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PIGEON FORGE, TN (December 14, 2013) – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver celebrated the 2nd Annual Bluegrass Music Appreciation Day on Thursday evening at the Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival in beautiful Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The holiday was launched by social media guru and banjo player Lee Marcus in 2012 to raise awareness and appreciation of Bluegrass music.
In 2012, Doyle Lawson provided what Marcus called “rocket fuel” to the holiday’s inaugural year when Lawson sponsored a Favorite Song Promotion, which invited fans to name their favorite DLQ song. Lawson and his award-winning band Quicksilver, along with two red-clad North Pole types, joined in creating a fun video of the most requested song which was “Help Is On the Way.” The spot featured Lawson in a lively Christmas-flavored video, singing along side Santa and his elf, who bore a startling resemblance to Quicksilver members Josh Swift and Joe Dean. The video was shared throughout Bluegrass media, as well as via Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s website and Facebook page.
When Bluegrass Music Appreciation Day approached this year, Lawson again opened his song request lines, but this time Lawson asked for any song fans wanted to hear, regardless of whether he had recorded it. Favorites ranged from Tom T. Hall’s “I Love,” to the classic “Fox on the Run,” to a myriad of bluegrass gospel favorites.
Lawson chose an a cappella song originally requested by Teresa Breedlove of Maryville, Tennessee, after an overwhelming response to the song came flowing in after his Paramount Christmas concert.
The song Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver performed at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center on December 12 in honor of Bluegrass Appreciation Day is “There Is A God.”
“We’re happy to do whatever we can in support of Bluegrass music,” said Lawson, “and to give back to the fans who make it all worthwhile.”
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We are excited to present the November issue of SGNScoops Magazine! A picture is worth a thousand words, right? The cover this month captures the Spirit of this year’s 2013 Creekside Gospel Music Convention! The spirit is certainly the spirit of Joy! The smiles almost tell it all, but catch the details of this year’s event along with a listing of Diamond Award winners in this issue. Also, this month’s issue is not the typical predominately Southern Gospel Music Magazine. We’re just a bit on the COUNTRY side! This month, we’re shining the spotlight on Christian Country like never before. Don’t miss Rick Kiser’s story, “Christian Country Gives Thanks,” as well as features on Sharron Kay King, Steve Brown, Greg McDougal. This month also features Providence Quartet and Canaan’s Crossing. Lorraine Walker and Rob Patz put together a fabulous Thanksgiving article allowing the Southern Gospel Community voice their gratitude. We all need our spirits boosted, so don’t miss encouragement from Sherry Anne and Dr. Jeff Steele, and don’t miss reading Lou Hildreth’s special memories. A story on “Mary Anne Oglesby and The Veranda” is sure to warm hearts of families dealing with Alzheimer’s and we hope will inspire other churches to care for the aged in their congregations. Award winning Songwriter, Belinda Smith shares her ministry and Ethan Whisnant shares his “Younger Perspective.” Read about latest music, Christian Fitness, and more in this this well-crafted, beautifully designed online magazine. Remember, SGNScoops is digital and free! Please share with friends!
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PIGEON FORGE, TN (October 17, 2013) – Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver are honored to be nominated as Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year in the upcoming 22nd Annual Diamond Awards. The group will also perform at the event, which will be taped for a television special set to air later this year on Atlanta’s WATC Channel 57.
The 2013 Diamond Awards are sponsored by SGN Scoops Magazine, the vibrant all-digital source of Southern Gospel News, and will be held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, as part of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention.
“My band and I look forward to performing at the Diamond Awards,” said Lawson, “and appreciate the honor of being nominated as Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year. We appreciate the beautiful job SGN Scoops does in spreading the good word about Southern Gospel Music, and we look forward to seeing everyone in Pigeon Forge at the Awards!”
Tickets for the event are being made available FREE of charge, but reservations are strongly encouraged:
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are reigning ICM Vocal Group of the Year, seven-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year winners, and have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, and SPBGMA Award nominations. Lawson is also reigning SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year, and was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in September 2012 at the Ryman Auditorium.
“We’re delighted to have Bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver performing at this year’s Diamond Awards,” said Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group and Publisher of SGN Scoops Magazine. “Doyle Lawson’s gospel music is as legendary and beloved as his bluegrass, and we look forward to his band’s performance being a highlight of the 2013 Diamond Awards.”
The Creekside Gospel Music Convention runs from 5:30 pm on Monday, October 28 through 10:30 pm on Wednesday, October 30, and is all provided FREE of charge by SGN Scoops Magazine, Editor-in-Chief Rhonda Frye, and publisher Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group. Highlights of the convention will feature Lou Hildreth honoring the legendary Ed O’Neal on Monday night, the Pauline Patterson Showcase is on Tuesday morning, the Diamond Awards are on Tuesday night and the Old Time Gospel Sing is on Wednesday.
For more details on SGN Scoops Magazine and the Diamond Awards, please go: www.sgnscoops.com.
For daily news and photos of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, please go to: https://www.facebook.com/doylelawsonofficial
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We are kicking off the fall season with a sensational September edition of SGNScoops Magazine! We are excited to present the Talleys as this month’s cover story. Also in this issue we highlight the ministries of The Greesons, The Mark Trammell Quartet and Karen Peck and New River. This issue also offers details of the recent Song of a Lifetime Experience featuring Phil Cross, Mark Bishop, Gerald Crabb, Squire Parsons and Channing Eleton. Staff writer, Erin Stevens shares the “younger perspective” with Christian Booth and staff writer, Rick Kiser highlights Christian Country Music’s Billy Hale.Rhonda Frye re-caps the first Patterson Promotions Anniversary singing and Lynn Mills re-caps the Mark Trammell Quartet’s homecoming. Enjoy Lou Hildreth’s Life, Love and Legends column, a devotion from Dr.Jeff Steele and Christian Fitness tips with Laurette Willis. We Welcome Sherry Anne Lints to the staff this month. Check out her column “Reflections with Sherry Anne.” Get the latest on the Creekside Gospel Music Convention and more in this edition of SGNScoops Magazine. Be sure to share the magazine with your friends, families and fans, We are always digital, always free and always good!
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Since 1996, SGNScoops has been a trusted source for Southern Gospel news and information. Founded by Dr. Allen Smith, the publication has seen a few changes over the years. SGNScoops Magazine was the first Southern Gospel print magazine to go to online-only publishing. Purchased by Coastal Media, owners of SGMRadio.com, SGNScoops Magazine was re-launched in 2009 with the goal of gaining more reader interaction and also with the intention of expanding readership.
Since 2009, SGNScoops has grown drastically in popularity and is now proud to unveil its newest design. Pete and Staci Schwager, graphic and layout designers of SGNScoops Magazine have collaborated with owner and publisher, Rob Patz in order to offer a “flip-page” reading method. The flip- page format is in addition to the regular PDF format the magazine is now known for.
“Carrying on the vision that Dr. Allen Smith created, I’m excited to release this new magazine format,” Rob Patz explains. “The flip-page is a quicker download and allows us to maintain our professional appearance that many have come to expect from SGNScoops Magazine. We are doing our best to keep up with the latest trends in emerging technology while maintaining a high level of professionalism.”
Editor in Chief, Rhonda Frye adds, “It is a pleasure to receive positive comments from artists, industry professionals and the general public. Over and over, we hear compliments about our beautiful design and our heart-felt stories. I’m thrilled that we are now offering SGNScoops Magazine in this new layout so that our readers can enjoy our monthly presentation in a much more reader -friendly format.”
Keeping up with the demands of society, SGNScoops Magazine is now a perfect fit for mobile devices and tablets such as iPhones, Kindles and iPads. The PDF file will still be available on sgnscoops.com for readers who prefer the scroll down method. The flip-page format is just another optional reading method that is now available from SGNScoops Magazine. Both formats are free.
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Perspectives on Roaming, Redemption, and the Next Generation from the Annie Moses Band
By Scott Rhoades
Published December 2012
As the blazing sun cast its blistering glow across the dry and dusty plantation fields of Texas, a young woman arched upwards to a kneeling position, rested on her knees, and lifted an arm to wipe away the beading drops of sweat streaming down her bronzed and tarnished face. The Great Depression was a difficult time for most and survival was the priority of the day. Work, when found, was cruel and ruthless. Life, if survived, was a tale of hardship and adversity. For Annie Moses, there was no exception. A hired field hand, she shaded her eyes with her arm and squinted as she stared across the vast cotton fields and watched as other workers moved wearily under the weight of the exhausting, afternoon heat. She bent her head down and coughed to clear her throat of the heavy, granular air, struggling to catch her next breath. Then she closed her eyes to rest. How could she go on like this? There was no progress. Life as a sharecropper was difficult and burdensome and the work nearly unbearable. But then her thoughts turned towards her children back in the old clapboard shack, especially her daughter Jane’s musical gift, in which she would sacrificially invest. Perhaps there was reason to go on. A flicker of hope kindled deep within her spirit and she opened her eyes, knelt over the next plant, and began to quietly hum the tune of a poor wayfaring pilgrim.
Decades later, on a black, rainy night in New York City, Annie Wolaver found herself sitting in a cab for the trip home. She wasn’t paying attention to the bustling busyness along the avenues or the stream of traffic that could make the journey longer than it should. Her mind was in a million places and she had a real dilemma on her hands. The proposition was risky at best. Should she continue pursuing a solo career in classical music or would she squander the years of dedication, hard work, and the musical legacy left to her through her parents, her grandmother Jane, and her great-grandmother and namesake, Annie Moses for a chance at something she had viewed as a “sideline gig” or something she and her family did “just for fun”? Annie reminisced about her past; the long hours she and her brothers and sisters had spent practicing and honing their skills and talents with their parents, at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and Julliard. She thought about the times she and her family would perform together for family reunions or small events. Could they do something more? Could they successfully travel outside the boundaries of traditional classical music? Would it work? Could it work? Would they remain pilgrims or become prodigals? Read more »
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“Music, Family, Life”
By Jennifer Campbell
(published December 2012 SGNScoops Magazine)
Sitting on a piano bench at the young age of three years old, Gordon Mote began a journey that has literally taken him across the country and around the world. For even as a young boy, God began preparing Gordon for a journey far greater than he ever imagined possible. Now, he travels more than 150 dates per year and works on recording sessions for a wide array of Gospel and Country artists each week. He has become one of the most sought-after recording studio session players in Nashville, receiving the Academy of Country Music Award for Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year in 2009 and 2011. But through it all, Gordon keeps his eyes on the One who made it all possible: God. He gives God the glory for his music, his family, and his life.
“I’m sure it was a big influence in me even knowing [Gospel] music because I’m sure Mama and Daddy didn’t listen to a whole lot of other at that time,” Gordon said. “But I remember playing [piano] in church. My first memories of playing piano were mostly gospel songs. As I grew up, as a kid, I’d listen to all kinds of radio and I’d play anything I heard, if it was a television commercial, or a country song, or a pop song, or a gospel song. But we grew up listening to Southern Gospel and as I got older, contemporary music.”
While Gordon has ventured into several genres of music throughout his career, there is still a special place in his heart for the music that started it all. The timeless melodies and old familiar lyrics of the Gospel classics hold fond memories for Gordon.
“We had a radio station in our hometown, WGAD, in Gadsden,” Gordon stated, “and they had a Sunday morning program called Songs of Inspiration. That’s where we heard so many of the songs that my brother and I learned to sing. That’s why the “Songs I Grew Up Singing” record I have out now is so important to me because it brings back a lot of great memories and it just proves that great lyrics and great songs can stand the test of time. You put a new face on it and it’s like it’s brand new again.”
Gordon credits Bill Gaither for giving him the platform on which to begin his ministry. He said his six years traveling with the Gaither Homecoming tour was a memorable journey, one that he cherishes to this day. He still joins the tour on select dates whenever his schedule allows.
Speaking of the Gaither Homecoming Friends, Gordon said the best part of being at a taping for the Homecoming Video series is what people do not see on the videos. He says that the Homecoming Friends are like a big family. They share stories, tell jokes, and even argue a little bit. But at the end of the day, they care for each other and love each other like one big happy family.
Gordon is part of the younger generation of Gospel Music artists, so I asked him what it was like to follow in the footsteps of so many of the Gospel Music legends. His response was that it is “weird.” He said people always come up to him at concerts, complimenting him and his ministry. And he said they say things about him like he would say of many of the legends. He humbly said that it seems odd at times that people will pay for a ticket just to come see him. But he said he enjoys talking to people and meeting new people, which is why he said his autograph line usually moves a bit slower than others nearby. Surely, this is a trait of someone who truly loves what they do and appreciates the people who come to hear him perform. Read more »
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“A Faithful Journey”
By Jennifer Campbell,
(SGNScoops Magazine, November 2012)
Have you ever encountered a crossroads in life? Sometimes in life, we may not plan out the course our lives will take. But God knows the path that we will travel down along life’s journey, and He knows where these roads will intersect. One Sunday morning, four individuals joined their voices in song, unaware of the harmony that would bring them together as a group. Matthew Hagee, Aaron Crabb, Michael Sykes, and Tim Duncan came to a crossroads. Instead of going four separate directions, they faithfully followed God’s footsteps. And His footsteps traveled down the road to Canton Junction.
Canton Junction was born from a special musical performance at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. As the group began to sing, it became clear that the harmony within the group, both literally and figuratively, was a rare find. The group’s name, Canton Junction, means “the crossroads of different subjects or regions into one gathering point.” On the day they came together to sing in one accord, that was their gathering point. The different regions where they live and diverse musical backgrounds they come from represent the crossroads of different subjects. Yet, no matter how different they may be, they sing for one reason and one reason alone: to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
While they are a quartet, Canton Junction represents so much more than four-part harmony. They have dozens of GMA Dove Awards, Grammy nominations, and other accolades between them. In addition, they have over 85 years of experience between them. Their styles of music range from traditional hymns to the Eagles and Southern Gospel to big band. Needless to say, there is something for everyone. And the best part of all is that every song is sung for the sole purpose of sharing God’s grace with everyone who hears them.
For over a decade, the lead singer of Canton Junction, Aaron Crabb, traveled with the renowned group The Crabb Family. During this chapter in his musical journey, he sang and produced 19 number one gospel songs. This Kentucky-born individual has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, and many other prestigious locations. Yet all the while, he simply loves the Lord, his family, and singing. Aaron holds a firm belief that God can use music to heal hearts and that the Truth gets us through the many obstacles that we may encounter.
Canton Junction is proud to have award-winning bass singer, Tim Duncan, on board with them. An original member of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Tim describes himself as a “quartet man.” He received the Singing News Fan Award for Best Bass in 2006. Tim said his earliest memories of music were of his dad buying quartet records. It was in these moments that he fell in love with the thrill of hearing long endings, the tenor soaring, and the bass booming. Bringing to the table 16 years of full-time singing experience, along with his involvement with Billboard-topping albums and DVDs, he still remains down to earth. For Tim, it’s not about the awards and honors, but instead, it’s about the reason he sings: he loves to make people happy by singing the best music in the world – music that communicates the Best News ever.
Continuing a six-generation legacy of ministry, Matthew Hagee sings tenor for Canton Junction. Matthew grew up singing around the piano with his family. He serves as Executive Pastor of Cornerstone Church, alongside his father, John Hagee, Founding Pastor. Having graduated from Oral Roberts University School of Business, Matthew is also a gifted speaker and author, in addition to being an accomplished vocalist. He has authored two books, “Shaken, Not Shattered” and “Response-Able.” When he is not on stage, he lives a truly Texan lifestyle, trading horses and cattle in his spare time.
The group’s baritone is no stranger to gospel music, having enjoyed a long and successful run in Nashville as a producer, songwriter, and business owner. Michael Sykes has produced award-winning albums for artists such as the Gaither Vocal Band, Russ Taff, The Martins, Jeff and Sheri Easter, and The Oak Ridge Boys. His love for harmony, along with his tenure with Ponder, Sykes, & Wright, makes him a natural group vocalist. Although Michael has received multiple GMA Dove Awards for producing and songwriting, he is a country boy at heart who has a gift for making music.
I had the opportunity to interview Matthew recently and found that he not only preaches what he sings, but also lives what he preaches. I pray you enjoy reading his responses to the questions I presented to him.
Matthew said that it’s hard to remember when he first heard Southern Gospel Music. He said, “It’s difficult to say when church music, family music, fun music was and is Southern Gospel Music. It wasn’t until someone told us what we were listening to that we knew what to call the music that was such a big part of our everyday lives. I have always loved Gospel Music of every kind and type. From an early age my family memories are around the piano singing the songs of the church. My father has always made it a point to pursue excellent, God-honoring music in our church, and as long as those two elements were first and foremost, then the style really didn’t matter. From big band to bluegrass it all has a place.”
Now that he is a part of a Gospel singing group, Mathew says that following in the steps of some of the greatest Gospel Music Legends is nearly incomprehensible. “To even be mentioned in phrases with people that you admire so dearly seems to be beyond anything we could have imagined for Canton Junction,” said Matthew.
Mathew said his greatest influence has been his father, John Hagee. He added, “Outside of my father in music, there have been many – George Younce, Glen Payne, Lari Goss, Ben Speer, and Bill Gaither – not to mention the gentlemen I’m privileged to work with now.”
As a singer, the lyrics of songs become a very important part of your life. Matthew said if he could write a song to describe his life so far, he would title the song, “Blessed.” Concerning a song that has blessed him personally, he responded, “That is something that changes from day to day and season to season. Whether it is a season of joy or hardship, the greatest endorsement I can give to Gospel Music is that it always meets the needs of the moment.”
Matthew is definitely a family man. Matthew said, “Anywhere my wife and kids are happy is paradise to me.” He and his wife Kendal are blessed with three children, Hannah Rose, John William and Joel Charles, and are looking forward to the birth of their fourth child in April 2013. He says he balances his time between family and ministry by purposely devoting his time to whatever it is he is doing. “When I’m with my family, I’m with my family,” Matthew said. “When I am working, I am working. Whatever I am doing at the moment is what I am 100% invested in.”
Matthew shared some wisdom to young artists who are just starting out. He said, “Always honor God; make worship a priority and endure.” Matthew said, “God is alive and well and watching.” Canton Junction follows this advice, understanding the fact that we should live our lives in honor of our Heavenly Father, making Him proud when He watches us along the road of life.
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Most Encouraging Scripture: Jeremiah 1:5
Favorite Restaurant: “What are you hungry for?”
Favorite Book: Whichever one is in my hand at the moment. I love to read!
The group is excited to see what great things God has in store for them as they seek His direction on their musical journey. Their journey has literally taken them around the world with their tour of Israel where they performed for Prime Minister Netanyahu. Additionally, they recently recorded a live concert in San Antonio. “It was one of the most exciting musical events that I have ever been a part of,” stated Matthew. “We are looking forward to sharing the evening in a video release very soon.”
Canton Junction has experienced great success throughout the time they have been sharing the Good News through song. And it is certain that they will continue to have tremendous success for years to come. For Matthew, and quite assuredly the other members of the group, the best part of traveling and singing as Canton Junction is the “opportunity to see people blessed by the message of the music that we sing and to enjoy singing with friends that mean so much.” That is what it is truly all about: the message in the music, the music along the journey, and the faithful journey traveled by Canton Junction.
Canton Junction recently celebrated their chart-topping radio success at a special luncheon. The quartet’s debut single, “Hold On,” written by Gerald Crabb, reached #1 on The Christian Voice singles chart, while currently holding the #2 position on The Singing News. To order Canton Junction’s debut album, visit: http://www.differencemedia.org.
For More information, visit Canton Junction on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CantonJunctionMusic
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