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Alabama Quartet Convention welcomes Perrys, Jordan Family Band, more

Written by Staff on August 14, 2017 – 5:29 pm -

Perrys at Alabama Quartet Convention

The Perrys at the Alabama Quartet Convention

Webster defines a convention as ‘an assembly of persons, met for a common purpose.’ That’s what the Alabama Quartet Convention is all about, a common purpose to praise God. The fourth annual ALQC was held July 27 –  29, 2017 at the Forest Hill Church of God in Mobile, AL.  


Over thirty national, regional and local artists assembled together to sing songs of encouragement, salvation and to uplift the body of Christ. The Perrys, the Jordan Family Band, New Ground, Day Three, Answered Prayer, Barry Rowland and Deliverance, Ricky Atkinson and Compassion, plus many others all crossed the platform to present the best in Southern Gospel Music.  


Jordan Family Band at Alabama Quartet Convention

Jordan Family Band at Alabama Quartet Convention

Co-founders Scott Washam and Amy Dunnam began this journey four years ago with a simple concept: How do we want to be treated as an artist when we attend a music convention, and, if we were fans, what would we want to hear and see? This idea has helped the two achieve one of the most sought after conventions by artists in the nation.  


This year’s theme was ‘Sowing Seeds – One Testimony At A Time.’ Over the three day event, many seeds were being sown, including the ALQC giving back to each artist. On Saturday morning, the ALQC hosted an artist-only prayer breakfast event. This year’s guest speaker was Jonathan Goodwin of Redemption World Records. His message followed along with the theme and taught that we sow

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seeds in three ways; our time, our talent and our treasure. What a great message it was.


Washam said in an earlier statement, “Every year, the event gets bigger and better. But this year was a different kind of better. There was such a feeling of unity and family. We brought in 12 new groups this year, and our fans and ALQC ‘seasoned’ artists fell in love with them.”  Some of the new groups included: The singing Epps Family from Lincolnton, Georgia; Master Peace Quartet from Dalton, Georgia; The Connell’s from Jacksonville, Alab., Heart’s Song from Shannon, N. C., and many more. Amy Dunnam said, “We are so honored that these groups would want to come spend their weekend with us. It’s humbling.”  


On Thursday night, the Perrys really brought their best. There was such a sweet anointing in the house that the atmosphere was thick.  Other crowd favorites included The Jordan Family Band, Day Three and New Ground. Mickey Bell, DJ for the Dixie Gospel Caravan in Birmingham, Alab.,

Day Three at the Alabama Quartet Convention

Day Three at the Alabama Quartet Convention

kept the crowd on their heels with laughter, encouragement and sometimes tears.  


Both Amy and Scott agreed that for them the most special moment of this year’s ALQC was when all 30 artists gathered in the altar around Exodus to pray for Mike Watson’s complete healing.  Mike has been fighting cancer and had finished his last treatment. Everyone looks forward to him being on the road again soon.


If you’ve never been to an Alabama Quartet Convention, Scott Washam asks,

Ricky Atkinson and Compassion at the Alabama Quartet Convention

Ricky Atkinson and Compassion at the Alabama Quartet Convention

“What are you waiting for?”   


For more information on the ALQC, please take a moment and visit their facebook page @thealqc or website at www.thealqc.com.   

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Ricky Atkinson and Compassion at NQC

Written by scoopsnews on September 28, 2016 – 11:27 am -

Ricky Atkinson

Ricky Atkinson

Ricky Atkinson and Compassion did a great job this morning in the Chapel Service at NQC.

About Ricky:

Ricky was saved at the age of seven at Faith Baptist Church, where his dad was pastor, in Bishopville, SC. Ricky started singing with family as a young man and continued through the teen years. In 1987, he began his career in music by playing piano for a Lance Carpenter trio called The Campmeeting Trio, as they traveled and playing in many camp meetings across the south. In 1988, he started singing lead with his first group, The Camp meeting Boys. In 1991, he formed a male trio called Kindred Spirit. Ricky sang solo for two years from 1994 to 1996. In 1996, he joined the Wilburns from Carthage, TN. In 1999, Ricky returned to south Georgia to form Ricky Atkinson and Compassion. Ricky is most noted for being one of Gospel music’s top songwriters. Along with being a songwriter, he is also producer, arranger, publisher and president of two recording labels for Resting Place Music. Ricky sings lead and is the group manager.

Here’s a clip from this morning:

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SGN Scoops Friday Favorite: Ricky Atkinson

Written by Staff on June 26, 2015 – 7:34 am -

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Ricky Atkinson

At SGN Scoops, we love to ask artists questions! On Fridays, they tell us what their favorites are and we get to tell you, our readers.

For today’s Friday Favorite, we asked Ricky Atkinson of Ricky Atkinson and Compassion, “What is your favorite hymn and why?”

Ricky’s response:

“‘How Firm A Foundation’ because it was often the hymn of choice when my mother sang in church, while I was still a very young boy…

It means alot to me personally knowing everything we do is all based on the foundation of our faith.

Also, as a writer, I appreciate not only the blessed message, but the depth of lyric by the writer, Robert Keene.
The words, melody, and chord progressions create a beautiful masterpiece.”

What is your favorite hymn? Tell us today on SGN Scoops Facebook page!

Ricky Atkinson and compassion

Ricky Atkinson and compassion

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The Jordan Family Band attends the SESGMC

Written by Staff on April 21, 2015 – 10:50 am -


Randa Jordan of the Jordan Family Band tells SGN Scoops…

imageThis weekend was our first time being a part of the SESGMC (South Eastern Southern Gospel Music Conference) in Tifton, GA. What a fun, two-day event with so much great talent. Over 40 groups performed and each did an outstanding job!

imageMy family and I sang on the Friday afternoon showcase and the Spirit of the Lord was truly there in the midst! We won a spot to sing on main stage and once again enjoyed the spirit of the people and their warm reception. We also enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.

Every soloist, duo, trio and group had a great time at this event hosted by Ricky Atkinson of Ricky Atkinson and Compassion. It is growing and imagebecoming something special in the South Georgia area. Make plans to attend this two-day event in April of 2016! You will be blessed and have a great experience in Southern Gospel music!

For more information on the Jordan Family Band click HERE.

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RAC Music Now Available Digitally

Written by Scoops Staff on January 13, 2010 – 9:21 pm -

Resting Place Music announces Ricky Atkinson and Compassion has reached out to the world of digital music download.
RAC owner and manager, Ricky Atkinson states,”Over the last few years, in the current technology age, many have ask us about digital downloads of RAC music. We have decided to make a number of our songs available on a new page on the website! We are excited about it, because not only can you download the most recent RAC current group singles, but also a lot of our top ten songs over the last 10 years of ministry!”

30 RAC hits are on the page, from RAC originals like, “Jesus Can” and “One More Time” to other popular Ricky Atkinson songs (originally recorded by other popular artist), such as, “This Valley Is For Me”, “Resting Place”, “I Have Not Forgotten”, and most recent #1 song recorded by the Whisnants,”Be Not Afraid”.

Log onto, www.rickyatkinson.com and click the “NEW” BUY MP3s button on the top right, and select the single song downloads you want. Its that simple!

For booking Ricky Atkinson solo, or Ricky Atkinson and Compassion for a group event,
or further information contact concerning music and downloads, contact RAC: (229)-776-7120

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