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CANTON JUNCTION LAUNCHES NEW CHAPTER WITH ADDITION OF CASEY RIVERS AND RYAN SEATON

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 29, 2015 – 10:34 am -

Canton Junction

Canton Junction

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Award-winning Difference Media recording artist Canton Junction announces the beginning of a new chapter with the addition of lead vocalist Casey Rivers and baritone Ryan Seaton. Rivers and Seaton join Canton Junction founding members Matthew Hagee and Tim Duncan to round out the acclaimed quartet, following the departure of Aaron Crabb and Shane McConnell. The group’s highly anticipated sophomore recording is slated to release in August.

“It is a very exciting time for Canton Junction as we welcome Casey and Ryan to the family,” said Matthew Hagee. “We believe the incredible musical gifts of these two men, along with their heart for people, are a perfect match for what Canton Junction is all about—and where we are headed in the future. We continue to be thankful for the contributions Aaron and Shane made to the group, as we prepare to embark on this new leg of our journey.”

Casey Rivers has had successful careers in both gospel and country music, sharing stages with such legendary figures as Loretta Lynn and Kenny Rogers. He was runner-up to Chris Young on USA Network’s Nashville Star in 2006, and went on to achieve notoriety as a solo country artist. Rivers also served as lead vocalist for southern gospel trio Beyond The Ashes from 2008 to 2012.

Ryan Seaton was a member of Ernie Haase & Signature Sound from 2003 to 2009, during which time the group received a GRAMMY® Award nomination and three Dove Awards. Seaton’s 2010 solo debut, The Stage Is Bare, garnered two Dove Award nominations. His critically acclaimed follow-up recording, Prisoner Of Hope, released in 2013.

Since their debut in 2012, Canton Junction has quickly become one of southern gospel music’s most sought-after quartets. The self-titled Canton Junction featured the #1 singles “Hold On” and “Sweeter As The Days Go By,” and garnered a 2013 GMA Dove Award for Southern Gospel Album of the Year. Last year, the group received the Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Southern Gospel New Traditional Quartet.

Difference Media is a division of Cornerstone Church, founded and pastored by John Hagee. The label features some of the leading names in Gospel music including Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Canton Junction, Matthew Hagee, Tim Duncan, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir, Ricardo Sanchez, John Hagee and The Hagees. A non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members, Cornerstone Church is home to John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts Pastor Hagee’s radio and television teachings throughout America and to more than 190 countries around the world. The ministry also operates GETV, a 24/7 online television and video on-demand broadcast of sermons and original programming, as well as music videos and performances by Difference artists (getv.org).

For further information, visit differencemedia.org or turningpointpr.com. Follow Canton Junction on Twitter @cantonjunction.


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Paul’s Journey Announces Return Of Joe Kitson

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 29, 2015 – 8:53 am -

Joe Kitson

Joe Kitson

Paul’s Journey announces the resignation of Dennis King as our baritone singer. Dennis sang with the group almost one year. Dennis needed more time at home to be his family. Being in a full time group takes you away from home many days of the year and when it comes a time that your family needs you more then that’s where you need to be.

We want to thank Dennis for his time here and wish him the very best in his future!

Joe Kitson rejoins Paul’s Journey! Joe sang with the group in 2012-2013. After taking a year off the road to help his family move and finish his education he was ready to start singing and ministering again.

Joe stated : ” I didn’t want to leave in the first place but I knew it was something that God wanted me to do. I never thought I would be able to return though. The way that God worked everything out and brought me back to Paul’s Journey has been nothing short of miraculous.”

Group Manager, Rod Treme stated ” when our baritone position came open I contacted Joe to see if he was ready to come back. His answer was Yes Sir and I’m ready to start immediately. We’re glad to have Joe back as a part of our ministry team.”

Joe and his family now live in the North Houston area where the group is headquartered.


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GAITHER VOCAL BAND KICKS OFF 2015 SEASON WITH SOLD OUT EVENT IN TAMPA

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 27, 2015 – 12:48 pm -

Gaither Homecoming Tour

Gaither Homecoming Tour

(Alexandria, IN) – The Gaither Homecoming Tour kicked off the 2015 tour season in Florida with huge concerts in Estero, Jacksonville and a sold-out concert in Tampa.  This weekend’s concerts on January 22, 23 & 24, were hosted by Bill Gaither and featured an award-winning artist roster including the Gaither Vocal Band, the Isaacs, the Nelons, Gordon Mote, Charlotte Ritchie and Gene McDonald.

Thrilled by the wonderful audiences this weekend, Gaither states, “I am still in awe that thousands of people want to come out and see us after all these years. I’m still blown away every weekend by the support and encouragement we receive.  Thank you to everyone who came this weekend and to all who we will see during the upcoming 2015 tour.”
Tour promoter, Gary Gentry of Premier Productions, states, “I

INTERMISSION IN TAMPA

INTERMISSION IN TAMPA

never cease to be amazed. After all these years of working with Bill Gaither, he still delivers the goods night after night with music that blesses all who come.  Bill and the Gaither Vocal Band continue their long tradition of musical excellence. If someone out there has not been to a Gaither Vocal Band concert in awhile, take advantage of a concert near you in 2015.”

The Gaither tour will continue in Texas in early February, where the Gaither Vocal Band will headline concerts in Lubbock, Houston and Austin.  Visit www.gaither.com for details on these and all other remaining 2015 concert dates.

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Glory Bound Jubilee Television Show Renamed Sneed Family Music

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 26, 2015 – 11:28 pm -

Sneed Family

Sneed Family

Glasgow, KY  In early 2008 The Sneed Family launched a brand new Christian Television Show called Glory Bound Jubilee which is currently viewed in over 1 million homes each week. The Glory Bound Jubilee is a brand of The Sneed Family. They minister weekly in venues and churches across the country sharing many of the testimonies of our Christian faith. The show also brings the faces of Gospel music into the homes of believers and non-believers alike. The Sneed Family believes this show is a part of the Great Commission.

Jeff Sneed stated, “As the show continues to launch into new networks and branching out we were finding that a lot of shows have similar names so we wanted the show to be identified as Sneed Family Music. The name change will allow the show more personalization and to stand out for more viewers.”

The television show not only showcases Sneed Family Music but features nationally known groups, as well as vintage Southern Gospel Music footage preserving our heritage. What has made the show a favorite is a segment featured in every program called ‘Telling The Story’.  This segment of the program features an invitation for Christians to share their personal experience of Salvation. ‘Telling the Story’ continues to receive phenomenal responses from viewers as a favorite.

In other news The Sneed Family has recently received a Fan Favorite nomination for the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, held annually at the River of Life church in Smyrna, TN. The Award Celebration will be held April 14, 2015.

To learn more about the Sneed Family you can go to http://www.sneedfamily.com or https://www.facebook.com/sneedfamily .

To book the Sneed Family contact by E-mail a sneedfamilyoffice@yahoo.com or call the Sneed Office at 270-678-3575.


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Please Pray For Carroll McGruder

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 26, 2015 – 9:18 am -

Carroll McGruder

Carroll McGruder

Following a week of tests, Carroll McGruder’s medical team has determined that he has lymphoma throughout his body. He has also been diagnosed with two broken vertebrae and a broken hip. Chemotherapy and radiation will begin immediately. His medical team is a group of highly respected and skilled surgeons and oncologists. By faith we anticipate a full recovery for Carroll! He, his wife Sharon and their children are so thankful for the prayers and outpouring of love to their family. We ask that you respect their privacy and Carroll’s need to protect his immune system during this treatment process.

We appreciate your prayers, love and support for the McGruders!


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The Lesters Honored By City Of St. Louis

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 25, 2015 – 12:51 pm -

Lesters

Lesters

St.Louis’ First Family of Gospel Music, The Lesters, were recently honored by the city of St. Louis, Missouri. The legendary group entered into their 90th continuous year as a group on January 1st and the city of St. Louis has taken notice. Mayor Francis Slay honored the group by declaring January 1, 2015 as “The Lesters Day” in the city of St. Louis and presented Brian Lester, Jon Lester and Matt Felts each with a proclamation. “The Lesters have played a huge role in the cultural history of St. Louis and we congratulate them on this historic occasion.” said Mayor Slay. The Lesters kicked off their 90th Anniversary tour at Arnold First Baptist Church, a St. Louis area mega church where the proclamations were presented. Joining them that night on stage were numerous former members and family members including Ginger Pinchers, Donna Lester Tramel, Dan Pinchers, Jenny Pinchers-Revelle, Shannon Shipley Tramel and many more. For more information, you can go to the official website of the Lesters at The official website of The Lesters


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Balsam Range and Buddy Melton “Stacking Up The Rocks”

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 25, 2015 – 8:56 am -

Balsam Range Caleb Smith, Darren Nicholson, Buddy Melton, Tim Surrett Marc Pruett

Balsam Range Caleb Smith, Darren Nicholson, Buddy Melton, Tim Surrett Marc Pruett

Buddy Melton, an award-winning voice that was nearly silenced

Members of Balsam Range honor the Lord’s  saving power with “Stacking Up The Rocks”

Nashville, TN — Five talented friends from the blue-collar county of Haywood in North Carolina, got together one night for a jam session … and it felt good. Soon, the band Balsam Range was born, and now, five albums later, this high energy acoustic band has won awards and garnered fans worldwide. They have been invited to play some of the most iconic stages in the USA including The Grand Ole Opry, MerleFest, Music City Roots, Mountain Stages from The Lincoln Theater, The Zac Brown Band Southern Ground Festivals and coming up in the Spring of 2015, Stagecoach, California’s huge Country Music Festival.

During his recovery, Buddy felt that his strength and muscle tone were diminishing. He pushed himself and started riding his mountain bike, setting a goal for himself that his wife and doctors thought impossible and even foolish. He was determined to compete in the Assault on Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak East of the Mississippi River. The race is 6,684 feet above sea level with 10,357 feet of vertical climbing. He trained rigorously and in 2013, Buddy participated in the race, and despite continuing to struggle with issues from the farm accident, he finished 87th in the Men’s 40-44 age bracket, and 489th overall out of 719 riders.

Balsam Range went on to release its 5th album in 2014 and this year, at the IBMA Awards, Balsam Range was named ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR, VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR. And the determined singer and fiddler? Well, Buddy Melton won the MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Award.

 

Buddy wrote a very song that is performed a cappella on

Buddy Melton

Buddy Melton

the album FIVE. “Stacking Up The Rocks” was inspired by a Biblical passage from Joshua, which Buddy’s mother shared with him in the hospital as he recovered from his injuries. It was written to honor what the Lord has done in Buddy’s life, and as a reminder for everyone of God’s saving power. A line in the song says, “…So that all the people of the earth might remember that the hand of the Lord is mighty.”

 

Others have noted the talent of Balsam Range and invited the band into more opportunities. The band provided the music for DAYLIGHT, a swampy, original Americana release by John Driskell (“Hop”) Hopkins, founding member of the Zac Brown Band. Balsam Range also provides music and appears in the upcoming motion picture thriller, Careful What You Wish For, directed by Elizabeth Allen and starring Isabel Lucas, Dermot Mulroney, Nick Jonas and Paul Sorvino.

The men of Balsam Range actively give back at every opportunity, raising more than half a million dollars for various regional and national charities. For their annual Winter Concert Series, held at the historic Capitol Theater in Canton, NC, the fellas have each chosen a charity that will benefit from each of the 5 concerts in the series.

 

 

Balsam Range released its 5th album in 2014. The appropriately titled, FIVE, debuted at #4 on Billboard Bluegrass, where it remained for 6 consecutive weeks. The album is available on the Mountain Home Music Company label, and it contains one song that has a unique meaning to these five friends.

 

The band is enjoying a career high, however, that nearly didn’t happen.  

 

Singer/fiddler, Buddy Melton sustained serious head injuries in an accident on his farm in 2012. For the first few days, it was uncertain whether he would survive. Family, band mates, friends, and the extended family music lovers all hit their knees and prayed for Buddy’s recovery.

 

Later, Buddy was told by docs that, due to the severity of his head injuries and especially the damage to his sinuses, Buddy was not likely sing again, or ever sound the same. The band was already in the studio working on PAPERTOWN and as he recovered, Melton “just had to know.” He called up guitar player/singer Caleb Smith and asked Caleb to take him to the studio, although doctors and Melton’s wife, Carla, were against the idea. Although he was incredibly weak, Melton stepped up the microphone and delivered the poignant “Wide River To Cross” and his voice was still there … a voice that had helped to define the Balsam Range sound and now would take a 4th album to an ALBUM OF THE YEAR win at IBMA 2013.


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Zane and Donna King Announce The Addition Of Talented Guitarist/Vocalist Stephen Adcock To The Group

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 24, 2015 – 8:29 am -

Stephen Adcock

Stephen Adcock

Nashville, TN – Zane and Donna King are pleased to announce the addition of guitarist/vocalist Stephen Adcock to the group.  The couple is thrilled to welcome him and very excited about this positive change as their music and ministry expands.

Zane expresses, “As we’ve continued to see God working in what He’s called Donna and I to do, we’ve realized the need for another instrument and vocal on stage with us. Our first priority was to find someone who shared our desire to reach those who need to hear how much God loves them. Secondly, we hoped to find someone who had very strong guitar skills (It’s lonely up there playing all by myself), and third, we prayed that they could sing a little as well.  God exceeded all of our expectations in Stephen.  His heart is in the right place and his talent, as an instrumentalist and as a vocalist, is just excellent. We are beyond excited about the future.”
Stephen and his lovely wife, Bre, make their home in Murfreesboro, TN.  They hail, originally, from the great state of North Carolina.  Stephen has some solid road experience, having traveled and played with Bluegrass Gospel band Breaking Ground.
“I’m so thrilled and thankful to be part of Zane and Donna King,” states Stephen. “I’m also very grateful for the way God brought us together and answered each of our prayers. From the first conversation they felt like family to me. I feel sure there are some great days ahead.”
The group’s debut album, Mile Marker One, has garnered four Top 20 hits including “Hallelujah Jesus Saves,” “Shine,” “If There Was Any Other Way,” and “No One Like God.” As of this week they add a Country Album Of The Year nomination, from Absolutely Gospel, to their list of accolades.  All of this, Donna affirms, has little to do with them.
She shares, “Just this morning my husband and I talked about how much God has woven together in our lives.  It isn’t just about music.  It’s everything… Our family and how God has moved in it is the most amazing part. There’s nothing more important to us. And, then, in our music and how God is using it, we are humbled to say the least.  We pray that when people hear us and see us, they won’t… That may sound confusing.  But, truly, our prayer is that they will see God and hear God telling them just how MUCH HE loves them and just HOW completely HE can change a life.”
To learn more about Zane and Donna King, visit www.zaneanddonnaking.com.
Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/zaneanddonnaking.
And you can follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/zaneanddonna.
Zane and Donna King are represented by the Dominion Agency. To schedule Zane and Donna for your church, concert, or special music event you can contact Michael Davis of the Dominion Agency by email at michael@michaeldavisandassociates.com or by phone at 828-454-5900.
To learn more about the Dominion Agency and their entire family of artists, visit www.dominionagency.com.

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Tune-In Alert For The Browders

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 23, 2015 – 3:40 pm -

The Browders

The Browders

Don’t miss an exciting evening on television this Saturday night at 5:30 PM EST as the Award winning Browders make an appearance on the Gospel Music Showcase with Guy Penrod on the Daystar Network.

The Browders will be guests of show host Guy Penrod, performing several of their Number 1 songs as well as giving some great words of testimony and encouragement. Watch the miracle in motion as Tommy Browder plays the guitar after God gave him a healing touch even through polio.

A couple of their Number 1 tunes include “Land Of No Goodbyes”, and “Listening for the Shout”, as well as the moving “I Am So Blessed”.

You can find out more about the Browders by going to http://www.thebrowders.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Browders-Friends .
Contact the Browders by E-mailing sonya@thebrowders.com or Twitter at https://twitter.com/browdersmusic .


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Jordan and Elena Cragun of The Craguns Welcome Their Brand New Baby Girl

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 22, 2015 – 6:14 pm -

Cragun

Cragun

Jordan and Elena Cragun (of The Craguns) are blessed to announce the arrival of their brand new baby girl, Scarlett Skye Cragun.

Scarlett made her first appearance to the world on Tuesday, January 19th, 2015 at 8:24am.  She weighed in at a 6lbs 4oz. and is 19 inches long.  And, with a family like a Craguns, she will never be short on love.
Her overwhelmingly grateful dad, Jordan, shares, “What an incredible feeling it was to hold Scarlett in my arms just seconds after her birth and realize that I am officially a father! I will never forget the sense of pride, thankfulness, and responsibility that consumed me in that moment. The gift of life is nothing short of miraculous!  Elena and I would like to say a huge THANK YOU for all the well wishes and congratulations we have received from literally thousands of people all over the world. We ask for your continued prayers as we strive to be the best parents we can be and raise Scarlett in a loving, Godly environment.”
You can be sure to see many more pictures and follow little Scarlett’s story of life with The Craguns by signing up for their E-news letter at www.thecraguns.com.  You can also learn more about her talented family and their ministry there. Additionally, you can like The Craguns on Facebook here- The Craguns Facebook.
Scarlett will also be appearing at most of their 2015 dates. She looks very forward to meeting many of you along the way.
The Craguns are proudly represented by the Dominion Agency.  To schedule them at your church, concert, festival, or special music event you can contact Michael Davis of the Dominion Agency by email at michael@michaeldavisandassociates.com or by phone at 828-454-5900.
To learn more about the Dominion Agency and their entire family of artists, visit www.dominionagency.com.

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