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Oak Ridge Boys Celebrate Honors With ‘Gospel Friends’

Written by Kelly on April 27, 2010 – 5:40 pm -

By Kelly Capriotti Burton

Many artists known as southern gospel royalty graced the stage of the Southern Gospel Music Guild Harmony Honors, held last week at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN, including The Perrys, Karen Peck and New River, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Nelons, Jason Crabb, and Guy Penrod.It was a chance to showcase many of the steller songs and performers on top in SG right now, and for one group whose place in gospel music was further cemented by SGMG’s Presidential Honor, it was a time to celebrate and connect with gospel friends.

SGMG President Judy Nelon presented the long-standing quartet, Oak Ridge Boys, with the honor near the start of the evening. The group sang several songs, including their 1969Dove Song of the Year “Jesus is Coming Soon” and their most recent charting single, “Mama’s Table” (for which writer Jamey Johnson joined them on stage).

Soon after, to the delight of a decidedly traditional southern gospel crowd, Oak Ridge Boys returned to the stage to sing “Everyday” with Triumphant Quartet – the song has been a hit for both groups, years apart. The encore? A verse and chorus of the iconic “Elvira.”

The Oak Ridge Boys watched the rest of the concert from the front row, but after it ended, group member, spokesperson and popular Twitter-user Joe Bonsall organized a “tweet-up” with his gospel music/social-networking friends.

The reaction?

@chrisunthank : Cool meeting @joebonsall tonight! I’m officially starstruck! 😉

@libbistuffle: @joebonsall gr8 seein u tonight! Y’all rocked the house!

@MaddyFatty (aka Madison Easter): Been hangin with @joebonsall all night. Had a blast! Loved seeing all our friends!

@rodburtonmusic: Cool to see you @joebonsall . Y’all rocked it tonight!

Great to have had the chance to spend time with our friends in Southern Gospel tonight. So many fine folks. The award was a real honor!

Above Photo: April Hinson of Hinson Revival meets Joe Bonsall while Rod Burton looks on. Photo by Miranda Burton

Read more about Joe Bonsall, The Oak Ridge Boys, and their place in gospel music….coming Monday, May 3 in an all new SGN Scoops Magazine!

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Next Issue Coming Monday, March 1

Written by Scoops Staff on February 26, 2010 – 3:34 pm -

It’s already time for the new March issue of SGN Scoops… in which we talk to veteran SG singer Brian Free, young SG veteran Scott Godsey, author and satirist Matthew Paul Turner, and Candy Christmas on her Bridge Ministry.

Be sure to visit daily for headlines in Christian music & more. And don’t forget to take your last opportunity to nominate your favorites in Southern & Country gospel music for the Diamond Awards. Last day to nominate is Sunday, February 28 and the place to vote is HERE.

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2010 Brumley MusicFest™ Ticket Giveaway Contest

Written by Scoops Staff on February 5, 2010 – 10:39 pm -

The Brumley MusicFest team — along with our friends at SGM Radio and SGN Scoops and the Clarion Hotel are giving away two 2-night general admission tickets and 2-night hotel accommodations to the winner of the “What I’ll Fly Away Means to Me “essay contest.

All you have to do is tell us a favorite memory related to the song I’ll Fly Away (or any of the 800+ Albert E. Brumley songs), and provide us with a way to contact you — and you will automatically be entered into the contest.  We will read all of the stories that are submitted, and select the one that moves our family the most!  Very cool, right?  Click here for all of the official rules and details.

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Lesters, gospel families celebrated in January 2010 Scoops

Written by Scoops Staff on January 5, 2010 – 10:45 pm -

Coming Monday in January’s SGN Scoops: Read about The Lesters as they celebrate 85 years and four generations of a family in Southern Gospel Music. Follow other families – The Stutzmans, The Collingsworths, The Glovers, The Unthanks of Sunday Edition, The Wills, and Ron Brewer & family.

This month also features the varied and relevant columns that are becoming synonymous with SGN Scoops… gifts we give our children, Christian art, fitness, families dealing with drug abuse, and more.

Get it free to your inbox next Monday, January 11. Go here to subscribe! You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Karen Peck featured in November SGN Scoops

Written by Scoops Staff on October 26, 2009 – 11:40 am -

Karen Peck Gooch, new and first female president of the Southern Gospel Music Association talks to Scoops for November.. along with Ron Blackwood on Farm aid, SGMA Hall of Fame Inductions, Disciples Quartet, memories with The Wilburns, Chuck Day, Louisville attractions, Deep South Regional Quartet Convention, Christian artists in Hollywood, and a whole lot more. Watch this space for an all new issue next Monday, 11/2.

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Homeland recruits Michael Douchette as A&R Director for new Christian Country label, Monteagle Records

Written by Scoops Staff on September 9, 2009 – 8:15 pm -

HomelandDouchetteHomeland Entertainment Group announced today the development of their brand new Christian Country label, Monteagle Records, as they recruited and welcomed aboard new A&R Director, Michael Douchette, of Gallatin, TN.

“We are excited about Mike coming on board,” stated Bob Jones, CEO of Homeland Entertainment Group. “We believe Christian Country music is a very important genre in today’s music scene. Mike will be signing groups on our new Monteagle Christian Country label and will be the A & R Director for the label.”

Under Jones direction, Homeland has had over a 40 year track record of Southern Gospel music success with such names as Rambo’s, Oak Ridge Boys, Bill Gaither Trio, Stamps Quartet, Imperials, Speer Family, and Cathedral Quartet, making the legendary Nashville-based entertainment company “home.”

Douchette is the son of the late, William Douchette, (stage name: “Sheriff” Tex Davis) who with Gene Vincent penned the 50’s rock sensation, “Be-Bop-a-Lula.” The song, along with Sheriff Tex’s management, songwriting, and country music radio experience as a DJ, landed him in a promoter position with Nashville-based Monument Records. In 1967, he began making an even greater impact on music row. Sheriff Tex promoted and ignited the explosive careers of Dolly Parton, Jeanne Seely, Kris Kristofferson, and many other successful artists. His business savvy, charismatic personality, and passion for music landed him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, stamping his name in music history as a pioneer in country music, and giving him the distinct status as one of Nashville’s Rock and Roll founders.

With a rich music heritage planted and cultivated by his father, Michael Douchette’s career began at age 19 in a harmonica overdub with Ronnie Prophet and continues flourishing today. His many contributions to the music industry reads like a who’s who of not only Country music, but Southern Gospel music as well. A short list of his credits includes a seven-year tour with George Jones and Tammy Wynette.

Douchette’s creditability and phenomenal talents positioned him early on as one of the most in-demand session players in both Country and Gospel music. His distinct harmonica contributions to the legendary Alabama “Mountain Music” platinum project is only one example of a lifelong list of his credits.

With this latest move into Homeland Entertainment Group’s top Christian Country slot, Douchette will be following in his father’s footsteps as he develops new artists and helps them realize their career goals. Having been bathed in country music from childhood, and having steadily built a respected name reminiscent of his father’s, industry insiders are expecting positive results from his endeavors ahead. General consensus: Douchette will develop and launch new artists onto the music scene, expanding Christian Country into new arenas with much success. Many colleagues who have worked with him during his 35 years in the music industry predict the “Douchette” name will once again go down in history.

More Information:
Michael Douchette, A&R, Monteagle Records
(615) 429-6736

Homeland Entertainment Group
266 East Main
Gallatin, TN 37066
Main: 615-461-8412

Read more about Michael Douchette in this month’s issue of SGN Scoops Digital, available Monday, September 14!

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Legendary Stamps Packed the House at Princess Theatre Elvis Tribute

Written by Scoops Staff on September 3, 2009 – 12:07 pm -

stamps-teaser2SGN Scoops Magzine’s September Issue follows writer Evie Hawkins as she covers the Stamps Quartet,celebrating 85 years in southern gospel and showing no signs of slowing down!

The house was full on Saturday night, August 22, as the Legendary Stamps Quartet opened the show as special guests in a sensational Elvis Tribute at the historical downtown Decatur, AL, Princess Theatre.

This year marks Ed Enoch’s 40th anniversary of singing Gospel Music. Enoch is the owner, manager, and lead vocalist, of this group that has made its mark in American music history. The Stamps have not only been trend-setters in the Gospel quartet arena, but they became a household name with their contributions to Elvis Presley projects and live performances.

As the Stamps Quartet celebrates 85 years singing Gospel music this year, they also hold the title for being the oldest professional quartet still traveling in America. Fans at the Princess Theatre fondly exchanged “Stamps” stories remembering their countless contributions and credits.

The Stamps trademark standard “Give the World a Smile,” made music history as it was a “first” for a professional Gospel quartet to be signed to a major record label as RCA Victor. From that point on, the group had been officially launched into the international spotlight becoming a household name.

The rest is music history, but thankfully history is not over, as Saturday’s show began to put smiles on faces inside the packed venue. As a quiet hush settled over the crowd of fans, and the Gospel music legends took the stage, it was almost a moment of silence. The standard that had been set in Gilmer, Texas, in 1924 from V.O. & Frank Stamp’s vision, was not simply alive and well, it was flourishing as much as it ever had been.. The Legendary Stamps Quartet with an 85th anniversary this year keeps making a tremendous impact on an industry they helped create and define Quality, integrity, and first-class image drives the current Enoch entourage. What lies ahead for the sensational and Legendary Stamps will be defined by Ed Enoch’s proven management skills incorporating his faith, wisdom, and historical track record of innovative business savvy.

Traditionally, with the Stamps, one could expect the unexpected with pleasant and entertaining surprises while experiencing the same trademark harmony bless the soul and ears, Saturday night was no exception to this rule!…

For the full story on the Legendary Stamps Quartet’s Celebration of their 85th anniversary, watch for my story in SGN Scoops digital magazine, coming to this site Monday, September 14.

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