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Legacy Five: “What Kind Of Man” is Scott Fowler?

Written by Staff on January 30, 2020 – 2:57 pm -

Legacy Five with Scott Fowler at the helm

Legacy Five with Scott Fowler at the helm

Legacy Five Turns 20

At 20 years of age, the teenager becomes a young adult. The brain is still developing, but otherwise, most human beings are physiologically mature by this age. Gospel quartet Legacy Five enters this age of maturity in January 2020 and is fully embracing this by the release of “Pure Love,” a dynamic re-awakening of the powerful Legacy Five sound first heard in their unofficial debut at the National Quartet Convention in September 1999. Scott Fowler, at the helm, is deftly guiding his group into their adulthood, with Josh Townsend, Matt Fouch, and newcomers Lee Black and Bryan Walker.

 

September 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

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Who Fowler is now, is the result of God working in his life, bringing him into contact with Roger Bennett to form Legacy Five, and prior to that, leading him into ministry with the Cathedrals to sing with Bennett, Ernie Haase, and legends Glen Payne and George Younce. It was the Cathedrals that ignited Fowler’s desire to sing. From that time to this, God has been fulfilling Fowler’s dreams in a way even he could not imagine.

 

Legacy Five and Scott Fowler“I have been blessed to sing in a lot of amazing places in my 31 years (of professional gospel singing),” says Fowler. “I’ve sung at many of the churches in America that people would say are important to sing at. We have had United States Congressman and Senators in our audience over the course of 20 years. I have personally sung at a Billy Graham Crusade, in Cleveland, Ohio, where 70,000 people were packed in the Cleveland stadium.”

 

Fowler relates a particularly poignant memory, “Legacy Five saying on the (Ground Zero) Observation Platform, the day it was dedicated in New York City, just weeks after 911. There was still smoke rising from the site and we stood on the Observation Platform (as) it was dedicated by Rudy Giuliani and we sang the national anthem.” 

 

With all of these remarkable experiences, certain blessings stand out to the owner of Legacy Five.

 

Legacy Five and Scott Fowler

Scott Fowler

“I had a husband and wife approach me in the lobby and tell me that they had been married for 46 years, and that they had decided to separate and dissolve their marriage,” Fowler recalls. “She and he both informed me that evening, with tears in their eyes, that after being at our concert, they had decided not to do that and were going to get the help that they needed in their marriage. And what I love about the gospel is, whether it is presented in music or any other package, we didn’t sing one song or say one word that night about how God can restore marriages. And yet he somehow was able to convey that message to that couple that night. And the amazing thing is, that he was able to convey a totally different message, concerning a totally different need, to two totally different people the same night. I love hearing those individual stories from people about what God does for them through our music.”

 

God has worked through Legacy Five many times to change hearts.

 

“I think about the young lady a few years ago who came to us after the concert, weeping, saying that her life was a mess and that she had decided to take her life this very week,” Fowler recalls. “But after being at our concert and hearing the message, she was given a new sense of hope.”

 

The Cathedral Quartet (1964-1999) Members(in picture) (1990-1999) Ernie Haase ( Tenor, 1990-1999), Scott Fowler( Baritone, 1990-1999), Glen Payne ( Lead, 1963-1999, d.1999), George Younce ( Bass, 1964-1999, d.2005), and Roger Bennett (Piano,1986- 1999, d. 2007). Courtesy of Justin Gilmore

Reminiscences over the life of Legacy Five would not be complete without talking about the group’s co-founder Roger Bennett, who passed away March 17, 2007.

 

“I feel like I learned a lot from Roger,” says Fowler. “A couple of things that I learned from him were, how possible it was to have a great attitude in the midst of great distress and difficulty.  Roger endured three bone marrow transplants and countless chemotherapy treatments, and I can probably count on one hand the number of days that I feel like he was living defeated that day. He was extraordinarily resilient and optimistic and positive and happy and joyful. He was always, always, always laughing.”

 

“He taught me to be honest and transparent with myself and others.  He was a remarkable man. He was my best friend. And I still miss him fiercely,” declares Fowler.

 

Frank Seamans was the tenor with the quartet when Bennett passed. He shares a great memory from this pivotal moment in the history of Legacy Five.

 

Frank Seamans

“When we lost Roger Bennett to cancer in 2007, we had no idea how to move forward,” Seamans shares. “We were simply trusting God to help us and he certainly did. The first concert date after Roger’s death was quite a challenge. How do we start? What do we say? What do we sing? How do we address our loss on stage? These were all questions we couldn’t answer, but we prayed before going out and just asked God to lead us. We didn’t have a plan, but we decided to sing three of our standards without saying a word and then see where God takes it from there. As we sang those first three songs, we noticed an adorable and very exuberant couple in their late 80’s, sitting in the first row, clapping and singing along with every word. They were such an encouragement to us with their enthusiasm and sweet disposition. We stopped after those three songs and addressed the gentleman: ‘Thank you so much for your enthusiasm, sir. You are such a blessing to us tonight. How many years have you two been married?’ 

 

“‘He grinned and answered, ‘We’re not married, we’re on a date.’ The whole place erupted in laughter, and the rest of the concert was so light and fun, we never had to think about any of those questions,” Seamans concludes. “God knew exactly what we needed that night and we believe He placed that little couple on the front row just for us.”

 

Legacy Five and Scott FowlerLaughter is something everyone needs and Fowler and his group often deliver that during their performance. Tim Parton learned this during his time as pianist for the quartet.

 

“Scott Fowler taught me about having fun on stage, and when I have fun, the audience can too,” says Parton. “Scott also taught me that nothing happens by accident; you only see results when you’ve planned for results. Scott is a machine, but you’d never know it because he makes it look like he’s just having a good time.”

 

“Be who you are, there’s an audience for almost everyone,” Parton continues. “Enjoy the journey, support your friends, love people, love God. Fall, get back up. And forgive. “

 

Tim Parton

“I had a super time with L5 and I don’t think I ever laughed so hard than when I was on stage with them and Scott Howard forgot his words and made up an entire verse without skipping a beat,” laughs Parton. “I couldn’t see the piano keys for the tears.”

 

As Parton recalls, the gang was full of hijinks, and even the boss wasn’t exempt from the jokes.

 

“I recall hiding in Fowler’s closet after a concert and waiting until he changed clothes to scare the daylights out of him,” says Parton. “But one never does anything to Scott without him returning the favor, so I kept the shenanigans to a respectful level.”

 

Parton concludes his recollections with this comment: “Being with L5 was such a super time  in my professional life when all heck was falling apart at home. So grateful for Scott, Glenn Dustin, Scott Howard, Frank Seamans, and Gary Buckner. We were Legacy Five.”

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Chapelaires and Legacy 5 leave a lasting impression in London

Written by Staff on May 2, 2019 – 8:09 pm -

Legacy 5, Legacy Five

Legacy 5 at London

On Saturday, April 27th, 2019, a concert was held in London, Ontario that was for some the end of an era. The event was a fundraiser for New Life Prison Ministries, a jail outreach program in the area.

Chapelaies

Chapelaies in London

London Gospel Temple was the site for many gospel music fans who were happy to hear some good, live music after a long, cold winter.

ChapelairesOpening the evening was the popular Ontario group, the Chapelaies, who are into their 51st year of ministry. This mixed quartet has won the hearts of many over the years. Led by David and Sheila Jackson, who are joined on stage by Myrna Hand and Phil Pugh, this group performs with grace, class, and the love of Jesus Christ.

Legacy 5, Legacy FiveLegacy Five followed the Chapelaies and the audience was treated to an outstanding performance of male four-part harmony at its best. Enthusiastically singing their hit songs, the group showed why they are so often mentioned among the best in the U. S. Scott Fowler; the gracious host, and Josh Townsend, the expert pianist, joined superb bass Matt Fouch, as the group members who will bring the L5 into the next decade. New members will join them this weekend, but the Canadian audience was witness to the very last concert of Legacy Five with smooth baritone Scott Howard and the incredible tenor style of Josh Feemster.

Legacy Five, Legacy 5The evening was fun as well as worshipful and engaging, as attested to by the continuous calls for encores at the end. Afterward, group members stayed late to talk with every fan. Many selfies were snapped and much laughter filled the hall.

It was an encouraging, enjoyable evening, surpassing even the greatest expectations. A huge thanks to all involved. The evening was truly unforgettable.

Scott Fowler and Lorraine Walker

Scott Fowler and Lorraine Walker

By Lorraine Walker, who will be able to tell the story of how she was there at the last concert of two of the best vocalists in gospel music.

Special thanks to photographer Jillian Whitson for providing the concert images.

 


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Legacy Five announces departure of Scott Howard

Written by Staff on March 25, 2019 – 9:11 am -

Scott Howard departs Legacy Five

Scott Howard departs Legacy Five

Scott Howard, long-time baritone for Legacy Five, has announced his retirement from Legacy Five. “I’ve lived my dream. I’ll never be able to express my gratitude to Scott Fowler, Roger Bennett and the Lord for giving me the desire of my heart all those years ago to sing Southern Gospel Music. I’ve had the opportunity to make life-long friends, sing night after night to people all over the world about God’s love, and share the stage with the finest men in the industry. I am grateful beyond words for the privilege to do this for almost 20 years. However, seasons come and go, and for over a year now I have sensed this chapter coming to a close for myself and my family. Scott and I talked about it during this last year and he graciously gave me time and space to listen to the Lord and wait for His timing. Change is never easy for a group either personally or financially. So, after discussion, Fowler and I both feel it will be better to coordinate my departure with that of Josh Feemster’s. I am hopeful it will ease the transitional costs and adjustments on Legacy Five as a whole.

Legacy Five Announces Tenor Position Opening

Legacy Five

“To all of you across the industry and to all the fans of Southern Gospel Music who welcomed me with open arms and supported me all these years, ‘THANK YOU!’ You all have been my second family – my road family! This is not good-bye, it’s just the closing of one chapter and the beginning of the next.”

Scott Fowler states, “I could not have asked for a better man to have by my side for 20 years. Scott Howard is a man of impeccable character and has stood with me thru some very difficult times in the life of Legacy Five. He is a rock and I have relied on him for more than I can tell you. I will miss him greatly, but I support him and his decision 100%.”

Josh Feemster of Legacy Five

Josh Feemster of Legacy Five

Scott will continue on the road with Legacy Five for the next few weeks as transitions are made. He plans to truly “retire” for a few weeks before joining Danley Sound Labs assisting and developing clients with audio needs.

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Legacy Five: Unchanging message in changing times

Written by Staff on March 18, 2019 – 3:36 pm -

Legacy Five Announces Tenor Position Opening

Legacy Five

Scott Fowler leads Legacy Five into the future

By John Herndon

Rooted in one of the greatest traditions in gospel music, the Legacy Five has embarked on a 2019 schedule that will see the group pay tribute to history, yet do so by embracing the changes of the times.

I was fortunate to talk with Scott Fowler, one of the quartet’s founding members, after a concert at Sand Spring Baptist Church, in Lawrenceburg, Ky., on Jan. 24. It was a performance that drew a good crowd on a bitterly cold night and prompted several extended standing ovations.

Fowler was excited to talk about the group’s plans for the coming year. “We are getting ready to release our first video in about five or six years,” he said, noting that 21-year-old pianist Josh Townsend will be prominently featured. “A couple of things people have been asking for are J.T.’s testimony, which you heard tonight, and the song that he sings.”

Josh Townsend of Legacy Five

Josh Townsend of Legacy Five

Townsend, who has overcome two childhood tumors and a massive stroke while being carried in his mother’s womb, shared his testimony with a mesmerized audience before singing the tear-filled “God’s Been Good,” a bonus track from the “Faith and Freedom” album released in late 2017.

“People ask a lot if we’ve got the patriotic segment we did tonight on video,” Fowler continued. “That’s going to be on the video with ‘I Made it to Arlington’ along with the ‘Tribute to the Troops’ we do. Those are two big items that will be on the DVD. It will be called, ‘Live in Peoria.’

“It will come out around the first of March, maybe the 15th. Then we are working on a new studio album. We don’t have it titled yet, but it will have 10 brand new songs on it. That will be coming in the late spring or early summer.”

Scott Fowler of Legacy Five

Scott Fowler of Legacy Five

Fowler said the Legacy Five will be on a normal tour schedule of about 135 concerts, too.

The Sand Spring concert was heavy on songs from “Faith and Freedom,” including “God Bless the USA,” “Hallelujah Chorus,” and a rousing version of “When the Saints Go Marching In,” as the finale.

Fowler explained the reasoning behind the album. “I have always been very patriotic personally,” he said. “I have always had a deep sense of gratitude. I have been to El Salvador. I have been to the Dominican Republic. I have been to the nation of Colombia. They are great places with great people, but the kids there will never have the opportunities of kids in America because of where they were born. I realize that the only difference between my kids and those kids in other countries was where they were born. There is no other difference.

Legacy Five

Legacy Five

“They may speak a different language and their skin might be a different color but God doesn’t love them any less than he loves my kids. I am very grateful that my kids were allowed to be born in America.

“Then you have the political climate. The culture got there for a while there that people were apologizing for America and not standing for the Anthem, just not being respectful. I wanted people to know where Legacy Five stood on those issues, so that is what we did.”

The group took time to recognize veterans from all branches of the service. “Veterans deserve everything our government will give them and more,” Fowler said.

Fowler is one of the veterans of gospel music, singing with the Cathedrals for 10 years before legends George Younce and Glen Payne retired the group. Fowler and Cathedrals pianist Roger Bennett formed Legacy Five to begin touring in January of 2000. Bennett died in 2007, but the group continues as one of gospel music’s most popular.

Scott Howard of Legacy Five

Scott Howard of Legacy Five

Part of Legacy Five’s appeal has been its ability to adapt to a changing world. “The actual style has changed. It always gets a little more progressive,” Fowler said, noting the same thing happens in other styles of music.

“The biggest change is technologically. You know with all the social media, now your music is available online and on YouTube. You can stream it. Nobody knew what those terms were 20 years ago.”

When Fowler talked about CD’s and other merchandise available at the product table, he noted the group had a USB-drive loaded with several albums available.

Fowler smiled, “The message doesn’t change. The package changes, but the message never changes.”

It’s why Legacy Five remains near the top of gospel music.

All images by John Herndon, except for promotional photographs.

Josh Feemster of Legacy Five

Josh Feemster of Legacy Five

By John Herndon

John Herndon is a writer for SGNScoops Magazine and also has a website called KentuckySings. John is a Kentucky native who was raised listening to gospel music. As a child, the Sunday morning routine always included the Gospel Singing Jubilee and his summers were filled with all-day-singings-and-dinner-on-the-ground listening to local groups just about every Sunday. He remembers seeing The Prophets at his county fair when he was seven years old and eventually, he became a huge fan of The Oak Ridge Boys, The Imperials and J.D. Sumner and the Stamps. John spent 20 years in the located ministry and during this time, he began writing local sports for The Anderson News in Lawrenceburg, Ky. For the last 16 years, he has been the full-time sports editor of that paper. John has won over 100 awards from the Kentucky Press Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and Landmark Community Newspapers. He loves listening to gospel music or playing one of his guitars. John lives in Lawrenceburg with his wife, Stephanie, and 17-year-old daughter. He has three grown children and four grandchildren.

***Note: This article was written before the announcement that Josh Feemster is leaving this popular quartet. See elsewhere on this website for more information.

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Changes for Legacy Five

Written by Staff on April 21, 2017 – 6:02 pm -

TREY IVEY CELEBRATES LANDMARK MONTH

TREY IVEY of Legacy Five

Open Letter from Trey Ivey

I’m communicating with you all today because you have been so good to me over the past 6 plus years and I wanted you to hear this directly from me.

I have submitted my notice of resignation from Legacy Five. I have been wrestling with this decision for several months now, trying to find a balance between the road, studio work and most importantly, our 8-month-old baby girl, Emerson. I find it harder than I ever expected it to be, leaving town every week.

Scott Fowler was, just as you would expect…gracious and encouraging to me when I told him of my decision. No one has been better to me than Scott, both on a business level and a personal level. I have no finer friend than him. Thank you, Scott, for the amazing opportunity you have given to my family and me and for investing in me.

I would also like to say thank you to Scott Howard, Matt, Josh and Blake. You guys have been a joy to work with.

Legacy Five

Legacy Five

I have told Scott I will remain with Legacy Five as long as I am needed. I have no “job” lined up. I plan to continue pursuing opportunities in the studio producing, arranging and orchestrating.

I ask for your prayers, not only for my family and me, but also for L5 as they navigate their way thru this transition.

Warm Regards,

Trey

Scott Fowler had this to say: “Professionally, Trey has been a valuable member of Legacy Five. His incredible contributions cannot be over-stated. Personally, he is a cherished friend so I will miss him…both personally and professionally, but I understand his decision and I support him fully.”

If you want to be considered for the piano playing position with Legacy Five, contact Scott Fowler via email at scottfowler@legacyfive.com.

 

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Quite A Legacy: A Look at Legacy Five

Written by Staff on May 31, 2016 – 9:44 am -

Legacy Five

Legacy Five

The Cathedral Quartet is widely considered to be one of Southern Gospel Music’s most beloved groups. This stellar quartet has left quite a legacy. Several former members still carry on the music of the group today. One such group is the appropriately named, Legacy Five.

Legacy Five (sometimes styled as Legacy 5 or L5) was formed by Scott Fowler and Roger Bennett shortly after the great Cathedral Quartet retired in December of 1999. Fowler had served as baritone for the legendary group since 1990 and Bennett served as pianist for two tenures (1979-1986) and 1989 until the group’s retirement.

In January of 2000, Legacy Five, then comprised of Josh Cobb, Glenn Dustin, Scott Howard, Fowler, and Bennett, hit the road. In the early days, the group was certainly influenced by the Cathedrals. Scott Fowler states, “George and Glen tremendously influenced us and taught us everything we know about this music. In those days, we also spent a lot of time around Bill Gaither. He was doing lots of the videos and live concert appearances. He had the Cathedrals on many of those in the early days of the video phenomenon.” These two major influences can still be heard in their music today.

Legacy Five

Legacy Five

The group saw great success in its early years with their first album release, Strong In The Strength. The group’s first Top 10 hit, “I Stand Redeemed,” featured young tenor Josh Cobb. Cobb won the Horizon Award in 2000 at the Singing News Fan Awards, but left the group shortly after. He was replaced by tenor Tony Jarman, who remained with the group until 2004. During his tenure, the group recording one of their greatest hits “I Found Grace” which topped the charts in September 2003.

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SGN Scoops’ Special NQC Wacky Wednesday: Super Singing Scotts!

Written by Staff on September 30, 2015 – 9:20 am -

Legacy Five

Legacy Five

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Thanks for joining us for another Wacky Wednesday on SGN Scoops. In honor of NQC week in Pigeon Forge, today we ask the insightful question, “Who is your favorite Gospel singer named Scott?”

Triumphant

Triumphant

 

SGN Scoops polled about 18 or so artists about various things and tabulated their answers. We have used this (not so great) scientific process to create today’s Wacky Wednesday Top Ten (more or less)!

On our initial tabulation of results, we have a tie of five answers each:

Chris, Clayton, Phil, David and Michaela voted for Scotty Inman. Joseph, Greg, Gary, Karen and Donna chose Scott Fowler.

Lorraine Walker interviews Scott Fowler

Lorraine Walker interviews Scott Fowler

Of course, you will notice from the list that there is a prevalence of Triumphant members who contributed to our poll!

Other answers received included:

 

Hannah Webb: “Scott Fowler.”

Lauren Talley Alvey: “This question could cause some friction on the Legacy

Scotty Inman. Pic by Candi Combs

Scotty Inman. Pic by Candi Combs

Five bus….”

Billy Blackwood: “Wow, that’s a hard one! Ha!”

Shannon Smith: “Scott Johnson, former Three Bridges lead singer.”

Scotty Inman: “LOL.”

 

And of course, the usual ambiguous responses from the Three… Musketeers, The Booth Brothers:

 

Booth Brothers 1: “I’ve heard of some singer named Fowler but I’m not sure what his first name is.”

Scott Howard courtesy of Legacy Five

Scott Howard courtesy of Legacy Five

Booth Brothers 2: “Great Scott! There are a lot of great Scotts!”

Booth Brothers 3: No response (napping).

 

**Note: The Booth Brothers each answered each question but wouldn’t say whose answer it was…therefore we are leaving it up to you, dear reader, to guess whether the pithy answer comes from Michael Booth, Ronnie Booth or Paul Lancaster!

 

So now you know! The answers may be a little odd, but that is how we roll on the SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday!

 

Booth Brothers

Booth Brothers

Thanks again to all of our participants. Be watching SGN Scoops mainpage for more Wacky Wednesdays in the weeks to come. Do you want to suggest a subject or an artist? Email us at sgnscoops@gmail.com

 

Meet our fabulous Wacky Wednesday panel of artists:

 

Who What Where
Chris Jenkins The Kingsmen http://kingsmenquartet.musiccitynetworks.com/
Joseph Habedank Soloist http://www.josephhabedank.com/
Clayton Inman The Triumphant Quartet http://www.triumphantquartet.com/
Lauren Talley Alvey The Talleys http://thetalleys.com/
Phil Collingsworth Sr. The Collingsworth Family http://www.thecollingsworthfamily.com/
David Sutton The Triumphant Quartet http://www.triumphantquartet.com/
Greg Bentley Crossroads Records, Soloist http://crossroadslabelgroup.com/
Gary Casto The Tribute Quartet http://tributequartet.com/
Billy Blackwood The Blackwood Brothers Quartet http://www.blackwoodbrothers.com/
Shannon Smith Three Bridges http://threebridgesgospel.com/
Michaela Brown The Browns http://thebrownsmusic.com/
Booth Brothers The Booth Brothers http://boothbrothers.com/
Scott Inman The Triumphant Quartet http://www.triumphantquartet.com/
Karen Peck Karen Peck and New River http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com/
Donna King Zane and Donna King http://www.zaneanddonnaking.com/
Hannah Webb The Rick Webb Family http://rickwebbfamilymusic.com/

 

 

 


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Gus Gaches to leave Legacy Five

Written by Staff on August 26, 2015 – 5:47 am -

Gus Gaches to leave Legacy Five

Gus Gaches to leave Legacy Five

(August 26, 2015) Scott Fowler of Legacy Five made this post on Facebook today:

Day three of major Legacy Five announcements.

It is with sadness that we have to let you know that our tenor, Gus Gaches will be departing Legacy Five after more than five and a half years with us.

Gus states that, “singing tenor in a southern gospel group is a very demanding job vocally. The reality is that it has become increasingly more rigorous for me over the past several months because of severe allergies and vocal fatigue. I have sought much assistance from doctors and voice teachers alike and cannot seem to find a lasting solution to these nagging vocal issues. When I started this Legacy Five season of my life, I thanked Scott Fowler for hiring me. I move into the next chapter of my life thanking Scott Fowler for allowing me to be a part of this great group for over five years. I also want to thank the Legacy Five Family, those who follow, love and support Legacy Five, for their love support and gifts to me and my family.”

Legacy Five

Legacy Five

Scott Fowler says, “Everyone on this bus respects and appreciates Gus and his heart. He has been a great asset to the ministry of Legacy Five and he has been such an easy and delightful person to travel with. The only times that I ever saw Gus upset was anytime the Nashville Predators failed to advance in the play-offs….seriously…the guy never gets mad. Gus has a beautiful voice and we pray that with continued treatment and some time off, he will continue to sing in a less taxing capacity than this position demands. The voice is the one instrument that you cannot simply go to the store and purchase. As such, we all have to take great care of the one voice God has given us. Gus and his family are precious people and we wish them all the best as they enter the next season of their lives.”

Gus will continue to travel with Legacy Five for a yet to be determined amount of time while Legacy Five begins the search for the tenor that will replace him. Please keep the Gaches family in your prayers as they seek God in this new season of their lives, and please pray for Legacy Five, as they seek God’s provision for the right person to minister with them.

If you are interested in auditioning for Legacy Five, you may contact Scott Fowler at scottfowler@legacyfive.com

In Day One of big announcements, Scott Fowler said they have acquired two new team members. The first one to be introduced was David Keel, Legacy Five’s new driver.

Yesterday, Fowler reported that they have hired a new sound person, Blake McAllister.

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Debut of Concept Video “Empty Pews” Back Home with Guest Scott Fowler

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 23, 2015 – 8:30 am -

Debut of Concept Video "Empty Pews" Back Home with Guest Scott Fowler

Debut of Concept Video “Empty Pews” Back Home with Guest Scott Fowler

Nashville, TN (July 23, 2015)  Back Home (Jimmy and Jennifer Layne), from South Pittsburg, TN are debuting their 3rd concept video called “Empty Pews” today with SGN Scoops.  The song “Empty Pews” is a very important song for those in ministry and the church. The video focuses on the pastoral role.  In the video, you will see a pastor pouring out his heart in a sermon only to discover he’s doing so to an empty church because he doesn’t feel he can do so with his congregation.  The idea for the song came after Jennifer read multiple stories of pastors leaving the ministry, becoming atheist, committing suicide, etc and wanted to do something to bring attention to the matter in a loving way.  She brought the idea to a writing session with Mark Narmore and Kenna Turner West and the three wrote this song.

Back Home was joined by Dr. Tim Hill, Director of Missions for the Church of God and Scott Fowler of Legacy Five on the video that was filmed at the North Cleveland Church of God/Dixon Chapel in Cleveland, TN.

Scott Fowler expresses, “My dad was a bi-vocational pastor.  I am very excited because I know this song and video will encourage pastors.”  Scott is also a featured guest vocalist on the duos newest CD.

Dr Tim Hill shares, “The first time I heard the song “Empty Pews” I knew that Jennifer Layne, Kenna Turner-West, and Mark Narmore had captured the heart of so many pastors in the United States of America and around the world, There’s something here that speaks about the need to follow God and your calling; the drive to please so many people; and, yet, the disappointment when you’re not able to. I hope that everybody who hears to this song and watches this video will be attentive to the lyrics but, more importantly, that they will listen carefully for the healing that flows through the lyrics in “Empty Pews.””

“We have had multiple TV Networks already asking for the video for their programming.   We are thankful that Rob Patz is debuting this on his GREAT site, SGN Scoops.’ (Jimmy Layne, Back Home)   Additional information on Back Home can be obtained from the Adoration Agency’s Sophia Davis at 1-615-590-7453 or sophia@adorationagency.com.


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Candi’s Catch-ups: Greenbrier Quartet Festival

Written by Staff on June 2, 2015 – 10:49 am -

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By Candi Combs

Daywind Music Group Hosts Greenbrier Quartet Festival 2015

Amongst the snow-topped mountains of White Sulphar Springs,West Virginia, Daywind Music Group held the first Greenbrier Quartet Festival at the extraordinary Greenbrier Resort. The event drew attendees from New Jersey to Florida and even a few Canadians. This endeavor marked an inaugural attempt by Scott Godsey and Daywind to host a multi-day event at a luxury resort. This geographic location is very different from the typical Southern Gospel venues that fans are accustomed to attending.

Artists panel

Artists panel

The Greenbrier welcomed each person with a smile and a large sweet tea! From that point forward, everything was presented on a whole new level. Even the seats in the concert hall were velvet covered while multiple stations in the room held pitchers of ice-chilled water.

Tribute Quartet, led by Gary Casto, started off the first night with their usual flair and energetic music. The lively group performed many charting songs and favorites, including, “Homesick Angel” and “Good News From Jerusalem,” featuring Josh Singletary. Read more »


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