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LANDREE BROTHERTON NAMED ADMINISTRATOR OF SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION (SGMA)

Written by Staff on October 4, 2019 – 6:52 pm -

LANDREE BROTHERTON NAMED ADMINISTRATOR OF SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION (SGMA)Pigeonn Forge, TN – The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) is pleased to welcome Landree Brotherton as Administrator. Landree will assist President, Arthur Rice, in daily operational tasks and special event coordination as needed throughout the year.

Landree has been heavily involved in the Southern Gospel Music Industry for many years, a friend to many artists and has assisted with countless events in support of the SGMA. He has worked in the Hall of Fame and Museum, assisted with fundraising, and provided practical assistance during National Quartet Convention.

Arthur Rice of SGMA

Arthur Rice

Arthur Rice stated, “Landree not only brings the professional experience necessary to assist with tasks needed to keep the SGMA operations running smoothly, his relationships with the artists and industry professionals will be extremely beneficial in pursuing the goals for the coming year. We are excited to have Landree on board.”

The Southern Gospel Music Association will celebrate some landmark events this year with the grand opening of the SGMA Research Library and the addition of some special upgrades and renovations for the Hall of Fame and Museum.

Since 1994, the SGMA has worked hard to preserve the southern gospel history and cherished heritage of both artists and industry leaders.

JP Miller commented, “It takes the efforts of a large team to keep the SGMA running smoothly. We appreciate our Board of Directors, dedicated museum staff, many volunteers and supporters, and Dollywood Theme Park for allowing us a place to share the Hall of Fame and Museum with visitors from all over the world. We are thankful for the skill set that Landree adds to the team.”

Make plans to visit the SGMA Hall of Fame and Museum on your next trip to East Tennessee. Visit our website at www.sgma.org to become a member or learn more about the Class of 2019 Inductees into the Hall of Fame. 

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SGMA BRINGS CATHEDRAL BUS TO NQC FOR TOURS ON TUESDAY

Written by Staff on September 20, 2019 – 12:54 pm -

SGMA BRINGS CATHEDRAL BUS TO NQC FOR TOURS ON TUESDAY

CATHEDRAL BUS

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) is thrilled to announce that the Cathedral bus will be available for tours on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 3-6pm during National Quartet Convention this year only. The black silhouette that carried The Cathedrals safely all over the nation has driven its last mile, but the memories live on. The bus has been generously donated for display at the SGMA Hall of Fame and Museum, so you will have an opportunity to board the bus and sit where George Younce sat, walk around the back parlor where Glen Payne sat with his Rand McNally, mapping from one date to the next, and experience “the last ride.” As they sat in the front lounge, recounting memories, Ernie Haase, shared with JP Miller, “I can still smell George’s cologne in his closet, and his shoe rack is still right where it was when he used it last.”

Join us for the SGMA Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at 1:00pm inside LeConte Center for the Induction Ceremony and benefit concert. Learn how you can join the SGMA and help preserve the history of Southern Gospel music for generations to come. Your $20 membership fee includes an SGMA tote bag and a ticket to tour the Cathedral bus on Tuesday between 3pm and 6pm. If you recently renewed your membership, your $20 donation will extend your membership one year from the date of expiration.

If you’d like to be one of the first to board the Cathedral bus for “the last ride,” you can donate today online at www.sgma.org and you will receive a special first-class ticket that will allow you to board at the front of the line. Your $50 online donation will include a two-year membership to the SGMA, an SMGA tote bag and you’ll be one of the first to experience life on the Cathedral bus.

Plan to join us on Tuesday at 1:00pm for the SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and benefit concert and be a part of preserving the music we love for generations to come. Immediately following the ceremony, enjoy “the last ride” on the Cathedral bus, just outside the doors of LeConte Center.

The SGMA Hall of Fame and Museum is located inside the gates of the Dollywood theme park. On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, we thank you for helping us keep the music and the memories we cherish alive. Visit www.sgma.org for more information.

 

Video:  Ernie Haase interview with JP Miller on the Cathedral bus, filmed and produced by Jonathan Kitts.

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SGMA RESEARCH LIBRARY ESTABLISHED IN MUSIC CITY

Written by Staff on September 12, 2019 – 4:56 pm -

Pictured (L to R): Ed Leonard (President, Daywind Music Group), Arthur Rice (President, SGMA), Harold Timmons, Karen Peck Gooch (Board member, SGMA), Gary Casto (Board member, SGMA), Aaron Rich (Director, SGMA Research Library), Rick Shelton (Board member, SGMA) 

Pictured (L to R): Ed Leonard (President, Daywind Music Group), Arthur Rice (President, SGMA), Harold Timmons, Karen Peck Gooch (Board member, SGMA), Gary Casto (Board member, SGMA), Aaron Rich (Director, SGMA Research Library), Rick Shelton (Board member, SGMA)

Hendersonville, TN, September 12, 2019 – The Southern Gospel Music Association is pleased to announce the founding of the SGMA Research Library. The facility will be housed in an early 20th century Victorian home located adjacent to the campus of Daywind Music Group/NewDay Christian Distribution in the Nashville suburb of Hendersonville, TN. Space in the building is being provided through the support of Dottie Leonard Miller, CEO of Daywind/NewDay.

The foundational content for the archive consists of more than 10,000 items contained within The Harold Timmons Collection donated earlier this year. The SGMA will be actively seeking additional donated items, particularly sound recordings, sheet music and songbooks, to compile a comprehensive Southern Gospel Music catalog. Once completed, the library will be available to the public by appointment for the purpose of research. In support of the SGMA core mission to preserve and promote the history and heritage of this American roots-music artform, the Research Library will embark on a long-term project to digitally archive the entirety of its contents through the efforts of volunteers and interns under the direction of SGMA archive committee chairman, Aaron Rich.

Arthur Rice of SGMA

Arthur Rice

“We’ve always wanted a great library and a collection of artifacts,” stated SGMA President, Arthur Rice. “Not only is this a tremendous step forward for our organization, it will be good for fans and artists as well. It will benefit anyone wanting to research anything related to Southern Gospel Music.  We are excited about this new endeavor and very grateful to Dottie for this generous act of support.”

Dottie Leonard Miller shared, “Southern Gospel Music has been at the core of my business since we began selling sheet music to Christian bookstores in 1981. It has always been my ministry to support the ministries of artists and songwriters. Their songs lift up the Lord. I am now blessed to have the opportunity to help preserve the legacy of those ministries and the pioneers who came before them.”

Established in 1994, the Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) is a professional preservation association of artists, songwriters, industry leaders and fans founded to preserve, protect and promote Southern Gospel music, as well as its history and heritage.

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Those interested in information about donating items needed to complete the archive may reach out to Aaron Rich, archives@sgma.org, or speak to him at the SGMA Exhibit during the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN, September 23 – September 28, 2019. 

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SGMA HALL OF FAME 2019 INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED

Written by Staff on May 17, 2019 – 4:18 am -

SMGA ANNOUNCES 2019 SGMA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

SMGA ANNOUNCES 2019 SGMA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Pigeon Forge, TN (May 16, 2019) — The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) is pleased to announce the Class of 2019 SGMA HALL OF FAME Inductees: Ruben Bean, Ernie Phillips, Jackie Wilburn and Gerald Wolfe. Each year, members of the SGMA nominate individuals to be inducted into the Hall of Fame that is located at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

SMGA ANNOUNCES 2019 SGMA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Arthur Rice

SGMA President Arthur Rice stated, “We were so excited with the response of the SGMA members nominating their choices for the newest inductees into the Hall of Fame. The official induction ceremony will take place during the 2019 National Quartet Convention during a fundraising concert held at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge.”

Individuals are nominated and selected for their contribution to the industry of Southern Gospel music. After their induction, a bronze plaque will be displayed in the Hall of Fame with a hand carved portrait and a biography of their life devoted to our music.

For more information on the SGMA, log onto the website at www.sgma.org, or visit them on Facebook at @thesgma.

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SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION RECEIVES THE HAROLD TIMMONS COLLECTION

Written by Staff on April 5, 2019 – 1:51 pm -

Pictured (left to right) are: Travis Bridgeman, Arthur Rice, Karen Peck, Harold Timmons, Aaron Rich, Dean Adkins, and Rick Shelton

SGMA Pictured (left to right) are: Travis Bridgeman, Arthur Rice, Karen Peck, Harold Timmons, Aaron Rich, Dean Adkins, and Rick Shelton

10,000 items donated to establish research library

Hendersonville, TN – The Southern Gospel Music Association is pleased to announce the acquisition of a massive Gospel Music collection from Harold Timmons of Nashville, TN. The collection consists of nearly 10,000 items procured over his 65-year association with the genre. This important contribution will form the foundation of the SGMA Research Library soon to be established.

The Timmons collection contains 19th-century songbooks and original recordings dating back to the 1920’s and includes the best available copy of nearly 80% of releases by the major artists of the genre since its inception. In response to receiving this significant gift, SGMA President, Arthur Rice, stated: “We’ve always wanted a great library and a collection of artefacts. The SGMA looks forward to Harold’s collection, his knowledge, and that of his associates.  Not only will this be good for our organization, it will be good for artists and fans as well, and anyone wanting to research anything related to Southern Gospel Music. We look forward to this new endeavor.”

Mr. Timmons commented, “I wanted the collection to be displayed, and available for research and for me to be able to continue to be involved with this work as long as physically able.” He continues, “The SGMA now has the possibility of developing a comprehensive historical online database. My long-term goal is that a song may be researched as a recording, video, or printed music, and every reference contained within the library will be displayed.  A large percentage of the materials are already cataloged, and I’m encouraged to know that effort will continue through the new SGMA Research Library.”

Harold Timmons

Harold Timmons

Harold Timmons is recognized as a touring musician with The Hemphills and Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees The Chuck Wagon Gang. He is also well known for the large exhibit that he operated at various music festivals, including 38 consecutive years at the National Quartet Convention where he provided fans the opportunity to peruse and purchase classic Gospel recordings and collectibles. His recent effort includes the establishment and management of “We Love Our Southern Gospel Music History,” which is a Facebook page and community consisting of 42,000 members.

Established in 1994, the Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) is a professional preservation association of artists, songwriters, industry leaders and fans founded to preserve, protect and promote Southern Gospel Music, its history and heritage.

 

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Pray for Lou Wills Hildreth and family

Written by Staff on December 30, 2018 – 9:45 am -

Howard and Lou Hildreth

Howard and Lou Hildreth

We at SGNScoops are saddened to hear of the passing of Howard Hildreth, loving husband of Lou Wills Hildreth. Among many other achievements in Gospel music, Ms. Lou was a writer for SGNScoops for many years. Many of us treasure her friendship and grieve with her and her family in their loss.

Lou and Howard Hildreth join the Creekside Gospel Music Convention choir

Lou and Howard Hildreth join the Creekside Gospel Music Convention choir

Howard Elton Hildreth, Jr., passed away on December 26. He and his beloved Lou had been married for 72 years. Howard also leaves behind their son, David, daughter, Kathryn, and four grandchildren.

The celebration of life service for Howard will be held on January 5, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Moore Bowen Road Funeral Home, located at 4216 South Bowen Road, Arlington, Texas, 76016

Lou Hildreth's plaque in the SGMA Hall of Fame

Lou Hildreth’s plaque in the SGMA Hall of Fame

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that a donation be made in Howard’s name to the SGMA Hall of Fame, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Address for the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame:
P.O. Box 6729
Sevierville, Tenn.

For more on Howard and Lou Hildreth, visit louhildreth.com

In the August, 2018, issue of SGNScoops, Lou Hildreth wrote another Live, Love and Legends column. We thought we would reprint it here:

It is always an honor to be included in this excellent magazine. It has been awhile since I have contributed an article, but be assured my desire remains the same as before – to share blessings and honor our heavenly Father.

Howard and I are living comfortably in a Senior Retirement Center in Houston, Texas. We are thankful that our daughter Kathryn and our son David live nearby. We have four grandchildren who visit us often. Yes, we are blessed!  

One of my favorite bible verses is 2 Timothy 1:7,  “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.” The other scripture is Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine that others will see your good works and glorify God.” And we know without a doubt, our salvation comes by our trust in Jesus Christ and the cross, not of works, lest we boast.

Dear readers, let me share a wonderful event that brought so much joy to this old heart. My brother, Bob Wills, carries on the Singing Wills Family legacy. He hosts a gospel music event every Friday night at Dove Creek Café in Roanoke, Texas, serving the Fort Worth-Dallas areas.  

On June 22nd, a dear friend – Dr. Eddie Reynolds, Emmanuel Baptist University of N.C. – came to Dove Creek and presented Bob Wills, Curtis Elkins, Regina Huckaba, and me with beautifully framed “Honorary Doctor of Music” certificates. Mary Fay Jackson was there with her video camera to record this for the Jones Family Network.   

This was such a great honor and I loved sharing it with my precious family and friends.  My fabulous daughter Kathryn drove us to Ft. Worth and we had so much fun!

Thank you to my dear friends Lorraine Walker and Rob Patz for the opportunity to “let my light shine!”

All of us at SGNScoops extend our love and prayers to Lou and all of the family and friends of Howard Hildreth.

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NQC AND SGMA PARTNER FOR INAUGURAL SGMA HALL OF FAME INDUCTION AND BENEFIT CONCERT

Written by Staff on June 22, 2017 – 7:33 am -

NQC AND SGMA PARTNER FOR INAUGURAL SGMA HALL OF FAME INDUCTION AND BENEFIT CONCERT

NQC AND SGMA PARTNER FOR INAUGURAL SGMA HALL OF FAME INDUCTION AND BENEFIT CONCERT

Special Showcase to be held on Tuesday during NQC 2017

Pigeon Forge, TN (June 19, 2017) – Excitement continues to build for the 60th Anniversary of NQC – Gospel music’s largest annual event. The NQC and SGMA have announced a new partnership to present the inaugural SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Benefit Concert to be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 during the afternoon at the LeConte Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.

The program will honor the 2017 Hall of Fame class of inductees – Troy Burns, LaBreeska, Hemphill, Randy Shelnut, and Tony Greene – and will also feature special performances by the Jim Brady Trio, the Hoppers, the Kingdom Heirs, Karen Peck & New River, the Second Half Quartet, the Guardians, Triumphant, the Whisnants, and Tribute. Serving as master of ceremonies will be SGMA Hall of Fame member, Dr. Jerry Goff.

SGMA Hall of Fame

The event will serve as a benefit for the SGMA Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located at the main entrance of Dollywood. The Hall of Fame and Museum features many important pieces of memorabilia and historic artifacts of Southern Gospel Music history.

“We are so grateful to the NQC Board of Directors for partnering with us to help keep the vision of the SGMA alive,“ states Arthur Rice, SGMA President. “This special event will be our biggest fundraiser of the year. Many of the legends who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame will be present to participate in the concert. Having all these artists in one place, at one time, onstage… will be one of the highlights of the convention.”

Admission for this event is $20.00, the same price as all of the other NQC Showcase Spectaculars, and can be purchased at www.nqconline.com or on site at NQC. The event will be from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at the LeConte Convention Center in Pigeon Forge.

Information about all the daytime and evening activities at the NQC can also be found at www.nqconline.com.

The addition of this program is just one more reason why the 60th Anniversary NQC will be an event you just can’t miss!

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SGMA Benefit Concert to take place on August 11, 2016 at Sevierville Civic Center

Written by Staff on July 26, 2016 – 8:10 pm -

SGMA benefit

SGMA benefit

A Benefit Concert to raise funds for the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame and Museum, (located inside Dollywood) will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the Sevierville Civic Center. The SGMA is well recognized for their efforts in preserving the history of Southern Gospel music. Come out and join us for a wonderful evening to celebrate the music we love, and support the SGMA as they continue to preserve the legacy left by so many who have contributed to the rich heritage we enjoy.

 

JP Miller, host of the “Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee” radio show on Praise 96.3 will be the emcee.

Bowling Family

Bowling Family

The Bowling Family and Freedom Quartet, both outstanding artists in the gospel music industry, will provide musical entertainment. The Bowling Family is one of Southern Gospel Music’s hottest groups, leading the national charts with number one songs. Mike Bowling’s voice is one of the most recognizable voices in Christian music today. His bride, Kelly became known during her years traveling with her siblings, The Crabb Family. The Bowlings are currently featured in a display at The SGMA museum with their daughter, Hope, who is the third vocalist in the group. Hope Bowling is the youngest person in gospel music history to have a number one song.

 

Freedom Quartet holds a special respect for The SGMA as group owner, John Rulapaugh is a member of The SGMA Board of Directors. Freedom is noted for their traditional male quartet sound and currently tours full time across the United States and internationally.

 

Freedom Quartet

Freedom Quartet

This will indeed be a special night of Southern Gospel Music and with limited space, is expected to sell out quickly. The concert will be held at the Sevierville Civic Center, located on Dolly Parton Parkway in Sevierville. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the concert begins at 7:00 pm. Come early to enjoy dinner from the concession stand. There will be a silent auction, as well as a large selection of memorabilia from your favorite Southern Gospel icons for sale.

 

Tickets are $10 general admission and $20 for “Artist Circle” tickets. A limited number of special VIP tickets (only 40 available) can be purchased for $50. VIP passes include special reserved seating, vouchers for the concession stand, a free T-shirt, and a complementary gift bag with $100 worth of Southern Gospel Music gift items. Tickets are available at the Praise 96.3 studio located in Knoxville, by calling (865) 908-4040, or online here

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The Nelons Present An Evening of Tribute to Benefit the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Written by Staff on June 29, 2016 – 12:17 pm -

The Nelons present an evening for SGMA

The Nelons present an evening for SGMA

Pigeon Forge, TN (June 22, 2016) – The Nelons will present a concert celebrating Southern Gospel Music in the metro Atlanta area at North Lanier Baptist Church on July 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM.  The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) and the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame Museum announce that the benefit concert is designed to ensure the past, present and future of Southern Gospel music.

 

Members of the SGMA Board of Directors, Kelly Nelon Clark and Travis Bridgeman are collaborating on the event.  They will produce the evening in an effort to bring awareness of the value that Southern Gospel music has brought to the lives of many generations.  Joining the Nelons for the concert will be The Bridgemans. Well-known Georgian, Melvin Klaudt will host the evening.  Klaudt is the host of a regionally broadcast television program, “Just Keep Singing” which airs weekly.

 

Event organizer, Travis Bridgeman said, “This museum and the SGMA represents the very best of those who brought the Gospel through music in the past.  The SGMA believes it is our responsibility to leave a legacy for the future while encouraging the next generation to be bold in their stand for leading souls to Christ”.

 

Nelons Robbed

Nelons

Speaking of her father, 1999 SGMA Hall of Fame inductee, Rex Nelon, Kelly Nelon Clark said, “I’m so proud of the legacy of my father, Rex Nelon.  Because of his efforts, I now stand on a stage with my daughters and husband to share Christ.  Supporting the SGMA is a passion, we are honored to bring this concert to our friends in Georgia”.

 

The event is open to the public, and does not require a ticket.  All proceeds are designated for SGMA and Museum.  The SGMA is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.  For those unable to attend, but wish to make a tax-deductible contribution, text any amount to: 865-264-2258.

 

The Southern Gospel Hall of Fame Museum is a centerpiece of Dollywood, an entertainment complex located at the base of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Visitors to Dollywood will find the Hall of Fame Museum just inside the main entrance.  Along with educational exhibits, a gift shop offers patrons an opportunity to purchase items to encourage their faith.

 

The SGMA invites everyone to demonstrate his or her support by becoming an SGMA partner.  Partnerships can be obtained at the Hall of Fame Museum or online.

 

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Richard Hyssong newest member of SGMA Board

Written by Staff on December 22, 2015 – 1:06 am -

Hyssongs

Richard Hyssong of The Hyssongs 

Southern Gospel Music Association Welcomes Richard Hyssong To Board Of Directors

 

SGMA-HallOfFame-HorizontalPigeon Forge, TN (December 21, 2015) – The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) and the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame Museum announce that Richard Hyssong of The Hyssongs has joined the SGMA Board of Directors.

 

The announcement was made from the SGMA Hall of Fame Museum located in Pigeon Forge as the result of a special election by SGMA Board of Directors last week.

 

sgmaArthur Rice, President of the SGMA said, “Richard Hyssong brings youth and fresh leadership to the SGMA.  We believe Richard brings a valuable perspective to the mission of preserving the Southern Gospel Music legacy in order to encourage the next generation to be bold in their stand for leading souls to Christ”.

 

Hyssongs

Hyssongs

Richard Hyssong is a gifted musician who shares the stage with his parents in forming The Hyssongs.  Their ministry is well known for family vocals and brass instruments.

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The Southern Gospel Hall of Fame Museum is a centerpiece of Dollywood, an entertainment complex located at the base of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Visitors to Dollywood will find the Hall of Fame Museum just inside the main entrance.  Along with educational exhibits, a gift shop offers patrons an opportunity to purchase items to encourage their faith.

 

The SGMA invites everyone to demonstrate support by becoming an SGMA partner.  Partnerships can be obtained at the Hall of Fame Museum or online.

 

For more information on the Southern Gospel Music Association, visit sgma.org

For more information on the Hyssongs visit theHyssongs.com

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