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SGN Scoops at NQC – Thursday

Written by Staff on September 26, 2014 – 9:21 am -

Singing News' Fan Awards Choir

Singing News’ Fan Awards Choir

Photographs by Craig Harris

Lauren Talley Alvey, Brian Free

Lauren Talley Alvey, Brian Free

The Isaacs

The Isaacs

Once again, SGN Scoops’ reporter Craig Harris gives us a look at the evening performances during the National Quartet Convention. Thursday’s events also included the Singing News’ Fan Awards.

Bill Shivers, Mike Rogers, Jeremy Lile-Brian Free and Assurance

Bill Shivers, Mike Rogers, Jeremy Lile-Brian Free and Assurance

The Taylors

The Taylors

 

Ed O'Neal of the Dixie Melody Boys

Ed O’Neal of the Dixie Melody Boys

 

Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision

Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision

Randy Shelnut Sr., George Shelton Jr. of the Dixie Echoes

Randy Shelnut Sr., George Shelton Jr. of the Dixie Echoes


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Fans ‘Count On’ an All-new Dynamic Release from The Hoppers

Written by SGN Scoops on October 22, 2012 – 10:01 am -

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—October 22nd, 2012— One of Gospel music’s most awarded and acclaimed family groups The Hoppers have just completed an all-new studio recording entitled Count Me In (Spring Hill Music/Gaither Gospel Series®), scheduled to hit the streets on October 23rd.  Family members Kim, Dean, Connie, Claude and Michael Hopper joined hands with industry veteran producer Michael Sykes, along with co-production from Kim and Mike, to bring this collection of songs to life.
“Michael Sykes took us under his wing and revived a bit of old-school soul in all of us,” described Connie.  “You can hear the emotion and conviction in our wavering voices throughout this album, and we intentionally didn’t edit any of that emotion out. We set a path for ourselves, musically, to simply do something different…something that hopefully makes you feel God’s Spirit.”
“We discovered we didn’t have to go about this in the standard ‘ABC recording fashion,’” explained Kim.  “Instead, we dove head first into recording vocals with only a click track, later adding the instrumentation and definitive melody around our voices.  This is contrary to what we normally do, and it gave such a freedom in tracking!  We were able to do so much more with the emotion of each song.”
That passion is evident on Count Me In, complete with lush orchestration and unmistakable, seamless harmonies.  The release features stirring power ballads, for which the group has long been known, with new offerings such as “He Didn’t Just Carry the Cross He Carried Me” and “I Am Whatever You Need.”  For Hoppers’ fans whose favorite tunes are the group’s contagious upbeat melodies, the new release includes “Mighty Is the Word,” “I’ll Take You Home” and the title cut and first radio single “Count Me In,” currently climbing the airplay charts.
From catchy choruses to reflective strains, the recording captures some special moments for the avid Gospel music fan with a cover of the Bill and Gloria Gaither classics “I Just Feel Like Something Good Is About to Happen” and “I Will Serve Thee,” an easygoing version of “If I Can Help Somebody” and a re-make of the thought-provoking ballad “I Wish We’d All Been Ready,” which finds Connie delivering a heartfelt, earnest vocal alongside the family’s signature blends and emotional interpretations.
“We’ve found that what you sing doesn’t just have to line up with what you believe, it has to be your burden- your heart- as you sing it,” stated Dean.  “The Hoppers have definitely evolved musically over the past 55 years, but so has circumstance.  Count Me In is our representation of where we are now with a nod to where we’ve been and, most importantly, where we are going.  This album is such a monumental thing for us.”
The Hoppers are recent inductees into the Gospel Music Association’s (GMA’s) Hall of Fame, and they have just returned from The Singing News Fan Awards where Kim was awarded Favorite Soprano and Favorite Female Singer only a couple of weeks after being named Favorite Soprano at the first annual National Quartet Convention (NQC) Awards, held in Louisville, Ky.
The group enjoyed recent success with the release The Gaither Gospel Series: The Best of The Hoppers (Gaither Music Group).  The DVD soared to #2 on Billboard’s video chart while the CD entered the Billboard Heatseeker chart at #4. Additionally, the CD entered the Nielsen SoundScan southern gospel chart at #1 and the Contemporary Christian chart at #10.
The Hoppers maintain a heavy touring schedule, performing on the Gaither Homecoming video series, at the National Quartet Convention, at the Great Western Gospel Music Fan Festival, at the Cove and at Singing in the Sun in addition to around 150 solo dates annually.
Count Me In, distributed exclusively through EMI CMG Distribution, will be available at online outlets, including iTunes, and is currently available for pre-sale at Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com.  It will also be available in retail stores where Christian music is sold.  For further information regarding The Hoppers, please visit www.thehoppers.com.
Please visit www.Facebook.com/TheHoppersOfficial to view special behind-the-scenes videos from The Hoppers’ time in the studio, or visit them on Twitter: @CDeanHopper, @KarlyeHopper, @HoppersMusic.

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Triumphant Quartet, again, walks away with Album of the Year and more at the 2012 Singing News Fan Awards!

Written by SGN Scoops on October 6, 2012 – 7:41 am -

Franklin, TN-10/5/2012: Singing News announced the 2012 Fan Awards on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 and once again, Triumphant Quartet comes away with another Triumphant Showing after winning four Singing News Fan Awards, each a repeat performance from last year’s award show.

Jeff Stice came away with the Favorite Musician award, while Eric Bennett came away with the Favorite Bass Vocalist award. The group as a whole rounded up the awards show by being named Favorite Traditional Quartet and winning Album Of The Year for their latest album “Songs From The Heart”.

Bill Traylor, President of Mansion Entertainment had this to say, “In my 35 years, I have never worked with a more talented group exuding not only great four-part harmony, but class and spiritual integrity. It is an honor to be the record label for Triumphant”.

The Singing News Fan Awards is the Southern Gospel industry’s premiere awards show, and features winners chosen directly by the readers of the Singing News Magazine.

To follow the latest announcements regarding Triumphant Quartet, follow them on Facebook at Facebook.com/TriumphantQuartet or through their website www.TriumphantQuartet.com

 


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Daywind Records Celebrates A Great Year With Eight Singing News Fan Awards

Written by SGN Scoops on September 29, 2011 – 12:49 pm -

Hendersonville, TN (Sept. 29, 2010) –The Singing News held its annual Fan Awards, along with inductions to the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame, on Wednesday at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. Daywind artists took home eight of the awards presented, with the Booth Brothers garnering six of the awards.

Recipients included the Booth Brothers’ Ronnie Booth for Male Vocalist and Favorite Lead, Michael Booth for Favorite Tenor, and Jim Brady for Favorite Baritone.  The Booth Brothers were also awarded Favorite Trio, as well as Favorite Artist.  Libbi Stuffle (Perrys) received recognition as Favorite Alto of the Year while Rodney Griffin (Greater Vision) was once again named Songwriter of the Year for the 13th consecutive year.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with such a talented and committed group of artists,” shares Norman Holland, Vice President and Director of A&R at Daywind.  “These artists give of themselves each and every week to share the Gospel, and we at Daywind are thrilled to know that fans also recognize the quality and commitment of these men and women.”
The Singing News Fan Awards are voted upon each year by subscribers of the Singing News magazine.  The awards celebrated their second year at Dollywood, in conjunction with the SGMA inductions, after previously being held at Freedom Hall during the National Quartet Convention.  For more information on the Singing News, visit www.singingnews.com.  For more information on the Southern Gospel Music Association, visit www.sgma.org.

Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors.  For more information on Daywind Records and their award-winning family of artists, visit www.daywindrecords.com.


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Rick Busby Forms Trio

Written by SGN Scoops on July 13, 2011 – 1:35 pm -

Introducing the exciting sounds and beautiful harmony of the Rick Busby Trio. Rick Busby; the five-time nominated Favorite First Tenor for the Singing News Fan Awards (1986-1990), Dove Award nominee for Male Vocalist of the Year(1987), and Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee (1999) for his vocal contribution while with The Florida Boys Quartet from Pensacola, Florida.
 
While Rick was the first tenor with The Florida Boys they achieved three #1 songs, “When He Was On The Cross I Was On His Mind,” “I Lean on You, Lord,”  “Paid In Full,” and five other Top Ten Songs. The Florida Boys’ “When He Was On The Cross I Was On His Mind” was also awarded “Song of the Year” in 1986 and 1987, and Top 20 Song of the Century. In 1988 Rick then joined forces with Heaven Bound. While Rick was their First Tenor, Heaven Bound achieved two #1 songs; “Can the World See Jesus in Me” and “It’s the King” along with four other songs in the Top Ten Chart for the Singing News Magazine.
 
Joining Rick is his beautiful wife Cyndi Busby who sings alto. Cyndi who has been married to Rick since January of 1990 has one of the most unique and talented alto voices in the industry. Rick and Cyndi have been singing together for the past 11 years in evangelism and local church work.
 
Rick and Cyndi have joined their superb talents, and extensive experience with the fantastic, soaring vocals of baritone/music minister Mike Manning, of Metter, Georgia. Together they have created a unique sound, and ministry of song and encouragement for the Body of Christ. As of this press release, they are currently in the process of selecting new material for their upcoming debut album. Their ministry is available for concerts, church events, and singing conventions of any size and venue.
They can be reached at 912-347-2502 or 706-833-5906.


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The Accolades Continue for Triumphant Quartet.

Written by Rhonda on October 1, 2010 – 11:26 am -


 Brentwood, TN (Mansion Entertainment) October 1st, 2010 – One of the highest forms of compliment in any music genre is to be a nominee or recipient of fan-based awards. Southern Gospel fans continue to bestow recognition and honor upon Triumphant Quartet as they were recently awarded Favorite Traditional Quartet, at 2010 Singing News Fan Awards held at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN on September 29th. This marks the second year in a row for the group to receive this esteemed fan-based acknowledgment.
 
This is not the only repeat recognition from fans in regard to the group, Eric Bennett was a repeat fan favorite with Favorite Bass Singer and pianist Jeff Stice collected his third Musician of The Year Award. Triumphant Quartet and its individual members have received fan and industry nominations each year since their formation.
 
You can read more about Triumphant Quartet by visiting their website at www.triumphantquartet.com or by visiting www.themansionentertainment.com.


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Daywind Music Group Captures 44 Singing News Fan Award Nominations

Written by Scoops Staff on May 22, 2010 – 8:03 am -

Hendersonville, TN  – The top five nominees for the 2010 Singing News Fan Awards were announced earlier this week, and Daywind Music Group is honored to have received 44 nominations in all.

Nominations covered a wide range of categories and honored groups, individuals, songs, albums, and songwriters. The Perrys led the pack with 11 nominations in all. The Booth Brothers were not far behind with nine. Receiving six nominations were Legacy Five and Greater Vision. Karen Peck & New River garnered four nods. Brian Free &Assurance garnered a nomination in two categories.  Pat Barker (Mark Trammell Quartet) was nominated for Horizon Individual. Austins Bridge received a nomination for Horizon Artist Of The Year. Daywind had three Album Of The Year nominations and seven Song Of The Year nods. In addition to artist, song, and album nominations, Daywind Music Publishing writers were also recognized.  Gerald Crabb and Ronny Hinson, who are exclusive Daywind writers, each received individual songwriter nods. The other three nominees in that category are Daywind artists, Rodney Griffin, Joseph Habedank, and Jim Brady.

Norman Holland, vice president and A&R director for Daywind Records shares, “We continue to be honored and truly humbled to have such tremendous artists, wonderful musicians, great songs, and gifted songwriters.  Southern Gospel music has the best fans in the world and we are thankful for their show of support to our Daywind family.”

The final round of voting for Singing News subscribers will take place in the July issue of the magazine. The 2010 Singing News Fan Awards, along with the 2010 SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, will be held Wednesday, September 29, 2010, in Dolly Parton’s Celebrity Theatre at Dollywood.

For a complete list of this year’s nominees, visit singingnews.com.  For more information on Daywind Records and its family of artists, visit daywindrecords.com. For more information on the Southern Gospel Music Association, visit sgma.org.

Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distribution.


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