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Gospel Music Today For October 20th On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 20, 2014 – 8:26 am -

Gospel Music Today October 20

Gospel Music Today October 20

The members of Brian Free and Assurance are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of October 19. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Abundance Quartet, and Jean reviews new recordings by Great Day and Forgiven Quartet.  An article entitled “Married to the Music” from Singing News is the subject of this week’s News Notes. The show features singing by The Mark Trammell Quartet, exclusive video of  Mark Robertson, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Williamsons at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, in Pigeon Forge, TN.

 
The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.


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Bill Pitts of Cross Pointe Signs Songwriter Contract with Jarman Kids Music, BMI

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 18, 2014 – 8:34 am -

Bill Pitts

Bill Pitts

(Lancaster, OH)  Rev. Bill Pitts of the popular trio, Cross Pointe, recently signed with Jarman Kids Music, BMI, as a new songwriter for the company. Three of his songs have been signed to a single song agreement. Bill is a gifted writer, singer, and Pastor of Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, OH. Tony Jarman of Jarman Kids Music notes, “I am pleased to have Bill join the family, here. Bill Pitts gave his life to Christ at the age of 8 years old. He answered the call to preach the Gospel at age 14.” Bill has been singing since he can remember. He sang tenor in his four-part harmony family quartet until he started traveling at the age of 14 with The Apostles Quartet, and then with the Timesmen Trio. He stays active and enjoys challenges, music, reading, golf, history, tennis, and family. Bill has also written for the trio. He is married to Debbie Pitts and they have three adult children. For more info on Rev. Bill Pitts and Cross Point www.crosspointemusic.com


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THE PERRYS ANNOUNCE BRYAN WALKER’S DEPARTURE

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 15, 2014 – 2:08 pm -

Bryan Walker

Bryan Walker

StowTown Recording artists The Perrys have announced Bryan Walker will be leaving the group. Libbi Stuffle says, “Bryan has given his resignation, and we will be introducing a new vocalist to the Perrys line-up in the near future. We will announce the process to fill the vacancy as soon as plans are finalized.” There is no official final performance date for Bryan at this time.

Bryan, who joined the Perrys in 2010, says it has been a hard decision, but feels God has a new season in store for him. “I have the utmost respect for Tracy and Libbi Stuffle, and I’ve had a great time traveling with the Perrys. Especially this past year and a half, God has allowed me to learn things about myself, Him, and the ministry in general. It has been my hope that God has used me for a span of time to uphold the Perrys and help move them forward in their ministry. I love the Perrys and will do everything I can to support them as they continue their ministry.”
When Bryan shared his decision to come off the road with the Perrys, it was focused on he and wife Bethany’s desire to spend more time together and eventually start a family. However, Bryan says the day after he gave his notice, he was at a revival at his home church and re-surrendered the call to preach, a call he first surrendered to at age 18. “There is no doubt the timing is confirmation that God has a new season in store, and I’m excited for that. I would ask that you pray for my wife and me as we wait to see what this is actually going to look like in the future, and of course also please pray for the Perrys as they seek the person God would have for their group.”
Libbi says, “If I’ve learned anything in my life, especially in the past 21 months, it’s that God is faithful. We know He has a great plan for both Bryan and for the Perrys, too. We wish him and Bethany all the best and will be watching with everyone else to see what great things God does for and through them. As for The Perrys, we will continue to do our best to share the life-changing gospel of Christ through our music.”

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Jeff Stice Performs For The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 14, 2014 – 10:17 pm -

Jeff Stice

Jeff Stice

Pigeon Forge, TN (October 13, 2014) Performing to a large crowd at the Blackwoods Morning Variety Show in the Smoky Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge, TN, the award winning Gospel solo artist, Jeff Stice, mesmerized the audience with his entertaining, yet uplifting artistry.

The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show is no doubt the most entertaining program with a spiritual emphasis in all of Pigeon Forge, making Jeff Stice a natural fit. With the National Quartet Convention in town, the show was able to draw a nice number of fans from that venue.

The theater is tailor made for the Blackwood Show including lots of video to enhance the program. No video was needed when Jeff hit the stage. First he dazzled the crowd with his distinguished piano stylings on such songs as “It Is No Secret”, “The Impossible Dream” and “Crying In The Chapel”, then he had the crowd on their feet as he played “A Tribute To The US Military”.

Jeff Stice said “I’m just getting into this solo ministry and I am so thankful to my old friends RW and Donna Blackwood for giving me a chance to spread my wings and fly a little more.” Jeff continued “And what a special honor it was to be a part of their celebration of 80 years of ministry started by the Blackwood Brothers and now carried on by RW and Donna and all the Blackwood Singers.”

You can learn more about Jeff Stice at http://www.jeffsticemusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/jeffsticemusic . He can be Twittered at https://twitter.com/JeffsBleedinBlu .

To book Jeff contact Beckie at the Beckie Simmons Agency beckie@bsaworld.com or call 615-595-7500.


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LORETTA LYNN RANCH CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL 2014 GOSPEL FESTIVAL

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 14, 2014 – 1:48 pm -

The Hoppers perform during the 2014 Loretta Lynn Gospel Festival

The Hoppers perform during the 2014 Loretta Lynn Gospel Festival

Nashville, TN – A good time was had by all as gospel music fans enjoyed the second annual Loretta Lynn Gospel Festival recently. The weekend of September 13-14, 2014 was filled with great gospel music and fellowship as the country legend welcomed people from all part of the United States to her ranch for a most enjoyable weekend.

Organizers have already announced dates for the third annual festival – September 12-13, 2015 – and it will once again be held at the Loretta Lynn Ranch.
“We had a wonderful time this year,” said Jeff Sneed, producer and promoter of the weekend. “It was so great to see the smiling faces singing along to their favorite songs and meeting their favorite artists. I am so thankful to this wonderful woman, Loretta Lynn, for beginning this festival! Everyone has a great time.”
Patsy Lynn, event organizer, comments: “My mother loves gospel music and it thrills her heart to hear the music ring through the hills of the ranch. Thank you to Jeff Sneed and all those involved behind the scenes for making the event run so smoothly! We can’t wait for 2015! If you missed this year, make your plans now!”
Loretta Lynn Gospel Festival

Loretta Lynn Gospel Festival

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN is the perfect destination for this amazing weekend of Gospel music. The full service RV park features primitive camping, pools, canoeing, paddle boats and more. Guests can also tour Loretta’s plantation home, the Butcher Holler Home Place, and her brand-new 18,000 square foot “Coal Miner’s Daughter” museum.

An on sale date for tickets to the 2015 festival will be announced soon. Visit LorettaLynn.com to stay updated.

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Whisnants and Mark Trammell Quartet Release NEW Christmas CD TOGETHER.

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 12, 2014 – 2:13 pm -

Home For Christmas

Home For Christmas

(Morganton, NC)  – United Independent Artists (UIA), for the first time releases a Christmas CD combining the family harmony of the Whisnants with the traditional sounds of the Mark Trammell Quartet in a twelve track project titled “Home For Christmas.” The CD’s official release date is November 3, 2014 and will be available for purchase on both group websites www.whisnants.com and www.marktrammellministries.com.

Home For Christmas features twelve songs recorded by the Mark Trammell Quartet and the Whisnants. Selections on the project include the groups singing together and individually as well as featuring new songs and traditional carols. “We decided to do this CD together,” Mark Trammell explains, “when Jeff Whisnant was looking to record a new Christmas project around the same time I was. When folks heard we were doing this, they asked if we could put together a Christmas program as well.” Jeff Whisnant adds, “I haven’t been this excited about anything in a long time as I am about the Home For Christmas project. We are so pleased to collaborate with our friends the Mark Trammell Quartet; we love and appreciate what these men stand for.”

Pre-sales for this project will begin on October 10th, and can be found on both artists websites (links found above). In addition to the pre-release, The Mark Trammell Quartet and the Whisnants are hosting

a special online event in celebration of their first recording together. This event will take place on the official release date, November 3rd, and will feature exclusive information and unique interaction for fans from both artists. The event is open to the public – anyone who can access the internet via computer, smart phone or tablet can join for free. To receive updates and join this online event, visit

www.homeforchristmaslaunchparty.com. Though the event does not begin until November 3st wishing to join are encouraged to do so now.

United Independent Artists (UIA) began in 1997 with Jeff and Susan Whisnant at the helm and consists of artists who record independently from recording labels. Artists such as Greater Vision, The Mark

Trammell Quartet, Booth Brothers, Taylors and others use UIA in radio promotions. UIA is behind #1 songs such as Greater Vision’s “Preacher Tell Me Like It Is,” Booth Brothers “Look For Me At Jesus Feet,” Mark Trammell Quartet’s “I Want To Know” and other successful songs in the industry.

www.uiamusic.com


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Mercy’s Well Featured On The Gospel Greats

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 9, 2014 – 8:34 am -

Mercy's Well

Mercy’s Well

Nashville, TN (October 9, 2014) – Powerhouse Christian music artist, Mercy’s Well, was the featured group this past weekend on the highly-acclaimed syndicated Gospel music radio show, The Gospel Greats.

Gospel Greats radio host, Paul Heil, interviewed the group and featured many new songs from their brand new album entitled TODAY.  Heil included the title cut of the new album, “Today,” written by the album’s producer Donna King. He went on to feature several more, including a song that is being noted as a potential classic in the Southern Gospel music genre, “Trade This Valley For A Mountain.” That song was written by award-winning songwriter, Wayne Haun, along with the talented Lyn Rowell.
The debut single from the record, “I Wanna Hear The Gospel,” written by outstanding writers, Lee Black and Gina Boe, arrived at Christian radio nationwide about 3 weeks ago and it’s taking off with record speed.
Brad Strider of Mercy’s Well expresses, “We couldn’t be more thrilled with what God is doing in our ministry and through this new music.  This album has been a long time in the making.  We hadn’t released a mainline project in several years. With that, we really took our time and put a lot of prayer into the decisions on each and every song.  While we love to have chart-topping songs, like “More Like Jesus, Less Like Me,” from our last album, our focus remains on what these songs do to minister to the hearts of people who hear them, either in person or on awesome radio shows like the Gospel Greats.”
The new album is available digitally on iTunes and other digital download sites.  It is also available for purchase on Mercy’s Well’s website, mercyswell.com, or, at Springside.com. NOTE: In celebration of the recent featured artist show, you can order the album on Springside at 20% off for a limited time.
To listen to clips or to learn more about Mercy’s Well, visit mercyswell.com.  Like them on FACEBOOK here or follow them on TWITTER @mercys_well.
To learn more about the Gospel Greats or to find a station near you that carries the program, visit their website, www.thegospelgreats.com.  You can also hear the show every week on Sirius/Xm’s Enlighten.

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Beyond The Ashes Performs At Kentucky Governor’s Mansion

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 6, 2014 – 3:59 pm -

Beyond The Ashes

Tyler Vestal, Anthony Facello, Governor Steve Beshear and Dustin Doyle

Franklin, KY The Dove-nominated and Absolutely Gospel Music Award winning Gospel trio, Beyond the Ashes, was a part of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion 100 year celebration. The State of Kentucky has been having events for the last year to celebrate the rich heritage of the Governor’s Mansion and to raise money for the Governor’s Mansion Endowment fund that will be for the upkeep of the Mansion and grounds.

Beyond The Ashes had the privilege of performing alongside The Isaacs, The Sneed Family, Larnelle Harris , Kenny Bishop and His Heart Quartet. All of the artists performing had some tie to Kentucky.

Beyond The Ashes performed “Oh The Thought That Jesus Loves Me”, “Coming Of The King”, “He Touched Me”, “I Will Glory In The Cross”, and “Too Near Home”.

Anthony Facello stated “What a privilege it was for Beyond the Ashes to be a part of such a special day. Governor and Mrs. Beshear opened their home and welcomed us with great Kentucky hospitality.”

Beyond The Ashes also took part in the dinner that was served at the Governors Mansion. The event was held Sunday September 28th and was free to the public.

Beyond The Ashes is a young group which is crossing barriers to get Gospel music to all generations.

Their unique style of music will reach and be enjoyed by the gray haired senior citizens as well as the young teenage crowd and all those in-between. Beyond The Ashes is set to make am impression on all genres of music.

To learn more about Beyond the Ashes go to http://www.beyondtheashesonline.com or https://www.facebook.com/beyondtheashes . Reach them by Twitter at https://twitter.com/www.twitter.com/beyondtheashes1 .

To book Beyond The Ashes at your church, concert or contact scheduling@beyondtheashesonline.com or call 615-823-1557 .

 


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Dixie Melody Boys Name New Tenor Doug Pittman

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 6, 2014 – 9:19 am -

Doug Pittman Of The DIXIE MELODY BOYS

Doug Pittman Of The Dixie Melody Boys

Kinston, NC-Following an extensive national search, Ed O’ Neal is pleased to introduce Doug Pittman as the new tenor vocalist for The Dixie Melody Boys.  Doug is 28 years old and originally hails from the small town of Eastman, GA. Doug garnered several awards in the classical world during his high school and college years, including First Prize in the 2008 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Vocal Competition. Doug has performed both nationally and internationally, including a tour of the United Kingdom in 2007. Additionally, he made is Carnegie Hall debut in 2010.

While his musical career spans more than a decade, he only began singing Southern Gospel Music in recent years; however, his roots are deeply tied to this particular musical genre. Doug grew up listening to Southern Gospel Music every weekend following his father, who played drums for several regional groups during the early 1990s. While pursuing a degree in music at Brewton-Parker College in Mt Vernon, GA, Doug followed in his father’s footsteps and formed a Gospel group with a few of his friends. He has sung with that group, Omega Quartet, since it’s inception in 2008 and was the remaining original member.
Long-time Dixie Melody Boys member and SGMA Hall of Fame member Ed O’Neal is thrilled to have Doug as a member of the popular quartet. “We auditioned several tremendous singers over the last few weeks,” O’Neal explains. “We even took a few out on the road with us.  I had never met Doug, but the first song he sang during sound check gave me chill bumps all up and down my arms.  When we sang that night, it was as if we had all been singing together for 20 years.  He’s a fine young man, loves the Lord, and can SING!  I knew by the end of the trip I had found my man.  Josh Garner is a pro and Aaron Dishman just thrills me with how he has matured as a singer and a communicator in such a short time. When we add Doug to that mix, I believe this is one of the strongest line-ups I’ve ever had with The Dixie Melody Boys. I am very excited about what I believe God has in store.”
Doug Pittman made his debut with The Dixie Melody Boys at the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN.  Additional information regarding a complete touring schedule for The Dixie Melody Boys is available online at www.dixiemelodyboys.com.

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Gospel Music Today For October 6 On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 6, 2014 – 8:14 am -

Gospel Music Today

Gospel Music Today

Texas gospel music promoter Harold Marshall is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of October 5. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is Spoken 4 Quartet.  Jean reviews new recordings by Rene Jones, The Perrys, and The Lesters  An article about Ronnie Hinson is the subject of this week’s Singing News Notes. The show features singing by The Old Paths Quartet, exclusive video of  Faith’s Journey, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Pine Ridge Boys Quartet at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, in Pigeon Forge, TN.

 

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.

 


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