Pigeon Forge TN (August 28, 2015) – The Christian Country Expo at Pigeon Forge Tennessee, came to a close on Thursday, August 27 before an appreciative audience. The morning showcases were full of talented artists and terrific music. Several of the lovely ladies of Christian Country graced the stage again. Lindsay Huggins, Tina Wakefield, Sharron Kay King, Robin Springs, Ava Kasich, Jan Harbuck, Ty Hodges, Gail Cogburn, Kelly Coberly, were among some of the many singers the audience had the pleasure of hearing on Thursday. The daytime and evening concerts again featured artists such as Chris Golden, Kevin Rowe, The McKay Project, Tommy Brandt and Tommy Brandt II, The Schoefields, The Branscombs, Jim Sheldon, Steve Shirey and a stage full of artists during the opening.
Christian Country Expo presented many of the Christian Country artists that are hitting the charts and bringing in new audiences to this style of music. CCE 2015 thanks each and every one for sharing their heart and soul all week. You have blessed us!
Thanks again to Firehouse Subs, sponsors of the pre-concert jam session, and all of the sponsors for Christian Country Expo!
We hope our readers enjoy these pictures of artists that appeared on Thursday and that everyone will make plans now to attend Christian Country Expo 2016 which will include the brand-new Christian Country Diamond Awards. Keep watching the Christian Country Expo Facebook page and SGN Scoops for more information.
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Pigeon Forge, TN (August 27, 2015) – The Christian Country Expo (CCX) being held at Pigeon Forge welcomed Mr. T Graham Brown, acclaimed Christian Country artist, to its stage on
Wednesday night. T Graham Brown was warmly greeted and proceeded to entertain, engage and minister to the audience.
Other artists performing on Wednesday night included Chris Golden, Tommy Brandt, Tommy Brandt II and Kevin Rowe who have become the CCX favorites, as well as Ava Kasich, Jim Sheldon, Lindsey Huggins and more.
Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Christian Country Living Legend Diamond Award to Chuck Day. For more information, see the feature elsewhere on this page.
Michelle Drummond was on hand to photograph the evening and presents these pictures of the event.
the First Responders and the hard work they do on an everyday basis.
For more pictures and information on the Christian Country Expo, visit the Facebook site.
For news on Christian Country artists and more, be sure to visit SGN Scoops Facebook page.
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Pigeon Forge, TN (August 27, 2015) – The Christian Country Expo continues today at the Smoky Mountain Resort in Pigeon Forge, TN. The Expo has already welcomed many great Christian Country artists such as Marty Raybon, T Graham Brown and Chris Golden. Last night during the concert, a special announcement was made to honor Chuck Day, an artist who has made his mark in Christian Country, Gospel and Country music. Rob Patz of SGN Scoops, one of the sponsors of the event, awarded Chuck Day with the 2015 Christian Country Living Legend Diamond Award.
The SGN Scoops’ Diamond Awards are traditionally presented in November during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. A decision was made this year to begin to view the Diamond Awards celebrations as two separate events. For the award year of 2014-15, currently being voted upon, the Diamond Awards will remain as they have been in the past, with all Southern Gospel, Christian Country and Bluegrass Gospel awards being announced during the awards gala on November 3, 2015.
For the award year of 2015-16, the Christian Country and Bluegrass Gospel will be presented during the 2016 Christian Country Expo. The date and time of the 2016 Christian Country Expo will be announced at a later date.
To begin this transition, a new award was created, entitled “Christian Country Living Legend,” in order to honor the pioneers and visionaries who have helped to make the Christian Country genre what it is today. The winner of this award for 2015 is Chuck Day.
Chuck Day has written and co-written more than 16 number-one songs in the Christian and Country genres. He has had songs recorded by such names as: Gold City, Clay Cross, Michael English, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, The Hoppers, Rebecca St. James, Barry Wayne, Bob Carlisle, and more. Chuck and his brother Greg Day co-wrote the beloved anthem, “Midnight Cry,” made popular by Ivan Parker and Gold City, among others.
This award-winning musician and vocalist has traveled extensively with his family in his early years, as a soloist and also with Country music artists including Freddy Fender, Marty Haggard and others. Chuck now tours throughout the United States and the world, singing Christian Country. He holds both a Doctorate of Theology degree and a Doctorate of Divinity while also practicing as an ordained minister.
For more information on Chuck Day, read this article by Miles Pike, Artist to Artist.
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Praise 96.3 is at the Christian Country Expo in Pigeon Forge, TN this week. Rob Patz was interviewed this afternoon and announced a great special for Praise 96.3 listeners. Shane King was on hand to talk with Rob about the artists, concerts and the great Christian Country music happening at the Smoky Mountain Resorts in Pigeon Forge. Visit smokymountainheroes.com
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Be sure to tune into This Week in Gospel Music with your host, Mickey Bell. This week Mickey talks to the sweet and popular Susan Whisnant about her August plans for surgery.
hope this doesn’t take her off the road!
you a chance to win a week of free tickets to the 2015 National Quartet Convention.
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Nebraska doesn’t usually produce Southern Gospel artists, but then the McClellan Singing Sisters aren’t your usual Southern Gospel group. This quartet of four sisters, ranging in age from 12 to 23 has a unique sound that is all their own; one that began with children’s Sunday school songs and now is a mature, edgy, enticing new sound showcased on their latest EP, Metamorphosis. (Editor’s note: this article was first published in 2013.)
Join us as Rob Patz chats with the captivating McLellan Singing Sisters.
Rob: 1. Please introduce us to each of you and we’d love to know one special thing about each of you that makes you different from your other sisters.
TM: My name is Tiffany. I am the 2nd oldest sister in our family, oldest of the group. I am engaged to Jeff Ebert. If I drink Hi-C Fruit Punch I get very hyper.
KM: I’m Kimberly, I turned 18 a couple months ago and I’m the middle child; two older sisters and two younger sisters. I’m the group/family communicator and I love interior/fashion design.
JM: I’m Jewel. With 16 years of living behind me, it brings me in as the second youngest of the group and also of the family. I guess you could call me the geek of the group because I’m into superheroes, comic books and pretty much anything sci-fi.
TMM: I’m TaMera, the youngest, whoop whoop! And 12 years old! I’m the only one in the group with an all-natural hair color.
MSS: The word “metamorphosis”, in the context we’re using, means; “A change of the form, or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.” God (Who is supernatural) is changing our very nature as individuals. Growing us, stretching us, building us into the people He designed us to be. As musicians and artists, our music style and tastes are constantly shifting and evolving. This EP is a different direction musically but we feel its part of a natural transition into the next chapter God is writing for us.
Rob: 3a. Can each of you tell us who your favorite artists are currently?
TM: Definitely FFH, Tenth Avenue North, Michael W. Smith, Lauren Talley, Tribute Quartet.”
KM: Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, The Afters, Tenth Avenue North, NEEDTOBREATHE, Talley Trio, Tribute Quartet.
JM: Anthem Lights, Hawk Nelson, Andrew Peterson, Brandon Heath, Chris August, Dara Maclean.
TMM: The Talleys, tobyMac, Tribute Quartet, Group1Crew, Chris August, Matthew West, for King & Country, Brandon Heath.
Rob: 3b. Whose music has been the greatest influence on your singing?
MSS: In recent years, FFH, Tribute Quartet and The Talleys. When we started as young girls, Rob “The Donut Man” Evans.
Rob: 4. Do each of you have someone in your life who has been an inspiration to you? Who is that and why are they an inspiration?
TM: I would have to say my sweet fiancé, Jeff Ebert. He has amazing story and has helped me grow in my walk with God. He inspires me every day to pursue Christ and live a life of joy from seeing God’s blessings!
KM: Our dad Tim for sure, he is smart but not afraid to admit if he doesn’t know an answer. He isn’t just intelligent but wise as well. The first place he goes before making a big decision or for answers is to God. Together with our Mom Judy, I see what a God-honoring marriage should be.
JM: Our worship pastor Todd and his wife Karen. Karen has battled various forms of cancer since 2000. They are an inspiration to me because their lives are living examples of God’s faithfulness even in the most devastating of circumstances.
TMM: Our oldest sister Samantha because she’s a great example of a godly, Christian woman.
Rob: 5. Can each of you tell us what is your most favorite song to sing on stage and why?
TM: Right now, I love “No Chain On Me”. Yes, it is a very upbeat, exciting song to sing, but the message is what gets me; it’s a cry to see the whole world experience the freedom that comes from knowing Christ!
KM: “Broken World” – I heard this song on The Talleys project, ‘Love Won’. The first time I listened, I knew this was a song that would touch our audiences because it touched me so deeply. It assures that although this earth and everyone in it has been tainted by sin, God is in control. It reminds us that someday we can live in the perfection of Heaven if we trust in Him.
JM: “What If Your Best” – the song is a prayer for God to make me into what He wants even if I don’t like it at the time. I didn’t write it, but I feel like it is an autobiography for me.
TMM: “No Chains On Me” – because it’s fast and fun!
Rob: 6a. Where is your favorite place to eat on the road?
TM: We usually end up at a Chick-Fil-A because we don’t have one close to where we live.
KM: “Mmmm depends on the day, but I’m always good with Chick-fil-A!
JM: “Depends on what’s available.”
TMM: “Steak N Shake.”
Rob: 6b. What happens when you can’t agree on where you are stopping?
MSS: Dad or Mom decides!
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Be sure to tune in to This
Week In Gospel Music with your host, Mickey Bell. On this week’s show we talk with Rob Patz of SGN Scoops about the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. Find out how you can attend this exciting event for a special rate! Plus Mickey talks with Bob Sellers with The Kingsmen Quartet about how he got the job as the lead singer and the great Kingsmen music that is topping the charts.
On this show, Mickey also introduces the world to Exodus (www.Exodus-SouthernGospel.com), a new Southern Gospel trio from the great state of Alabama.
Find out how you can wIn tickets to the National Quartet Convention and catch Mickey’s Top Seven List of things you will hear at this year’s NQC.
All this and more on This Week in Gospel Music with Mickey Bell, presented by SGN Scoops!
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Pigeon Forge, TN – Creekside Gospel Music Convention is pleased to welcome mixed trio 11th Hour to the concert event scheduled for November 2nd through 5th in Pigeon Forge, TN. These inspiring artists were the 2014 Diamond Award recipients of the Sunrise Award for up and coming groups. They were also recently featured on the cover of SGN Scoops issue for June 2015.
Mark209, The Hoskins Family, The Pine Ridge Boys, Dr. Jerry Goff and more.
reserve their tickets early.
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SGNScoops is celebrating and wants you to join the party! Since our first edition online in September 2009, we have aimed to articulate your stories to our readers with positive and honest expression. We hope you have appreciated SGNScoops and are as excited as we are about this milestone. If you wish to contribute your congratulations to our special anniversary edition, for only $50 we will print your message along with your group photograph and a link to your website.
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