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Written by Staff on September 21, 2014 – 5:32 pm -

nqcFREE Live Webcast featuring the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, the Hoppers, the Kingdom Heirs and Mark Trammell Quartet

Pigeon Forge, TN Prepares For Largest Event in Cities History

As thousands of Gospel music fans began their journey to Pigeon Forge for the 2014 NQC, organizers are throwing a “welcome party” in the form of a special bonus concert featuring some of the biggest names in the industry.

Tonight, Sunday, September 21, 2014, at 6 PM EST, the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, the Hoppers, the Kingdom Heirs and the Mark Trammell Quartet will perform in a special kick-off bonus concert. The evening will be held at the site of the 2014 NQC, the LeConte Center.

The entire concert will be availabe via FREE LIVE webcast at

Live webcast coverage of the NQC are available at and is the perfect way to enjoy the convention from the comfort of your own home.

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Wanted: Your NQC Memories!

Written by Staff on September 20, 2014 – 12:28 pm -

Mainstage NQC editThe National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge is approaching quickly. Soon the town will be filled with artist buses and fans as the massive event opens on September 21.  From Sunday, September 21 to Saturday, September 27, Pigeon Forge will echo with the sounds of Gospel music as they host the NQC for the very first time.


Do you remember the first Louisville NQC? How about the last Nashville NQC? Do you remember when it was in Memphis? Do you have memories of great performances by JD Sumner, George Younce, Glen Payne, The Happy Goodmans or The Blackwood Brothers? Who did you see in the Exhibit Hall and talk to for the very first time? Whose autograph did you get and which of your favorite artists did you see there for the very last time?


SGN Scoops wants to hear YOUR memories. Please send us your memories and your pictures and we will post them in a special series during the week of NQC.


Let us hear from you today! Please send your NQC memories and pictures to


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CATHEDRALS FAMILY REUNION makes an appearance at NQC!!!

Written by Staff on September 18, 2014 – 4:02 pm -

catsSaturday Morning Matinee!!!
The Cathedral Quartet was the most loved and most popular Gospel Quartet of their generation. Their legacy continues with some of today’s most popular Gospel Artists.
Cathedral Quartet Alumni know they have something special in common…they are part of what Glen Payne and George Younce called the “Cathedral Family.”
Scott Fowler, Danny Funderburk, Ernie Haase, Mark Trammell, and Gerald Wolfe traveled with the Cathedrals during the height of the Cathedrals’ popularity. Now, for the first time in almost two decades, these Artists come together for an unforgettable event, reliving the music and memories from the “Golden Age” of the Cathedrals.
We are so pleased to announce that we have been invited to showcase the highlights of the Cathedrals Family Reunion during the week at NQC! This 90-minute showcase on SaturdayMorning Sept 27th will be filled with your Cathedral Qt favorites as well as many laughs, tears and memorible moments that you will NEVER forget!
Visit the Cathedrals Family Reunion website for more information about the new Cathedrals Family Reunion and see pictures from past events! Click here to visit www.CathedralsFamilyReunion!
*To purchase a ticket by phone call 800.846.8499 and HIT OPTION 1
OR, To purchase online, CLICK HERE!

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 11, 2014 – 5:39 pm -

Clarke Beasley

Clarke Beasley

Annual Event Largest Single Event Ever Hosted by City of Pigeon Forge, TN!

The hills of the Great Smoky Mountains are filled with more than music these days! Sounds of phones ringing and emails sent back and forth is filling the air at the office of the NQC (National Quartet Convention) as Clarke Beasley, and everyone associated with the annual event, are busily preparing for thousands of Gospel music lovers to descend upon Pigeon Forge, TN for the 2014 NQC!

“We are absolutely overwhelmed by the response our move to Pigeon Forge has received,” Beasley stated. “We set high goals and high expectations when we decided to move to Pigeon Forge, but we would not have dared to project this kind of attendance. Not since the late 1990’s have sales been this high and an all-time attendance record is a real possibility.”

Especially exciting is the fact that 30% of the crowd for this year will be first-time attendees of the event.

“The NQC is the biggest prolonged group event in Pigeon Forge’s history, and everyone in the tourism and hospitality industry is geared up and ready,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. Beasley emphasized that city, county and state officials have all been tremendously supportive and many of them will be present at a special grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, September 22nd, at the main entrance of the LeConte Center.

The 2014 edition of NQC – the National Quartet Convention – will be held September 21-27, 2014 in the brand-new Leconte Center in gorgeous Pigeon Forge, TN!

If you’re unable to attend this year’s event in person, you can still catch all the excitement via the live webcast. For more information, click here.

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This week’s Harmony Road TV program features Family Groups

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 20, 2014 – 12:28 pm -

signal mountain, TN June 20, 2014 nrbHarmony_RoadThis weekend’s special Harmony Road TV program honors family groups and their part of the heritage of Southern Gospel Music. The program features a range of artists from the traditional sounds of the Speer Family to the fresh sounds of Southern Raised, a sibling gospel bluegrass group. Other music is from the Booth Brothers, Jeff and Sheri Easter and the Hoppers, all successful family centered artists for several years.

Harmony Road TV has offered several program specials since the program’s inception in 2012. These have included programs featuring all quartets, concept videos, NQC specials, co hosts including Scotty Inman, Phil Cross, Ray Dean Reese and the Old Paths Quartet, and other all family specials.

The program is now available to over 80 million homes across the country via several networks and stations. It’s also seen on formats such as DirectTV, mobile app, online streaming, ROKU and Google Play. Information on stations and networks can be found at

Harmony Road is a weekly Southern Gospel TV program hosted by “Singing News” veteran and Solid Gospel Radio host Les Butler. Harmony Road can be found each week on The Heartland Network Sunday mornings at 8:00 Eastern as well as Saturday afternoons on WATC57 in Atlanta. You can watch Harmony Road on the NRB Network each Saturday evening at 8:30 Eastern. Also find the program on the WALKtv network (including ROKU) www.wmjn29 and others.

Other team members include Roger Spears, Producer and Allan Rhodes, Technical Director.

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NQC Spring Break Concert Features The Sneed Family

Written by SGN Scoops on January 8, 2014 – 8:41 pm -

sneedGlasgow, Kentucky (January 8, 2014) The National Quartet Convention is announcing a new event. While the Convention itself is moving to Pigeon Forge next year, they will continue a presence in Louisville, Kentucky with this new event, the NQC Spring Break. It will be held Thursday and Friday nights, March 27-28, 2014, at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

Though it has a much smaller line-up, the cream of the crop are scheduled to appear. Featured artists for Thursday night will be The Sneed Family, The Collingsworth Family, The Kingdom Heirs, and Jason Crabb, this event is sure to be a high energy concert with some of the best talent in the genre performing.

Jeff Sneed commented “We welcome the opportunity to be a part of this new outreach by the National Quartet Convention. Louisville has been very supportive of the NQC and it’s great to continue a function of the Convention here.”

You can learn more about the Sneed Family at and .

The Sneed Family can be reached at .

You can learn more about the NQC and the new Spring Break at .

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Daywind Music Group Celebrates Radio Success for 2013

Written by SGN Scoops on December 26, 2013 – 7:10 am -

HENDERSONVILLE, TN – December 23, 2013 –Thanks to radio stations nationwide, 2013 has been a year of hit songs for the Daywind Music Group and its family of artists and songwriters. Daywind artists daywind logorecorded 11 of the Singing News Top 40 Songs of the Year in 2013. Daywind songwriters also tallied 11 of the Top 40 songs. 18 of the Top 40 songs for the year featured a Daywind artist, a Daywind songwriter, or both.

Leading the pack was Diane Wilkinson who wrote 4 of the Top 40 songs of the year, including singles for the Kingdom Heirs (2), Tribute Quartet, and 11th Hour. Wilkinson was also recognized as Songwriter of the Year at the NQC Music Awards and Songwriter of the Year (non-performing) at the Singing News Fan Awards. Greater Vision, Brian Free and Assurance, and the Browders each had 2 songs in the Top 40 for the year. Other artists and songwriters to achieve cumulative chart recognition include Karen Peck and New River, the Nelons, Mark Trammell Quartet, the Perrys, Kenna Turner West, Jason Cox, Ronnie Hinson, Matthew Browder, Kyla Rowland, Marcia Henry, and Gerald Crabb.

Daywind artists and songwriters reached the top position in the Singing News charts 9 times in 2013. Number 1 songs included “I Want To Be That Man,” co-written by Ricky Free and recorded by Brian Free and Assurance (February); “Just Preach Jesus,” written by Diane Wilkinson and recorded by the Kingdom Heirs (April); “I Got A Hold Of God This Morning,” written by Kyla Rowland and recorded by the Perrys (May); “Praise You in This Valley,” written by Matthew Browder and recorded by the Browders (July); “Good News From Jerusalem,” written by Diane Wilkinson and recorded by the Tribute Quartet (August); “Calvary’s Cry,” co-written by Kenna Turner West and Jason Cox and recorded by Brian Free and Assurance (September); “Just Beyond the Sunset,” written by Diane Wilkinson and recorded by the Kingdom Heirs (October); “Looking For The Grace” by Greater Vision (November); and “He Is Alive,” written by Matthew Browder and recorded by the Browders (December).

2014 is off to a great start with Daywind Music Group represented on 20 of the Top 40 songs and the top 3 new releases for January. “Southern Gospel radio stations have been very receptive to the Daywind singles and are eager to hear what is coming in 2014. We are excited to start the New Year with another number 1 song, ‘Revival’ by Karen Peck and New River,” stated Amanda Martin, Daywind’s Director of Media Relations.

Daywind President Ed Leonard said, “We are blessed that so many of the top artists and songwriters in Southern Gospel music have chosen to call Daywind home. They are putting so much effort into their craft and drawing on God’s inspiration to create music of hope and faith. We are thankful for the songs, the artists, the songwriters, our friends at radio. We will continue serving radio and the world by producing top quality Southern Gospel music.”

Daywind Records is home to great Southern Gospel artists Brian Free and Assurance, Legacy Five, Greater Vision, the Hoskins Family, the Blackwood Brothers, Wilburn and Wilburn, the Browders, Adam Crabb, Karen Peck and New River, Amber Thompson, the Nelons, and Watts, Rowsey, & Bean. Red Hen Records is home to Red Roots, Zach & Rodney, and Michael Lee. Thoroughbred Records is home to the Chigger Hill Boys & Terri. Daywind recordings are distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors ( and to the general market by Select O Hits.

Daywind Music Publishing is home to great songwriters Ronny Hinson, Dianne Wilkinson, Marty Funderburk, Sue Smith, Kenna Turner West, Jason Cox, Kyla Rowland, Belinda Smith, Ricky Free, Scott Inman, John Darin Rowsey, Lee Black, Ben Storie, Gina Vera, David Browder, Matthew Browder, Sonya Browder, Tommy Browder, Aaron Crabb, Adam Crabb, Amanda Crabb, Karen Peck Gooch, Mike Richards, Natalie, Nika, and Nicole Taylor (Red Roots), Gina Boe, Caleb Collins, Janice Crow, Marcia Henry, Russell Mauldin, Rick Schweinsberg, Micah Schweinsberg and CCM writers Sam Tinnesz, Aaron Rice, Michael Fordinal, Justin Kintzel, and Hearts of Saints.

For more information on Daywind Records, visit or contact Amanda Martin at 1-800-635-9581.

For more information on Daywind Music Publishing, visit or contact Rick Shelton at 1-800-635-9581.

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National Quartet Convention 2013 Webcast Huge Success

Written by SGN Scoops on September 26, 2013 – 8:18 am -

Louisville, KY - During the week of September 8 through September 14 thousands of Southern Gospel Music fans, representing at least 40 states and more than a half dozen foreign countries nqcnewlogotraveled to Louisville, KY, for the 56th Annual National Quartet Convention. While thousands enjoyed the sights and sounds of the NQC during it’s final year in the city of Louisville live and in person, according to NQC Executive Vice President, Clarke Beasley, almost as many people enjoyed the sights and the sounds of NQC 2013 via the NQC Webcast. “Many who were unable to attend the event in person had the opportunity to watch performances taking place in Freedom Hall live, as it happened, or on demand through the NQC’s  website,” Beasley explained. “All events taking place in Freedom Hall throughout NQC Week were made available through the Webcast.  The NQC Subscriber based Webcast achieved an all-time record number of subscribers and proved to be a tremendous success.” 
The NQC has offered the Webcast for several years now; however, in celebration of the final year in Louisville, the NQC made the Friday webcast available to the public for free. NQC Free Friday far exceeded expectations and produced viewership from all over the world, including more than 10,000 people in 26 different countries. “NQC Free Friday featured a true event broadcast experience,” Beasley stated, “ with dedicated hosts hosting the broadcast throughout the day.”  In addition to viewing the festivities of NQC, 2013 over the NQC Webcast on a computer, subscribers to the Webcast for the first time ever were also  able to view the Webcast on their televisions through their Roku device. This proved to be so popular that the NQC Board has announced that it intends to ultimately make its Roku channel available to the public as a free channel. “This a great opportunity and yet another way for the NQC to grow and expose the great music of the NQC to the world,” Beasley shares.
The NQC Webcast is available on demand throughout the end of November for those who missed viewing the event live. Fans may visit to enjoy the sights and sounds of NQC 2013.
The 2014 NQC moves from Louisville to the city of Pigeon Forge, TN, and will take place at the Leconte Center during the week of September 21-27. Complete information about the 2014 event, as well as a complete schedule of activities may be obtained by visiting

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The Tacketts Release New Project “Miracles Never Cease” At NQC

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 19, 2013 – 8:34 am -

tackettscoverDefiance, OH The Tacketts have released their much-anticipated sixth project titled “Miracles Never Cease” last week at the 2013 National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY. The project is a collection of eight original progressive country Gospel songs and two time-tested tributes, and is titled after the original song written by Jeff’s father, Pastor Doug Tackett. The songs were written by some of the best in Gospel Music.

Jeff Tackett stated, “We have never been as excited about working on a CD as we have this one. It was not only special because we recorded a song written by my father but every song will be encouraging to anyone that hears them. John Rowsey did a phenomenal job of producing the project as well as writing two of the songs chosen by us to record. It was recorded at Harvest Studios in Huntington, WV. We had such a great response at NQC by the people that heard us at the showcases and they couldn’t wait to purchase the CD. ’Miracles Never Cease’ will bless you every time you play it.”

The Tacketts also recently traveled to South Carolina to film a television program for Great American Gospel. The show information can be found at

Sarah Tackett said, “What an amazing day we had taping the show for Great American Gospel. Many thanks to Dee, Danny, Randy, Russ, Angie, and their whole team. What a blessing you all are.”

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SGN Scoops On Location at NQC 2013

Written by Staff on September 12, 2013 – 12:50 pm -

imagejpeg_2SGN Scoops is on location at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville Kentucky all this week. Rob Patz and Rhonda Frye invite all attendees to visit their booth at number 247, talk to them about the magazine and see who is being interviewed for a live Scoops TV taping or the next magazine issue.



Rob Patz and Guy Penrod

Rob Patz and Guy Penrod


Already this week, the Scoops booth has been home to a visit from Guy Penrod, Karen Peck and New River, The Hoppers, The Nelons, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Greater Vision, Brian Free and Assurance, and many others.




Rob Patz and Rhonda Frye

Rob Patz and Rhonda Frye


The National Quartet Convention 2013 is the place to be for everyone who loves Gospel music to hear and see their favorite artists, purchase all the latest recordings and meet the industry movers and shakers. SGN Scoops is proud to be a part of this event and invites all attendees to drop by the booth to meet the Scoops staff. We would love to meet you all!


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