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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.”

To get additional information, or to book the Hyssongs, contact www.TheHyssongs.com

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NQC CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR IN PIGEON FORGE, TN

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

NQC

NQC

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 www.NQConline.com for individual nights and complete vacation packages.

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PAUL PITTS NAMED PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

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. Visitwww.globalpromo.org to stay up to date on all future tours and concerts.


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UNPLANNED CALL TO PRAYER FOR AMERICA HIGHLIGHTS NQC THURSDAY EVENING PERFORMANCE

Written by Staff on September 29, 2014 – 9:53 am -

Multiple Performers Feature Patriotic Songs Throughout the Night
Jason Crabb

Jason Crabb

Grammy Winner Jason Crabb performs “America, The Beautiful” at the 57th annual NQC.
Pigeon Forge, TN – Thursday night at the 57th annual NQC (National Quartet Convention) at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN was a very special evening. As Grammy award winner and fan favorite Jason Crabb closed out his final performance of the week, he launched a pensive version of “America, The Beautiful.” An overwhelming sense of patriotism swept through the audience as they stood their feet. As evening hosts Susan Whisnant and Michael Boothreturned to the stage, Booth led the crowd in prayer for America saying: “God, have mercy on America, save us. You are our only hope.” The unplanned, spontaneous theme continued throughout the night with multiple artists – including Canton Junction and Ivan Parker – performing patriotic songs during their sets, drawing the nation to repentance and restoration.

The 57th Annual NQC concludes this evening with performances by GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, Greater Vision, fan favorites The Perrys, Triumphant Quartetand the Collingsworth Family, among others.

The National Quartet Convention is the only event of the year where fans can see and hear their favorite artists at a single event, and then meet them and purchase their products. Music lovers can enjoy their favorite music all day and night, as music spectaculars begin each morning and continue until at least 11 PM each evening.

Tickets are already on sale for NQC 2015 and can be purchased online at www.nqconline.com.


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SGN Scoops NQC Photo Coverage from Saturday September 27

Written by Staff on September 29, 2014 – 9:43 am -

By Craig Harris

Triumphant-Kingdom Heirs Showcase

Triumphant-Kingdom Heirs Showcase

Once again, Craig Harris provides terrific photographs from the last day of NQC 2014 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Hope you’ve enjoyed these albums! Let us know… sgnscoops@gmail.com

Sneed Family

Sneed Family

Gold City

Gold City

Daniel Riley-Gold City

Daniel Riley-Gold City

Robert Fulton-Gold City

Robert Fulton-Gold City

Chip Pullen-Gold City

Chris West-Gold City

    Chris West-Gold City

Renaissance Quartet (Bethel University)

Renaissance Quartet (Bethel University)

Renaissance Quartet (Bethel University)

Renaissance Quartet (Bethel University)

Renaissance Quartet (Bethel University)

Renaissance Quartet (Bethel University)

Renaissance Quartet (Bethel University)

Renaissance Quartet (Bethel University)


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SGN Scoops Presents Friday Night at NQC

Written by Staff on September 27, 2014 – 1:51 pm -

Photos by Craig Harris

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound With Michael Booth

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound With Michael Booth

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

Craig Harris once again provides on-the-scene reporting in pictures from the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN. These photographs are from the Friday evening concert. Enjoy!

Paul Harkey, Devin McGlamery-Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

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Ernie Haase--Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Ernie Haase

 

Jeff and Sheri Easter

Jeff and Sheri Easter

 

Morgan Easter-Jeff and Sheri Easter

Morgan Easter-Jeff and Sheri Easter

 

Friday Night Hosts Susan Whisnant, Michael Booth

Friday Night Hosts Susan Whisnant, Michael Booth

 

Canton Junction 1

Canton Junction

Debra and Roger Talley

Debra and Roger Talley

Michael Booth, Ernie Haase

Michael Booth and Ernie Haase

Diplomats

Diplomats

Triumphant singing "Old White Flag"

Triumphant singing “Old White Flag”


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Candi’s Catch-ups: Jason Crabb Takes a Leap of Faith

Written by Staff on September 27, 2014 – 1:28 pm -

2014-09-26 20.30.54-2By Candace Combs

Jason Crabb certainly took a leap, and it worked! This leap was an unusual set on the Friday night of the National Quartet Convention. Following Crabb’s performance, the rest of the night was different. Crabb had brought those in attendance back to their roots. And from there, the other stage artists were able to build on sharing a deeper faith. Certainly innovative, creative and very gutsy, but Crabb pulled it off!

2014-09-26 20.31.18The National Quartet Convention’s inaugural move to Pigeon Forge, TN is complete. As the week progressed, adjustments were made to the minutest details. Traditionally, Friday night is the NQC shining moment. However in 2014, Friday was the culmination of an army of coordination efforts and proved to be the highlight of a week of special moments. But, something extraordinary happened when Jason Crabb and company took center stage.

There was great anticipation in the room as the Crabb team took time to set up a very different scene.   Jason Crabb entered the stage with a large team of band members dressed in Derby hats, suspenders, and girls dressed in vintage dresses, wearing gloves. This was definitely not going to be an ordinary set for Crabb. This was also one situation where the pictures truly tell the tale.

2014-09-26 20.32.00As the lights went up, the multiple screens in the room went to scratchy black and white. An accordion player began this unusual set while Jason began singing very traditional gospel tunes, 40’s style around a big old style silver microphone. The backup singers swooned with harmony to Jason’s smooth sounds.

His eldest daughter joined Crabb on stage, singing the answer lines to “This Little Light of Mine” while sharing the microphone with her dad. No special arrangement, just pure classic Sunday School style innocence of an era gone by.

2014-09-26 20.40.11The “concept style” production was totally outside the box for this NQC crowd who has grown accustomed to groups singing their most current radio releases. Crabb sang nothing that was flashy, until the group sang “America the Beautiful”. During the bridge, Crabb saluted the veteran’s in attendance. All eyes were focused on the stage when the understated set came to a conclusion.

Do not be deceived; something very special happened in that 20 minutes. The atmosphere in the room of over 12,000 completely changed. The air was no longer charged with hype. It had been replaced with simplicity.   Sometimes, simple is the easiest form of communication.

2014-09-26 20.38.00Congratulations to the entire Jason Crabb Ministries team for thinking outside the ordinary and bringing a simple faith in God to the heart of the stage!

 

 

 

 

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SGN Scoops at NQC – Thursday

Written by Staff on September 26, 2014 – 9:21 am -

Singing News' Fan Awards Choir

Singing News’ Fan Awards Choir

Photographs by Craig Harris

Lauren Talley Alvey, Brian Free

Lauren Talley Alvey, Brian Free

The Isaacs

The Isaacs

Once again, SGN Scoops’ reporter Craig Harris gives us a look at the evening performances during the National Quartet Convention. Thursday’s events also included the Singing News’ Fan Awards.

Bill Shivers, Mike Rogers, Jeremy Lile-Brian Free and Assurance

Bill Shivers, Mike Rogers, Jeremy Lile-Brian Free and Assurance

The Taylors

The Taylors

 

Ed O'Neal of the Dixie Melody Boys

Ed O’Neal of the Dixie Melody Boys

 

Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision

Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision

Randy Shelnut Sr., George Shelton Jr. of the Dixie Echoes

Randy Shelnut Sr., George Shelton Jr. of the Dixie Echoes


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SGN Scoops at the National Quartet Convention

Written by Staff on September 25, 2014 – 3:02 pm -

Clarke Beasley

Clarke Beasley

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Casto-Tribute Quartet

Gary Casto of Tribute Quartet

Pictures by Craig Harris of SGN Scoops…one of our roving reporters on the scene at the National Quartet Convention!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connie Hopper of The Hoppers

Connie Hopper of The Hoppers

 

Bryan Walker of The Perrys

Bryan Walker of The Perrys

 

Legacy Five

Legacy Five

Ray Dean Reese and The Kingsmen

Ray Dean Reese and The Kingsmen

 

The Whisnants

The Whisnants


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My NQC Memories: Philip Foster

Written by Staff on September 25, 2014 – 2:38 pm -

Philip Foster and Ed O'Neal

Philip Foster and Ed O’Neal

My Southern Gospel Experience : A Canadian’s Journey Into An American Tradition

By Phil Foster

As I walk in the front door of the huge auditorium, a smell of caramel popcorn invades my nostrils! I can hear the sound of some group singing in the background and find myself unconsciously singing along to whatever song is being sung. I see hundreds of people walking in every direction. Then, all of a sudden, I see Mark Trammel, or Gerald Wolfe or Peg McKamey walk by! I’m at the National Quartet Convention for the very first time. It seems that every emotion I possess has been activated!

A few years back, I think it was in the late 80’s, I had the privilege to go to the Quartet Convention in Kentucky. Wow! What an experience. The first time I went to Louisville, or Looville, or Looeyville, however you pronounce it, I was wide-eyed like a little kid in a candy shop.

Everywhere I turned, I saw many of the artists I had listened to over the years. I saw a particular group, and recalled singing along with them to some song on one of my old cassettes. I remember walking down one of the aisles, gawking at everything in sight, not really paying attention to where or what I was doing. At one point, I was walking, looking to my left at the Nelon’s display and bumped into Naomi Sego, nearly knocking her over. I was so embarrassed, but being the woman of God she is, she was very gracious. She smiled and said, “Excuse me.” She apologized to me!

Jake Hess

Jake Hess

That was a very small thing but something I never forgot.   It was not just the “excuse me”, that she said, but the manner she said it, the look of kindness in her eyes and the smile on her face. This woman shone with the love of God in her life. Believe it or not, that simple incident left a huge impact on me.

As I wandered around up and down the aisles that seemed at times to go on forever, I found myself at the end of one of the aisles in front of the Gaither display. There, standing all by himself, his arms folded in his familiar pose, stood Jake Hess. I am sure I must have looked like a complete idiot standing there, gawking and staring. Then he walked over to me. I wasn’t sure if I should run or stay. He smiled at me, stuck out his hand and said, “Hi, I’m Jake Hess.” WOW! Jake Hess is introducing himself to me! I can’t remember if I said anything back or not, but he asked me, “What is your name?”   WOW again!    Jake Hess wants to know my name! I told him and then he asked, “Where are you from?” WOW again. I told him I was from Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

I finally composed myself and found myself thanking him for all the years in Gospel Music, and for all the blessings that came my way, because of him and the Statesmen. I babbled on and on for what seemed like an eternity. Jake stood there the whole the time, with that famous hand on elbow; hand on face pose of his. He was genuinely moved by what I was saying.

He had tears in his eyes as I thanked him.   Before I left, he asked me one more time, “What did you say your name was?” I won’t say “Wow” again, but I was amazed that he was genuinely interested in knowing my name and what I had to say. In my whole lifetime, I can honestly say, Jake Hess made more of an impact on me than any other person has to date. I vividly remember floating back to my seat in the auditorium; my wife looked at me and said, “Who did you meet?”

As the years passed from that moment, I have often wondered to myself whether what I felt was just infatuation over one of my heroes, or was it a genuine presence of the love of God in this man? Personally, I think it was both. But there is no denying the presence of God that Jake Hess had in his life. It shone from him. It poured out of his mouth when he talked. It flowed from him when he sang. It will be a moment in time that I will never ever forget. I remember reading somewhere that Elvis Presley had said that Jake Hess was his favorite singer. I wonder whether Elvis felt that love of God that flow from Jake? I’m sure he must have.

James Blackwood

James Blackwood

After I came down from that experience a little, I wandered around to the far side of the hall. Standing there, all alone in a little booth, was James Blackwood. I instantly felt sorry for him. Here was a pioneer in Southern Gospel Music, all by himself. It did not seem right to me. I walked over to him, and basically said the same thing that I said to Jake. I thanked him for all those years and informed him that his group was one of the first professional concerts I had ever been too.

I don’t know who the promoter was, but I remember going to PCVS School in Peterborough, back in the 70’s where I saw the Blackwood Brothers and the McDuff Brothers. I told him that and he said he remembered being in Peterborough. As we chatted, I recalled the same type of experience that I encountered with Jake Hess. James Blackwood was a gentleman all the way. We both reminisced about days gone by and I asked if I could take his picture,. I walked away from that experience once again amazed at the presence of God that I felt. I was learning great life lessons but didn’t realize to what extent for many years after.

There were many experiences from attending the National Quartet Convention in Louisville. I met many people, and so many of them had an impact on my life. I learned that they are people just like you and me. I guess what I mean by that is I had a tendency of putting people on pedestals, whether they were a Gospel artist, or a minister of the Gospel. Certain preachers that I used to put on that proverbial pedestal let me down. The media just loves it when a man of God slips up and it goes public. Well guess what? They are human. I had to learn that. I believe God allows things to happen to people in the public eye, if only to bring the focus back to Him.

Jake Hess taught me that. James Blackwood taught me that. Just having a simple conversation with these men of God, they taught me to put my focus on God, not man. They are just people, ordinary men and women that make mistakes just like I do. Man will let you down every time.   God will never let us down.

Written by Philip R Foster

First published by SGM Radio website in March 2012

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