From Brian Free & Assurance:Here it is!! A SNEAK PREVIEW of our upcoming album, “LIVE LIKE WE’RE REDEEMED.” It will be available at our concerts and on our website in February, and available at all major retail outlets (including iTunes) on March 15th
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For 53 years, the Pine Ridge Boys have sung quartet gospel music, a heritage that is rich in four part harmonies that are almost a lost art form.
After the success of STILL ENJOYING THE JOURNEY cd, the Pine Ridge Boys began selecting new music for a forthcoming cd. Larry Stewart, bass singer/ manager shares, “We have been looking for the perfect mix of songs with powerful lyrical messages and melodies. We went back to this song THE BLOOD STILL FLOWS written 25 years ago. The message is so powerful and has been exciting to sing in concert. The response has been exceptional. So much that we had to release the song before we finished the cd.”
Hey Y’all Media is handling the radio promotion in conjunction with the Pine Ridge Boys and Classic Artists Records. The immediate radio response has been well received.
2016 is off and running for the Pine Ridge Boys and the future is bright. Tour dates are being finalized that are taking the quartet into new areas. Radio response from conventional radio, satellite, internet, podcast programming and pay on demand is continuing to lay a solid foundation with gospel music fans, young and old alike.
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Vestal Goodman is a legend and an icon in Gospel music. Although she passed away on this date in 2003, she lives on in Ggaither videos and in the minds and hearts of Gospel music fans. The lady with a big voice, big hair and colorful flowing outfits, Vestal had a distinctive vocal styling that many tried to copy and few succeeded.
More than that, Mrs. Goodman had a heart that accepted everyone and a soul that loved to talk to her Heavenly Father. Anyone who had the honor of hearing her pray felt the power of the Holy Spirit and the brush of angel wings in the room.
Born on December 13, 1929, Vestal Freeman married Howard Goodman on November 7, 1949, joining the Happy Goodman Family and taking their sound to new heights. She won the Female Vocalist of The Year Dove Award in 1969, after which the Happy Goodman family went on to win many Grammy and Dove Awards.
Showcasing the vocals of the Queen of Gospel Music, is this video of Vestal Goodman singing, “In The Presence Of The King.”
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Weleetka, Oklahoma (October 16, 2015) Excitement is the best description for the Williamsons today as they have earned their first #1 on the Singing News Magazine Monthly Chart for the month of December 2015. [Editor’s note: The Williamsons also acheived Number One with “Shout” on the SGN Scoops Top 100 Chart for October 2015.]
Penned by Lee Black and Gina Boe, and sent to radio by Family Music Group,”Shout” is a joyous song taking you through history from Joshua to Gideon and on to the our King coming again. Something special happens when God’s people “Shout”.
The Williamsons have become one of the most polished mixed quartets in the entire Southern Gospel Music genre. Coming from their latest album Tell Somebody, this may not be the only #1 song you will see and hear from this dynamic young group.
Group manager Donnie Williamson stated, “What a blessing we have received with our first #1 song. This is certainly a group effort. I believe we have the greatest singers in the Gospel Music world with Karl Rice, Darin Hebert, and my wife Lisa. It’s also the hard work of Donna King who produced this song and Les Butler who did so well with radio promotions. Also a big thank you to the radio DJs who helped by playing this song. This is truly a blessing from the God we serve and sing about each week.”
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The Williamsons began sharing the Gospel through music in 1998 as The Homesteaders Quartet. The dream of Donnie Williamson was to form a group to sing classic Gospel music on a limited basis. What he wanted to do never occurred. From the group’s onset their demand was overwhelming. Soon they were performing more than 100 dates a year. For the past several years The Williamsons have been in full time Christian ministry and entertainment and have traveled across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Their music has been in national charts and were they honored to be nominated to the Gospel Music Association for a Dove Award.
Their high energy musical style appeals to people of all ages. The versatility of The Williamsons is evident through the wide variety of musical styles they perform. There is always something for everyone. The marketing of their performances targets families and not just fans of any particular type of music. Spending an evening with The Williamsons is sure to be one that will lift you up, bless you, and entertain you all at the same time. Their primary desire is to share the Gospel in such a way that those in attendance who do not know Jesus Christ will come to know him before the program is over.
The Williamsons will be appearing at the 2015 Creekside Gospel Music Convention, November 2-5, Pigeon Forge TN at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Read more here and on the Facebook page. Get your free tickets HERE.
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It is not that unusual to find a teenager in a Southern Gospel group but in most cases it is a family group. A teenager in a male quartet is more of a rarity and a teenage bass singer is probably the rarest addition to a group. So it is a unique combination to find a teenage bass singer in one of the oldest SGM groups, but such is the case with the current group comprising the Gospel Harmony Boys.
In 1952 the Gospel Harmony Boys were founded in Huntington, WV by SGMA Hall of Fame member, Harold Lane. Since that time they have been recognized as one of the most musically sound groups in the genre. In their 63 years of ministry, they have only had five bass singers up to this point. I would like to introduce their sixth bass singer, Brandon Stone, a 17 year old high school senior.
1. Can you please provide some background information: family, education, church affiliation?
I am 17 years old and am a senior at Winfield High School. I was raised by a single Mom, and we live in Nitro, WV. We are a small family but very close. Along with Mom, my Nana (Marie Lamont), Pawpaw (Bill Lamont) and Uncle David (David Lamont) are my biggest support system and are always in the audience no matter what I am doing. I am a member of Teays Valley Baptist Church under the direction of my senior pastor, Dr. John D. Smith.
2. What was your early introduction to Southern Gospel music?
My maternal great-grandparents loved Gospel music. They had tons of the Gaither homecoming videos, always went to local Gospel sings and attended the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion for as many years as I can remember.
3. What is your musical background and influences?
Since I was a toddler, I have always loved music. I always told my mom I wanted to be a choir director when I grew up. I started playing the trumpet when I was 11 years old for Andrew Jackson Middle School. I continued through the years and still play the trumpet today in the Winfield High School marching band, concert band, show choir band and pep band. I started singing in our church’s youth choir when I was in middle school and sang my first solo in ninth grade at church. I also joined the adult choir at church when I entered high school.
4. When did you realize that singing was something you wanted to do?
I had never really put much thought into singing with a group like the Gospel Harmony Boys. I had no idea that I was qualified enough to sing for a Southern Gospel quartet. I was content on just singing at church. Now that the door has been opened for me to sing with the GHB, I realized that this was something I love and I hope to minister to people with gospel music for a long time.
5. How did you hear about the GHB opening? How was your audition?
I heard there was opening from Ron Peters, a man that attends my church. Ron works with Clacy Williams, and I guess one day he showed Clacy a YouTube video of me singing. The next thing I knew, I was getting a call from Clacy himself. The audition wasn’t that bad, other than the fact that I was extremely nervous. The guys were kind, helpful, and encouraging. I guess it went well since I am still here.
6. How do you balance school, GHB activities and church?
The good thing about GHB is that most of our endeavors are on the weekends, so it doesn’t affect my school time. While I sometimes have to miss service at my own church to be at an event or practice, I think of it as me working with my own ministry. Balancing it all hasn’t really been that challenging so far.
7. Favorites – school subject, movie, book, any hobbies?
My favorite things to do are probably what you would predict… but I honestly love to hear a good preacher in church, sing, play my trumpet, spend time with my friends and family and listen to gospel music.
8. What are your plans after high school?
After high school, I plan to attend Andersonville Theological Seminary. God called me to preach in July, 2013 so I will further my education to go into the ministry. I plan to serve at my church and sing with the Gospel Harmony Boys while taking classes.
9. How are the GHB guys treating you?
The Gospel Harmony Boys are the classiest, most respectable, fun, helpful, and friendly group of people I have ever been around. I was worried about being the new young guy, but from the first day, all three of the men have taken me under their wings and made this experience awesome. I have only sung in a few concerts so far, but I am having the time of my life and am honored to be singing with role models that put Christ first in their lives. They are a great example to a young guy like me just getting started. I could not be any happier, and I look forward to the future.
Clacy Williams, tenor and manager of the group had this to say about Brandon: “Brandon is an extremely talented young man who has the potential of becoming one of SGMs finest bass singers. He has a great attitude and it’s amazing how much quicker he learns, compared to the old codgers he’s adopted as comrades. Singing with Brandon is just good fun as well as watching him improve every program and every rehearsal.”
Clacy also adds, “We felt it was time to pay back and help a great young talent develop.”
by Dean Adkins
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First published by SGNScoops in March 2015.
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Do you have a good knowledge of Southern Gospel and a good sense of humor? Do you love to talk and have some free time? SGM Radio is looking for a volunteer DJ to help with its online radio station. If this sounds like you, contact Rob Patz today! Rob@sgnscoops.com
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Creekside Gospel Music Convention is coming soon to beautiful Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Join us as we listen to great Gospel music, enjoy the majestic Smoky Mountains and have a great time in fun and fellowship with other fans and artists of Creekside. Please reserve your ticket soon
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Southside, Alabama (September 1, 2015) – The Mark Trammell Quartet announces today that their three day Homecoming Event is returning to Hill Crest Baptist Church July 29-31, 2016. After fans inquired about the absence of a MTQ Homecoming in 2015 due to a heavy touring schedule, the quartet wants them to be the first to know the artists, dates and activities so they can plan to be in attendance for their 2016 Homecoming. The line-up features two of the most popular programs appearing right now in Gospel Music.
The MTQ Homecoming will begin on Friday, July 29, 2016 featuring the Gold City Reunion with special guest Tim Riley and artists Wilburn and Wilburn, Jay Parrack and Vocal Event and The Mark Trammell Quartet. Saturday morning, those signed up to take part in the Golf Tournament will gather at Silver Lakes Golf Course in Gadsden, Alabama at 8:30 AM for a morning of fun and fellowship. (Golf Tournament is open to the public.) That same evening, The Mark Trammell Quartet will share the stage with their friends Greater Vision and come together as The Second Half Quartet; featuring Gerald Wolfe, Mark Trammell, Chris Allman, Rodney Griffin and Pat Barker on classic Gospel songs from the past. On Sunday morning, MTQ will take part in the worship service at their home church with the Hill Crest Choir and Orchestra to close out the weekend.
This event is the quartet’s gift to the fans for supporting the ministry all year and is sponsored by Mark Trammell Quartet Outreach which is a non-profit ministry branch of MTQ. The Mark Trammell Quartet wishes to thank everyone in advance for their financial and prayerful support of this ministry and its effort to take quality Gospel Music to areas that could not otherwise have it. All concerts and services will take place at the Trammell’s home church, Hill Crest Baptist Church. Hill Crest is located in Anniston, Alabama just off of Highway 431, easy to find and accessible. You can find more information about the MTQ Homecoming on the group’s website: http://mtqhomecoming.com.
Mark Trammell has been involved in Gospel Music for 41 years and formed The Mark Trammell quartet in 2002. The group is a full-time, professional Southern Gospel Quartet whose goal is to see Believers edified and lost souls come to know the Lord through Gospel Music and evangelism. Based out of Southside, Alabama these four men have traveled all over the U.S, Canada and are planning their debut in Ireland for the fall of 2016.
Mark Trammell Ministries
PO Box 588
Gadsden, AL 35902
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Thousands Set To Return for Seven Days of Concerts in Great Smoky Mountains Resort City
Pigeon Forge, TN – The attention of the southern gospel music industry will again be on Pigeon Forge, Tenn., from September 27 – October 3, 2015, when hundreds of performers and approximately 40,000 fans unite for the 59th Annual NQC (National Quartet Convention.)
“Coming off of our largest convention in 13 years, we are excited about what is in store for our second year in Pigeon Forge,” said Clarke Beasley, Executive Vice President.
J.D. Sumner, a gospel music legend and former backup singer for Elvis Presley, founded the NQC in 1957 in Memphis, co-producing it with James Blackwood. It later moved to Nashville and has been in Louisville, Ky., for 20 years.
Pigeon Forge, TN’s LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge serves as the home for the annual convention – a $45 million special events facility that opened in 2013. The center’s primary space will be configured for 11,000 seats for the NQC, with no seat more than 150 feet from the stage.
Featured artists are a “Who’s Who” of southern gospel music, and nightly concerts feature up to 20 acts. Among them are the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, the Hoppers, the Kingdom Heirs, Triumphant and the Collingsworth Family, as well as prominent soloists such as Grammy Award winner Jason Crabb.
Special events during the week include the Singing News Fan Awards, a fan-voted program of Singing News Magazine, on Sept. 30, the keynote address by Dr. David Jeremiah on Oct. 2nd , the Cathedrals’ Family Reunion featuring several alumni of gospel’s most celebrated group on Sept. 30th and a Gospel Music Hymn Sing hosted by Gerald Wolfe on Oct. 3rd.
“We are excited about the enhancements we have made to the production this year including elevated seating and doubling the amount of large screens, and we are also excited about the improvements the LeConte Center has made to the acoustic environment of the Center with the installation of acoustical treatment on the walls. As much as our attendees enjoyed the event’s first year in Pigeon Forge, we are confident that they will enjoy this year even more,” said Clarke Beasley.
Admission information for 2015 concerts is available online at nqconline.com, by calling toll-free 800-846-8499 and at the door.
Visitor information about Pigeon Forge is available online at MyPigeonForge.com and by calling 800-251-9100.
Dont forget to make your plans to return to Pigeon Forge TN on November 2 – 7 for the Creekside Gospel Music Convention and the 2015 Diamond Awards, at the Smoky Mountain Resort. Reserve your tickets today at www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com
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