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Faith’s Journey is proud to announce the addition of Rich Watson

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 2, 2014 – 10:40 am -

Rich Watson

Rich Watson

September 2, 2014 (Branson, MO) – Faith’s Journey is proud to announce the addition of Rich Watson to their ministry team. Rich came to Branson, Missouri in 2004 after almost 20 years of Government Service. A combat Veteran

while serving with the U.S. Army, Rich was honorably discharged after the first Desert Storm in 1991. He then spent 14 years as a Correctional Officer with both the State of Missouri and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

He came to Branson not knowing what God had in store for him but had the opportunity to sing in his church’s praise team. Soon after, Rich auditioned and was selected as a cast member in “The Promise” playing many roles but most notably “John the Baptist”. During this time he also had the opportunityto sing backup with Kenny Loggins, Miss Lilly Knauls, Ireland’s Female Entertainer Mary Duff, and Allen Asbury. For the last six years he has been a cast member of long time Branson Show, Smoke on the Mountain where he played 17-year-old twin Brother Dennis, and currently Burl, the father of the family.

He also sings with Elvis Presley’s cousin, Jerry Presley, in the show Presley Sings Elvis. “Branson has been so very amazing!” Watson exclaims. “I met my wife Anna in our church and we just celebrated our seventh anniversary together in June. We have had the opportunity to serve the

Kingdom together on staff at churches and as Directors of Diamond Jym Ranch, a home for neglected, abused, and homeless children. Anna is quite an accomplished vocalist in her own right performing in two shows as well in Branson.”

Watson continues, “Singing with Faith’s Journey fulfills a lifelong dream for me. The first time that I had the opportunity to sing with Jonathan and Deana I knew that there was a great calling on this group.

I knew that this is exactly where God wanted me. It makes it so easy to stand with such capable and anointed people. The tight harmonies and lyrics are unbelievable, yet the group has a way of explaining the Kingdom of God through song that paints a truly beautiful and believable picture. I am honored and humbled that Jonathan and Deana gave this South Carolina boy a home. I look forward to sharing the

many miles that we have ahead of us as Faith’s Journey.”

Jonathan Edwards states: “We looked all over the country for a third part for our ministry team and God had the right one here in our home town. We are excited about what Rich will bring to the ministry with a great voice, joyous countenance and Godly wisdom. We look forward to having him on the road with us.”

For more information on Faith’s Journey, visit

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SGNScoops Top 100 For August 2014

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 1, 2014 – 10:45 pm -

SGNScoops Top 100

SGNScoops Top 100


 SGN Scoops Top 100 For August 2014


1 Browders Listening For The Shout

2 Brian Free and Assurance Say Amen

3 Hoskins Family God Is Big

4 Greater Vision For All He’s Done

5 LeFevre Quartet Put It Right There

6 Gold City Never Too Broken To Belong

7 Mercy’s Well More Like Jesus Less Like Me

8 Mark Bishop Love’s Gonna Get You

9 Hyssongs Thinking About Going Home

10 Whisnants Not Afraid To Trust Him

11 McKameys A Hill Worth Dying On

12 East Ridge Boys He’s Leaving His Throne

13 Sunday Drive Happy, Happy, Happy

14 Legacy Five He Is To Me

15 Kingdom Heirs I’ll Know I’m Home

16 Mark Trammell Quartet Your Walk Talks

17 Keith Barkley and Family Tradition Heaven In The House

18 Karen Peck and New River Everybody’s Going Through Something

19 Georgia We Have A Hope

20 11th Hour How Will You Plead

21 Hoppers I’ll Take You Home

22 Booth Brothers If God Didn’t Care

23 Erwins When Justice Called Mercy Answered

24 Old Paths Love Them To Jesus

25 Mark Dubbeld Family Higher Than I

26 Shellem Cline Look Up

27 Bowling Family I Know Enough

28 Nelons The Sun’s Coming Up

29 Steve Hess and Southern Salvation Mountain of Grace

30 Beyond The Ashes No Sin Greater Than God’s Grace

31 Steeles We’re All Human

32 Michael and Delilah The Stroll

33 Primitive Quartet Empty Me Lord

34 Tim Livingston Over The Next Hill

35 Wilbanks Matchless Name

36 Allen Family Talk About The Lord

37 Carolina Boys Watch And Pray

38 Browns The Captain’s Got It Under Control

39 Gordon Mote Meanwhile Back At The Cross

40 Dixie Melody Boys Roll Back Read more »

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Gospel Music Today For September 1 On

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 1, 2014 – 9:13 am -

Gospel Music Today September 1

Gospel Music Today September 1

The Bowlings are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of August 31. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Carolina Boys, and Jean reviews a recording by Natalie Cromwell and a brand new recording by Jeff Stice.  An article written by Roy Pauley is the subject of this week’s Singing News Notes. The show features exclusive video of The Diplomats, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Joplin, MO, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of McCray Dove and The Dove Brothers Band at The Owasso Gospel Opry, in Owasso, OK.

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,

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Update From Connie Hopper

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 29, 2014 – 1:55 pm -

Connie Hopper

Connie Hopper

Surely, I have had a team of prayer warriors that have reached the throne of God! All tests results have been favorable for my upcoming September 2nd surgery.

I thank each one of you for your powerful prayers and praise God for His unwavering faithfulness. I am doing well and working around the house as we prepare to travel to Brewton, Alabama for Saturday’s concert.

Please tell all your friends and neighbors that The Hoppers’ schedule will proceed as scheduled.

Once again, thanks for joining us in prayer and praise for my wonderful report. We all look forward to seeing you at a concert soon!

Connie Hopper

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North Metro Gospel Singing September 13

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 27, 2014 – 8:29 pm -

North Metro Gospel Singing

North Metro Gospel Singing

North Metro Gospel Singing Presents .. Shiloh Hills Baptist Church at 75 Hawkins Store Road in Kennesaw, Ga. will host the music ministries of former NBC and CBS star and IBMM bluegrass legend Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” of TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” acoustic Southern gospel award winning Watkins Family and Solid Gospel radio and Harmony Road TV host Les Butler on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at 6 p.m. Ticket prices are $20 at the door or $15 advance and are available by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to Robert York, 4030 Ebenezer Drive, Marietta, Ga. 30066. For more information, call (770) 926-6021.

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Daywind Music Group Honored with 20 GMA Dove Award Nominations

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 27, 2014 – 9:51 am -

Daywind Music Group

Daywind Music Group

HENDERSONVILLE, TN  Daywind Music Group’s artists, songwriters, and producers received 20 nominations for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards to be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at Allen Arena on the campus of David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.  The Dove Awards will be aired globally on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Honored with four nominations was Daywind recording artist Karen Peck and New River for Song of the Year, Southern Gospel Performance, and Southern Gospel Song of the Year for their single “Revival” and for Southern Gospel Album of the Year for their album Revival.  The song was co-written by Karen Peck, Kenna West, and Don Poythress.

Brian Free and Assurance received four Dove nominations for Song of the Year, Southern Gospel Performance, and Southern Gospel Song of the Year for “Say Amen,” and Southern Gospel Album of the Year for Unashamed.  The song was co-written by Daywind staff writers Kenna West and Jason Cox along with Michael Farren.  The album was produced by Producer of the Year nominee Ricky Free.

Adam Crabb and Wilburn and Wilburn each garnered two nominations.  Adam Crabb received nominations for Country Album of the Year for Surrender produced by Adam and Jason Crabb and for Country Song of the Year for “That Whosoever was Me” written by Jason Cox, Kenna West, and Lee Black.  Wilburn and Wilburn received nominations for Country Album of the Year for Here Comes Sunday and for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “If These Old Walls Could Talk” written by Dianne Wilkinson and Jerry Salley.

Daywind’s Choral Division posted two nominations in the Musical of the Year category for “Good News from Jerusalem” created by Dianne Wilkinson and “Highest Glory” created by Marty Funderburk.

Greater Vision got a nod for Southern Gospel Album of the Year for its Daywind recording For All He’s Done, an album featuring three #1 songs.  Greater Vision received two other nominations for their work on the Cathedrals Family Reunion project.

Past Dove winner, Chigger Hill Boys and Terri was nominated for Bluegrass Song of the Year for their hit bluegrass gospel single “Revelation Song.”

First time nominees the Browders were honored for their song “Lift Up His Name” written by Matthew Browder from the album Time Machine, while Red Roots picked up a Country Album of the Year nomination for their album Triplicity produced by Rick and Micah Schweinsberg.

Daywind’s Vital Worship division was nominated in the Special Event category for their groundbreaking recording Songs for the Living King.

Daywind president Ed Leonard said, “We are blessed that so many of top artists, songwriters and producers call Daywind home.  We will continue serving Christ by producing top quality music.”

Daywind Music Group is home Daywind Records, Daywind Soundtracks, Daywind Music Publishing, Daywind Studios, Red Hen Records, and Thoroughbred Records.  Daywind Records represents great artists like Brian Free and Assurance, Legacy Five, Greater Vision, the Hoskins Family, the Blackwood Brothers, Wilburn and Wilburn, the Browders, Adam Crabb, the Bowling Family, Karen Peck and New River, Amber Thompson, Joseph Habedank, the Nelons, and Watts, Rowsey, & Bean.  Red Hen Records is home to Red Roots, Zach & Rodney, Michael Lee, and Ryan Watkins.  Thoroughbred Records is home to the Chigger Hill Boys & Terri.  Daywind recordings are distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors ( and to the general market by Select O Hits.

Daywind Music Publishing is home to great songwriters Ronny Hinson, Dianne Wilkinson, Marty Funderburk, Sue Smith, Kenna West, Jason Cox, Kyla Rowland, Belinda Smith, Ricky Free, Scott Inman, John Darin Rowsey, Lee Black, Ben Storie, Gina Vera, David Browder, Matthew Browder, Sonya Browder, Tommy Browder, Aaron Crabb, Adam Crabb, Amanda Crabb, Karen Peck Gooch, Mike Richards, Natalie, Nika, and Nicole Taylor (Red Roots), Gina Boe, Caleb Collins, Janice Crow, Marcia Henry, Rick Schweinsberg, Micah Schweinsberg and CCM writers Sam Tinnesz, Aaron Rice, Michael Fordinal, Justin Kintzel, and Hearts of Saints.

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Jeff Stice Signs Agreement With AG Publicity

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 26, 2014 – 10:10 pm -

Jeff Stice

Jeff Stice

Nashville, TN Phenomenal keyboard artist Jeff Stice has launched his solo career and is making great strides in becoming the premier instrumentalist in Gospel music. Having played with such groups as the Nelons, Triumphant Quartet, the Kingdom Heirs and Perfect Heart the name “Jeff Stice” already brings respect and attention.

Deon Unthank, President of AG Publicity said “I have known Jeff personally for a lot of years and he has proven himself to not only be an outstanding musician, but absolutely one of the nicest guys in the whole music industry. We are proud to add Jeff to the other great artists represented by AG Publicity.”

Also commenting, Jeff stated “One of the first things I knew that I would need when I started on my own was someone who was already good at putting out publicity. I wanted the best, so I immediately went to the Unthanks with AG Publicity.”

Jeff appeared at the 2014 Absolutely Gospel Music Fan Festival and received a warm welcome with several standing ovations from the crowd. He has already been busy booking other events including Christmas gatherings as well as other special occasions. Jeff has the ability to tailor his artistry to meet any occasion in a Church or other venue.

Producing projects in the studio is another talent that Jeff Stice has been utilizing before and since entering into a solo ministry. He recently won an AGM Ovation Award for producing Triumphant Quartet’s last project ‘Awesome God’.

Besides publicity, Jeff also needed a booking agent and found another old friend in Beckie Simmons Bates of the Beckie Simmons Agency. BSA is now booking Jeff at churches, concerts, fairs and any other event where great piano music and ministry is wanted.

You can learn more about Jeff Stice at or . He can be Twittered at .

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

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 26, 2014 – 2:00 pm -

Matt Felts

Matt Felts

Through their group newsletter, Facebook and through a video shot at Silver Dollar City, the announcement was made today that the Lester’s have hired Matt Felts as their new tenor. ” We are grateful to The Lord for sending Matt our way and we’re looking forward to what God has in store for this ministry as we continue our journey for Him. Matt will be joining the week of September 8th so be watching our tour schedule and come out to a concert to welcome Matt to the Lesters.”
Matt Felts has been a mainstay in Gospel music for a number of years having been a member of the Dixie Melody Boys and other groups. He had this to say about joining the Lesters. ” Growing up in St. Louis, our home was filled with great Gospel music from groups like the Cathedrals and the Happy Goodmans. One group stood out to us above the rest, The Lesters. I’m thrilled to be apart of such a rich legacy of ministry and music. Joining the Lesters is truly like coming home.”
The Lesters will be in the studio soon and will make an appearance on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention next month. You can find out more and see their tour schedule by going to their website at

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Battle of the Quartets Series Continues….

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 24, 2014 – 11:42 am -

Battle Of Quartets

Battle Of Quartets

The Battle of the Quartets series will continue on Thursday, August 28, 2014 in downtown Corinth, MS at the Historic Corinth Coliseum Theater beginning at 7:00p.m. JAF Promotions proudly host, two of America’s finest gospel quartets; GOLD CITY QUARTET and the KINGSMEN QUARETET. Both Quartets are anchored by Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame Members, Tim Riley (Gold City) and Ray Reese (Kingsmen). Host, Josh & Ashley Franks will also appear. There is no advance ticket needed. General Admission is $12.00 at the door, plus a special free-will love offering will be received. For more information, go to Doors will open one hour before concert.

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Matt Felts To Leave Dixie Melody Boys

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 22, 2014 – 8:21 pm -

Matt Felts

Matt Felts

From Matt Felts

For the last four years I’ve had the honor of sharing the stage with Ed O’Neal and the Dixie Melody Boys. I’ve been so blessed to be embraced by their wonderful friends and fans all across the country. This season has seen some great times for the group including the 50th Anniversary Reunion, numerous awards and many great concerts. When I joined I didn’t fully understand what it meant to be a member of the “Ed O’Neal University”. It’s more than just a group. It’s being part of a fraternity that you’re always a part of. As many of you know, I fly from Nashville to North Carolina every week to meet the guys. Like many things the cost of flights have gone up drastically over the last couple years. This coupled with God’s leading in a new path have brought me to announce my departure from the Dixie Melody Boys. I want to thank Ed for an incredible four years. I will never forget the songs, the miles and the many laughs. Some may say I’m graduating but you never truly leave the Dixie Melody Boys. It a family you’re always a part of. There will be an announcement soon about the new doors God has opened but for now I just wanted to thank all of you and Ed.

Matt Felts

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