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SGNScoops attends Gaither Christmas Homecoming

Written by Staff on December 10, 2016 – 3:28 pm -

Gaither Christmas Homecoming 2016

Gaither Christmas Homecoming 2016

The Gaither Christmas Homecoming Tour 2016 stopped in Nashville, TN at Lipscomb University on December 8th.

SGNScoops roving photojournalist, Craig Harris, was at the venue to capture every minute of excitement.

Many Gaither favorites were there including the Gaither Vocal Band, The Martins, The Isaacs, Buddy Greene, Landy and Joy Gardner and the Christ Church Choir, Russ Taff, Charlotte Ritchie, Gene McDonald, Matthew Holt and Kevin Williams.

We hope you enjoy the many Gaither Christmas Homecoming 2016faces of the Christmas Homecoming Tour 2016!

More About Bill Gaither

An avid fan of gospel quartets throughout his childhood, Bill founded his first group, The Bill Gaither Trio, in 1956, while he was a college student. He began teaching English in 1959 because his musical aspirations couldn’t support him full-time… yet. In 1962, Bill did one of the best things he has ever done. He married Gloria Sickal, who became the best writing partner Bill could have found anywhere. The couple spent the first five years of their married life juggling full-Gaither Christmas Homecoming 2016time teaching jobs, writing, singing, recording and publishing until music became their full-time career in 1967.

The collaborations of Bill and Gloria have resulted in more than 700 popular gospel songs, including the hymnal standard “Because He Lives,” “The King Is Coming,” “Something Beautiful,” “He Touched Me,” “It Is Finished,” “There’s Something About That Name,” “Let’s Just Praise The Lord,” and “Loving God, Loving Each Other.” Bill and Gloria have collectively won eight Grammy Awards and more than a dozen nominations, and they have received more than two dozen Dove Awards from The Gospel Music Association, earning the title of Gospel Music Association’s “Songwriter of the Year” eight times.

After decades of unprecedented musical successes, Bill and Gloria still operate Gaither Christmas Homecoming 2016their business from Bill’s hometown of Alexandria, Indiana, and they dwell in the same home in which they raised their family. They live a lifestyle focused on investing their resources into eternal things.

“Our calling is not just making music… but communicating the reality of Christ. That might mean birthing a song about Him or simply offering a cup of cold water to someone who needs it. Gloria and I have never claimed to have God figured out, but we do know that if He could use two imperfect people like us to communicate His Truth to the world, He can use everyone sitting in the audience, working on our staff or singing with us. If we have done anything right over the years, I hope we have built bridges where people could connect with God and with each other. Gaither Christmas Homecoming 2016That is what started us writing and what will keep us going for the rest of our lives.”  [From Gaither.com December 10, 2016. http://gaither.com/artists/bill-gaither]

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Chrisagis Brothers’ Busy Schedule with Russ Taff, Radio, TV, Awards and Tour

Written by Staff on November 24, 2016 – 5:14 pm -

Chrisagis Brothers, Russ Taff and Angela Primm

Chrisagis Brothers, Russ Taff and Angela Primm

Contact: Lynda Sullivan, 740-859-2344

YORKVILLE, Ohio, Oct. 27, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — This years Extraordinary People Award for Christian Duo of the Year went to the Chrisagis Brothers, who are becoming known world-wide. The awards were voted on by 200 countries and the Brothers are in great demand, within the past few weeks they have been scheduled to do concerts in Florida, Texas, New York, and even Pakistan (which had to be done through Skype). They are also booked before the year is over in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.

On November 12th the Chrisagis Brothers will be at the Heritage Awards. Their Christmas CD called I Believe In Christmas, is up for two awards, and the Brothers are up for four, such as: Best CD, Song of the Year, Duo of the Year, and Event of the Year (for The Legends Concert, which featured Scott Wesley Brown, Chuck Girard, Steve Archer, David Meece, etc.).

Chrisagis Brothers, Angela Primm and Russ Taff

Chrisagis Brothers

For Christmas the Chrisagis Brothers will be in concert Dec. 3rd with Russ Taff, the iconic legendary male vocalist who won six Grammy Awards, 11 Dove Awards, and has been inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame. Also scheduled to minister in song is the acclaimed Gaither vocalist Angela Primm, who is one of Christian music’s most popular females of the era. Angela is the most explosive, energetic, spirited artist you will ever find. Putting the four together in one concert will be a blessing for all. The Dec. 3rd concert is at Journey By Grace Church at 4803 PA 51 Belle Vernon, PA 15012 AT 6:30 p.m.

The Brothers are also excited that they will be traveling Dec. 12-14th with one of their greatest inspirations in ministry the legendary Christian music pioneer Scott Wesley Brown. The Brothers call Scott one of the most anointed generals in God’s Army. They will be guests on Watchmen Broadcasting TV Network on Dec. 12-13th with Brown. Then on Dec. 14th they will be on the Dove Network TV series Nite Line.

If that wasn’t enough they have teamed up with Prison Fellowship International to help

Chrisagis Brothers, Angela Primm and Russ Taff

Russ Taff

Chrisagis Brothers, Angela Primm and Russ Taff

Angela Primm

children world-wide. The Brothers also have been doing a Christian Radio Show every week for Wilkins Radio, called It’s A God Thing. They have interviewed famous guests such as Christian Music’s Sweetheart Evie Tornquist, actress Jo Ann Pflug, director Kevin Mcafee, and iconic TV and film star Corbin Bernsen, among others. The Brothers say in the new year they have some major super stars lined up from iconic TV shows and award winning films.

For more info Click on the Chrisagis Brothers website here.

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Gaither Music Group’s All-new Docu-musical Rides to Top of Three Music Sales Charts

Written by Staff on November 10, 2016 – 4:20 pm -

Gaither Gospel Series: Circuit Rider

Gaither Gospel Series: Circuit Rider

Suzanne Jennings and Woody Wright’s Unique Circuit Rider Creation Strikes a Chord with Listeners
Award-winning Gaither HOMECOMING Artists Creatively Document
a Chapter of Our Nation’s History
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—November 7th, 2016—Gaither Music Group’s all-new Circuit Rider DVD rode straight to the top of this past week’s Billboard Music Video chart in addition to the Christian Music Video chart, according to Nielsen Soundscan, garnering the #1 position on both. The audio version of the docu-musical also claimed the #1 position on the Southern Gospel Album Sales chart and a Top 20 spot on the Contemporary Christian Music chart.
“This project has been a labor of love and a long time in the making,” stated Circuit Rider’s co-creator Suzanne Jennings. “We feel excited and privileged to be releasing this docu-musical honoring the great men and women who laid the foundations of our faith here in America.”

 Guy Penrod (center) and church choir on the set of the Circuit Rider DVD recording in Lebanon, TN Photo by: Daniel Meigs

Guy Penrod (center) and church choir on the set of the Circuit Rider DVD recording in Lebanon, TN
Photo by: Daniel Meigs

The recording features vocal performances from some of the most celebrated talents on the Gaither HOMECOMING stage, including Guy Penrod, Russ Taff, William Lee Golden, Gloria Gaither, Lynda Randle, Tanya Goodman Sykes, Mark Lowry, Benjy Gaither, Woody Wright, Buddy Greene, Judy Martin Hess, The Isaacs, Joy Gardner, Reggie Smith, Charlotte Ritchie, Angie Primm, Michael Sykes and more. The DVD is hosted by former governor of Arkansas, talk show host and presidential nominee Mike Huckabee.
Created by Jennings and Woody Wright, Circuit Rider is the real-life account of the spiritual formation of a nation and the church we have today shaped in part by the dedication and vision of these circuit riders. These musical performances and readings, sung and read by some of the most well-loved gospel artists, tell the story of these preachers who blazed the trail to share the gospel of Jesus with people of every race and nationality living in little towns and settlements across the nation. These brave men and women, from every denomination and creed, understood the meaning of perseverance and sacrifice. Their stories are not often told, but they are as much a part of the American landscape as Mt. Rushmore and the Grand Canyon.
That story of hardships, revivals, baptism, sanctification and suffering is captured through this release, which is currently airing as a TV special on a large number of networks including PBS, DirecTV, Dish TV, AT&T U-verse, TBN, RFD, GaitherTV, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. In Canada it is airing on Vision TV, The Miracle Channel, CTS and Hope TV.
Gaither Music Group brought in the esteemed Michael Merriman to direct the filmmaking, and he and Stephanie Reeves produced the LIVE performances taped at Fiddler’s Grove Historic Village in Lebanon, Tennessee. Jennings and Michael Nolen teamed up for the screenwriting.
Circuit Rider is exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com.
To enjoy a promotional video of the DVD, visit YouTube clip here:

01. Burnin’ (featuring Guy Penrod)
02. Circuit Rider (featuring William Lee Golden & Russ Taff)
03. The Raven (featuring The Isaacs)
04. Bluegrass Moon (featuring Buddy Greene)
05. I’m the Clay (featuring Judy Martin Hess/Charlotte Ritchie/Tanya Goodman Sykes)
06. Mine All Mine (featuring Lynda Randle)
07. We Go Alone (featuring Joy Gardner & Woody Wright)
08. So Many Miles (featuring Reggie Smith)
09. The Old Man (featuring Benjy Gaither)
10. Refining Fire (featuring Michael Sykes)
11. Against the Grain (featuring Mark Lowry)

(Top to Bottom) Oak Ridge Boy William Lee Golden and Russ Taff, Buddy Greene and cast film the new Circuit Rider DVD.
Photos by: Daniel Meigs

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Russ and Tori Taff Host Inaugural Bell Buckle Weekend Festival

Written by Staff on September 1, 2016 – 6:00 pm -

Russ and Tori Taff

Russ and Tori Taff

Historic Town Welcomes Christian Music’s Brightest Stars

Joseph Habedank, Angela Primm, Reba Rambo-McGuire & Dony McGuire, Bart Millard, Michael Tait, Ashley Cleveland Set to Appear

Joseph Habedank

Joseph Habedank

BELL BUCKLE, Tenn. (September 1, 2016) – Russ and Tori Taff are throwing a big party, and you are invited! Russ and Tori Taff’s Bell Buckle Weekend promises to be a weekend full of fun, food, fellowship and music. The historic town of Bell Buckle, TN will welcome Christian music fans from all across the globe during the inaugural event, held October 8-9, 2016.

Special musical guests Bart Millard (MercyMe), Michael Tait (Newsboys), Ashley Cleveland, Angela Primm, Joseph Habedank, and Reba Rambo-McGuire and Dony McGuire will fill the air with songs of inspiration during two concerts to be held at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall during the weekend.

An ‘up close and personal’ meet and greet in Russ and Tori’s front yard complete with a front-porch mini concert will be included with the purchase of the weekend package, and is sure to be a highlight of the weekend. Bell Buckle is known for their arts and crafts, and though their annual Webb School Craft Show (which draws over 100,000 people to the tiny town of 450) will be held the following weekend after Russ and Tori’s event, there will be a sneak preview offered on Saturday. Plein air artists will set up their easels all over town and paint in the open air, as well as various artisans of all kinds – jewelry makers, blacksmiths, weavers, mixed media artists – demonstrating their skills and offering items for sale. And don’t miss the antique malls, specialty shops, boutiques, and delicious restaurants!

ramboA few years ago, Russ and Tori Taff decided they needed a change from the hustle and bustle of Nashville. Tori had discovered Bell Buckle almost 30 years ago, and it became her day-trip destination of choice. “Something has always drawn me to this town,” Tori says. “I can’t explain it, but every time I visited, it felt like I was home.” Russ and their two daughters Maddie Rose and Charlotte fell under the Bell Buckle spell as well, and when they moved here 3 years ago the town received them with equally warm and open arms. “We are so excited about sharing the charm and beauty of small-town Tennessee with all of our friends and fans,” Russ says. “And what better way to do that than to throw a two-day celebration full of good ol’ Southern cooking and the best gospel music on the planet!”

Tickets are on sale now and available now – CLICK HERE!

Ticket Options:
FULL WEEKEND PACKAGE: Includes registration gift bag, private front yard meet & greet with Russ and Tori Taff, Saturday night Southern buffet supper and classic CCM concert, Sunday morning gospel brunch and intimate Southern Gospel concert. Priority seating at both concerts.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Southern buffet supper and classic CCM concert ONLY
SUNDAY MORNING: Gospel brunch and intimate Southern Gospel concert ONLY
Weekend Itinerary:
Enjoy Bell Buckle! There will be plein air artists setting up their easels all over town and painting in the open air, as well as various artisans of all kinds (jewelry makers, blacksmith, weavers, mixed media artists) demonstrating their skills and offering their wares for sale. Wander through our antique malls, specialty shops, and boutiques. Eat lunch at one of our delicious little restaurants (you’ll get a complete list and description). Take the Historic Walking Tour. Talk to folks and take lots of pictures!
Meet-and-greet and front porch mini-concert scheduled in Russ and Tori Taff’s front yard (for full weekend pass attendees) where everyone will have an opportunity to have items signed and take photos.
Southern-style buffet supper in the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall, followed by a big blowout Classic CCM concert with full band and special guests Bart Millard of MercyMe, Michael Tait of Newsboys and Ashley Cleveland.
Gospel Brunch! A short devotional, more fabulous food, intimate Southern Gospel concert featuring special guests Angela Primm, Joseph Habedank and Reba Rambo-McGuire and Dony McGuire followed by fellowship time, and… karaoke to Russ Taff’s greatest hits!


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Tweet of the Day!

Written by scoopsnews on May 11, 2016 – 9:50 am -


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Testimony Tuesday….Russ Taff

Written by scoopsnews on May 10, 2016 – 6:48 am -


It’s Testimony Tuesday. Have you heard Russ Taff’s touching Testimony?

Watch this YouTube video of Russ sharing with Bill Gaither:


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Russ Taff is the guest on Gospel Music Today for August 31 On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 31, 2015 – 6:03 am -

Russ Taff is the guest on Gospel Music Today

Russ Taff is the guest on Gospel Music Today

Russ Taff is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of August 31. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Saving Grace, and Jean reviews new recordings by Pruitt Family, The Browders, and Amber Nelon Thompson. An article from SGNScoops.com is the subject of this week’s News Notes. The show features singing by The Booth Brothers, exclusive concert video of 4 His Love Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of Diamond State Trio, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at the Mid-Arkansas Quartet Convention.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Pontotoc, MS, Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.

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This Week on Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright!

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 2, 2015 – 11:00 am -

Good News Music Radio

Good News Music Radio

Happy New Year!!! This week’s program on “Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright” features Part 1 of our interview with Joseph Habedank and music from The Collingsworth Family, Lynda Randle, The Gaither Vocal Band, Russ Taff, Wilburn & Wilburn, The Oak Ridge Boys and MORE!

Tune-in to one of the stations listed on our site or listen online for an hour of great gospel music, inspiring ministry and fun with Woody Wright and D. Scott Kramer at:


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Artists Announced For 2014 Absolutely Gospel Music Fest

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 3, 2014 – 8:56 am -

AGNASHVILLE, Tenn. – The administrators of AbsolutelyGospel.com are proud to announce the dates and talent line-up for the 15th Annual Absolutely Gospel Music Fest.

This year’s Music Fest is set to run from Monday, July 14, 2014 through Friday, July 19, 2014. The event will again be held at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee and is absolutely free to the public. Concerts start nightly at 7:00 p.m. CST. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. CST.

The week-long concert event will feature some of the biggest and brightest names in Southern Gospel this year. Included in this year’s Music Fest are as follows: Monday – Daryl Williams Trio, The Goulds, Three Bridges, The Tacketts, The Browders, and Aaron and Amanda; Tuesday – Lori Jonathan Trio, Russ Taff, Angie Primm, The Sneed Family, Tim Hill, and HIGHROADIII; Wednesday – The Anchormen, The Bowlings, The Lefevres, The Hoskins Family and Freedom Quartet; Thursday – Gold City, The Williamsons, The Freemans, Jim Sheldon and The Dunaways; Friday – Southern Sound, Wilburn & Wilburn, The Mark Dubbeld Family, Jeff Stice and The Childress Family..

Deon Unthank of AbsolutelyGospel.com said, “We are so excited about this year’s Music Fest. Every year our supporters trust us to bring in the very best this genre has to offer, and we know that they will think that this year is no different!”

As in years past, this year’s convention will remain free to the public. A love offering will be taken each night. Artist listing is subject to change without notice.

For more information, feel free to email the site at deon@absolutelyGospel.com . More details can be found at http://www.absolutelygospel.com or by calling (615) 545-5315.


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Devin McGlamery’s Debut Solo Release, Love Is A Verb, Available Today

Written by SGN Scoops on May 21, 2013 – 7:13 am -

(May 21, 2013) Nashville, TN – Devin McGlamery‘s much anticipated debut solo release Love Is A Verb arrives in stores devinand online today. In celebration of the release the popular vocalist from Ernie Haase & Signature Sound will make a special appearance tonight during a CD release concert beginning at 6:00 PM at The Listening Room Café in Nashville, TN. The special evening will feature Devin, a live band and special guests. Love Is A Verb will also be available for a special price of $10 for one night only.
iTunes, the largest distributor of digital music, put it’s a stamp of approval on the new project selecting it for inclusion on their “New & Noteworthy” section. iTunes selects projects for this section based on what they feel is a significant addition to the musical landscape.
“I can’t believe today is here,” exclaimed Devin. “As a group member, I’ve celebrated “release days” before, but this is extra-special because it’s my own project. It’s so real and personal and I cannot wait for people to hear it!”
The 12-track project features special guest artists – Karen Peck & New River, Dailey & Vincent, Russ Taff, Beyond The Ashes, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound – and is filled with personal story songs as well as a few time-tested classics.
The special Listening Room Café appearance begins a select run of tour dates for McGlamery as he continues to maintain his busy tour schedule with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound as well as his own choice solo appearances. Full details may be found online at www.DevinMcGlamery.com. To schedule Devin for a concert, contact info@DevinMcGlamery.com.
Love Is A Verb (StowTown Records)produced by Wayne Haun, is distributed exclusively through Provident Distribution and is available wherever Christian music is sold and on iTunes as well as other digital retail outlets.
:: Track Listing for Love Is A Verb 
  1. Love Is A Verb with Beyond The Ashes
  2. Hold On, Help Is On The Way
  3. In The Depths Of The Sea
  4. From My Rags To His Riches with Dailey & Vincent
  5. I Will
  6. I Tasted Your Water
  7. While I Still Can with Karen Peck & New River
  8. As Long As You Will Walk With Me
  9. Up Above My Head (I Hear Music In The Air) with Russ Taff
  10. Waiting At Home
  11. When He Was On The Cross
  12. That’s Why with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
:: Devin McGlamery Solo Tour Dates :: 
The Listening Room
Nashville, TN
6 PM
May 26
Tanglewood Church
Kinston, NC
All AM Services
June 16
Northpark Church
Raleigh NC
AM Service
Red Lane Baptist
Powhatan, VA
PM Service
July 14
Springfield Assembly
Akron Ohio
AM Service
July 28
The Villages, FL
w/ Doug Anderson
Aug 2
Nappanee, IN

Aug 3

Way Of The Cross Baptist Church
McDonald, TN
Aug 4
Norman Park First Baptist
Norman Park, GA
Oct 3
Milton, WV

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