staff on October 9, 2014 – 9:48 am -

Diamond Awards 2014

Diamond Awards 2014

The Diamond Awards have a long history of being a gala event with surprise guests, great music and an evening of worship. This year, the Awards are being held at Creekside Gospel Music Convention at Pigeon Forge on November 3rd through 6th. These Awards recognize the best in Southern, Country and Bluegrass Christian music and are hosted by SGNScoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group.

We urge you to reserve your FREE tickets HERE

SGN Scoops would like you to meet our top-five finalists for each category of the 2014 Diamond Awards.

Today’s category is the Sunrise Award, given to a new or developing artist who has seen growth in their career during the past year.

Morgan Easter, photo courtesy of Craig Harris

Morgan Easter, photo courtesy of Craig Harris

Last year, we were happy to present this award to Morgan Easter.

The 2014 Nominees for the Sunrise Award are:

11th Hour

His Mercies

Master’s Promise

Sacred Calling

Adam’s Call

The Diamond Awards are swiftly approaching. Reserve your free tickets today!


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August 2013 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 14, 2013 – 9:54 am -

 

The summer issues continue to sizzle at SGNScoops Magazine! Gracing the cover this month- THE MARTINS! Our newest staff writer, Craig Harris captured the heart the the Martin’s ministry and also shares the latest happenings with the Martins in this month’s cover story. The August edition also features Eighth Day, Three Bridges, Morgan Easter, Henry Slaughter, Willie Wynn and Christian Country artist, Isaac Cole. The Perrys share their hearts regarding Tracy Stuffle’s health situation and Rhonda Frye catches up with Ernie Haase on the road. Other articles include spiritual enrichment, Southern Gospel memories and Christian fitness. Sandi Duncan Clark reviews music, Angela Griffin reveals what songs are topping the charts and Lynn Mills gives the scoop on the Gatlinburg Gathering! Don’t miss the latest scoop on Creekside and the Diamond Awards in this issue as well. All of this neatly tucked and beautifully designed in our FREE online magazine. Please share!


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April 2012 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 6, 2012 – 9:11 pm -

We are excited to present a PACKED April Edition of Scoops Magazine!  Thanks to Lorraine Walker for a fabulous cover story featuring, Legacy Five. We have stories on your favorite artists to include: Doug Anderson, Declaration Trio, Dailey & Vincent, Harold Reed, Jordan Wilburn, Gene McDonald and Morgan Easter. Rob Estep gives us a “behind the scenes” look with promoter, Rhonda Thompson and Lou Wills Hildreth tells us about the very first Dove Awards! Jennifer Campbell shares a very special conversation with living legend, Bill Gaither as he tells the story behind “Because He Lives!” Angela tells us what songs are topping the charts and Jonathan Edwards talks with Rich Crist of the Crist Family. Sandi Duncan Clark reviews brand new music and Rhonda Frye reviews a concert featuring The Greesons, McKameys, Michael Combs and the Singing Cookes.Scott Rhoades and Jennifer Campbell share their thoughts regarding Easter, John Mathis Jr encourages with words of wisdom and Laurette reminds us of the benefits of exercise. We were saddened at the news of the death of southern gospel promoter and friend to many, Jim Arneson. Rob Patz and several friends share the thoughts of Jim. We appreciate you reading our magazine and sharing the link with your friends, family and friends!

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