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NQC Moment: Jim Brady Trio

Written by Staff on October 2, 2016 – 11:15 am -

Jim Brady Trio

Jim Brady Trio

The Jim Brady Trio sings its first hit, “Steppin’ Out In Faith.” #NQC2016. Click here to watch the Jim Brady Trio.

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Written by Staff on September 23, 2016 – 10:54 am -



Pigeon Forge, TN Readies to Welcome Thousands of Gospel Music Lovers for Annual Convention

Pigeon Forge, TN (September 22, 2016) – Organizers and event staff are busily making final preparations to welcome thousands of gospel music lovers to the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN for NQC 2016.

The city of Pigeon Forge, TN will welcome an estimated 40,000 fans to the area as they enjoy concerts and festivities planned during NQC, held the week of September 25 – October 1, 2016.

Pigeon Forge, TN’s LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge serves as the home for the annual convention – a $45 million special events facility that opened in 2013. The center’s primary space will be configured for 11,000 seats for the NQC, with no seat more than 150 feet from the stage.



An all-star lineup of gospel music’s “who’s who” are featured throughout the week with showcases and nightly concerts delighting attendees. Highlights of the week include Grammy winner Jason Crabb, GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, and award-winning artists such as the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, Whisnants, the Jim Brady Trio, Mark Trammell Quartet, the Collingsworth Family, Tribute Quartet and many more!

In addition to the evening concerts, a plethora of events and activities await the thousands of gospel music fans throughout the week including the Singing News Fan Awards, Dr. David Jeremiah’s keynote address and more.

Clarke Beasley, Executive Vice President, states: “We are looking forward to another great NQC in Pigeon Forge, and we are confident that attendees and participants will agree that NQC is truly a Gospel Music experience like no other.”

NQC – the National Quartet Convention – was founded in 1957 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.

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Annette Bingaman answers SGNScoops’ Fast Five!

Written by Staff on February 23, 2016 – 12:30 pm -

Annette Bingaman

Annette Bingaman

Thank you for joining us for another sampling of the SGNScoops’ Fast Five! Today we chat with Annette Bingaman from southern Illinois. Annette is one of the newest female vocalists on the Southern Gospel scene, although she has been in and around it most of her life. She has been a part of groups and choirs while living in Louisville and dreaming of singing at the National Quartet Convention.

Annette has now released two recordings as a soloist and has sung on the stages of both the National Quartet Convention and the Great Passion Play.

Join us as we ask Annette the SGNScoops’ Fast Five!

SGN: Annette, tells us all about your ministry.

Annette: My ministry is focused on touching hearts and offering comfort and peace to those who are suffering or searching for something to fill a void. I long to be used as His vessel in finding a love like none other: The unconditional love of God.

SGN: You have a new radio single! Tell us about the song and why you chose it?

Annette Bingaman

Annette Bingaman

Annette: This song, “I’ll Trust You with Tomorrow,” was written by Dianne Wilkinson. It is a very personal song to all of us with a powerful message the world needs to hear today. We take our burdens to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to take care of the situation, but we have a hidden agenda on how He should take care of it. When the situation is not taken care of the way we think it should be, we allow ourselves to worry and fret about it, stealing our joy.

God does not always work on the frontline, but many times on the sidelines or in the background. If we would just learn to “Trust Him with tomorrow and pray about today,” what an act of faith we would emanate to our Heavenly Father. Faith is rewarded. I pray the Lord’s blessings on each of you as you listen to the words of this song.

SGN: Will you please share your testimony with us?

Annette: I have been singing in church since I was a very small girl of about six years of age. A true sincerity for serving the Lord was placed in my life through my amazing parents. My dad was always a very active assistant to the pastor in our church as well as an amazing singer, and my mother wrote many songs, as well as played the piano. Even today, my father (now 93 years old) and my mother (now 80 years old), still play the same active parts in our church with my dad still singing solos and my mother still playing the piano. Their amazing examples placed something in my heart. Then, at the age of 10, I asked the Lord to come into my heart.

I have had tests and trials I have had to go through in my life; I have had struggles and heartaches, as we all have; but the one thing that has always remained true is the love I have always felt from the Lord, and the love I have kept in my heart for the Lord – the sincere desire to help others, to serve the Lord with a servant’s heart, to show my Heavenly Father how grateful I am to Him for the ultimate sacrifice He gave when He gave His only begotten Son for me and for you.

In return, it is my humble honor to offer my life, my talents, my voice for Him to use as His vessel. I cannot imagine the pain He must feel each time He sees us turn the wrong way, take the wrong path, or fall by the wayside. My prayer is that my ministry will help direct those who might have lost their way back to Him, for one day I would like to hear Him say “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

SGN: If our readers would like to book you or purchase product, how can they do that?

Annette: If our readers would like to contact me they can contact me through .

SGN: What are some of your goals for your ministry for 2016?

Annette: I have a goal in 2016 to get on the road and touch as many hearts in as many churches across the United States as I am blessed to visit. I would like the United States to find out who “Annette Bingaman” is, and see and feel the sincerity of my heart. If the Lord sees fit to bless my ministry in making it on the charts this year, then to God be the glory.

Thanks so much to Annette Bingaman for being a part of this edition of SGNScoops’ Fast Five! We hope all of our readers have enjoyed getting to know this fine soloist.

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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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Written by Staff on July 27, 2015 – 3:10 pm -

nqc logoExtends Options Through 2020!

July 27, 2015 (Pigeon Forge, TN) – NQC (the National Quartet Convention,) one of Gospel music’s largest annual events, has committed to a third year in Pigeon Forge in 2016 and has options on dates through 2020, according to Clarke Beasley, NQC executive vice president, and the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.
The weeklong event moved to the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge in 2014 and recorded its largest attendance in 13 years, drawing more than 40,000 individuals, Beasley said.
“We’re gearing up now for our second year in Pigeon Forge. This year’s dates are Sept. 27-Oct. 3, and advance indicators confirm that we are again going to have phenomenal attendance,” Beasley said.
NQC was one of the earliest events booked at the LeConte Event Center. NQC leaders committed to 2014 and 2015 while the building was still under construction.
NQC takes full advantage of the 232,599-square-foot facility for nightly concerts, autograph opportunities and tradeshow activity.
“Working with NQC, we are implementing several changes for 2015, including some tiered seating and more space for vendors,” said Phil Campbell, facility manager for the LeConte Event Center.
Beasley expects visitors from at least 40 states and a half-dozen countries, including Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
“Considering the success of 2014, we wanted to lock in 2016 now so people can make travel plans. Dates next year are Sept. 25-Oct. 1,” Beasley said.
NQC started in 1957 in Memphis, Tenn., and later moved to Nashville. It was in Louisville, Ky., for 20 years before relocating to Pigeon Forge.
“Pigeon Forge loves NQC,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.
“NQC entertains its guests royally, and we get to showcase our city and the Great Smoky Mountains. We polled the guests in 2014, and 47 percent of them said they planned to visit us again outside of NQC’s dates,” Downey said.
Information about NQC 2015 is available online at and by calling toll-free800-846-8499.
Visitor information about Pigeon Forge is available online at and by calling 800-251-9100.
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Exciting News from Mickey Bell and the Erwins!

Written by Staff on June 8, 2015 – 10:00 am -

WVSG Adds This Week in Gospel Music with Mickey Bell

Mickey Bell

Nashville,TN – This Week in Gospel Music with Mickey Bell has announced an exciting offer for the avid Gospel music lover. One lucky listener will win tickets for two to the 2015 National Quartet onvention in Pigeon Forge,

Tennessee. For the first time in history, the most exciting syndicated radio program is teaming up with one of the most exciting up-and-coming groups in Southern Gospel for this promotion. That group is the Erwins!

The Erwins

The Erwins


The Erwins are a young family group, who are members of the StowTown Records family and were featured in the May 2014 publication of SGN Scoops. They travel for more than 270 engagements per year and will be featured on the NQC main stage on Wednesday night of NQC.

To register for the contest, just visit and then listen to Mickey Bell on This Week in Gospel Music on the weekend show of September 4th when Mickey will announce the winning name. The winner will receive two (2) tickets for every night of the convention including the Sunday bonus night.

To learn more about how to win your tickets to the NQC, click on the picture below to hear more from Mickey:

Mickey Bell

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This Week’s Harmony Road Features Heaven’s Mountain Band

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 13, 2015 – 7:56 am -

This Week's Harmony Road Features Heaven's Mountain  Band

This Week’s Harmony Road Features Heaven’s Mountain Band

Live Event Includes Concert, Videos, Interview

Signal Mountain, TN    This week’s Harmony Road Television program features the music and ministry of Heaven’s Mountain Band.  The program includes the concept video “I’ll Keep on Praying” as well as other music and exclusive interviews.  The program was produced at Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse in Monteagle, Tennessee.

“This special program is different from previous episodes in that it’s taped in front of a live audience.  It was a special evening full of great music and stories”, said Roger Spears, Harmony Road producer. “When the program first aired in 2014 we received many positive comments.  We have had several requests to re air this special program.  Viewers enjoyed the unique format of this episode” he concluded.  Heaven’s Mountain Band has made an impact in Southern Gospel/Bluegrass music with their original songs, fine harmonies and musicianship.This program is part of a series of unique programs produced over the past year including live Christmas episodes, special co hosts and other on location programs.  Other themed programs include an Easter special, National Quartet Convention specials, Crabb Family Reunion Tour program, and others.

Information on Harmony Road and its affiliates can be found at  To find out more about Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse go to and information on Heaven’s Mountain Band can be found online at

Hosted by gospel music veteran Les Butler, Harmony Road is now available to over 85 million television homes across the country in addition to online streaming, ROKU, mobile app and more,

Harmony Road is produced and distributed by Harmony Road Productions and features the best in Southern Gospel music and video. It can be found each week on The Heartland Network, The NRB Network (including DirecTV, streaming and mobile app), WATC57 in Atlanta, WGNM-TV in Macon, WYBU-TV in Columbus, GA/Phoenix City, AL.  Also find the program on the WALKtv network (including ROKU), Harmony Gospel in Greeneville, SC,  DCT3in Middle Tennessee, TV24 in Anniston/Gadsden, Charter Cable in Clarksville, Cookeville/Crossville, Sevier County, and Lebanon and  WMJN29 in Decatur/Athens/Cullman, AL.  Harmony Road is streamed at, Affiliates have also been added in Jackson, TN, Beaumont, TX,  and Harrogate, TN. and Northeast North Carolina.

Allan Rhodes of Rhodes Media Center and WMJN29 is the programs technical director.  More information can be found at

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Hyssongs Top Charts and Receive First Singing News Award

Written by Staff on October 30, 2014 – 1:28 pm -

Sharps Chapel, TN, (October 29, 2014) –

award realThe Hyssongs, a gospel music group from Rockport, ME, have been named Top New Trio of 2014 by the Singing News. This fan award recognizes the rising popularity of this group which now has back-to-back top 20 radio singles. Their new release, “I Was Blind, But Now I See,” written by Rodney Griffin, songwriter of the year, is #7 on the Singing News Top 80 and #4 on the SGN Scoops radio charts.

The Hyssongs, who began singing gospel music full-time in 2002, travel throughout the U. S. and Canada performing over 250 concerts per year.

Another honor bestowed on the group was a main stage appearance at the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN. This past September they performed their hit song to an audience of approximately 12,000 people.

Dell Hyssong, the baritone and founder of the group, when asked about their recent radio success said, “Our family is humbled that so many stations continue to play our music for the fans to enjoy. When we stepped out in faith to go into a full-time music ministry, we just wanted to make a difference and reach people for Jesus Christ.” Asked to comment on the award, tenor, Richard Hyssong said, “We were blown away when the presenters called our name. The fans, whom we consider our friends, have been so supportive of us on the road. We cannot thank them enough for voting for us. There are many other gifted trios – we are honored to be among such great groups.”

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 25, 2014 – 10:42 pm -



Pigeon Forge, TN – The crowds are gone but the excitement still lingers on for all those associated with the NQC’s first year in Pigeon Forge, TN. Organizers report that this was the most-attended year for the convention since September 2001 with most nights seeing sold-out crowds. The annual NQC was the largest event the city of Pigeon Forge, TN has ever held.

Improvements for the online purchasing process and the actual event were recently announced. They are as follows:
  • You can now view various seating sections from our website.
  • During your online purchase, you can even choose your seating!
  • More than double the amount of screens for better viewing.
  • We have received preliminary approval to stagger the rows of seating so that you are not sitting directly behind the person in front of you
And, that’s not all! More improvements, enhancements and changes will be unveiled in the months leading up to the 2015 NQC.
Seats and packages for the 58th edition of the NQC (National Quartet Convention) are onsale now at for individual nights and complete vacation packages.

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Written by Staff on September 30, 2014 – 3:17 pm -

globalPigeon Forge, TN – The Southern Gospel Promoters Association named Paul Pitts, Founder of Global Promotions, as “Promoter of the Year” during the 57th Annual National Quartet Convention held in Pigeon Forge, TN. Board members, along with booking agencies, record labels, artists and fans were all in attendance  for the special presentation. Pitts has quickly risen to the top as an industry leader.

President Edna Wright of the Southern Gospel Promoters Association notes, “Paul Pitts has been one of the most amazing promoters this year. When I look at social media, I continually see his name and Global Promotions. I really appreciate him and all the work he has done in Southern Gospel Music. He is so deserving of this award.” Pitts joins top promoters Bill Bailey (2008), Twila Rohrer (2009), Herb Henry (2010), Mike Wheeler (2011), Ralph Dean (2012), and Mel Riegseckey (2013) in receiving this prestigious award.

Danny Jones, Editor of the Singing News, presented Pitts with the award. Paul shares, “I’m proud to accept this award on behalf of all Southern Gospel Promoters and am very humbled by this.”

Paul Pitts is an accomplished Executive Leader with substantial career experience ranging from developing start –ups to leading high performing multiple discipline organizations. He is a known commodity in the business world as one that has built successful companies from the ground up, turning them into very successful businesses.

Global Promotions will host concerts and tours in at least twelve states in 2015 with artists such as Mark Lowry, The Crabb Family, The Martins, and the Booth Brothers. Pitts has multiple-day events, tours and concerts scheduled well into 2016. to stay up to date on all future tours and concerts.

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