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David Staton: Can You Handle It?

Written by Staff on January 12, 2017 – 10:19 pm -

David Staton and family

David Staton and family

The Power of Being Thankful

I read an article recently about a mother who stopped to get her kids some ice cream cones. She watched her kids take the ice cream and as they took their tasty treat from the lady behind the counter, the mom noticed that not one of them offered a simple thank you. As soon as they walked out of the ice cream shop, the mother took every single ice cream cone and threw them in the trash.

The kids, obviously upset, asked why she would do such a thing. The mom explained the importance of being thankful. This may seem extreme, but that mother probably made a lasting impression on her kids about how important it is to be thankful.

We live in a self-serving, entitled, what’s in it for me society. It’s hard to find people who are truly thankful for anything. My wife and I try our best to instill thankfulness in our kids.  We do our best to make sure that “Thank You” is part of their regular vocabulary.

A great example of the power of thankfulness can be found in Luke 17: 11-19 when Jesus heals 10 people plagued with the most horrible disease of that day, leprosy. They all walked away, enjoying the healing, restoration and freedom they thought they would never see again, yet only one of them turns around to thank Jesus, who so graciously had just made them whole again.

David Staton and familyNot long ago, someone asked me a question that I think every Christian should answer. The question was, “If you could be any kind of Christian, what kind of person would you be?” I had never been asked that before, but after thinking about it, I answered.  I would want to be the kind of Christian, that should scripture continue to be written for future generations, my name would be mentioned.  

I would want my faith to be so strong, that demons tremble when I walk into a room, and I would allow God to use me in such a way that I would not just be a footnote, or lumped into a generalized context.

What kind of monumental thing would you have to do to be mentioned in scripture? This one leper was worth being mentioned simply because he was thankful! Wow! Let that sink in for a minute. A simple “Thank You” was enough to get you mentioned in scripture. There was enough power in a simple thank you, to have the Son of God point you out of a crowd.

Think about the people in your life that give you so much. Think about your kids who love you unconditionally, or your wife who supports you and pours so much into you and your kids. Think about the employer that believes in you enough to continually give you a salary to provide for your family. Think about your pastor who spiritually feeds and equips you spiritually.

Now do something that has so much power and go to each of them and thank them for what they mean to you  Then think of a God who created you and gave you everything and more than I just mentioned.

Thankfulness! It’s a powerful thing!  

By David Staton

First published in SGNScoops Magazine in the November 2016 issue.

David Staton and family

David Staton

David Staton is a monthly columnist in SGNScoops. Click here for his website.

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Wisdom from Dusty Wells: This Place

Written by Staff on January 8, 2017 – 11:16 am -

Dusty Wells

Dusty Wells

By Dusty Wells

One of my favorite cherished memories that I hold onto, of my many years of traveling, ministering, taking care of and walking alongside of the late prolific songwriter, artist and my friend Dottie Rambo, was listening to her tell me stories of how she was divinely inspired to write certain songs. Or how she would come up with ideas for her lyrics and music….you see Dottie was not one that liked to be put into a room and told to write something. She hated having deadlines for writing for a new project. She always wanted her heart, life and soul to be open, honest and vulnerable to where she was on her own journey.

 

Dottie lived what she sang and then she sang what she lived. She chose to live her songs and then share them with the world. Many days and nights of our traveling together or sitting at her house doing work during the evening, I would hear her crying out in pain from her back problems. I knew one of the only things that would help is when she would get in the anointing, so I would start asking her to tell me about her life, her journey, the fans she loved and the story behind the songs.

 

I had the opportunity to tape many of those conversations via an old cassette recorder that she loved to tape on while recording new song ideas. She always wanted to have a book out on the Story Behind the Songs. We would always end up with tons of used Kleenex tossed aside, and tears and laughter taking us to new places. She had a story for everything or so it seemed. I loved listening to her and I loved to encourage her to tell me more.

 

Dony McGuire. Reba Rambo McGuire. Dusty Wells

Dony McGuire. Reba Rambo McGuire. Dusty Wells

This morning as I was out walking, I was doing a little praying and seeking God for some certain answers not only for our life but also for several friends who are in desperate need for answers. I looked around at the beautiful foliage and greenery that surrounds the lake which we live close to, and I was reminded so gently that God is all around us. Yes He is in the churches where we worship, in the concert halls we sing at,and in the grand cathedrals that were built in His honor. He is found in all of those places, but He is right here in our hearts. That is His dwelling place. I felt Him in a fresh way and I knew He was right there with us.

 

I started humming the classic Dottie chorus, “Holy Spirit Thou Art Welcome,” and all of a sudden I remembered her telling me the story of how that song came to be.

 

The Rambos (Buck, Dottie and Reba) had been invited to sing behind the Iron Curtain in the early ‘70’s. They were told they could sing any and all of their songs, but they could not talk about God or the blood of Jesus if they were to talk and share in between the songs. All they could do was sing the Gospel. Nothing else would be tolerated.

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AG Publicity Artists Shine at 2016 SGNScoops Diamond Awards

Written by Staff on November 10, 2016 – 8:19 pm -

Karen Peck and New River Win at 2016 Diamond Awards

Karen Peck and New River Win at 2016 Diamond Awards

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (November 3, 2016) AG Publicity artists received some of the top honors last evening at the 2016 SGN Scoops Diamond Awards. The Annual Awards were held November 1, as a part of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Williamsons at Diamond Awards

Williamsons at 2016 Diamond Awards

Dove Award-winning family group Karen Peck & New River took home two awards last night for Trio of the Year and Mixed Group of the Year. The Williamsons also were awarded two trophies for Favorite Song of the Year and Favorite Album of the Year (for “Shout” and Tell Somebody respectively).

Karen Peck of New River stated, “We are very honored to receive these amazing Diamond Awards. We want to thank all of you who voted for us. You all have been such a blessing to us over the past 25 years as KPNR. We work very hard to keep our ministry moving forward for the Lord. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated. We also want to thank Rob Patz and his awesome team for their tireless efforts in keeping Southern Gospel Music in the forefront of the music world.”

“Such an honor to be awarded with Album of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2016 Diamond Awards! Thank you Lord for this honor and thank you all for voting for us.” an excited Donnie Williamson exclaimed.

Sarah Davison of HighRoad at 2016 Diamond Awards

Sarah Davison of HighRoad at 2016 Diamond Awards

Country/Bluegrass hybrid group HIGHROAD won the Diamond Award for Christian Country Group of the Year, while Jeff Stice won Instrumentalist of the Year.

Sarah Davison of HIGHROAD commented, “It was really inspiring to be surrounded last night by friends and artists who love Gospel music so much. We couldn’t do it without the folks who voted for us and have prayed for us while we go out and travel and sing all the time. We are humbled by this honor and it’s to God we give the Glory. I’m just thankful He gives us the songs to write and let’s us do what we love to do.”

img_0929Jeff Stice said, “The Bible says if we delight in the Lord , He will give us the desires of our hearts…. but it amazes me that when we delight in the Lord those desires change. My desire? I just want to finish well, and be a vessel that glorifies God… I truly am speechless over this Diamond Award… I am honored that the voters have chosen me as Instrumentalist of the Year. My thanks to The Beckie Simmons agency for booking me, Daywind Records for signing me as an artist, AGP for being my publicist , my family for praying for me, the Nelons for believing in me and my wife, Stacey ( my gift from God)for loving and supporting me… Psalm 130:7 says: “Hope in the Lord , for in the Lord there is mercy, and with Him there is ABUNDANT REDEMPTION ”

AGP President, Deon Unthank, stated, “We at AG Publicity are proud to represent some of the most talented artists in the Gospel Music industry. Congratulations to Karen Peck and New River, The Williamsons, HIGHROAD, and Jeff Stice. Your hard work is appreciated as indicated by these awards.”

AG Publicity represents an award-winning roster of artists including Karen Peck & New River, The Williamsons, HIGHROAD, Jeff Stice, Michael English, The Browders, Wilburn & Wilburn, Johnny Minick with Goodman Revival, 11th HOUR, Steve Ladd, The Freemans, and more.

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Fayth Lore Performs National Anthem at Faith and Freedom Coalition Event in Ohio

Written by Staff on October 28, 2016 – 8:33 am -

Fayth Lore Performs National Anthem at Faith and Freedom Coalition Event in Ohio

Fayth Lore

Rally Featured Vice Presidential Candidate Mike Pence, Conservative Activist Ralph Reed

Circleville, Ohio (October 25, 2016) Christian vocalist, Fayth Lore, of the Lore Family was privileged to perform the National Anthem as part of a Faith and Family Coalition event held in Circleville, Ohio. Her performance preceded speeches from notables such as Vice Presidential candidate, Governor Mike Pence, and nationally known conservative activist Ralph Reed.

Lore’s stirring rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” set the stage for an exciting time of prayer, inspiration and patriotism. The event was held at Crossroads CCCU Church in Circleville, Ohio.

During the event, Mike Pence told the audience, “You are committed to putting feet on our values, feet on our faith, and you are going to be the difference-makers here in Ohio.” He also denounced Roe vs Wade, saying that he will fight for the “Sanctity of Life” by banning late term abortions and defunding Planned Parenthood.

Ralph Reed, Chairman of the 1.1 million member Faith and Freedom Coalition, encouraged Evangelicals to go out and vote, noting that over 17 million failed to vote in the last election. Reed’s organization is distributing 1.2 million voter guides, through over 3,000 churches in the battleground state of Ohio.

Fayth Lore Performs National Anthem at Faith and Freedom Coalition Event in Ohio

Lore Family

Fayth Lore and the Lore Family have had a very busy and exciting summer. They recently released a new project, featuring Fayth and her brother Samuel. “Generation Now” crosses generation gaps and bridges the same through inspiring and uplifting music. The Lore Family also performed at top venues, including Dollywood, Silver Dollar City, and the National Quartet Convention. They will be featured at this week’s Smokehouse Gospel Music Dinner Theater, in Monteagle, Tennessee. The Lore Family will also host the “Determined Youth Conference” on November 11th, at the Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene in Franklin Furnace, Ohio. National evangelist CT Townsend will partner with The Lore’s during this teen conference.

More information on the Lore Family can be found on their website at www.thelorefamilyministries.com.

Fayth Lore writes a column for SGNScoops magazine entitled “What Love Looks Like,” every other month.
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Carla and Redemption Ministries guest star in SGNScoops’ Fast Five

Written by Staff on August 22, 2016 – 2:25 pm -

Carla & Redemption

Carla and Redemption

Welcome to a new edition of SGNScoops’ Fast Five! Today we talk with Carla and Redemption Ministries, a mixed group from Lumberton, North Carolina. This family group presents Country-flavored Southern Gospel and Worship songs with a live band. It is a pleasure to hear artists sing with live music and the band allows Carla and Redemption Ministries (C&R) a lot of flexibility in style and format. C&R presents current and original music with an honesty and skill you will enjoy, in a style reminiscent of the McGruders and the Crabb Family.

We were happy to see that C&R also has young people as a part of their group, training up the youth to become leaders in the Gospel music industry. Carla Monds is joined by Jordan Monds, Helen Oxendine, Earl Monds, Tim Bledsole, Kilynn Kline and Colton Locklear. The group travels throughout North Carolina, and into South Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia, Pennsylvania, from Florida to Arizona. We hope you enjoy reading more from Carla Monds, sharing about Carla and Redemption Ministries!
SGN: Tell us when Carla & Redemption Ministries was formed?
C&R: We began as a ministry in 1993.
SGN: Would you share your testimony with us? 
C&R: Our ministry is centered around deliverance and healing. We have been a witness to God’s miraculous power over the years. We have seen folks come out of wheelchairs, come off drugs and God has placed a special anointing on our ministry to pray for folks to have children.
When I was 10 weeks pregnant with my only (natural) child, I began to hemorrhage. I was rushed to the hospital and told that I had miscarried and I should contact my OBGYN to follow up, and I was given paperwork on what to do after a miscarriage.  About an hour later, after prayer,  the bleeding got worse. I returned to the hospital because I was weak.
We sincerely asked GOD to save our baby, we declared HIS word and asked for an ultrasound. We were told that no technician available but, after insisting,  someone was brought in and the ultrasound report read as follows: fetus intact, heartbeat strong, due date 6/25/95.  What a mighty GOD we serve!
The remainder of the pregnancy was tough. They said the baby would likely be premature, possibly wouldn’t make it, but “GOD said live” and our son was born late and at 10 lbs.  Jordan, is now 21 years old. He is our drummer, singer and a rising senior at Campbell University, where he is studying Business. Jordan plans to be a corporate attorney.
Over the years God has lead us to pray for numerous people struggling with this issue and when we come back to church many of them present bouncing, beautiful babies that GOD has sent.  I wouldn’t wish the pain on anyone that we faced but knowing that God sends His anointing where we faced the greatest problems makes it all worth while, we give Him all the glory!
Carla and Redemption

Carla and Redemption

 

SGN: Tell us how and where we can buy your CD and hear your music?

C&R: You can visit our Carla & Redemption Facebook page or call us (910) 736-1226.

SGN: What are some future goals for the ministry of Carla and Redemption Ministries? 
C&R: We hope to be able to reach new areas of ministry and touch hearts that have never heard of us before. Most of the group members are Native American from the Lumbee Tribe out of N.C. We want to continue to tell the story that people may be changed and live a better life and ultimately see Jesus one day.
SGN: Carla, Of all the years you have been traveling, has there been one singing, concert, or event that stands out and why? 
C&R: Several years ago we were headed home from Virginia and we began to have trouble with the van, something with the electrical system. For some reason everyone wasn’t with us that weekend (of course) and none of us knew anything about vehicles. We had stopped in Kenly, NC and called our friends at Lucoma Church of God and they helped us.
We thought the problem was fixed and they asked if we wanted them to follow us but we told them we would be okay. We headed down the road and started talking about how good it is to have friends and most of all to have GOD in front of us watching out and in back of us.
13124488_10207296391225423_3115394920858363987_nSuddenly the phone rang. It was the pastor’s wife. She said, “Sister Carla, just wanted to let y’all know that we are following you until you get to the exit your family lives on!” Wow! I thought, “God is so good!” I told her we would be okay, so they turned around.
In few moments, on a very dark section of I-95, the van stopped right in the middle of the road. We couldn’t push it so we were sitting ducks. We called the police, but it took a bit for them to arrive. Meanwhile, the van sat in the black night, no lights, in the middle of I-95. As we stood beside the road, we began to notice that all of the tractor trailers and cars that were flying by us were in the other lane. I looked down the road and it literally looked like someone was directing traffic, telling everyone to move over. I knew it was GOD. When the trooper arrived, he said,  “Ma’am are you telling me y’all have been standing beside this road, and that van has been in the road like that and hasn’t been hit?” I replied, “Yes sir!” He replied, “That had to be GOD!”
Carla and Redemption have a lot of blessings to share with their audiences and a lot of good music as well. We hope you try to hear this group when they are in your area. Thanks so much to Carla for sharing what God is doing through Carla and Redemption. For booking information, contact Carla Monds at (910)736-1226 or carlaspersonal@hotmail.com.

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Kari Gooch: The “Quirky” Member of Karen Peck and New River

Written by Staff on July 19, 2016 – 2:00 pm -

Kari Gooch of Karen Peck and New River

Kari Gooch of Karen Peck and New River

Younger Perspective on Kari Gooch: By Erin Stevens

A word from the writer…

I have kept you all waiting long enough for this exciting interview! I knew it was finally time to help you get to know the daughter of one of the most prestigious, highly awarded and well loved ladies of our Gospel music industry. Who else could I possibly be referring to other than Karen Peck Gooch? Today, let’s dive into her darling daughter’s life, the sweet Kari Gooch, and find out what roadie livin’ looks like through her eyes.

 

It’s your turn to take center stage, Kari…

 

Erin: What was it like growing up with your mom being such a prominent figure in Gospel music?

Kari: As I get older, I see how loved and respected my mom is in the industry. Honestly, she has just been mom to me. She has always been there for me, and has always tried to put my brother and me before anything else.

 

Erin: For those that may not know the backstory, share what your first night on stage was like.

Kari: About two years ago, my mom got sick and completely lost her voice. I have always been really shy, and the thought of going on stage and singing terrified me! However, when my mom lost her voice, my Aunt Susan came to me and asked if I would help her sing, and I’ve been on stage ever since. Sometimes I still get nervous when I have to sing, but I’m trying to work through that!

 

Erin: How would you describe what it’s like being raised on a bus? Feel free to share pros and cons.

Kari: Being raised on the bus has definitely kept my life interesting! I practically learned to walk on a bus, so I have great balance. I’m really blessed to get to go different places every week, and to see things that most people my age have never seen. One downside to being raised on a bus is the space. When I was little, my brother, cousin, and I would try to think of different games to play. It’s really hard to play hide and seek on a 45-foot bus.

 

Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

Erin: If you could do a duet with anyone in the music industry (any genre) who would it be?

Kari: One of my favorite artists right now is Tori Kelly, so I’d love to do a duet with her.

 

Erin: Are there any good books you’re reading lately that you’d like to share?

Kari: I am currently trying to finish up my freshman year of college, so most of the reading I do is studying for my classes. However, the last book I read for fun was “Good or God” by John Bevere.

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Black Friday at SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 27, 2015 – 10:26 am -

Black Friday at SGNScoops.com

Black Friday at SGNScoops.com

Black Friday at SGNScoops.com

Have you been wanting to advertise with SGNscoops.com and you’ve just been waiting on a great deal? Well the time is now! We have your Black Friday special!

Every artist is looking for more promotion and for help getting the word out about their music. We are offering an unheard of advertising special for Black Friday.

Here are our two offers:

#1: A half page, 12 month ad in SGNScoops PLUS a Fast Five story on our website.
A great value for only $1500!

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This is a savings of over 50% off of your normal price for these advertising packages.

Grab a hold of this is a one day sale now! You must contact Vonda Easley by midnight tonight at 256-310-7892. Call now!


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Whisnant’s Walk of Faith…

Written by Staff on October 10, 2015 – 4:40 am -

WhisnaNts CD

WhisnaNts CD

The walk of faith is a long, winding, consistent road for the Christian. Sometimes we worry, sometimes we struggle to gather courage to tell a friend or co-worker about Jesus and sometimes…we even doubt our own salvation. It takes faith to overcome each concern, and that’s something the Whisnants know all about, so they titled their 2015 release: Walk of Faith.

Susan Whisnant-The Whisnants

Susan Whisnant-The Whisnants

“It kind of summarizes our whole ministry really,” says Jeff Whisnant. “You don’t stay in ministry as long as we do without having a whole lot of faith.” 

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Happy Birthday to Rob Patz

Written by Staff on September 24, 2015 – 5:25 am -

Rob Patz of SGN Scoops

Rob Patz of SGN Scoopsu

It’s time to wish a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our own Rob Patz. Rob is publisher of SGNScoops digital magazine, owner of all SGNScoops and SGMRadio websites and CEO of Coastal Media. He is known and loved by Gospel music artists, industry personnel and every one he meets.

Susan Peck Jackson, Karen Peck Gooch, Rob Patz and Jeff Hawes

Susan Peck Jackson, Karen Peck Gooch, Rob Patz and Jeff Hawes

Go to the SGN Scoops Facebook page and wish Rob a Happy Birthday today!


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Ronny Hinson: The Thread That Weaves It All Together

Written by Staff on September 19, 2015 – 6:55 am -

RH-SilverRonny Hinson grew up in a home full of music. Folks from his little coastal hometown of Watsonville in Santa Cruz County, California, knew that the Hinson family had something special with their singing, but God knew just how far their songs would go and how many hearts would be changed by the message in them. Ronny Hinson’s songwriting talents grew from this special musical beginning and have touched countless lives over the 48 years of his music career. Today Ronny writes music, instructs songwriters, and travels to sing and preach Biblical truths. No matter what he is doing, though, Ronny knows that there is one thread that weaves the many strings of his efforts into one lifeline: and that is the call to change lives for Christ.

  Ronny recalls the special day that his family sang together for the first time. “All of my siblings and I grew up singing in my father’s little storefront church and in revival meetings that he would conduct. We would always sing as soloists or we’d do a duet, but never all together. It was on December 12, 1967, that we sang beyond the walls of our father’s church as the group that the people came to know. It happened in a revival meeting in a little Church of God in Freedom, California, through great efforts of arm-twisting! We sang the old song that The Goodman family made famous called ‘The Eyes of Jesus.’ We were all familiar with the words and the melody but never had sung it together in four-part harmony. Our singing was so well-received that night and we discovered what God already knew: that we were called to sing. We were invited to sing at another church about 40 miles away two weeks later where we received our first love offering. It was the grand sum of five dollars. Being siblings, we didn’t trust each other so we split it four ways outside on the church sidewalk. A buck and a quarter apiece!”

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