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Peyton Sisters and Fayth Lore in SGNScoops April 2018

Written by Staff on March 22, 2018 – 9:13 am -

Peyton Sisters

Peyton Sisters

SGNScoops Magazine has recently posted the March 2018 issue, however, we are giving a taste of what you can expect in the April 2018 issue.

Fayth Lore, who not only sings with the Lore Family but also writes for the SGNScoops Magazine, has been doing a series entitled the Sweethearts of Southern Gospel. In April, her guests will be the duo who have been seen on Gaither videos, the Peyton Sisters. These young ladies pour their hearts out to Lore in a feature you will not want to miss.

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Join Joan Walker on a Step by Step journey to Health

Written by Staff on March 8, 2018 – 2:32 pm -

Step by Step by Joan Walker

Step by Step by Joan Walker

Step by Step: February 2018 edition. By Joan Walker

We’re almost halfway through January already, and if it’s cold where you are like it’s cold here, you’re looking for hot soup, hot coffee or tea … or anything hot.


And … it’s almost two weeks since New Year’s Day. That makes me think of Rob Patz’s Publishers Point for January – A New Year, A New You. I’m sure we’ve all thought of changes we can make in our life. Just to introduce myself, I am a copy editor for SGNScoops. I reside in Ontario, Canada, am single (but may get a cat in the spring), and am looking to get healthy.


I’ve dieted all my life. Unfortunately, I’ve never arrived at what a BMI (body mass index) table or doctor’s chart says is my ideal weight. I’ve struggled with body image and self-esteem as well, knowing these issues can all go hand in hand.


A couple of years ago, my hair stylist talked about how she was losing weight. Amy inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and try a new plan. It’s not totally new to me, but there were updates.  For me, I needed the “new.” That’s probably something I need to dig into a little, how I need the “new.” But that’s for another article.


So, take it from a chronic dieter … the new year always seems to be the best time to start something. I am currently on a plan that seems to be working for me, even over the Christmas holidays. Over the next few months, I want to share with you what is happening with my health plan.


Do you find that when you begin to take care of your body by watching what goes into it, other parts of your life are suddenly under the spotlight? I see my spiritual life and health for what it currently is, good or bad. If I stop watching what I eat, the lack of discipline in that area may lead me to feel defeated in my spiritual walk, causing me to put aside my Bible, stop praying, or even staying home from church. Is it possible that we feel guilty when one part of our health isn’t up to par, so we draw away from God?  


I am a Christ follower. I’ve been one since my early teens, and as we all know, there are bumps along the way as we allow life to affect how close or how far away from God we are. One big bump happened last year when I found myself suddenly restructured out of a company I had worked at for over 10 years. Wow, that’s a big bump that caused doubt, anger, and many tears. As a stress/emotional eater, this threw my eating-healthy plan for a loop.


Step by Step by Joan WalkerWith this feature, I want to focus on what and how I’m doing with this food plan, in order to encourage you if you are also trying to get healthy. Also, I will fill you in on my spiritual walk, and maybe my journey can resonate with some of you and help you in some way. I do not have all the answers, and it is attempt 10,002 for getting healthy at least, both physically and spiritually … but perhaps we can go on this walk together.


This is really pushing me out of my comfort zone, but I think there is someone out there who is fighting a battle with their weight, or in their walk with God. Perhaps we can grow together. If you want to respond to me directly about what I’ve written, you can reach me at I’d love to hear from you.


Please note, I am not a paid spokesperson for any specific plan, and as this is a plan that is working for me, I won’t focus on the name of the weight-loss plan. If you want to know the details, please feel free to contact me, but remember to get the approval of your doctor before you start on any food/exercise plan.


Step by Step by Joan Walker

Joan Walker

Editor’s Note: Joan Walker, copywriter for SGNScoops Magazine, joins us this month to begin a look into her life as she follows a path to improve her health, both physically and spiritually. Please watch for Step by Step every month and write to Joan at joan@sgnscoops.

By Joan Walker

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in February 2018

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Rob Patz asks if You are Missing the Mark

Written by Staff on February 28, 2018 – 5:10 pm -

February 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

February 2018 SGNScoops Magazine. Publisher’s Point by Rob Patz

Publisher’s Point by Rob Patz

Welcome to the February edition of the Publisher’s Point. So how was the first month of the year? Did you complete everything you wanted to accomplish? Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions? Are you on the path to a successful 2018?

Okay, right now is a moment of transparency. To be completely honest with you, I haven’t kept either of my resolutions. One was to exercise. Now, I’m not saying I haven’t exercised at all, but I haven’t exercised with any consistency.


I blew the other resolution too.  I was going to be more organized. Yeah, that one hasn’t worked out too great either. In fact, I probably will lose this Publisher’s Point at least once before it actually makes the magazine. If that doesn’t make you laugh, nothing will.

Sometimes in life, we set standards and goals for ourselves, both of which are sometimes not attainable. I’m not saying we shouldn’t strive for high standards, or for lofty goals … far from it. I think we should always dream bigger than we can imagine, because we serve a God who wants us to set goals that are beyond our normal beliefs.


However, I do want to talk about something that has been weighing on my heart, and that is missing the mark when you set goals and standards. I’ll be honest with you … over the last month, I have struggled with my own self-worth. They say, in life, you can be your worst critic, and there have been times when I have questioned my own decisions. I’m not saying we shouldn’t question our own decisions. Again, this is something that we need to pray about.

When I wrote last month’s Publisher’s Point, I didn’t realize how the words that God had given me would come to such life, when I said, “2018 is a new year and new you.” As I have watched circumstances and events unfold in my own life over the last 30 days, it has made me realize that I may miss the mark I have set for myself.


Rob Patz with Mark Trammell, Nick Trammell and Pat Barker

Rob Patz with Mark Trammell, Nick Trammell and Pat Barker

I sometimes struggle to even see the mark, but I know that God is with me. I know that He cares very much for me and for what I’m doing, but He hasn’t brought me to this point to leave me. I do know that He alone is who I should focus on.


For so much of our life, we want to set these great and grandiose New Year’s resolutions. Please listen to me … I do think that we should all set goals. I think we should have things that we want to accomplish, because without goals – especially written down – we will never accomplish anything. But what I’m saying is that our first and foremost thing in life should be to immerse ourselves in what Jesus wants.

This month, I want to encourage you to know that if you are a Christian, you serve a God who is closer than a brother and who sees everything that you’re doing. He knows what you’re striving for. He knows that, at times, you’re going to miss the mark that you have set. Remember, He may not make the goal that you believe you should reach.


He is the God of grace, the God of love, and the God of peace. He loves you regardless of what you are striving for and wants you to make His goals your standard for your life this year.

Make plans to join me in Oxford, Ala., from March 1-3.We are going to have an awesome time. God is going to move, and we believe that lives will be changed. See you then.


Until next month, this is the Publisher’s Point.


By Rob Patz

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in February 2018

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Logan Smith shares his Christmas Perspective

Written by Staff on December 31, 2017 – 10:41 am -

Logan Smith

Logan Smith

Younger Perspective on Logan Smith

By Erin Stevens

A word from the writer…
Tis the season for yuletide cheer, fa la la la’s and Grandma’s famous cookies. But it’s also time to give a little more and be a little sweeter. There’s a young fellow I thought of when I was preparing for this Christmas edition. Not a kinder, sweeter, more down-to-earth guy came to mind than Logan Smith. You may already be a fan of his pipes, but perhaps there are some things you don’t know about him…quite yet. With that said, let’s jump right in!

Erin: For those that might not know your backstory, when did your love for music begin?
Logan: My parents and grandparents raised me on classic Southern Gospel groups such as The Happy Goodmans, The Hinsons, The Rambos and The Speers. I admired them all, but the Goodmans brought an excitement to the stage like I’d never seen before. They inspired me to start singing this incredible music that lifts and encourages. I’ve been hooked ever since!

Logan Smith

Logan Smith

Erin: It appears you have successfully bridged the gap from being “the boy who sings like Vestal” to the talented young man you are now who has come into his own. How have you accomplished this and was it a smooth transition?
Logan: It’s been very smooth. It’s an honor to carry on the legacy of such a dynamic vocalist. I’m enjoying mixing in new songs from such talented writers of our time today, and still throwing it back and singing Goodman classics every night! The music never gets old. The singers fade, but the message in these songs is timeless.

Erin: What are some favorite Smith family traditions that take place during the holiday season? And is there a specific Christmas dish or treat you can’t wait to have every year?
Logan: Christmas is my favorite time of year! Mom and Dad have always made the holidays exceptionally special for my brothers and me. We always wake up every Christmas morning to see what Santa Claus has brought, then we make cream cheese biscuits. I’m excited to see what changes are gonna be taking place this year since my first nephew was born back in April. Oh, and my favorite edible tradition is Mom’s dressing! I’m a little biased, but I believe it’s the best there is.

Erin: Who are your top musical inspirations? How have they impacted you personally?
Logan: I’d have to say Jeff and Sheri Easter. They’ve had a huge impact and been so influential in my life. I sang with them for the first time when I was 10 years old at a church just a few miles from home. That night, Jeff called me up to sing, and immediately called Bill Gaither and said, “You gotta hear this kid.” I did my first Homecoming concert two weeks later at Gaither Fest in Myrtle Beach, SC. They deserve so much credit for getting me where I am today, and I’m beyond grateful for them.

Erin: What is the strangest thing a fan has ever said to you?
Logan: “You need to cut your hair.” When I was younger, I had longer hair and a lot of elderly ladies would come up and tell me my hair was too long. I look back at pictures and laugh about it now!

Erin: Tell us all about your new CD. What is your favorite song from the album and why?
Logan: I’m so excited about the new record titled Hits Before My Time. It’s been four years since the release of a mainline project. I took 11 classic songs that I grew up on, and made them my own. Songs like: “Amazing Grace,” “Sheltered in the Arms of God,” “My Lord Will Send a Moses (feat. Jeanette Cooke),” “Go Rest High on that Mountain,” “He Set Me Free (feat. Vestal Goodman),” and many more. I’d have to say my favorite would be “He Set Me Free” with Vestal. It was such a surreal moment the first time I heard her vocal in the studio and I thought to myself, so many people would be stoked to get to duet with their musical hero. I’m ecstatic that Jeff Easter and modern technology made that possible.

Erin: What are some exciting things the fans can be expecting from you in 2017?
Logan: I’ll be going back in the studio in February to work on another new record. This album is gonna feature mostly all new material and I’m excited to say I’m writing a few for this album. I’m also celebrating 10 years of full time ministry as well next year. There will be a “Decade” album and a select number of special tour dates aside from my regular touring schedule to celebrate.

Logan SmithErin: Pick your favorites – Bow ties or skinny ties? Hot chocolate or coffee? Elf or Home Alone? Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Gift giver or gift getter?
Logan: Skinny ties/Coffee/Home Alone/Christmas Day/Gift giver.

Erin: As we celebrate the birth of Christ, in your own words, what does Christmas mean to you?
Logan: If it weren’t for the birth of Jesus, there would be no Christmas season. I’m grateful for the beauty He allows the human eye to see through all the lights and decorations and the excitement when we hear classic Christmas songs. It’s amazing to me the change in people’s moods, how light hearted they are, and the love we all share between one another. I have to believe God smiles down on us during this time of year. After all, God is love. It makes you wonder why the love, joy, and smiles can’t be shown year round.

Closing words from the writer…
Maybe this year it will be different. Maybe this year, we will take that love and joy with us into the new year. It’s easy for folks to hit a brick wall as soon as the Merry Christmas’s cease. Reality swoops back in, and the frightening newness of the coming year can be a crippling thought. I wish I had the perfect answer for how to keep those thoughts at bay, but here’s a great reminder from Isaiah 26:3:“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.” We serve the same Lord on January the first as we do on December 25th. Don’t get bogged down in the what if’s ahead. Treasure those that you love, be thankful for what you have, and anticipate what the future holds while believing in the One who holds the future. May our festive spirit truly spill over into the next 12 months. Thanks for reminding us to keep smiling, Logan. A very Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good read!

Until next year, Scoops fans.
And that’s my take on it.

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First published by SGNScoops in December 2016

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Please pray for Vonda Easley and family of Tim Clarke

Written by Staff on November 5, 2017 – 5:10 pm -

Tim Clarke

Tim Clarke with his wife, Alisha

On Saturday,  November 4, Vonda Easley of Hey Y’all Media and SGNScoops received news that her nephew, Tim Clarke, had passed away suddenly after a heart attack.

Tim with his mother, Judy

Clarke, 42, leaves behind his wife Alisha, daughter Payton Smith, sister Tajuana Gossage, and parents Judy (Easley’s sister) and Byron Clarke, as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Tim Clarke

Tim and his aunt, Vonda Easley

Services have been posted as follows: Funeral services for Tim Clarke, will be at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, November 07, 2017, at Liberty Hill Methodist Church with visitation from 6:00 PM -8:00 PM Monday, November 06, 2017 at Dryden Funeral Home. (Church and funeral home are located in Heflin, Alabama.)

SGNScoops entire staff and friends are praying for Vonda, Alisha, Judy,  Byron, Tajuana, and their family in this difficult time.

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Written by Staff on November 2, 2017 – 1:52 pm -

Butler Music Group's Winning Artists: Williamons, Old Time Preachers Quartet, Heaven's Mountain Band, Sacred Harmony and Matt Felts.

Butler Music Group’s Winning Artists: Williamons, Old Time Preachers Quartet, Heaven’s Mountain Band, Sacred Harmony and Matt Felts.

Nashville, TN (November 1, 2017) Butler Music Group works with many of the top artists in Southern Gospel Music and the 2017 Diamond Awards honored many BMG artists last night. BMG entered the night with seven artists nominated in eleven categories and walked away winning six.

The Williamsons have built a reputation as the best mixed-quartet in Southern Gospel Music and last night they were awarded as Mixed Group of the Year. Sadie Williamson was also a special part of the night as she was the official “trophy girl.”

Heaven’s Mountain Band showed why they are mentioned along artists such as the Primitives and Issacs. They brought home multiple awards, Album of the Year, “This Old House of Mine,” and Song of the Year, “I’ll Ride This Ship to the Shore.” They were also nominated for Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year.

Sacred Harmony has been quickly catching the eyes

Matt Felts, Diamond Award winner

Matt Felts, Diamond Award winner

and ears of the Southern Gospel industry for their unique sound that blends traditional Gospel with more contemporary styles. They were honored with the Favorite New Trio award and was also a finalist in the Video of the Year category.

In only two years, the Old Time Preachers Quartet have established themselves as the hottest new group in Gospel Music. The quartet won Favorite New Quartet. They were also nominated for Album of the Year.

While not a new name to Southern Gospel fans, Matt Felts is charting new territories as a soloist. In his first year as a soloist, Matt was nominated for Favorite Male Vocalist and won the Sunrise Artist award. Butler Music Group was blessed to have the Coffmans and Jason Davidson also nominated in the Sunrise Artist Category.

“Wow, what a night! We are incredibly blessed and honored to work with the best of the best and the Southern Gospel fan spoke through the Diamond Awards. We want to thank Rob Patz and SGN Scoops for an incredible event,” stated Les Butler, Butler Music Group. For more pictures and a list of winners from BMG’s big night, go to the Butler Music Group Facebook page.

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SGNScoops prepares for the 2017 Diamond Awards

Written by Staff on September 29, 2017 – 10:22 am -

Diamond Awards

Diamond Awards

Rob Patz and Jean Grady discuss the 2017 Diamond Awards.

Rob Patz and Jean Grady discuss the 2017 Diamond Awards.

SGNScoops is currently working on the program for the 2017 Diamond Awards. Shown are Rob Patz of SGNScoops and Jean Grady of Gospel Music Today putting the final touches on the schedule.

The Nelons to attend the 2017 Diamond Awardds

The Nelons

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. Among this year’s special guests are the Nelons and Brian Free and Assurance.

Brian Free and Assurance to perform at the 2017 Diamond Awards

Brian Free and Assurance

The 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.

Make plans to attend the 2017 Diamond Awards ceremony as the best in today’s Gospel music are celebrated.

Vonda Easley, Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff at the Diamond Awards

Vonda Easley, Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff

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 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
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SGNScoops editor asks: Are you striving for excellence?

Written by Staff on June 25, 2017 – 3:21 pm -

Collingsworth Family appear in SGNScoops June 2017. Lorraine Walker, Editor

Collingsworth Family appear in SGNScoops June 2017. Lorraine Walker, Editor

Editor’s Last Word for June 2017 by Lorraine Walker [expanded version]

Thanks to you all for checking out the June issue of SGNScoops Magazine. Three years ago this month, I began my full duties as editor, not comprehending the breadth and scope of what it means to work in this capacity. As I have made my way through the labyrinth of SGNScoops, I have come to realize even more the heart of this organization.


I have written for Rob Patz and the SGMRadio and SGNScoops web sites since 2004 and this magazine since 2009. However, it wasn’t until I gingerly took on the reigns of SGNScoops Magazine as editor in June 2014, that I really began to interact with all of the writers, contributors, behind-the-scenes and creative/design people that work together to make every issue the best that it can be.


Lorraine Walker, editor of SGNScoops Magazine

Lorraine Walker, editor of SGNScoops Magazine

We strive for excellence. Whether we always reach it is debatable, but we are always reaching for the next rung on the ladder. The reason we do that is because we believe we are really working for the King of Kings. Therefore, we must give our very best. We also trust that you – our readers – will enjoy and be edified by our efforts. In your every day work, do you strive for excellence simply because the Almighty God wants your very best?

God doesn’t expect perfection…He just wants you to strive to reach the mark. Just like my sign under my picture, “Love Everyone, Always,” doesn’t mean you always will just because God told you to love your neighbor as yourself. He just wants you to try. You don’t need to be a doormat, just as you wouldn’t expect to walk over others. Give yourself to God and then to others. In His strength, try to live as He lived and do your utmost for Him.

Our cover artist this month also works hard to give its very best. The Collingsworth Family is known for its excellence vocally and with its musicianship. Erin Stevens brings us a close look at what makes the family thrive. Craig Harris shows us how their family relationships reflect their faith in a good father. Respect, love and compassion as shown by our Heavenly Father will draw a family closer. We hope you enjoyed all of the features that emphasized the Father’s Day theme sprinkled throughout this issue.


I’m so glad that I still have my father and that we as a family will be able to gather and celebrate him on Father’s Day. I also have a close relationship with my Heavenly Father, and I know He is good. Is that something that you perhaps haven’t come to understand in your life? That the almighty God would give His dear child just so you could have a relationship with Him, proves how good He is. He wants to give you every good and perfect gift. I pray you would draw near to Him today.


June 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

June 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Thank you to all of you that have written to share your gifts and talents given to you by our Father. If you have an interest in becoming a part of SGNScoops, drop me a line at

From the Editor’s Last Word, SGNScoops Magazine for June 2017.

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David Staton: One day a year is not enough for Mom

Written by Staff on May 13, 2017 – 8:06 am -

David Staton and his mom

David Staton and his mom, Geneva Staton

David Staton, monthly columnist for SGNScoops, writes this about his mom:

My mom, Geneva Staton, still lives in the house that my dad built in Hamilton, OH, and at eighty years old, she still pours herself into the lives of her children and grandchildren.  The doctors told my mom that she would never be able to have kids, but I’m one of five that call her mom.  I was fortunate enough for God to place me in a home full of love.  I had parents that loved each other, loved us kids, and loved God more than anything.  As a kid, at the center of all of that love was my mom.  She had 5 kids (I’m in the middle), and we all grew up singing together.  We learned to sing harmony at a young age.  I remember my mom getting in the floor and singing a harmony part in my ear loud enough that I would not be distracted by the other parts going on around me.  She could sing, but I never remember hearing her sing in public.  However, I do remember her and my dad driving us kids all over when we did.  She was always and still is an amazing cook!  Her dishes are legendary in southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky!  She always made sure that we had dinner together as a family, and she still loves to have all of her family together for meals.  When I was really young, her and my dad would always take us five kids to Levi Jackson State Park in London, KY with a pop up camper.  I still wonder how they did that.  I remember my mom along with the ladies from the families in our church that would go with us, getting up at 5:00AM to make breakfast, cleaning up until lunch time, cleaning that up until supper, and then preparing for snacks around the campfire.  For mom, it was anything but a vacation.  After years of doing this, I remember my mom telling my dad, that if this was all we could do for a vacation, she’d rather stay home.  I sure did not blame her.  That same year, there was a for sale sign that went on the camper and that was when we started going to the beach.  Thank you mom! When I think of all that my mom has done for her family and for the Kingdom of God, one day a year is not enough to honor her.  

Happy Mother’s Day Mom,

From your favorite son,

David Staton and family

David Staton

David (In case you forgot)

About David Staton:

Through the years, nearly every major artist in gospel music has recorded David’s music.  Artists like Gold City, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Kingsmen, Singing Americans, Dixie Melody Boys, Imperials, Dottie Peoples, Ball Brothers, LeFevre Quartet, Palmetto State Quartet, Priority, Trailblazers, The Greenes, Ivan Parker, Brian Free and many more have recorded music written by David Staton.  From 2005 to 2013, Staton was the Executive Vice President for Song Garden Music Group in Nashville, TN.  In recent years, the National Quartet Convention has asked David to be a part of an industry advisory panel to help artists who need assistance and training.  Not only has David made a mark in gospel music as an artist and a writer, he is passing on his knowledge and experience on to new artists which will influence and shape the future of gospel music.

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