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SGN Scoops’ Fabulous, Fun Fact Friday with the Williamsons!

Written by Staff on August 28, 2015 – 11:46 am -

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Williamsons

FUN FACT FRIDAY

IT’S FRIDAY! Another week has come and gone, and that means we are one week closer to Creekside! This week I was able to get a little in tune with The Williamsons. Check it out!

Q: What is your favorite bible verse and why? 

Karl: Job 22:9. “It describes in one verse the reason why we do what we do, and why I leave my family every week to travel and sing.”

The Williamsons at Creekside 2014

The Williamsons at Creekside 2014

Donnie: “Of course, my favorite Bible verses have to do with the salvation experience and how we can be reconciled to a holy God. The one I am going to share today is one my mother taught me when I was just a teenager going through regular teenage issues. It is Philippians 4:8. It helped from my attitude when I was a teenager, and it is still helping me from them today.”

Darin: “Psalm 37:4 is my favorite scripture. I love it because I am a living example of what it says. God has given me the desires of my heart. I get to do what I love on the weekends and come back home to my wife and son. Life is good.”

Lisa: “My favorite scripture is James 1:17. I believe that God has given us so many ‘good and perfect gifts;’ we could never thank Him enough! I know in my life He has given me salvation, my beautiful family and has fulfilled my dream of being in ministry. So many other things I could name, but where do I even begin? God has been so very good to me!”

williamsons5Q: At what time in your life did you know that you had been called to sing gospel music?

Karl: “April 13th of the year 2000. That was the day that God called  me  into  the ministry. That was the only instance in my life that I can remember actually hearing the voice of God.”

Donnie: “I had some friends take me to a concert when I was 12 years old. It was there that my soul was set on fire to share Gospel music. Since my father was a pastor and we sang  in a family group together, there’s hardly been a time in my life that I was not hearing  the Gospel through music. However, I must say that even within the past seven years I have had a renewed commitment and desire to evangelize through music even more than ever.”

Darin: “In 2003 I attended a Gold City concert with my dad. Tim Riley, Jay Parrack, Danny Riley and Jonathan Wilburn did an incredible job of course. There was something extra special about that night though. I believe that’s where I fell in love with Gospel music I feel like God placed the desire to sing Gospel music in my heart and from that day on I knew what I was supposed to do. Its one of my favorite memories.”

Lisa: “ I don’t remember when God called me into ministry exactly. I have heard my parents tell about something that happened the day I was dedicated though. I was only a few days old when the service took place. As they prayed over Dad, Mom, and me, an elder in the church prophesied and said that God was going to use me to reach many people through my ministry. He couldn’t have known that God had in store for me! Not at only a few days old! However, God knew what He had planned for me and my life. Whether you believe in prophecy or not, you can’t argue with the fact that God has fulfilled that one!”

Q: What is your favorite hobby when you are NOT singing?

Karl: “Hunting deer and smoking meats. In that order. Fishing is just something to do until deer season comes around.”

Donnie: “My favorite pasttime when not singing is to spend time with my lovely wife and children. I don’t fish, I don’t golf, and I don’t hunt. If I have some spare time (which is not nearly often enough) I enjoy cuddling up with my family and watching a good movie or something else we can do together. I love popcorn!”

Darin: “When we aren’t singing, I love spending every moment I can with my wife Kallie and my son Patrick. I also enjoy coaching my son’s ball teams.”

Lisa: “When we are home I do laundry. LOL!!! Thankfully, that’s not all I do. I enjoy working in our studio and just being in a house that doesn’t drive down the highway!”

Creekside posterFor more on the Williamsons, visit their website.

The Williamsons will be appearing at the 2015 Creekside Gospel Music Convention.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2015 will be happening on November 2-5 at Pigeon Forge, TN at the Smoky Mountain Resort. Tickets are free but must be reserved. For more information visit the CGMC website and Facebook page.


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Chuck Day named Christian Country Living Legend at Christian Country Expo

Written by Staff on August 27, 2015 – 8:43 am -

Rob Patz and Chuck Day at the Christian Country Expo

Rob Patz and Chuck Day at the Christian Country Expo

Pigeon Forge, TN (August 27, 2015) – The Christian Country Expo continues today at the Smoky Mountain Resort in Pigeon Forge, TN. The Expo has already welcomed many great Christian Country artists such as Marty Raybon, T Graham Brown and Chris Golden. Last night during the concert, a special announcement was made to honor Chuck Day, an artist who has made his mark in Christian Country, Gospel and Country music. Rob Patz of SGN Scoops, one of the sponsors of the event, awarded Chuck Day with the 2015 Christian Country Living Legend Diamond Award.

The SGN Scoops’ Diamond Awards are traditionally presented in November during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. A decision was made this year to begin to view the Diamond Awards celebrations as two separate events. For the award year of 2014-15, currently being voted upon, the Diamond Awards will remain as they have been in the past, with all Southern Gospel, Christian Country and Bluegrass Gospel awards being announced during the awards gala on November 3, 2015.

Click here to listen and watch the radio interview with Rob and Shane. Praise 96.5

Click here to listen and watch the radio interview with Rob and Shane. Praise 96.5

For the award year of 2015-16, the Christian Country and Bluegrass Gospel will be presented during the 2016 Christian Country Expo. The date and time of the 2016 Christian Country Expo will be announced at a later date.

To begin this transition, a new award was created, entitled “Christian Country Living Legend,” in order to honor the pioneers and visionaries who have helped to make the Christian Country genre what it is today. The winner of this award for 2015 is Chuck Day.

Chuck Day

Chuck Day

Chuck Day has written and co-written more than 16 number-one songs in the Christian and Country genres. He has had songs recorded by such names as: Gold City, Clay Cross, Michael English, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, The Hoppers, Rebecca St. James, Barry Wayne, Bob Carlisle, and more. Chuck and his brother Greg Day co-wrote the beloved anthem, “Midnight Cry,” made popular by Ivan Parker and Gold City, among others.

This award-winning musician and vocalist has traveled extensively with his family in his early years, as a soloist and also with Country music artists including Freddy Fender, Marty Haggard and others. Chuck now tours throughout the United States and the world, singing Christian Country. He holds both a Doctorate of Theology degree and a Doctorate of Divinity while also practicing as an ordained minister.

For more information on Chuck Day, read this article by Miles Pike, Artist to Artist.

Christian Country Expo is thrilled to welcome Chuck Day to the line-up tonight for its final evening. Other artists appearing include favourites Chris Golden, Tommy Brandt and Tommy Brandt II, Kevin Rowe, and many more. There is a special emphasis on Salute to Our Heroes, recognizing the First Responders and the hard work they do on an everyday basis.
Doors open at the Center at 4:00 pm tonight. For more information visit the Christian Country Expo site on Facebook.  

Vote today for your favorite Christian Country, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel artists, in the 2015 Diamond Awards.

Make your plans to attend the 2015 Creekside Gospel Music Convention and Diamond Awards, November 2 – 7, 2015.

Don’t miss the August 2015 SGN Scoops digital magazine with cover artists Canton Junction. 


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Christian Country Expo off to a Foot-Stompin’ Start!

Written by Staff on August 24, 2015 – 5:49 pm -

Marty Raybon

Marty Raybon

Pigeon Forge TN (August 24, 2015) – The Christian Country Expo at the Smoky Mountain Resort, Pigeon Forge TN, got off to a great start on Monday.

CCE logoThe Jam Session, sponsored by Firehouse Subs, is being held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Many of the artists joined in this informal musical session and played well-known songs to the appreciative audience. Thanks to Firehouse Subs for partnering with us on this great event!

Jam Session with Chris Golden

Jam Session with Chris Golden

On Monday night at the mainstage, the _MG_7176headliner was Marty Raybon. A Country star both as a solo artist and with Shenandoah, Marty has been very active in the Christian Country circuit as well, telling his audiences about the change that Jesus has made in his life.

Marty Raybon recorded a song with soloist Sharron Kay King on her latest album. Marty joined Sharron during her set to perform this song live during the evening.

We hope you enjoy this collection of photos from the first day and night of the Christian Country Expo.

CCE continues at Pigeon Forge through Thursday, August 27. Join us!

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Sharron Kay King

Along with T Graham Brown (Wednesday night only), the CCE is happy to present Chuck Day, Chris Golden, Jim Sheldon, Tommy Brandt, Jan Harbuck, Ava Kasich, Tina Wakefield, Jerry Branscom, and many more. Doors open at the Center at 5:00 pm on Monday night and again on Tuesday morning at _MG_72279:30 am for music showcases. The main theme of the event is: “Salute To Our Heroes,” and CCE invites all servicemen and first responders to come out and be recognized.

For more information on CCE, go to the Facebook or website page.

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The Roarks

The Roarks

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Tommy Brandt and Ava Kasich

Contact Rob Patz for more information and tickets. 360.933.0741 or rob@sgnscoops.com

 

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Jim Sheldon

Jim Sheldon

Tina Wakefield

Tina Wakefield

Marty Raybon

Marty Raybon

Chris Golden

Chris Golden

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Chris Golden

Chris Golden

Chris Golden

Marty Raybon

Marty Raybon

Marty Raybon

Marty Raybon

Marty Raybon and Tina Wakefield

Marty Raybon and Tina Wakefield

 


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