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Rob Patz asks: “Do You Ever Get Scared?”

Written by Staff on February 16, 2017 – 12:56 pm -

February 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

February 2017 SGNScoops Magazine featuring Rob Patz in Publisher’s Point

2017 February – Rob Patz – Publisher’s Point – SGNScoops Magazine

Do you ever get scared of what is going to happen? Do you ever wonder if you are really going down the right path that God has selected for you?  These are some of the things I’ve been thinking about this month as I am writing my Publisher’s Point.

 

There are times where I really wonder if where I am is exactly where God has selected for me to be, but I know in the end I have His hand on my life. If we pray, God is going to reassure us and give us peace. As for the first question, do I ever get scared? I would have to say almost on a weekly basis! Does that make me a less of a person? I don’t think so. I think it shows that I am mindful of what God has and what He is going to do.

 

I do worry a times that I will get headed in the wrong direction. I like to do things right away, I like things to be accomplished immediately so that I can move onto the next task. I’m goal driven. I like to say I can check that off my list of things to do today.

 

Unfortunately, we as Christians don’t always get clear answers right away. Sometimes, God asks us to wait, as He says, “Peace, be still.” Probably the hardest thing for me to do is to sit still.

 

Rob Patz

Rob Patz

I was in an airport recently and if you know about travel, there is a lot of downtime. For most people, they sit at the gate and wait. Unfortunately, that isn’t me. I walk up and down the main aisle because I don’t like to sit and I don’t like to wait.

 

I think this year that is one of the things that God is trying to teach me. He is teaching me that there are times where you have to wait, you have to sit still, you have to have the peace that comes from just being still. That is something I’m working on. I’m not sure I will ever be completely comfortable sitting and waiting, but I am starting to understand that God at times needs us to stay in one place to learn something!  

 

I’ve started to pray almost daily that God will give me peace in the midst of my waiting. Are you at a point right now in your life where you are waiting? It’s God asking you to be still for a moment.

 

I would love to tell you that over this past time that I’ve been dealing with this, that it’s gotten easier, but that wouldn’t be the truth. While I sit here and wait, I learn to be thankful for the things that are around. Please don’t ever miss an opportunity to be thankful for that moment, even if God has you sitting at the gate, waiting to board your next adventure.

 

Rob Patz

Ready for Adventure!

God is still in control. Until next month, this is the Publisher’s Point.
P.S. Don’t forget, I want to see you in Oxford, Alabama, March 23rd through the 25th. Over 30 great Southern Gospel artists in one location! More news inside SGNScoops.

 

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February 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 7, 2017 – 10:35 pm -

February 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

February 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Welcome to February at SGNScoops Magazine ! It is the month of love and we are pleased to bring you an issue full of people who love what they do.

If you haven’t met the Mylon Hayes Family, allow Craig Harris to introduce you to them. Justin Gilmore tells us about the Wilbanks, Erin Stevens interviews Lindsay Huggins, and new writer Sarah Murray shares about the unique ministry of the Lancaster Family.
Our historical writer, Charlie Griffin, leads us through the lives of the Hemphills.
Fayth Lore shares what love looks like in the life of Morgan Easter and the love theme is carried through the columns of our monthly contributors: Dusty Wells, Selena Day and Nathan Kistler.
All this plus event updates, photologues, music reviews and more. We love all of our contributors and we know you will too!
Most of all, we know that the Source of all love, Jesus Christ, wants to draw closer to you. Will you let Him?
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Saving Grace: Former Inspiration Leads New Mixed Trio

Written by Staff on February 1, 2017 – 10:16 am -

Saving Grace Trio

Saving Grace Trio

By Justin McLeod

The Inspirations from Bryson City, North Carolina are one of the industry’s most storied groups. Southern Gospel legends from Archie Watkins to Mike Holcomb have begun and made their careers in the group’s traditional, four-part quartet style.

While not quite the College that the Dixie Melody Boys have, this group has also seen several groups spurn from its wake. Many on the group’s lengthy list of alumni can be seen in other quartets and mixed groups across the country, many of which have made a sustained impact on Southern Gospel music. One of the newest in this long line is the Georgia-based Saving Grace Trio.

Saving Grace TrioLed by former Inspirations baritone Melton Campbell, this mixed trio has already gained fans thanks to their tight harmonies and, despite their recent beginnings, a sound reminiscent of a group that has been around for years.

The group is made up of Campbell, who sings a lead/baritone hybrid that could be comparable to Soul’d Out Quartet’s Matt Rankin; Blair Campbell, Melton’s 17-year-old daughter, sings the alto part, while Terri Cook sings the soprano line.

Melton Campbell spent an off-and-on 15-year time span on the road with the Inspirations, ultimately coming off the road in 2015 in order to spend more time with his family. During his time on the road with Martin Cook’s bunch, Melton helped make popular songs like the powerful ballad “I’m Not Ashamed. “[During] the 15 years that I spent with the Inspirations, I enjoyed getting to sing with my lifelong heroes,” Melton shares. “… I made many friends and lifelong connections throughout the 15 years and got to see so many different places and let’s not forget all the wonderful fans that I got to meet, many of which turned into great friends.”

Saving Grace TrioSaving Grace’s inception can be credited, in short, to “a dad and a dream”. When Melton left the full-time traveling schedule of the Inspirations to spend more time at home as a father, Blair gave her dad a “condition” — that they got to sing together, and thus the idea for Saving Grace Trio was born.

“The biggest compliment for a parent is for their children to do something that they [themselves] love to do,” Melton shares. “Blair has been listening to Southern Gospel music since she was a baby… her dream for many years has been to sing. When I came off the road in 2015, I was coming home to be a part of my kid’s life and be around more than I [had been]… At that time, Wilburn and Wilburn had a song out called “Shoulders.” It really ministered to me and let me know that I am Saving Grace Trioright where I need to be. It’s time for me to take the back seat and be ‘shoulders’ for my daughter’s dream to come true.”

Blair, while still just the tender age of 17, has already drawn comparisons to some of the industry’s top young stars, including Lauren Talley, who she also coincidentally calls one of her own ‘inspirations’ in music. She shares, “It is such a blessing to be able to sing with my dad. It’s always been a dream of mine to be able to stand on stage and sing with him. I thank God everyday for giving me the ability to sing and to share His word [along] with people that I love.”

Saving Grace TrioThough Melton shares that he, as a natural baritone, is singing significantly higher than during his days with the Inspirations, the group’s really high notes are anchored by Terri Cook, a family friend and a veteran vocalist. Terri and Melton had previously sung together, and when they needed a high-note-hitter to fill out the trio, she was the first call. “God’s timing is always perfect!” Terri shares. “Little did I know that the trials I was going to face was God preparing me for this ministry.”

Already becoming known for their vocal abilities as well as their tight, family-like Saving Grace Trioharmonies, expect to hear much more from Saving Grace Trio, including from their new CD, which was just recorded and will be released soon.

By Justin McLeod

First published by SGNScoops Magazine, November 2016

 

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Full Steam Ahead for the Mark Trammell Quartet

Written by Staff on January 15, 2017 – 3:02 pm -

 

Mark Trammell Quartet

Mark Trammell Quartet

Mark Trammell is a legendary figure in this field and has one of the most recognizable baritone voices with a clear and smooth tone. Trammell, an artist many consider one of the greatest quartet men of his time, has graced the Southern Gospel stage for over forty years as of 2016 and shows no sign of slowing down.

Trammell has sung with many great groups including: The Senators, The Kingsmen, The Cathedrals, Greater Vision, Gold City, and now his own group, Mark Trammell Quartet. After leaving Gold City in 2002, Trammell decided to form his own group, The Mark Trammell Trio.

Trammell’s son Nick has a unique perspective of the early days of the group. “I could write a book on the formation of this ministry from my perspective,” Nick explains. “To keep it short, every single detail that needed to be in place, every door that needed to be opened, and every sign that needed to be given, Mark Trammell Quartettook place with only the willingness of my father to take the step of faith away from what was comfortable, into what he felt like God was calling him to do.

“I can remember standing in our driveway the week after he left Gold City. He said look around you and remember this moment. There was literally nothing there to start a group with. No other singers, no sound system, no mode of transportation, not even a microphone. Within three months, most of that was provided with little more than prayer and patience. I still to this day stand in the driveway and look around every once in a while to remind myself of what we have seen God orchestrate.” 

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January 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 5, 2017 – 9:05 am -

Ja2017 SGNScoops Magazine

January 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Happy New Year! To celebrate the beginning of a brand new year, we bring you a cover story on a family who is on the brink of new things in Gospel music.  The Hyssongs are seeing their music climb the charts more than ever and SGNScoops Magazine want to celebrate with them by sharing their story with you.

We hope you enjoy the indepth look into the life of Amber Nelon Thompson as well as Dustin Doyle,  Miles Pike and the incomparable Lily Isaacs. So many more stories and features are included this month — we know you will love it!
Special thanks to the USAGEM for acknowledging Rob Patz and SGNScoops in the Media category for the 2016 awards.
We hope all of you appreciate our magazine.  We’d love to hear from you at lorraine@sgnscoops.com.
Happy new year and may God richly bless you in 2017!
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Dusty Wells asks questions

Written by Staff on November 18, 2016 – 11:26 am -

Dusty Wells

Dusty Wells

By Dusty Wells

Do you ever wonder and question God and His timing? Do you ever sit and ponder and ask God those tough “But why, God?” questions? Or do you just simply look at all that is happening and taking place in your life, or those around you and say, “Why? Why me? Why them? And what now?”

Oh my dear friends, I am fairly certain every one of us has had those moments and times of questioning Him in all that we have to walk through. I know for a fact I have asked those questions even earlier this morning for my own life and all that is taking place around me. I assure you there is nothing wrong with the questions and with us questioning our amazing Daddy God. He has most likely already heard them all. The scripture has already assured us, “He knows the end from the beginning,” “His ways are perfect,” “Everything has a purpose and a season,” and of course the hardest part of what He has to say with all of the questioning will be,“In His time.” But if you are like me, the questions still persist and always come, no matter what.

I really have to admit I have no patience; I mean ZERO patience and I would most likely argue with many of you that I have more questions of “why” than you do. I really do…and if you could hear me walking and praying daily, you would most likely see that first hand.

But in the midst of all of the questioning, searching and seeking of answers and striving to find solutions for all that is taking place, here is what I have found to be so true. It’s fairly simple, and I have no earthly idea of how I truly came to the place of where I stand strong on what His truth declares for me, but it’s this: He is faithful, He is good, He is a constant friend, He will never leave me nor forsake me, and He will never put on me what I cannot handle.

Dusty Wells family

Dusty Wells family

That’s it. It’s really nothing deep or super spiritual. Maybe it’s me getting older and learning to at least strive to trust more, or else it is me choosing to look back at every place and stage of my life and see how even amid all of the dark lonely valleys of questioning, He was always right there beside me and He has always been right on time. I assure you if you stop and take a long look at your own life, you will find it to be the same. He will not leave us. He will not forsake us. He will be with us always and He does have the perfect answer to every question we have.

Oh, for some of those questions, His answers will not be what we would choose and for some of them, we may not get the answers until we stand before Him, and you know what? That’s ok. He has it all in control and He has every answer that we need. It’s plain and simple and when we truly decide to embrace that and at least try to grasp it, it will help take us to a more peaceful place on the journey.

Yes, I will still have questions, lots of them. But I know that I know that I know…He has the answers.

You are loved my friends and He has the answers for you as well. In His time.

By Dusty Wells.

First Published by SGNScoops Magazine in November 2015.

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November 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 16, 2016 – 10:20 am -

November 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

November 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

Happy Thanksgiving! SGNScoops Magazine  would like to wish you and your family a wonderful season of celebration and thankfulness. We hope you take a moment to sit down with your pumpkin spice latte and enjoy this month’s offerings.

Cover feature this month is Gold City Quartet, who were also one of the featured groups at Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2016. This Quartet has found the right combination of voices and personnel to ensure their golden status. We hope you enjoy this in-depth update.

We also have several other groups gracing our pages, including The Sneed Family, The Mark Trammell Quartet, the Sharps Quartet, the Saving Grace Trio, and the Florida Boys. You will also find stories on Lauren Harris of the Kingdom Heirs, Trey Ivey of Legacy Five, Danny Sinacori, and the Southern Gospel Promoters Association.

All this plus our usual monthly contributors, radio release countdowns, event updates and more. Selena Day, David Staton, Nathan Kistler, Dusty Wells bring us words from their hearts.

We would like to take this time to thank all of our writers who contribute so much of their time and effort every month, our creative/design team, our proofreader, and our sales/social media team. All of these people spend so much of their spare time working with artists and using their talents to keep SGNScoops vibrant and growing, in its eighth year of publication.

We give our greatest thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, without Whom we wouldn’t exist.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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November 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 9, 2016 – 4:41 am -

November 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

November 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

Happy Thanksgiving! SGNScoops Magazine  would like to wish you and your family a wonderful season of celebration and thankfulness. We hope you take a moment to sit down with your pumpkin spice latte and enjoy this month’s offerings.

Cover feature this month is Gold City Quartet, who were also one of the featured groups at Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2016. This Quartet has found the right combination of voices and personnel to ensure their golden status. We hope you enjoy this in-depth update.

We also have several other groups gracing our pages, including The Sneed Family, The Mark Trammell Quartet, the Sharps Quartet, the Saving Grace Trio, and the Florida Boys. You will also find stories on Lauren Harris of the Kingdom Heirs, Trey Ivey of Legacy Five, Danny Sinacori, and the Southern Gospel Promoters Association.

All this plus our usual monthly contributors, radio release countdowns, event updates and more. Selena Day, David Staton, Nathan Kistler, Dusty Wells bring us words from their hearts.

We would like to take this time to thank all of our writers who contribute so much of their time and effort every month, our creative/design team, our proofreader, and our sales/social media team. All of these people spend so much of their spare time working with artists and using their talents to keep SGNScoops vibrant and growing, in its eighth year of publication.

We give our greatest thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, without Whom we wouldn’t exist.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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October 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 9, 2016 – 9:52 am -

October 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

October 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

Happy October!  This month we welcome Fall and the LeFevres on the cover of SGNScoops Magazine. We know you will enjoy this inside look at Mike and his team.

Be sure to catch all latest insight into Olivia Collingsworth,  Kristen Bearfield of HighRoad, the Old Time Preachers Quartet and the new season of Harmony Road TV.

Enjoy the look back at Wally Fowler and the look at the future with a view in concert of Cana’s Voice, the Talleys, Jason Crabb and Mark Bishop.

All this along with your favorite columnists Dusty Wells, Selena Day, and Nathan Kistler; the DJ Spotlight and event updates. Don’t miss the Publisher’s Point and the Editor’s Last Word and everything inbetween!

Enjoy the changing seasons and the latest edition of SGNScoops Magazine. If you have any questions or comments please write me at lorraine@sgnscoops.com.


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July 2016 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 7, 2016 – 10:48 am -

2016 SGNScoops Magazine

2016 SGNScoops Magazine

Welcome to the July edition of SGNScoops Magazine!  The weather is sizzling and so is this issue! Beginning with the cover story on the Martins, who are hotter than ever on the music scene, our featured artists have stories that will stir the embers of your faith.

Read about the miracle experienced by Thomas Nalley of Gold City, the legendary career of Ed Hill and the rise of the new Dove Brothers. Doug Anderson ‘ s career is also smoking these days with his new solo release and that of Cana’s Voice.  So much more plus encouragement from our devotional writers, radio charts, event updates and CD reviews.

Don’t sweat the summer heat…pick up that cold drink and embrace the refreshment for the spirit found in this issue of SGN Scoops! Print it here or read it here, and tell a friend. SGNScoops Magazine was made for summertime!

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