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Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing has launched a new website

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 17, 2014 – 7:19 pm -



ARDEN, NC : Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing has launched a new website,, to serve as an informational hub about its multi-award-winning Southern Gospel artists.

It is a one-stop destination for information about the rosters of Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, and Skyland Records. It includes details on newest albums, press releases, hi-res photos, media coverage, service to radio broadcasters, streaming audio and videos, social media links, links to artist websites, and purchase links.

The site is designed to be a resource to a variety of industry professionals including radio programmers, venue operators, print and digital media outlets, concert and festival promoters, taste-makers, and, of course, fans.

Visit the site today at

Crossroads’ store is still available at

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 12, 2014 – 2:25 pm -

Collingsworth Family

Collingsworth Family

Goodlettsville, TN – One of Christian music’s leading booking agencies, The Harper Agency, has announced plans to add the 2014 Mixed Group of the Year, The Collingsworth Family to their extensive list of talent. The Harper Agency will immediately begin scheduling this multi-talented musical family for concert events in 2015.

The ministry of The Collingsworth Family is one that first began in 1986 with the husband/wife team of Phil and Kim Collingsworth. In 2000, with the addition of their four children, Brooklyn, Courtney, Phil Jr, and Olivia, the couple embarked upon a full-time music ministry that has garnered much success. Throughout the past 15 years, collectively, the family has released more than three dozen audio and video recordings, spawning 18 Top 40 national radio releases and earning 22 Industry Awards from fans and peers alike. They are recognized for their rich vocal harmony, as well as anointed musical abilities and overwhelming desire to share the message of the Gospel in song with excellence.
The Harper Agency is pleased to add The Collingsworth Family to their roster of fine artists, and looks forward to playing a vital role in new ministry opportunities for the family.  “Our desire is to continue to assist their ministry in creating new opportunities for touring,” Ed Harper, President of The Harper Agency, states. “Their potential is absolutely unlimited. We’ve watched their growth over the years and their commitment to ministry, and it is very impressive. They have consistently worked hard at improving their gifts and talents, vocally and musically. It is very evident that they are very committed to perfecting their God-given abilities, and I believe this commitment level has been a tremendous asset to their growth. We are very excited to have the opportunity to represent them and look forward to the future and what we believe God has in store.”
For The Collingsworth Family, joining the Harper Agency provides an opportunity to be a part of a rich heritage, while pursuing new endeavors. “Partnering together with The Harper Agency is an exciting chapter in the concert ministry of The Collingsworth Family,” Phil Collingsworth, Sr, shares. “After seeing the tradition of classic groups like The Cathedrals and The Speers, who were associated with The Harper Agency for many years; as well as seeing the mainline groups on their present day roster, which have been with them for many, many years, The Collingsworth Family is honored to be represented by an agency with such a long-standing tradition of great relationships and excellence.”
The Harper Agency may be reached by calling 615-851-4500 or visiting The Agency is currently scheduling 2015 dates for The Collingsworth Family. Additional information regarding The Collingsworth Family is available online at

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The Award-winning Martins Receive GRAMMY® Nomination

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 10, 2014 – 11:24 pm -



Family Trio’s A Cappella Harmonies Land Nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— The award-winning Martins were honored to receive a GRAMMY® nomination last Friday for A Cappella (Gaither Music Group) for Best Roots Gospel Album, which will be awarded at the 57th GRAMMY® Awards, to be held on Sunday, February 8, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Produced by an all-star team of Michael English, Lari Goss, David Phelps and Matthew Holt, A Cappella marked the lauded trio’s first all-new, a cappella recording in more than a decade—a recording that debuted at #2 on the Southern Gospel chart and landed at #17 on the Contemporary Christian Music chart according to Nielsen Soundscan.

“We are thrilled!” exclaimed group member Joyce Martin Sanders.  “This is a project near to our hearts, and it is so amazing that our peers love it and have honored us with this nomination.”

The project combines hymns the group has known since their childhoods (“Fairest Lord Jesus,” “Praise to the Lord”) and old “spirituals” (“When I Go Away”) with pop crossover songs (“You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “The Prayer”) and even a little “Bob Marley style” mixed into an arrangement (“Three Little Birds”).  It showcases Joyce, Jonathan and Judy’s impeccable blends and heralded abilities to transcend musical styles, appease their fan base and weave in some of their personal favorites.

A Cappella has received prime placement in retail outlets and continues to air as part of a special TV offer on Dish TV, DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN.  It will also air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.

In addition to their own concert appearances, the trio is currently hitting stages alongside singer/songwriter/comedian Mark Lowry on the Music and Madness Tour.  Additionally, they are featured on select Gaither concerts including the Gaither Christmas HOMECOMING Tour.

A Cappella, exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution, is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers worldwide including iTunes, Amazon and and

Media interested in obtaining a complete digital press kit, including downloadable mp3 files of interview clips and songs included on the recording, may visit

To keep up with the latest happenings with The Martins, visit, connect with them at or follow them on Twitter: @martinsonline.

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Pat Barker What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 10, 2014 – 10:33 am -

Pat Barker

Pat Barker

We asked Pat Barker ..  What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

I was always the first up. it’s Christmas morning and I can’t lie there any longer. I wake my brother up and then get my sister. We all go into my parents room to let them know that we were ready to open whatever santa brought. We would gather at the top of the stairs and daddy would read the Christams story from Luke 2. we would all go down the stairs together and turn the corner to see a room full of toys.

Mom made sure that we opened all the gifts one at a time, taking turns. It usually took around 2 hours to get everything opened then daddy would make his famous Christmas Breakfast! It was time for the grandparents to come over and see all of the presents one by one. The whole morning was filled with laughter and music. The Carpenters and Barbra Streisand would be playing in the background. Christmas movies on the television. For some reason it always slipped our minds that there were stockings filled with chocolate hanging from the fireplace until after lunch. That is when we caught our second wind and played until the sun went down.

This was our tradition until well into my twenties. We loved Christmas morning at the Barker House. Daddy is no longer with us so Christmas will be very different this year. New traditions will overcome the old ones. new memories, songs, and movies will be had. I think that’s how it is suppoesed to be. Time moves on and so do the children of God. Merry Christmas!

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Gospel Music ICONS the Gaither Vocal Band Score GRAMMY® Awards Nomination

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 9, 2014 – 11:09 pm -

Gaither Vocal Band

Gaither Vocal Band

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —GRAMMY® Award-winning quintet the Gaither Vocal Band was honored on Friday with a nomination for Hymns (Gaither Music Group) for Best Roots Gospel Album, which will be awarded at the 57th GRAMMY® Awards, to be held on Sunday, February 8, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

“I am extremely blessed to have sung with so many great artists throughout the Gaither Vocal Band’s history,” stated the group’s founder and bass singer Bill Gaither.  “Now I’m doubly blessed to receive a GRAMMY® nomination for our Hymns album.  For this recording to merit a nomination alongside the outstanding talent sharing the category with us is quite a privilege.”

Produced by Gaither, Ben Isaacs (The Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs) and David Phelps (The Martins), Hymns sheds new light on some of the most popular, timeless hymns of the church, combining the comfort of the familiar with new, moving vocal arrangements that are uniquely the Gaither Vocal Band.

The intimate collection features a signature rendition of the camp-meetin’-styled “I’ll Fly Away,” a triumphant arrangement of “Amazing Grace,” an easy-on-the-ear rendering of “Redeemed” and a vulnerable arrangement of “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior” that showcases the harmonies that have made the group a favorite among fans and industry representatives for decades.

The recording has been featured regularly on a TV campaign airing on PBS, Dish TV, DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN.  It has been airing in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.

One of the most lauded and award-winning groups in gospel music garnering five GRAMMY® nominations, two GRAMMY® Awards and 17 Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards, these Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame-honorees continue to headline one of the largest tours in the field of Christian music annually.  They are currently performing on the annual Gaither Homecoming Christmas Tour. A list of tour dates can be found at

Hymns, exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution, is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and

For further information regarding the Gaither Vocal Band, visit or connect on Facebook at or on Twitter: @gaithermusic.

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December 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 9, 2014 – 4:30 pm -

December 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

December 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Merry Christmas from SGNScoops! We hope you are enjoying this special time of year. Take a moment to relax and share this gift we are giving to you this Christmas.

You will see from the wrapping that our December SGNScoops is full of special words from your favorite artists as they share their Christmas thoughts and memories.
We hope you enjoy the special features on the Purple Hulls, Bryan and Yvonne Hutson, Phillip Collingsworth, Randy Byrd of the Mark Trammell Quartet, The Griffins, Southern Raised, The Perrys, Heather Ruppe, The Preachers Kid Retreat and more.
Special Christmas memories are shared by the Chrisagis Brothers, the Hagees, Tim Duncan, Ann Downing and other artists.
Be sure to settle in by the fire and enjoy the articles by Lou Wills Hildreth, David Staton, Laurette Willis, Dr. Jeff Steele, Kelly Nelon Clark, Sherry Anne, Scott Rhoades and more.
We are thrilled to welcome Dusty Wells to our staff as he shares his own words of wisdom.
Please unwrap this gift and enjoy each part, specially made for you, cover to cover.
Thank you for being a part of our world as we shared our hearts with you.
Merry Christmas from all the www. and Coastal Media Group!

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Trio Formerly Known As Declaration Announces New Name

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 9, 2014 – 10:30 am -

Declaration New Name Is  Allegiance

Declaration New Name Is Allegiance

NASHVILLE, TN – December 9, 2014 — Today, the group known as Declaration – Kasey Kemp, Jake Sammons, and TJ Evans – announce their new name. Effective immediately, the talented trio will officially be known as Allegiance.

Kasey Kemp and Jake Sammons began this group over three years ago. At the time, searches by their attorney found that no businesses in the state of Tennessee or nationally were using the name. Recently, they were alerted that a secular group had trademarked the name, and they would have to cease using it. Thus, a search for a new name began.
Announcing their situation via video and asking for friends help via social media, over 500 name suggestions were sent in from all over the United States and even the United Kingdom. After much prayer and legal counsel, the group has changed the name.
“We’ve been overwhelmed with support from our friends during this time,” Kasey Kemp stated. “We’re so thankful for the support from all of our friends across the country and know that God has great things in store for Allegiance. He has blessed us, and we know he will continue.”
With a brand new album in the works, the name change, and an ever-growing calendar on the books, the group is looking forward to an exciting 2015!
For more information and to stay connected with Kasey, Jake and TJ, visit
Allegiance is represented by the Adoration Agency. Contact Sophia Davis to schedule an appearance at 615-590-7453.

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Butler Music Group and Eighth Day Announce Management Agreement

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 8, 2014 – 11:55 am -

Eighth Day

Eighth Day

Nashville, TN.  Eighth Day, one of Southern Gospel’s most recognizable trios, and Gospel music veteran Les Butler recently announced an exclusive management and consulting agreement between the group and Butler Music Group.

“Several years ago, when I first heard Eighth Day, I called Scott Robinson to introduce myself and tell them that I loved what I heard.  In that same conversation I told Scott that I felt strongly that one day we would work together.  Today is that day!  I’m very excited to be a part of the team of the reinvigorated music ministry that is Eighth Day”, remarked Butler Music Group’s Les Butler.

Scott Robinson of Eighth Day added “We are so blessed to have been chosen as one of the artists to launch out into the deep waters with Butler Music Group.  Les was the first person we met with over 10 years ago when we began this journey. Even though at that point we did not work together, he was so encouraging and helpful. He even predicted we will join forces down the road. Who knew it would be all these years later?”  Robinson Continues “Aside from all the obvious ways he can help impact our music and message, we are most excited about the personal commitment Les feels to reach the lost. THAT is the tie that binds Butler Music Group and Eighth Day.  This is going to be a blast!” he concluded.

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Kyla Rowland .. What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 8, 2014 – 10:39 am -

Kyla Rowland

Kyla Rowland

We asked Kyla Rowland ..  What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Too much curiosity and impatience is a bad combination. Mammaw always gave me the neatest gifts, so I nosed around her presents more than any.
I was ten years old, picking up, shaking and checking my gifts. It was three days before Christmas and the anticipation was more than I could bear! Then I noticed the gift—Mammaw’s…there was the slightest loosening of wrapping paper on one corner. Ahhh….could it be possible…a sneak preview?

I planned, shifting my eyes from side to side all day, sort of like a hound on a hunt. Then the moment came. My heart pounded in my ears; all the excitement, the anticipation and the risk was making me tremble.
Finally, stealthily, I opened the loosened corner, then another, and another until the box under the red foil paper was revealed. Another side to side glance and suddenly the treasure was in my hands.
Lifting the lid of the Miller’s department store box, my excitement was at a fever pitch, until, at last, there it was—a beautiful little wool skirt and matching soft cashmere sweater. They were a beautiful yellow; my favorite color.

I heard a noise. Caught! No, I’ll just shove it behind the big Victrola. It worked. I found that trying to behave normally was near impossible, so I fled to the bathroom.
Lying awake that night, waiting for my chance to ease into the living room and rewrap my beautiful yellow skirt and cashmere sweater, I began feeling just awful; the guilt was like an anvil on my chest.
Christmas Eve, opening gifts with the family, I feigned surprise, but there was no joy. Guilt had stolen all my joy.

I never enjoyed wearing that lovely gift. In fact, I hardly wore it at all, much to Mother’s dismay. I just couldn’t stand to look at it, for when I did, there was a mortal fear of exposure, and the skirt and sweater felt like a weight on me when I was forced to wear them.
Just the year before, I had given my heart to Jesus, and now, I had disappointed Him, terribly. But, it was a life lesson, and has stayed with me for more than sixty years—giving in to impatience is just not worth the pain.

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Scott Kramer Tell Us One Of The Best Christmas Gifts

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 5, 2014 – 5:07 pm -

Scott Kramer

Scott Kramer

Scott Kramer Tell Us One Of The Best Christmas Gifts You Have Gotten.

One of the best Christmas gifts I’ve given over the years didn’t cost a thing and brought back some wonderful family memories. In 1966, my oldest brother had received a portable reel-to-reel tape recorder for Christmas and at a large family gathering that day, he interviewed the relatives by asking their names and ages (of course, this elicited many funny comments from everyone).  At least 30 years had passed when I found one of the old tapes in storage (the recorder was long gone) and after tracking down a reel-to-reel machine, I transferred the tape to a modern format.  As a surprise at Christmastime, I had everyone gather in our family living room and pressed play on the machine.  Needless to say, hearing all of the voices after so many years caused memories to flood back for everyone!

There was a lot of laughter while everyone listened, but there were some tears as well.  Many of the voices of those on the tape were now with The LORD and hearing them talk again brought back many wonderful feelings.  As I mentioned, the gift didn’t cost anything, but it sure brought joy to hear Christmas memories once again after thirty years!

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