Pigeon Forge, TN.(September 19, 2014) – WATC Television out of Atlanta, Georgia, has announced they will be covering the SGNScoops’ 2014 Creekside Gospel Music Convention and Diamond Awards Celebration at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on November 3rd and 4th. The television station, which also streams their programs on the web, will be at the Smokey Mountain Convention Center to record the Monday night presentation, “Lou Hildreth Honors Willie Wynn” as well as Tuesday night’s Diamond Award celebration, the event to honor Gospel music’s finest artists as chosen by the readers of SGNScoops digital magazine. Many of these special moments will be shown on a TV Special and viewed online at www.watc.tv at a later date to be announced.
Coastal Media Group is hosting the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, which takes place from the 3rd through the 6th. As well the special events mentioned above, the Convention includes daily Chapel services, specialty showcases and evening concerts.
Patricia Mathis, Vice President of WATC TV, Atlanta’s TV 57, is looking forward to returning to Pigeon Forge. “It’s exciting to once again be a part of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention and for being able to share this with the viewers of WATC TV in Atlanta,” says Mathis. “While it is nothing like being in the audience at Creekside, we are glad that we can bring a little part of Creekside and the great gospel music being performed there to our audience. Creekside just keeps getting bigger and better ever year!”
Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group and publisher of SGNScoops commented, “We are grateful to Patricia and WATC for their professionalism, experience and dedication in airing quality Gospel music programs. We are thrilled that they are returning to Creekside and we are glad to be able to share some of Creekside with fans across the nation and the world by television and internet.”
About WATC TV: WATC TV provides Atlanta with a mix of family, Christian and educational programming. It is known to viewers as the home of Atlanta Live and is seen over the air throughout the metro Atlanta market and also in over one million cable and satellite homes. WATC is the home of many original series and has been honored with numerous Angel and Telly Awards, as well as receiving it first EMMY in 2010. The station’s programming can be seen around the world via video streaming located on the WATC website at http://www.watc.tv/
About Creekside Gospel Music Convention: Creekside Gospel Music Convention will be held at the Smokey Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from November 3rd through 6th, 2014. The CGMC is presented by SGN Scoops and Coastal Media Group at Pigeon Forge and is the home of The Diamond Awards and other special events. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance at http://www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com/ . For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention visit https://www.facebook.com/Creeksidegospelmusicconvention
About SGNScoops: SGNScoops Digital is a fully-downloadable monthly magazine that exists to promote the gospel by unveiling what is intriguing and real about Southern Gospel and Christian Country music. SGNScoops offers music news and views as well as concert and book reviews, inspirational articles and features reaching beyond our gospel music world. For more information: http://www.sgnscoops.com/
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By Joshua Heston – Special to SGN Scoops
“Precious memories how they linger / How they ever flood my soul / In the stillness, of the midnight / Precious sacred scenes unfold.” — J.B.F. Wright, 1925
Branson, MO —Traditional gospel music and Ozark Mountain culture go together mighty well. From brush arbor singing schools to pine-enshrouded churches where country folks sang from well-worn hymnals every Sunday morning, the sweet sounds of gospel music form an emotional basis for many of us; reminders of childhood, dinners on the ground, exciting tent revivals, and for some, simple evening singings as the family would gather together and let their voices ring.
But times change. People change. The world, it seems, simply picked up its pace and recordings, radio, TV, internet, and job and family responsibilities removed the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. The chance to leave an industrious world outside — even for just a few hours — was lost. Tattered hymnbooks were replaced by projection screens and four-part harmony swapped for an endless stream of praise and worship songs. Families didn’t gather around a piano anymore and besides, the music on the radio, then the entertainment on TV, then the library of digital music, was all more professional, more polished, and never required practice but simply the touch of a button.
Gone for most was the shape note singing, the tent revivals, and the conventions. Conventions? No, not Tupperware conventions. A generation or two ago, gospel music conventions, specifically quartet conventions, were commonplace. Small and large, these gatherings originated from 19th century songbook companies’ efforts to sell books. This was after the Civil War and the population was ready to embrace music that spoke of hope and peace.
Professional quartets traveled from church to church, then from convention to convention, stunning largely rural audiences with the now-trademark sounds of a powerful, rumbling bass, soaring tenor, lead and baritone vocals. As quartets polished their skills and styles, white Southern gospel music was born. With it, of course, came those singing conventions, the largest of which ultimately became the National Quartet Convention, an event that packed out the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis for many years. Here was the equivalent of a rock concert arena. Thousands of fans pouring into the venue to see gospel music greats like J.D. Sumner, James Blackwood of the Blackwood Brothers, and more.
“When we’ve been there ten thousand years / Bright shining as the sun / We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise / Than when we’ve first begun.” — John Newton, Amazing Grace
Like many other elements of our rural population, Southern gospel conventions became fewer and farther between in the last generation. Now, the words “singing convention” are typically met with a bit of bewilderment. Southern gospel is still a small but powerful genre of music but many of the artists now travel from church to church, not from convention to convention.
The National Quartet Convention is still going strong, moving this year from Louisville to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, but Southern gospel singing west of the Mississippi? Western region groups have struggled for years, honing their styles, their harmonies, their ministries, but laboring largely in the shadow of “top tier” groups with more convention affiliation in the east. Now, the efforts of Branson-based Jonathan Edwards (of Faith’s Journey), Donnie Williamson (of Wetumka, Oklahoma-based The Williamsons), Ava Kasich (Texas-born Beacon award winning soloist) and Rob Patz (of the Seattle-based SGN Scoops Digital gospel music magazine) teamed up to create a heartland Southern gospel convention here in Branson.
“For most of us who do gospel music, the goal is to see lives changed. But we can’t do that if we don’t have people to sing to. One of the goals of the convention is to expose more groups of the Midwest to an audience,” says Williamson. “That’s why we honored The Lesters during the first night of the convention. We want to highlight the quality of groups from this area.”
“Near the cross I’ll watch and wait / Hoping, trusting ever / Till I reach the golden strand / Just beyond the river.” — Fanny Crosby, Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross Read more »
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Listen To Rob Patz On Strictly Southern with Vonda Easley Today August 1st From 9am to 11am cst
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By Rob Patz
Josh and Ashley Franks both grew up in the church and with Gospel music in their home. Josh was traveling as a soloist and an evangelist when he met Ashley who sang with her mother in Hope’s Journey in 2006. They were married in 2007 and now have two children, Priscilla and Joshua. Since their marriage they have been traveling and singing as a duet as well as promoting several Gospel concert events throughout the year.
I’m glad this busy couple paused for a moment to answer my ten questions!
Rob: Brand New Single: “I’ve Not Seen A Mountain”…Does this song have a personal story or meaning for you?
Josh: I think back to Myrtle Beach two years ago when Priscilla was rushed to the head trauma facility in Charleston after she suffered a fall in the convention center during Singing in the Sun. That was a mountain we surely had no strength to move, but God stepped on the scene and moved it for us!
Ashley: This is one of those songs that can speak to any person at any point in their life. Personally, there has never been a mountain that I have faced in my life that God did not move for me. I am so honored to have the privilege of delivering this song to people night after night.
Rob: What is the best thing about having kids? What is something you could do without?
Ashley: The very best thing about having my kids is that there are two people on earth who think I am the best at everything. The love that a child has for its parent is comparable to nothing else. I could, however, do without the thousand loads of laundry I wash each week.
Josh: The best thing is watching them grow and learn. I’m amazed! I could do without the mounds of toys that are taking over our home.
Josh: 1. My Bible! 2. My ipod! [That’s all Josh needs!]
Ashley: The first thing I would want to take is my Bible. The second thing is a notepad and I guess number 3 would have to be a pen. I love to write everything! Feelings, lyrics, whatever. I just love to write!
Rob: What song do you each wish you had sung and charted first?
Ashley: Definitely “Four Days Late”!
Josh: “God on the Mountain”
Rob: What song do you each wish you had written?
Josh: “Amazing Grace”
Ashley: “Through The Fire.” That song defines my life; I feel like it came right from my own heart! Gerald Crabb is an excellent writer!
Rob: There are a lot of awful things happening in the world right now. What advice do you have for people who can’t understand why God would allow them to happen?
Ashley: My mom and I actually just finished a new song about this very thing. We don’t need to understand why God does or doesn’t do the things that we think He should do. We just need to trust that He knows more than we do.
Josh: I would tell them to keep holding on and fighting the good fight of faith. Unfortunately I don’t believe it is scriptural that things will get better, but God will protect His children.
Rob: Do each of you have a favorite Bible character? Who and why?
Josh: The Apostle Paul. He preached Jesus with boldness and told it like it was!
Ashley: I love the story of Elijah and Elisha. A true example of how we, in this generation, should have an even larger burden than the last generation to do God’s work. The elders paved the way and it’s our job to continue reaching people for Christ!
Rob: What is your favorite thing to do with your children at Easter?
Ashley: This year Priscilla is old enough to understand when you teach her about Jesus. She is learning already about the Cross and Resurrection. I love to talk with her about the Bible.
Josh: Celebrate the Resurrection in church, of course!
Rob: What is (each of) your favorite Easter song?
Josh: ‘There Rose A Lamb.”
Ashley: “He’s Alive” by the Talley Trio.
Rob: What are some new and cool things happening for you this coming year?
Ashley: God has opened many new doors for us in 2014. We are very excited about having a very busy schedule. A couple things we are excited about: being included on the Friday night program at the Singing in the Sun. We are also going to be appearing on Gerald Crabb’s Gospel Fest this August. For complete details, see www.joshandashleyfranks.comhttp://www.joshandashleyfranks.com/
Thanks to Ashley and Josh Franks for answering our questions and letting us in on their lives and their ministry. Be sure to visit their website and their schedule to find out when they will be appearing near you. Support this lovely family and their ministry as they reach the world for Jesus!
First published by SGN Scoops in April 2014. Written by Rob Patz, Publisher of SGN Scoops.
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Danny Norman is a singer/songwriter, father, grandfather and minister of the Gospel. But he thinks of himself first and foremost as a child of God and a patriotic American. Norman spent many years learning his musical craft in bars and nightclubs, until the day when his brother and his brother’s fiancé were tragically killed. Realizing his need for a purpose in life, he found that purpose in Jesus and has been ministering for Him for the over 35 years.
Rob: Tell us about your latest recording, I’m An American. Where did you record this and who did you work with?
Danny: It was so great working with Robb Tripp and all the wonderful musicians at The Family Room Studio in Gallatin, Tennessee on my newest project, I’m an American. This release has been my fifth CD project since I went to Nashville to further my music career in 2010 at Daywind Studios in Henderson TN.
Rob: What is the name of your latest release to radio?
Danny:I’d like to thank my promoter Jim Robinette for promoting my latest radio release “I’m An American”. I feel as if this song was birthed in me because of what I believe and what I stand for. Certainly and sincerely I am an American through and through and I do bleed these colors.
Rob: Does this song have a special importance to you?
Danny: I want to thank every solider for serving this great country and also my father and my two brothers for serving the USA and to all those who have served and are serving to keep this country safe. And I pray that “I’m An American” inspires you as much as it did my co-writer and me when we wrote it.
Rob: Would you like to tell us about your co-writer?
Danny: I want to say thanks to my co-writer Allen Webb for helping me put the finishing touches on the song and for being a part of many songs we have wrote together over the past few years.
Danny: I want to thank all the DJ’s for playing my music. I also want to thank the DJ’s on internet radio for making this song number one on Music To Radio American Top 40 on June 1st, 2014.
Rob: Tell us about playing in the taverns when you were young. What would you say to those who now are doing the same thing you used to do?
Danny: I’d like to just share just a few short words about myself of how blessed I have been to have been delivered and saved from living my life in a deep world of sin. I played music in nightclubs in the early years of my life and was never really happy although I tried to convince myself that I was. But it was when I sold out and gave my all to God that I started living and enjoying life. I can now say I sing because I’m happy and because I’m free.
Rob: What is your favorite hobby?
Danny: Writing songs and singing is my hobby and preaching is my whole life.
Rob: What is your most favorite thing about being a Christian artist?
Danny:I truly love what I do and I do what I love. I love being a Christian artist and meeting so many other artists and precious people who have become close to me. At the end of the day they are like my family, what a blessing.
Rob: What is your favorite Bible book?
Danny: The Bible is my favorite book.
Rob: If you could leave one thought with your audience after you leave the stage, what would that be?
Danny: Have a wonderful 4th of July and many blessing to you and your families.
Thank you Danny for sharing with us. For those who want to know more about the ministry of Danny Norman, please visit http://dannynorman.net/.
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Welcome to the May issue of SGN Scoops digital magazine! We are thrilled to bring to you the best stories in Christian music, from features to devotionals to concert reviews. This month, our cover story is the beloved family group, The Whisnants, as they allow SGN Scoops to come with them backstage and in the bus. Be sure to read this captivating feature by Jennifer Campbell. Erin Stevens’ Younger Perspective shines the spotlight on The Perrys’ artist, Jared Stuffle. Other artists featured include The Erwins by Marcie Gray, new Christian female trio High Road III by Lorraine Walker, and Sandi Duncan Clark catches up with the Dixie Echoes.
Craig Harris reviews a concert event by the indescribable Mark Lowry along with the award-winning Martins. Rob Patz tells America what they want to know about family group The Hoggles. Rhonda Frye reflects on Mother’s Day. Legendary staff writer, Lou Wills Hildreth shares the taping of the SGMG 2014 Harmony Honors.
We are happy to have our participating artists sharing their hearts with you, including Dr. Jeff Steele, David Staton, Sherry Anne and Kelly Nelon Clark.
Also included in this month’s issue are CD reviews, SGN Scoops Top 100 songs for May and our monthly Health Feature by Laurette Willis, who discusses the enjoyable topic of regular exercise!
We hope you take a moment to read the uplifting and encouraging articles this month. Pass the link along to family and friends and don’t forget to tell your favorite artist that you saw their feature in this month’s SGN Scoops magazine!
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Happy Easter from the Staff of SGNScoops Magazine! We are excited to present Pastor Matthew Hagee as this month’s cover story. Pastor Matt shares the inside info about his latest solo release and gives an update on Cornerstone Church. We’re giving our readers the scoop regarding the recent changes in the Gaither Vocal Band line-up. You’ll enjoy getting to know Adam Crabb better and will find Todd Suttles a delight! Also in this issue, we cover the latest on the Horn Family, Josh and Ashley Franks and Gabrielle Allen. This issue offers in-depth stories on the Steve Hurst School of Music, The Great Passion Play and also highlights the 2014 Harmony Honors. And- that’s not all! The April Edition shines the spotlight on a Hinson Reunion Concert and also uncovers new music. Don’t miss David Staton’s, Can You Handle The Truth and also Lou Hildreth’s Life, Love and Legends as she highlights the Booth Brothers. Dr Jeff Steel, Kelly Nelon, Jennifer Campbell, Laurette Willis and Sherry Anne deliver encouragement for the mind, body and spirit. Get the latest Creekside Update and the top 100 songs right here- always free. Share with your friends, fans and family!
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