The name Goodman is synonymous with Southern Gospel Music. This legendary group will forever be remembered for their timeless classics, such as, “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now” and “Who Am I.” While Howard, Vestal, Rusty, and Sam are now singing on Heaven’s shores, another generation of Goodmans has stepped up to continue the family’s musical legacy. Tanya Goodman Sykes, Michael Sykes, and Johnny Minick are singing songs in the key of happy. What was thought to be a one-time special performance at Johnny’s church, River of Life Assembly of God Church, in Smyrna, Tennessee, has now blossomed into a new ministry. Goodman Revival seeks to not only maintain the uniqueness of the Happy Goodman Family musical style, but to also preserve the purpose of ministry: to share the love of Jesus Christ every time God opens the door.
Sometimes, it is evident that God works in mysterious ways. Tanya says the formation of this new ministry was a complete surprise, yet a tremendous blessing. She discussed their decision to move back to Tennessee: “When we first moved back here, we were staying with Johnny and Sherry while we were looking for a house. One Sunday, I sang, ‘Who Am I?’ Just different things, and Johnny would play, and he and Michael would sing harmonies. Then one Sunday, we decided to sing, ‘Until You’ve Known the Love of God.’ We worked it up on Saturday night and we did it on Sunday. At that time, they were posting the services online and putting stuff on YouTube. I saw it on YouTube and it had like 10 or 15,000 hits. We were just shocked. A few months went by and a promoter called us. He said, ‘I want to know about how I can get Johnny, Tanya, and Michael to come and sing.’ We said, ‘We don’t have a group.’”
According to Tanya, the promoter wanted to schedule the group for a reminiscing night of Gospel Music, featuring Tanya, Johnny, and Michael, along with the Rambos and Hinsons. Tanya said they decided it would be fun, but they had to learn more songs to sing, since they had only prepared a couple for church. She said someone got very excited about their limited performances and gave them the money to make a record. Soon the Gaithers wanted them to do a video and as they say, they rest is history. That’s how Goodman Revival was born.
Goodman Revival has, of course, a strong musical influence from the original Happy Goodman Family. As the daughter of Rusty Goodman, Tanya shares her father’s heart for ministry. So do Johnny and Michael. Tanya added, “My dad was a stickler for a good song. A lyric was really important to him and it was also really important that the melody marry that lyric and really represent what that lyric was about, so we all are very picky about songs. One of the things that Michael, Johnny, and I learned by example from my family is that you just need to use the gift that God put in you.” Read more »
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We are happy to present the August edition of SGNScoops Magazine! Our cover story features Canton Junction, a terrific group that has undergone many changes in the last year and now has a new CD, a sound that still excites and uplifts, and a spirit that remains steadfast. Enjoy their continuing journey in a story written by Craig Harris.
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Grab your lemonade and find a good spot in the shade, it’s time for the July edition of SGNScoops Magazine! We are so happy that you have taken time to see what we are all about. Our cover story is all about Tribute Quartet, a group that has been winning awards and singing to audiences across the country for some time. We welcome them for the first time on the cover of SGNScoops, and we know you will enjoy the story written by Matt Baker. Other artists featured include the one and only Gold City Quartet, legendary male vocalist Ronnie Hinson, Squire Parson’s son Sam Parsons, and the Freedom singers who literally escaped to freedom from a land of bondage. Sarah Davison of HighRoad III also joins us.
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SGNScoops is celebrating and wants you to join the party! Since our first edition online in September 2009, we have aimed to articulate your stories to our readers with positive and honest expression. We hope you have appreciated SGNScoops and are as excited as we are about this milestone. If you wish to contribute your congratulations to our special anniversary edition, for only $50 we will print your message along with your group photograph and a link to your website.
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Summer is finally here! Happy June and welcome to another edition of SGNScoops Magazine. We start off with a bang by featuring 11th Hour on our cover. This trio is on the charts and on the lips of Gospel music fans. You will enjoy getting to know them in this article by Marcie Gray!
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Happy Easter! Christ is risen…He is risen indeed! We hope that you will join us in remembering and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus this month in SGNScoops Magazine. Several of our writers delve into what this season means for us as believers. I trust that you will read about the love, grace and eternal life of our Savior on every page.
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It’s February and time to grab your coffee, snuggle up by the fire and read all the great stories in this edition of SGNScoops Magazine. We know we have enough captivating features to keep you reading until you are warm and toasty!
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I am completely overwhelmed at the response we are getting to our song, “It Was The Word.” We are so excited to have our very first top 20 song in the Singing News, and to see it climb to number two in the SGN Scoops Top 100 chart is just awesome! I really think listeners and deejays love to be reminded of what it was that brought all of us to our knees. It takes the Word of God and the sweet conviction of the Holy Spirit to change a life and that’s exactly what this song talks about! Lisa Williamson Of The Williamsons
“I knew, as I produced the new album for the Williamsons that they were about to enter a new season. Their heart for ministry, well, that was a strong as ever, but I knew that the whole world would soon be as aware that The Williamsons are the COMPLETE package; amazing hearts, awesome talent, real servants, and, they’d also find out that LISA is a singing and songwriting machine! I am so HAPPY for them and their #2!!!! Very deserved!” Donna King
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