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Rob Patz On Strictly Southern with Vonda Easley Today August 1st

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 1, 2014 – 12:01 am -

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Rob and Vonda On WPIL FM

Listen To Rob Patz On Strictly Southern with Vonda Easley Today August 1st From 9am to 11am cst

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What America Wants To Know About Josh and Ashley Franks

Written by Lorraine Walker on July 29, 2014 – 9:19 am -

Josh and Ashley Franks

Josh and Ashley Franks

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.

IMG_0363 (2)Rob: What three things would you each take to a desert island?

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/

http://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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Rob Patz Asks: Ten Questions with Danny Norman

Written by Lorraine Walker on July 3, 2014 – 2:05 pm -

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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.

257 (1)I talked to Danny after hearing his latest single and I knew I wanted to feature him for Independence Day. I hope you enjoy hearing a little more from this Country Gospel favorite.

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?

247dedgeDanny: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.

221somecolorRob: What importance do radio and Gospel music deejays have on your music?

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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June 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 14, 2014 – 2:28 pm -

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June is bursting with great features and indepth devotionals in SGN Scoops digital magazine! We feature the family music of The Dunaways on our cover, as well as the latest Scoops on Danny Funderburk, Freedom’s Crossing, Debbie Bennett and Autumn Nelon Clark.
Check out our writers’ reviews of terrific concert events, including the Gaither Family Fest, Dailey & Vincent, Singing In The Sun 2014, the Jackie Wilburn Memorial and the Sneed Family Homecoming. Read all about the inaugural Ozark Gospel Music Festival written by guest Scoops writer Joshua Heston. It was a hit!
Don’t miss Lou Wills Hildreth’s monthly feature on Love, Life and Legends. We also have special features by Dr. Jeff Steele, Sherry Anne, David Staton, Laurette Willis and Scott Rhoades.
All this plus the SGN Scoops Top 100, New Music Review, the Creekside Gospel Music Convention Update and the Great Doughnut Caper as well as Rob Patz’s Publisher’s Point. There is so much more that we can’t fit it all in this report! You HAVE to read it for yourself.
So pick up that Iced Tea or Frozen Lemonade, sit back and enjoy the June 2014 issue of SGN Scoops digital magazine!


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Rob Patz On The Strictly Southern Show With Vonda Easley

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 30, 2014 – 7:48 am -

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May 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 17, 2014 – 4:19 pm -

sgnscoops0514_smWelcome 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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April 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 13, 2014 – 3:55 pm -

sgnscoops0414_smHappy 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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Inaugural Ozark Gospel Music Convention Sold Out!

Written by Lorraine Walker on April 10, 2014 – 2:16 pm -

ozarkprofilepic5Branson, Missouri (April 10, 2014) – It was announced this morning that the very first Ozark Gospel Music Convention (OGMC) in Branson, Missouri is sold  out. This event will take place May 5th -7th at the beautiful Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center in Branson.
OGMC Board Member, Jonathan Edwards, states: “I am overwhelmed at the response to this event in its first year and look forward to having these great fans and artists in my home town!”
Rob Patz of Coastal Media is also thrilled to be a part of this new event. “It is great to see how the fans and artists have caught our vision and are as excited as we are about this new Convention. I can’t wait to hear some of my favorite artists like The Lesters, Omega, and Weston and Christy Hinson. Great speakers, terrific singers, eager fans…you can’t have a better recipe than that for an exciting event!”
The Ozark Gospel Music Convention will be a yearly event. Fans are encouraged to make plans now to attend the Ozark Gospel Music Convention 2015. More information can be found at www.ozarkgospelmusicconvention.com

 


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A Conversation With Canaan’s Crossing By Rob Patz

Written by Lorraine Walker on February 25, 2014 – 12:36 pm -

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Canaan’s Crossing

Canaan’s Crossing is a Bluegrass Gospel group from Alabama with five members who are all accomplished musicians. Four of these musicians are also talented vocalists, creating arrangements and performing many original songs written by band-member Tina Miller. The group performs across the southern States and was recently signed by Gospel music label Song Garden. In 2013, Rob Patz, Publisher of SGN Scoops digital magazine, interviewed Canaan’s Crossing, with the resulting article below published in the November, 2013 issue of SGN Scoops magazine.

 

Rob: Please introduce each member of Canaan’s Crossing to our readers. What instruments do you each play?

Canaan’s Crossing: Tina Miller ( Fiddle),  Andy Wilks (Guitar), Drew Long (Banjo), Josh Palmer (Mandolin), Tim Maze (Upright Bass)

 

 Rob: I’ve heard you have a new album with Song Garden. Who are some of the writers and players that were involved with this recording? What will be the first release to radio?

Canaan’s Crossing: Our new album is titled WORDS and it’s taken from one of the songs “The Words I Would Say.”   A Contemporary Christian group, the Sidewalk Prophets, actually recorded the song in 2009.  Andy liked the song and brought it to us during a rehearsal.  Drew was experimenting with it and came up with a very unique Bluegrass feel to the song.  The project consists of two songs that two of our members, Drew Long and Josh Palmer wrote plus a couple of songs co-written by Kenna West. One of those is the new single “Somebody’s Blessing” which seems to be a consensus favorite from all of us.

 

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 Tina:  It is almost impossible to imagine me not playing the fiddle.   I am not a professional, but I can pick most bluegrass instruments.  All of them except one!  I met my match when I tried to play the dobro.  As hard as I have tried, I just can’t play those things.  I appreciate dobro players, every time I get brave enough to try and pick that instrument

 Andy: I would like to learn to play resonator guitar some day. Rob Ickes and Jerry Douglas are amazing.

 Tim:  I would play the piano simply because that is what my mother played while I was learning to sing.  I have her piano in my living room and can only look at it- maybe chord a little bit. Read more »


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SGN Scoops Diamonds Awards Nomination Evening

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 17, 2014 – 10:27 am -

coverstorydiamondawardsA Free Event – The SGN Scoops Diamonds Awards Nomination Evening – April 3 at 7:30 pm, eastern

You won’t want to miss your opportunity to watch live and online an exciting evening of music, worship, and fun, at no cost! On April 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm, SGN Scoops Digital Magazine will announce the top 10 nominees for each category in the 2014 Diamond Awards. The SGN Scoops’ Diamond Awards Nominations will be broadcast live and online! Chapel Valley, SGN Scoops and The American Society of Gospel Music (ASGM) have underwritten the costs for this live, online broadcast, so you can watch it live online for free! All you have to do is register for the event by going to http://tinyurl.com/mar98t3

This event will be hosted by Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group; Shane Roark, co-owner of Chapel Valley; and Richard Hyssong, Marketing and Artist Director of Chapel Valley. The evening will include performances by several Chapel Valley artists, and of course the nominees for the SGN Scoops’ Diamond Awards will be announced. This free event will be broadcast on ASGM at http://www.theasgm.org/ the leader in providing live online Southern Gospel concerts.

If you have not yet voted for your favorite artist, please go to http://www.sgnscoops.com/2014-diamond-awards/ to cast your vote for your favorite artist. The SGN Scoops has reported that they have received the highest vote totals to date. This will be an incredible evening of good Southern Gospel Music, as well as an exciting night when you see and hear your favorite artist receive a nomination for a coveted SGN Scoops’ Diamond Award. Mark this date in your calendar and be sure to join us!


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