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October 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 3, 2017 – 7:08 am -

Welcome to the October 2017 issue of SGNScoops Magazine. We are thrilled with the variety within our pages this month and our writers have crafted many fine features for your reading pleasure. Most of you will recognize one of the best bass singers in our industry today, our cover story, Eric Bennett. He is being honored by Mr. Jerry Goff at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. Be sure to come to Pigeon Forge for this incredible evening on Oct. 30. Be sure to read about another Creekside guest, Brian Free and Assurance.

Erin Stevens talks to Legacy Five’s pianist Josh Townsend; Fayth Lore features Southern Gospel Sweetheart Abby Paskvan; Robert York highlights the SGMA Hall of Fame; and Charlie Griffin takes us back to the early days of Southern Gospel promotion. Don’t miss Craig Harris’ images of the Booth Brothers and Jason Crabb. Sarah Murray interviews Confederate Railroad’s former bad-boy, Cody McCarver, in a revealing feature about how Jesus can turn a life around 180 degrees.

All of this plus music reviews by Randall Hamm and Kaleb Powell, radio charts and monthly articles from Selena Day, Nathan Kistler, Vonda Easley and Rob Patz. Also, Leslie McKay gives us the wrap-up on the Vernon Alabama Gospel Music Weekend. We hope you read this issue cover to cover and don’t miss a thing. We hope you read about the difference God can make in your life today.

Thanks to all of you for your kind words when you met up with our publisher, Rob Patz during NQC. We hope to see you all at Creekside in a few short days. If you have any questions about Creekside, write to Rob at rob@sgnscoops.com. Also, tell me what you think about SGNScoops this month by writing to me at lorraine@sgnscoops.com.

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NQC Artists: Meet SGNScoops publisher Rob Patz and advertising rep Vonda Easley

Written by Staff on September 25, 2017 – 3:06 pm -

NQC Artists: Meet SGNScoops publisher Rob Patz and advertising rep Vonda Easley

Rob Patz and Vonda Easley of SGNScoops

The National Quartet Convention is now being presented at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. From now until the end of the week, SGNScoops would like to meet and talk to as many artists as we can!

NQC Artists: Meet SGNScoops publisher Rob Patz and advertising rep Vonda Easley

Rob Patz and Guy Penrod

Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media and Publisher of SGNScoops, and Vonda Easley, Advertising and Sales, will be at the NQC beginning on Tuesday night.

Patz and Easley will have a limited number of free SGNScoops Newspapers to distribute, so friends and fans are encouraged to look for them at the LeConte Center.

NQC Artists: Meet SGNScoops publisher Rob Patz and advertising rep Vonda Easley

Rob Patz and Vonda Easley

If artists would like to meet and speak with these SGNScoops personalities,  they are encouraged to email them as soon as possible. Rob Patz can be reached at rob@sgnscoops.com and Vonda Easley vonda@sgncoops.com.

Thank you for your support of SGNScoops magazine.  Be sure to also wish Rob Patz a belated happy birthday.

Enjoy NQC week!

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September 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by Staff on September 5, 2017 – 10:39 am -

SGNScops Magazine for September 2017

SGNScops Magazine for September 2017

It’s September and time for another great issue of SGNScoops Magazine. We are proud to have Goodman Revival as our cover guests and we know you will enjoy reading this backstage interview with one of the top trios in Gospel music.

Within these pages, we present several intensive interviews with Jonathan Wilburn, Eli Fortner, Rebecca Burke, Matthew Holt, the Freedom Singers and Evie Karlsson. Take a close look at the CD reviews by Randall Hamm and Kaleb Powell and you just might see a release from your favorite artist.
Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is approaching quickly. For all the current information, be sure to read the latest update in this edition of SGNScoops Magazine. You can also find Hope To The Hill by Nathan Kistler, the DJ Spotlight by Vonda Easley, SGNScoops Top 100 and Christian Country Top 40. For those detailed readers, you will notice that we reran the August 2017 charts, as we move to a new system of reporting the top songs.
Finally, be sure to read the Publisher’s Point by Rob Patz and the Editor’s Last Word by Lorraine Walker, to find out what is on our minds as we prepare this publication for you. We hope you are engaged, entertained and encouraged. Most of all, we hope you see the love of Jesus Christ between our pages. Thank you for reading SGNScoops Magazine.
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Tribute Quartet: Artists on a Mission

Written by Staff on September 1, 2017 – 8:59 am -

Tribute

Tribute

Southern Gospel Music is known as quartet music for its traditional four-men-and-a-piano set-up. Over the last few years, Southern Gospel has evolved into a popular form of music across the United States and overseas. There are only a few groups who live up to this customary Southern Gospel description.

The word tribute, when used as a noun, is defined by Dictionary.com as “a gift, testimonial, compliment, or the like, given as due or in acknowledgment of gratitude or esteem” (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/tribute, June 20, 2017). That is the perfect description of this group. When you meet the Tribute Quartet, you will understand how four voices and a piano can truly excite and energize your day on the radio or in person. They are a tribute to Southern Gospel Music, and their testimony and music is a gift to share.

Tribute

Tribute

Preparing the Gift

In 2005, the Wilburns (led by the husband/wife tandem of Jackie and Elaine Wilburn) decided to retire. However, a couple of the Wilburn group members were looking to sing on. And sing they did. In a short time, Wilburn members Gary Casto and Josh Singletary were enjoying presenting gospel music. Yet, Casto and Singletary had a vision of a quartet that was focused on music and ministry.

The veteran singers began a new vision without a name in December of 2006. Now, the group had signed to record with BSA World Records. Time had come to name the new group, but no one name had caught their attention.

Tribute“Glen Bates of BSA World Records made the suggestion of Tribute,” Singletary recalls. “There were no other names. That’s the one that was suggested. We all thought about it and loved it, so we stuck with it.”

From the first Tribute Quartet outing, the enthusiasm and energy caught the attention of Gospel Music lovers, young and old alike. Over the following months, the word began to spread about this new, young group that was energizing churches and concert stages in the Gospel Music world.

By 2008, Tribute Quartet began to receive some industry awards and a variety award nominations as well. In short, the Tribute Quartet was making its mark in brief time.

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Rob Patz asks: Are You Free?

Written by Staff on August 18, 2017 – 5:52 pm -

Rob Patz asks: Are you free?2017 July SGNScoops Magazine Rob Patz’ Publishers Point

Are you Free?

 

When I ask you that question, what do you really think?

 

“Of course I’m free,” I’m sure comes to mind.

 

I live in a country where freedom is celebrated, so of course, I’m free. That is true to a certain extent. We’re all free, but in reality, we cause our own restraint, our own lack of freedom.

 

Rob Patz asks: Are you free?

Rob Patz

I love the scripture in Galatians that reads, “For you have been called to live in freedom. Use your freedom to serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13 NLT)

 

Sometimes, we take freedom for granted – freedom of speech, freedom to travel, freedom to worship – and not until there is a point in life that freedom is taken away do we realize how much we should cherish it.

 

Recently, my mom fell and broke her femur bone in her leg. If you know my mom you know that her freedom to be able to do what she wants, when she wants, is one of the things she cherishes most. Unfortunately, during this period of recovery, she has not been able to have that freedom. So, the freedom she cherishes has been taken away and makes her desire for that freedom even greater. I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to pray for my mom. Her recovery is going amazingly well, with the doctors saying she is the perfect example of healing, and at some point, mom will regain her freedom that she has lost at this moment.

 

Rob Patz

Rob Patz

How many of us live our life in a way that we have closed ourselves in, taking away our own freedom, or whether through hurt or circumstances like our job, we’ve allowed our freedom to disappear? How many of us have allowed our freedom in Christ to disappear? That is probably the most worrisome of all.

 

I remember hearing my dad saying we are more than conquerors. Now, if we’re living a life that does not speak that, then we are missing out in the freedom that Christ has given us. He wants us to be bold, and if you look at the scriptures, when we are bold with the freedom that we have in Christ, we then can serve others in love.

 

How many times have you been at a point in your life where your own hurt, discouragement, feelings of regret, and depression have left you with walls that have become a trap to you and are not allowing you to live in the freedom that is through Christ Jesus? When you are in that position, you can’t help others.

 

I know personally there have been times in my life where I have been so caught up in the circumstances of my life that I was of no value to anyone else. I had built those walls of hurt, disappointment, and depression around me, and they had me trapped. They had become so harmful to me that I could not, or was not, able to help others. That’s what the Scripture is talking about, being bold enough in our faith to be able to have freedom from things in our life to share the joy of Christ.

 

Since I was a kid, every morning my father would say, “This is the day that the Lord hath made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” If you begin to rejoice in your life no matter the circumstances, it will bring a new level of freedom.

 

Rob Patz asks: Are you free?

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Anyone will tell you that freedom is not free … there is a cost. If you serve, or have served, in the military and sacrificed time away from your family, I want to tell you how much I appreciate what you have done in service for your country.

 

Freedom as a Christian is similar to being in the military. We live a life where we have to decide whether we are going to serve Christ and lay aside our personal feelings and experiences to serve Him. Freedom in Christ doesn’t come for free. It comes at the price of obedience.

 

I challenge you this month, the month of freedom here in the United States, to live life to the fullest and live life with the freedom from Jesus that overtakes you and shines through you to those in your community.

 

Rob Patz asks: Are you free?

Tribute Quartet

I want to invite you to be with us in Vernon, Ala., at the Vernon Alabama Gospel Music Weekend from Sept. 8-9. I would also love to see you at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., from Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 for four great days of Gospel Music with more than 50 fantastic artists.

Have a great month of freedom.

By Rob Patz

First published in July 2017 SGNScoops Magazine.

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2017 Diamond Awards Top 5

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 8, 2017 – 10:22 am -

Diamond Awards

Diamond Awards

SGNScoops is proud to release the Top Five nominees for the 2017 Diamond Awards Vote HERE. The Diamond Awards will be presented on Oct. 31, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. The Diamond Awards gala is a special time of honouring artists and industry personnel who give so much of their lives to this music we love. The evening is full of wonderful music, surprise guests and memorable moments, all made special through the MC talents of Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff.

Vote today HERE for your favorite artists from the Top Five nominees and make plans to attend the 2017 Diamond Awards ceremony as the best in today’s Gospel music are celebrated.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention brings national and regional Gospel music to Pigeon Forge from Oct. 30 through Nov. 2. Be sure to reserve your tickets at www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com and your space at the Convention headquarters, the Ramada Inn. Rooms are filling up fast so book your place today. For reservations call Rob at 360.933.0741.

Don’t forget to order your Creekside VIP pass today! There are a limited number of bracelets available, so please contact Rob today at 360.933.0741. This VIP bracelet will grant the wearer preferred seating at each concert including the 2017 Diamond Awards, special gifts and passes to backstage events, all for only $25. If you are interested in purchasing your $25 VIP ticket call Rob at 360 933 0741.

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August 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 7, 2017 – 10:30 am -

August 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

August 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

It’s August and SGNScoops Magazine is back to bring you the best in Gospel music features. Cover artist, Kelly Wright, talks with Craig Harris about finding hope in a world full of pain, a world he sees through the lens of Fox news.

Other in-depth articles include interviews with Autumn Nelon Clark, Jon Epley of Greater Vision, McKay Project, Akins, the Joneses, Beckie Simmons, Covered by Love, Bless’d Ministries and more. Enjoy the encouragement of Logan Smith, Selena Day, and Nathan Kistler.
All this, plus CD reviews, the DJ Spotlight, the Top 100, Top 40 and so much more. Thanks for reading SGNScoops Magazine cover-to-cover, from the Publisher’s Point to the Editor’s Last Word.
If you have been encouraged or inspired by the words between the covers, we are so happy. If you have been brought a little closer to the Almighty Father, that is our dearest wish. If you have anything you need to say, please write to us. Talk to the editor by emailing lorraine@sgnscoops.com.
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Father knows best: the Collingsworth Family

Written by Staff on July 26, 2017 – 1:12 pm -

The Collingsworth Family. Photo by Craig Harris

The Collingsworth Family.

Phil Collingsworth doesn’t fit the stereotype.

He is an example of the apple falling far – very far – away from the tree.

However, there have been no complaints by the rest of his tight-knit family.

“He’s very tender-hearted with his kids,” Phil’s wife Kim says. “He can cry at the drop of a hat. His father was the exact opposite. He was a military dad.

“He was not saved (for most of his life). He got saved five years before he died (in 2006). Grace changed a lot of things in his life.”

Phil Collingsworth

Phil Collingsworth

While taking a significantly different path than his own father, Phil has watched his musical gang swell into a traveling family of nine as they delight Southern Gospel Music fans across the country.

“There’s probably nothing that brings me more joy than seeing my kids excel,” Phil admits. “Probably the one thing that brings me most fulfillment out of the experience we have is now seeing our four children and our three in-law children take ownership in this. They see themselves as concert artists. Everything is viewed through that lens. That internalization process feels like the fulfillment of me being a father. I was able to transfer my dreams from 30 years ago to my children.”

The group’s progress has vastly exceeded expectations.

“I didn’t envision this,” Phil points out. “It was not Kim’s idea at all. Kim was brought along by the power of the Lord. She’d much rather be home, keeping house, cooking and cleaning and going to Walmart. She has absolutely no ambition in the concert realm, but she’s one of the most talented people out there. She feels strongly about us doing it due to the calling of the Lord.

“I did not envision that it would morph into a full-time entity. I didn’t think it would become a company. I never dreamed that all of this would happen, but the Lord has been a phenomenal blessing.”

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July 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 10, 2017 – 10:53 am -

July 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

July 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

July is here and with it, the sunny days and shady rest of summer. This season can be even more enjoyable when you stop for a lemonade and read SGNScoops Magazine. We have a lot of great features for you this month.

Our cover story is all about everyone’s favorite quartet, Tribute, written by Charlie Griffin. We know you will enjoy reading this in-depth look at Gary, Josh, Riley and Anthony.
Clayton and Scott Inman of Triumphant open up about their father/son relationship and new father Chad McCloskey of The Ball Brothers shares about the source of his strength. The man who started the Crabb phenomenon, Gerald Crabb, tells what happened two years ago that changed his life forever. Three Bridges, Master’s Promise, and Heart 2 Heart are also showcased. Chris Hester talks about the mental health challenges that have greatly affected his life.
Don’t miss our special articles by Dusty Wells, David Staton, Nathan Kistler, Roger Barkley, Jr., and Selena Day. Randall Hamm and Vonda Easley bring their monthly features and you will also find event updates, radio charts and so much more.
We pray you will find this issue intriguing, inspiring and interesting. Most of all, we pray you find the love of Jesus within our pages. Please write to me with any questions or comments at lorraine@sgnscoops.com.
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Selena Day on Strong Women

Written by Staff on June 28, 2017 – 9:21 am -

Selena Day and her mom, Sue Brantley

Selena Day and her mom, Sue Brantley

Luke 8:22 “Also, some women were with him. They had been cured of evil spirits and various illnesses. These women were Mary, also called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out; Joanna, whose husband Chusa was Herod’s administrator; Susanna; and many other women. They provided financial support for Jesus and his disciples.”

 

I have been blessed with many strong women in my life. My mother was the oldest of six, and her mother was the oldest girl of 13. These women strongly influenced my life.

In the Christian world, we talk a lot about spiritual mothers and fathers, and to be honest, I have never felt the need for one because of the great support I have had from my parents and from the influence of such a large family. It was not until I was older that I became thankful for their influence in my life. I would like to share the stories about several of those women.

My mother has a strength to her that I have not seen in many. She has really been the constant in my life. She has pushed me and tough-loved me when I needed it. She has blessed my family over and over by giving so much to us. Just yesterday, she took us girls out shopping at the thrift store so we could use her senior discount, and then, she would not let me pay her back. She has taken care of my father through his liver transplant and my aunt and uncle when they battled cancer. She was there for my cousins when those same parents passed away.

Chuck and Selena Day

Chuck and Selena Day

Then, there’s Chuck’s mother.  She is a female evangelist, and I am thankful for the strong spiritual heritage she has instilled in Chuck. Recently, she began sharing some of her stories of traveling alone and preaching as a young woman. She spoke of the camaraderie she experienced with the older women saints praying for her and encouraging her to keep doing what she felt called to do. She loves being a grandmother. My youngest daughter laughs and talks about how she is the only person she knows that can make you jealous of the younger version of yourself.

Then, there are my grandmothers. Mildred Felice Smith, whom I am named after. She was a spitfire. She was a woman way ahead of her time. Back in the early 1970s when women usually were very grandmotherly, she broke her arm by trying to jump a pile of bricks with her motorcycle. I hope you’re not envisioning a biker chick, because she was far from this. She was very much a junior league southern matriarch. She gave me her sense of adventure. When I was a little girl and would stay at her house, she would load us up in her car and set out to play the “get lost game” … each child would pick the turn at an intersection. It was so exciting as a child to think you were discovering new places.  

 

Next is Ernestine Brantley Minton. She was your classic southern lady. This is where I got my artistic nature. She was the type of woman who made everyone feel as if they were special. I know that she lead each one of us grandchildren into believing that we were her favorites. She wanted all her girls to be beautiful ladies and all her men to be strong and kind. She called her family “her clan” and always signed her notes and cards with, “thanks for being mine.”

 

Selena Day

Selena Day

I could go on and on about all the women in my life. I am forever thankful for each of them. Recently, we lost my aunt in a tragic fire, and it made me realize once again how important it is to tell those whom you love and who have made a difference in your life how thankful you are for them. So, if you would allow me to, I would love to say how thankful I am for Sue Brantley, Grace Day, Grace Ward, Jeannie Kyser, Lucy Brantley, Kelly Miller, Ruby Eskew, Nancy Kenney, Gail LaBach, Joy Nesbitt, Carol Pitts, Belinda Dutton, Kathy Brantley, Georgiana Rhea, Carol Byler and Michelle Green. Many of these women are not mothers, but they have made an impact on our ministry. We could not do what we have done without them.   

 

Don’t forget to celebrate the women in your life.

 

Selena Day is a motivational speaker and is available to speak at your conference or event.  You may contact her at selenaday@me.com http://www.queenliving.org  http://facebook.com/queenismsbyselenaday. Photographs courtesy of Selena Day.

By Selena Day

Selena Day is a monthly writer for SGNScoops Magazine. As well as all her other accomplishments, she is the better half of Chuck Day, Christian Country artist.

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