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A New Chapter: A Spotlight on Lauren Talley

Written by Staff on June 22, 2020 – 5:09 am -

Lauren TalleySouthern gospel music has had a major impact on many who listen to it. The same can also be said for those who sing it as well. As a member of The Talleys, Lauren Talley’s life has been transformed by this life changing music.

 

Talley joined her parents as the third member of the trio at a young age. Her soulful, powerful voice and equally infectious personality has delighted audiences all over the world. Now, in 2020, a new season approaches for Talley as she enters into full time solo ministry. 

 

Lauren Talley

Talleys

In 1996, The Talleys reformed after a three years hiatus, with Lauren officially joining her parents Roger and Debra. However, Talley’s journey into Southern gospel began much earlier. 

 

I was a toddler when my family formed The Talleys,” recalls Lauren. “I sat backstage or on the front row for their concerts every night until I was 10 years old. At that time, my mom and dad felt the Lord’s leading to put their career on pause and stay home. For the next three years, God began to make the calling on my life known to me, and I developed my own interest in singing. My parents and I began performing together as the second version of the Talleys in 1996. I was 13.” 

 

Her unmistakable soprano voice has now become a fixture of the group as well as the genre. Lauren cites several influences on her unique sound. 

 

Lauren Talley“Pretty much anybody who’s good,” says Lauren. “I listened to everything growing up, every style. I tried my hardest to sing like the Martins, Wynonna Judd and CeCe Winans as a twelve year old in my bedroom. I’ve tried to learn from anyone who does what they do well.” 

 

This vocalist’s unique sound is featured on Lauren’s latest two recordings. “Glorious God: Songs of Worship and Wonder,” is a worship album, featuring the song, “Glorious God.” 

 

“‘Loudest Praise: Hymns of Mercy, Love and Grace,’ is a collection of hymns that I think aren’t sung enough these days. I tried to pick the ones that were superbly written, but aren’t heard every day. Hymns done the LT way,” Lauren states.

 

Both albums were well received with the latest single being a standout. 

 

“’Glorious God’ was written by two 12-year-old boys, Mac Duren and Miles LaPointe,” reveals Lauren. “They wrote the song at the 2018 Write About Jesus conference, and I heard it when the choral arrangement debuted at the Lifeway Worship Conference. I asked the publisher and Mac’s dad, Cliff Duren, if I could have it right then and there! I’m glad they said yes. Mac and Miles have a very bright future.”

 

Lauren TalleyThough she has experienced great success, Lauren remains grounded in her faith and focused on the message.

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Godsey Media Announces Arize Partners Program

Written by Staff on June 17, 2020 – 3:36 pm -

Godsey Media Announces Arize Partners ProgramBridging the gap between the artist and the audience in a fresh way

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 16 2020)  – Scott Godsey of Godsey Media Management announces the beginning of a new era, Arize Partners.  Arize Partners strives to bring artists and audiences together as partners in ministry with exclusive access and content.
The new service is set to officially launch on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET with Brian Free and Assurance, Karen Peck and New River, 11th Hour, Tribute, Hoppers, Talleys, Aaron Wilburn, LeFevre Quartet, Whisnants, Nelons, Freemans, Abraham Productions and more to be featured.
Scott Godsey explains, “The last few months have taught us that we need each other now more than ever. Faith based music Artists that you know, love, follow, and support saw their livelihoods ripped away. Godsey Media stepped in quickly with The HopeSings Concert Series to raise financial support for them. Because of their supporters around the world, we were able to generate over $300,000.00 to help these artists get through the unique time of quarantine and social distancing.  We heard from many supporters that wanted to do more for the music that creates life change.
Godsey Media Announces Arize Partners ProgramScott and his team at Godsey Media saw the success of the HopeSings Concert Series and have worked to create a sustainable model that continues support for the artists as they start looking at what the new normal is going to become.  The idea is to create partnerships with access and benefits like never before. A true win-win for artists and supporters.  The team for music artists is expanding beyond the people singing the songs on stage.
Arize Partners is just that, a platform that creates a partnership between the audience and the artist they want to support. The partners will get exclusive access, music, concerts, merchandise, and so much more. You select a tier of support and then enjoy the benefits. In turn, the audience’s financial support helps the artist to have a solid foundation of income as well as the ability to go to churches and venues that could not cover their travel expenses.
Scott continues, “We believe that Arize Partners will allow our friends to keep ministering the Gospel through the reach of the internet regardless of the travel situation or lack of music sales. It will also allow audiences that love these artists the ability to stay connected on a regular basis and have unprecedented access to the music and the ministry.”
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Entertainer/actor Randall Franks releases songs of hope and faith

Written by Staff on June 17, 2020 – 7:00 am -

Randall Franks (Randall Franks Media: Anna Ritch)

Randall Franks (Randall Franks Media: Anna Ritch)

Entertainer/actor Randall Franks releases songs of hope and faith

Multiple music hall of famer and former network actor Randall Franks releases a new musical collection – “Faith Will See Us Through” to radio through AirPlay Direct and to fans through Nimbit.

“Recent events within the United States moved me to bring forward this collection of songs – ‘Faith Will See Us Through’ which I hope and pray may encourage, inspire, and share the promise that the world’s darkness cannot destroy who we are within ourselves and within our larger American community,” Franks said.

“Striving for great goals is not a thing of the past, hoping for better is not a thing of the past, caring for others is not a thing of the past, we are those who are supposed to strive, share, hope and care for one another with God’s love within our hearts, His lessons on our lips, and His deeds moving our hands and our feet to encourage the world.”

Franks, who was selected as the first 2020 AirPlay Direct Evolution Grant recipient, released “Faith Will See Us Through” to radio through AirPlay Direct on June 1 and it rose to #2 on the Americana Global Album Charts within a couple of days and has held a steady at #3 with project singles charting in the top 20 in bluegrass, Christian music and Americana.

"Faith Will See Us Through" is the musical promise actor/entertainer Randall Franks leans upon. (Randall Franks Media: Anna Ritch)

“Faith Will See Us Through” is the musical promise actor/entertainer Randall Franks leans upon. (Randall Franks Media: Anna Ritch)

Radio may find his new album at www.AirPlayDirect.com/RandallFranks-FaithWillSeeUsThrough/

“I am so honored that thousands of radio presenters are able to find my recordings through AirPlay Direct and so many are using the songs to uplift their audiences,” Franks said. “Lynda and Robert Weingartz shared an amazing opportunity with me. Now, I am also pleased that folks who care about what I do are able to download their own copies of the songs.”

The new album is available for fans at www.Nimbit.com/RandallFranks.

Included in the collection is a new version of his 1990 radio single “You Better Get Ready” that helped raise his “Handshakes and Smiles” album to the top of the Christian music charts. He also included a new version of his 2000 song “God’s Children,” and the solo performances of the new songs “There’s More Room Outside Than In,” “When You Come Again” written with three-time Dove nominee Mark Wheeler, and “Heaven’s the Place to Be” with Darrin Chambers. He also offers new solo recordings of “Building on Sand,” and “Medals for Mother,” while welcoming talented musicians and singers on “Precious Memories,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Purple Robe,” and “I’ll Shout and Shine.”

Joining him on various songs are the Watkins Family – Judy, Lorie and Todd; Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band leader Cody Harvey; pianist Ryan Stinson; guitarist Butch Lanham; Tim Owens of the Old Time Preachers Quartet with Journey On – Bob and Josh Jenkins; and musicians Blake Young, Bill Everett, Mark Bramlett, Bill Burdette, and the late Faye Lewis and Barney Miller.

The Share America Foundation, Inc. and Crimson Records release benefits the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship encouraging Appalachian youth in music. Additional donations to the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship may be made at www.ShareAmericaFoundation.org.

The Appalachian singer and fiddler is a member of America’s Old Time Country Hall of Fame, as well as the Independent Country Music, Atlanta Country Music; and Chamber Business Person halls of fame and is an International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame Legend.

Franks, who appeared as “Officer Randy Goode” of TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” scored two # 1 AirPlay Direct Global Albums in 2019 – “Americana Youth of Southern Appalachia” and “Christmas Time’s A Comin’.” He also and charted nine catalog albums in various genres and all his radio music links are at his AirPlay Direct Music Page: AirPlayDirect.com/RandallFranks

For more information about Randall Franks, visit http://randallfranks.com/. Find the Encouragers book series and recent recordings here http://www.randallfranks.com/store/ or on https://www.amazon.com/Randall-Franks/. 

Radio may download his latest album and other music:

www.AirPlayDirect.com/RandallFranks

www.AirPlayDirect.com/RandallFranks-FaithWillSeeUsThrough/

www.AirPlayDirect.com/RandallFranks-AmericanaYouthofSouthernAppalachia

Links on the web:

http://www.randallfranks.com/store/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0291684/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDHsC33yZsDsB8wA0WC5PVw

https://www.facebook.com/RandallFranksActorDirectorEntertainer/
https://twitter.com/RandallFranks

https://www.instagram.com/randallfranksactor/

https://www.reverbnation.com/randallfranks

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randall_Franks

Share America Foundation. Inc.

http://shareamericafoundation.org/

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The Collingsworth Family Presents “Mercy & Love Live at Inspiration Encounter” DVD

Written by Staff on June 17, 2020 – 5:48 am -

The Collingsworth Family Presents "Mercy & Love Live at Inspiration Encounter" DVD

The Collingsworth Family Presents
“Mercy & Love Live at Inspiration Encounter” DVD

Set in the exciting worship atmosphere of the inaugural INSPIRATION ENCOUNTER on the Campus of Answers in Genesis’ Ark Encounter Theme Park, “Mercy and Love, Live at Inspiration Encounter,” is a one-of-a-kind evening of worship with The Collingsworth Family.

When you combine the brand new 2,500 seat packed out ANSWERS CENTER venue with one of Nashville’s finest bands plus the unmistakable harmonies of one of Gospel Music’s most awarded families, you have an evening well spent.

Come worship, laugh, and cry along with the engaged audience ….. immerse yourself in the atmosphere, as if you were sitting in the auditorium right alongside the rest of the audience.

Song Titles:

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

MERCY AND LOVE

DO YOU KNOW THE SAVIOR

MAGNIFY HIM

MY TRIBUTE(TO GOD BE THE GLORY)

MY SAVIOR’S LOVE

AT THE CROSS

FOR WHAT EARTHLY REASON

AND CAN IT BE

YOUR WAYS ARE HIGHER

LIVE LIKE JESUS

IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

MAKE HIM A HOME IN MY HEART

JESU, JOY OF MAN’S DESIRING

CASTING OUR CROWNS AT HIS FEET

WORTHY THE LAMB

AWESOME POWER OF PRAYER

ALTAR OF GRACE

BRING IT BROKEN

SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL

THE LAMB

WE SHALL BEHOLD HIM

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About The Collingsworth Family
With a GRAMMY® Award-nomination, a GMA Dove Award and multiple Singing News Fan Awards to their credit, StowTown recording artist The Collingsworth Family is among Gospel Music’s most beloved family groups. Multi-faceted musicians whose sole purpose is offering their talent back to God as a sacrifice of praise, the family is comprised of Phil & Kim Collingsworth and their children, Brooklyn (Blair), Courtney (Metz), Phillip and Olivia. In addition to their signature harmonies, several family members are acclaimed instrumentalists in their own right: Kim on piano; Brooklyn and Courtney on violin; and Phil Sr. on trumpet. The Collingsworth Family has performed at The White House; the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove; and at multiple Gaither Homecoming events around the country.

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Guy Penrod celebrates Fatherhood

Written by Staff on June 15, 2020 – 5:52 pm -

Sing People Happy: A Conversation with Guy PenrodSing People Happy: A Conversation with Guy Penrod

By Justin Gilmore

Fatherhood is an important responsibility. A father, along with a mother, is tasked with raising up their children to be loving, God-fearing citizens. Legendary Southern gospel vocalist, Guy Penrod, has been blessed with eight children of his own and knows the importance of being a faithful and loving father. Over the course of his career, Penrod has also experienced the faithfulness of our Heavenly Father. With the current global pandemic essentially shutting down much of the music industry, Southern gospel groups and artists have been struggling to make ends meet. In addition, both fans and artists alike miss the concert experience.

Penrod, in partnership with Thrive Media Streaming, is bringing his classic live concert experience to viewers all over the world on June 21st. “Concert On The Couch: A Father’s Day Celebration,” features Penrod and his band performing beloved hymns and worship songs in a night of praise. I recently had the honor of speaking with Mr. Penrod about this event as well as his storied career.

Justin Gilmore: First off, let me start this whole thing by saying I am a huge fan of yours. I’ve been a fan for a number of years, especially your work with the Gaither Vocal Band. So, it is an honor for me to speak with you today.

Guy Penrod: Well thank you buddy. Thank you for your kind encouragement. 

Gilmore: For those who don’t know or are not familiar with you, how did you get your start in Southern Gospel Music?

Sing People Happy: A Conversation with Guy Penrod

Guy Penrod with the Gaither Vocal Band

Penrod: You know, the start of that for me would probably be with the Vocal Band. I didn’t travel and sing in any groups prior to being with the Vocal Band, just because of the way life went, you know. I grew up singing, enjoyed it all the way through high school and college. 

Gilmore: Who are your musical influences?

GUY PENROD release Blessed Assurance

GUY PENROD Blessed Assurance

Penrod: That’s a broad question. A real influence for me not just vocally but character wise was George Beverly Shea. I grew up listening to him and fell in love with his rich baritone voice.  I loved the way you could understand what he sang. I’m a big lover of voices: Nat King Cole, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson. I lived out west so we listened to a lot of country music. Those voices meant a lot to me as I grew up. On the Gospel side of things, Jake Hess and the Blackwood Brothers were favorites of mine. My grandmother had an 8-track and I’d listen to the Blackwood Brothers in the carport and sing along at the top of my lungs.

Gilmore: Speaking of music, let’s talk about your latest album.

Penrod: The latest thing we have is ‘Blessed Assurance,” which is around one or two years old now. It is a compilation of hymns and worship songs like “ I Surrender All,” “The Love Of God,”and more. We wanted to pick songs that lend themselves to sing along. 

Gilmore: Any meaningful fan encounters over the course of your career?

Penrod: Many, many, many wonderful people that have been encouraging and supportive all along the way. Many names pass through my mind: a little lady named Sue Johnson from Atlanta used to show up at just about every concert that I did east of the Mississippi. Eventually, bad health, now she’s singing up in Heaven. Through the years so many people like that. I think of a little boy, he had a difficult disease and it hit him out of the blue. He ended up at twelve years old; he passed away from that, but that concert likewise, his folks brought him. I was one of the only things he responded to. He was completely wheelchair bound, quadrapeligic, couldn’t speak, but just a precious little dude with a wonderful spirit. He would come alive during those concerts, hearing music like that. Fought a hard battle and the Lord just went ahead and took him on to Heaven. But wonderful, wonderful people that are still here and encouraging us and showing up for concerts and supporting what we’re doing.

Gilmore: What is the most memorable experience you’ve had in your career?

Penrod: Oh my! I’m not good with singling out things like that for the most part. You know, there have been so many it’s hard to just zone in on one. It’s different things based on the different aspects of my life. Getting married to the most beautiful woman on the earth, the greatest wife, was obviously right at the top of that list. Having kids: seven boys and one little girl. Now, they’re all growing up and  starting to have kids themselves. Now, I’m a grandparent of a beautiful four month old girl and two more on the way! Both girls, one in September and one in October so in the course of about ten or eleven months we will have three brand new grandbabies on the ground. All girls. 

Gilmore: Congratulations! 

Penrod: Thank you! So, that’s hard to beat that. Jump over into the professional world and what I’ve done through the years, it’s just a dream come true, to get to sing on so many wonderful records. Through the Sandy Patty years, and Steve Green, Larnelle Harris, and Wayne Watson, 4Him, Point Of Grace. We could just go on and on with people that have allowed me the privilege of singing on their records. It just amazes me. Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and you know, it’s fabulous. Then to scratch the itch of those R&B things, getting to sing on James Ingram’s record, who was a real big influence in my vocal, musical life, too. Loved his voice and the way he communicates. You know, it just goes hand in hand with the other experiences musically. In the Vocal Band years, getting to travel the world and sing at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Red Rocks, London, John Wesley’s Church, the Sydney Opera House, my goodness! And I’m just a little hayseed from Aberline, Texas. If God gave me the magic to write down whatever I wanted to happen and that’s what would happen, I would have never dreamed that stuff. Just a thankful man. Just like when you called and asked how I was doing: better than I deserve. That’s a real true statement. From one perspective it is. 

Gilmore: Right. My next question is: what illustrations or analogies do you use in presenting the Gospel in a concert setting?

GUY PENROD TO BE FEATURED AT INAUGURAL CELEBRATIONPenrod: Oh goodness. That’s a loaded question. I have found that the most effective place to be is, you obviously hide the Word in your heart, memorize it, internalize it, and stay read up, as our minds forget, and pour over it. So, with that hidden away, then when you go out, I tend to try to empty myself and ask the Spirit of the Lord to just calm my mind. Obviously not to remove it, but to empty it of me, and I kind of lay my thoughts or plans for the evening at His feet and say: just speak through me I pray, Holy Spirit. Minister to what these people here tonight need. I find that it’s an effective place to be because when you step out there, He responds in real time. He usually doesn’t show up until He is needed, but stays as long as He is needed, in certain circumstances. Obviously we walk with Him all the time and need Him all the time, but when it comes to the application of sharing the Word or teaching or singing or preaching or exhorting or encouraging or listening or counseling, it’s a certain aspect of Him that fills you up in that moment. I found that He will just fill your mouth if you are bold and courageous enough to step out in front of a crowd or into a room with just one person and minister, that He will use you, recall in you the things he has planted there through the years. Sharing a perfect message is a challenge for us as imperfect humans, you know. So I find leaning on the Spirit of the Lord and being bold, not trying to sneak Jesus into anybody, but just straight up looking folks in the eyeball and saying: God loves you, He’s for you, He’s with you. He’s here tonight and wants to minister. The key is you just gotta let Him in…He said I will draw all men to me. 

Gilmore: My next question is simply: How has singing Gospel music impacted your life and your family?

Penrod: Well, it’s immeasurable really. All encompassing. It’s a vehicle by which the Lord’s blessed us with every good thing. I mean, like anyone, if you follow the Spirit of the Lord’s promptings and new heart He’s given each one of us, in Christ, He says He has removed the old heart of stone, then you yield it to Him. Acknowledge Him in all your ways He will direct your paths. Therein lies the secret to happiness. It’s that right there. I think just resting and waiting on Him for doors. Don’t push. I have done that as a young man and as a middle aged man probably still will push on a few out of hard headedness, but usually it’s a matter of waiting on the Lord, who will open the doors. We walk through them. But I would say the building of family, the relationships, the influence and all those things are gifts from the Lord. So I just pray for His wisdom and strength to walk in that honorably. 

Gilmore: Since Father’s Day is coming up soon, what does fatherhood mean to you?

GUY PENROD’S ‘CONCERT ON THE COUCH—A FATHER’S DAY CELEBRATION FROM FRANKLIN THEATRE' PREMIERS ONLINE JUNE 21

Guy Penrod and Band. Photo: Russ Harrington

Penrod: Well, I had a good example of a father. I know a lot of folks don’t, but I know a lot of folks do. It’s a heavy responsibility. It is interesting how God made things so organic really. A man grows up and becomes attracted to the opposite sex and before long, one catches his eye and they end up married and rather ignorant at what life holds and to go about handling it. The Lord looks down and says it is good. If you are right in the middle of that, He is a part of the equation. His plan for you is to just trust Him day by day. As new and ignorant as I was when I got married, the Lord led us along, and then when our first baby came, I didn’t know how to deal with a baby, but that’s the beauty of the power of the Lord. He’s so capable that He gives babies to young kids like me and my wife, not that old, but here we are with a baby you know. Then after that, another and another and another, and I just find that if you have enough faith to keep going, He has enough supply to keep supplying. I don’t know that it is a matter of any certain thing, one thing or the other, that as fathers we do. It’s a compilation of all of the small decisions, but the big one being: center your worldview in the Word of God, the Holy Bible, and then acknowledge the Lord in all your ways and He will direct your path. Then be transparent and we’re gonna make good decisions and have wonderful successes as fathers. But we are also gonna make bad decisions and have failures as well. For the most part, it is something we should do out in front of the family so everyone sees how the Lord works through the ups and the downs. I think at the end of the day, if we trust Him and live openly for Him in front of those we love, that’s the best example of a father, mother, sister, brother, friend, or whatever relationship you want to put on there.

Gilmore: How are you and the family holding up during this quarantine?

Sing People Happy: A Conversation with Guy PenrodPenrod: Everybody’s had a challenging time here, haven’t they. Well, we are just grateful for the Lord’s protection which He said He gives to all His children. No evil shall befall you. No plague shall come near your door. I just read that this morning in the devotional we read. Such is the case here. Just have believed it, proclaimed it, we’ve been blessed with no cases in our family and just a couple in any friend groups around the entire nation. But specifically, the little area where we live, I don’t think we’ve even had a case in our county. We have such a large family so we just kinda came out here to our farm and compound during that time and did a whole bunch of barbequing. So I’ve put on some pandemic quarantine weight that I gotta get rid of. We are happy as we could be and thankful for God’s protection and pray for those who have been affected by this that they will trust in the Lord for His touch and His healing. The Word says: “By His stripes we are healed.” Go ahead and claim it and kick that disease out! 

Gilmore: Amen! Lastly, talk about your upcoming Father’s Celebration Concert.

Penrod: We are really excited. It’s been a challenging time for our industry. We were kind of the first bunch of workers in the marketplace that got shut down because of the restrictions on the sizes of our gatherings, and probably the last ones who will go back to work as they start lifting these restrictions. In that timeframe, we’ve been praying for how the Lord would have us move forward. He has supplied, through a friend of mine and new acquaintances, technology by which we can do live streaming on a very highly technical platform that enables the highest quality sound and highest quality pictures and video content to roll and very capable worldwide bandwidth so that we can produce quality concerts and events out and around the world. We’re just the first in our field to get to use this platform and really excited. We are gonna be from the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee and my band will be with me. We’re playing in an empty auditorium, but in front of a whole lot of people as the cameras go. Gonna lift up Jesus with hymns, worship songs, and live music that ‘sings people happy,’ like much of my buddies have said before. We wanna sing people happy, full of the joy of the Lord and strength and boldness for the days ahead. Encourage them that there’s a wonderful harvest to go reap, we just have to get out there and get after it. So, it’s gonna be on June 21st, Father’s Day. The virtual doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the concert starts at 6:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. Go to guypenrod.com and click on “Concert On The Couch,” that’s what we’re calling our series and kicking it off with me. They’ll be directed to the home page and a video invitation with instructions on how to reserve an online viewing pass. That pass will get you into the concert on the 21st. There is no fee required. No ticket price. Just register and your in. But we do ask that if you’re capable of making a donation that you do so. We have a button set up for donations, but for those who have had a tough time during this quarantine and they’re low on cash, we don’t want you to miss this. So you’re free to come on in. Invite your friends and loved ones to jump down on their couch and be encouraged. And those who don’t know the Lord and you want to share the Gospel with, we’re gonna share it real plainly that night, so invite to go sign up, get a pass and plop down on the couch for some popcorn and have a good night singing and listening to a good concert. 

Gilmore: Thank you so much for talking with me today. It has been an honor.

Penrod: My pleasure. Thank you for such a good interview. God’s blessing on what you’ve got going there. 

More information:

“Concert On The Couch—A Father’s Day Celebration From Franklin Theatre” premiers for one-time online viewing at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Virtual doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time with special pre-show content. Filmed recently at the historic Franklin Theatre outside Nashville, Guy Penrod’s “Concert On The Couch” is being made available in partnership with Thrive Media Streaming. Exclusive online viewing passes, available for a suggested donation of $5, can be reserved by registering at guypenrod.com.

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Beyond the Song: Wisecarvers sing “Go Down Again”

Written by Staff on June 13, 2020 – 6:40 am -

Beyond the Song. Wisecarvers. Go Down Again.Beyond the Song: the Wisecarvers sing “Go Down Again” 

By Jantina Baksteen

I got in contact with Dustin Wisecarver of the Wisecarvers, a Southern gospel family group that consists of: Vince and Tammy, Chase and Kasie, and Dustin and Kaila. They tell us about their group and explain the background of “Go Down Again.”

Jantina Baksteen: Please introduce your group to our readers. 

Dustin Wisecarver:  Mom and Dad got us started with a dream and a calling. So we’ll start with them! Mom, Tammy, she can have you blessed, crying, and reaching for tissues before you know it. She has a powerful testimony of healing from cancer that has encouraged countless folks in their own battles with it. Dad, Vince, has a country style voice and some of the smoothest rhythm guitar you’ll ever hear. There’s nothing much he can’t do. Above what you see on stage, he keeps the bus running and taught Chase and I to sing and play. Which leads to Chase my brother. He’s our versatile powerhouse lead vocalist. He can go from power notes in ballads to the sweetest sincere moments that grab your heart. Chase has the gift to write songs that are so completely different than the norm. He sees things when he reads the word of God others miss and often you’ll find that in his writing. Songs he’s written such as “Turn Back Time,” which is really the that first song that got us noticed in the Southern gospel world, will make even a saint cry and want to make sure their walk with the Lord is where it ought to be! His wife’s name is Kasie and she is our prayer and faith warrior. Though she’s not on the platform she’s there with a kind word or can be found praying with folks at the altar. They have a little boy named Jake who, for about the past year, has started coming up and singing a little bit with us here and there. He’s taking my “choo-choo” song, as he calls it, and playing his little harmonica and singing it. He turned four in February and is stealing the show. Then there’s my wife Kaila. She’s truly special and ever so anointed. She definitely holds me together and I couldn’t do what I do without her. She’s got the voice of an angel and looks like one too. She’s very versatile in both the styles she can sing and write. She goes from peaceful worship moments to the big powerful songs that’ll have you shoutin’. We have an awesome one year old named Whalen, who has totally changed our world. He’s got a little smile and just like we prayed before he was born, he brings joy everywhere we go. Finally, I like to say, ‘I’m just here.’ I play a little harmonica. I write and sing a little bit. I just consider it a privilege to be surrounded by such an amazing family with such talent. I’m not worthy to be in their midst nor to work for the Lord, but I’m awful glad He called me, and He called me to where I am and who I am with.

Beyond the Song. Wisecarvers. Go Down Again.JB: When did you start to sing as a family group?

DW: We always sang in our home church, and would put on concerts at our family reunions. Chase and I grew up with aunts and uncles as our biggest fan base. They always flattered us and made us feel like we were big time. They would even tip! But then somewhere along the way, we felt God tugging at our hearts for more than just music. He said He had a job for us to do with our gifts, and in 2005, The Wisecarvers was officially born.

JB: I met you at first in 2016, at NQC, where you won the showcase and debuted on main stage that same evening. Tell us about that experience.

DW: Wow, the shock of actually having our name called in itself was unbelievable! I remember huge smiles at each other on that stage, as if our eyes said, “Wow! Can you believe where we are standing?”

Up until that point we had only been on one sided stages. NQC has this four sided stage and I remember us jokingly on the side asking each other, “Where do we go?” Then we were like, “No seriously, which side?”

One of my favorite things was coming off the stage, there were fans who knew us from our travels who were standing at their seats waving, giving us thumbs up, saying things like “Way to go!” We are awful thankful they keep inviting us back year after year!

JB: Did that experience give a boost to your ministry?

DW: It certainly did! It introduced us to many new friends. New doors were opened and dates added to the following year’s schedule. There were also D.J.s who either hadn’t heard us live, or hadn’t even heard us at all, until that point. We are very thankful for that experience.

JB: I know you have a testimony in the song, “It Was Jesus,” on the  “Armor” album. Please share about that.

DW: This is Momma’s testimony. Twelve years ago she was diagnosed with Stage Four cancer and given only six to twelve months to live. God intervened and as the song states there was no chemo, no surgery, just  a whole lot of prayer and faith. God healed her and she is still alive and well, serving the Lord today, 100% cancer free. The song is also about things that can not be explained other than to say, “It Was Jesus!” Sometimes we get to those points in life where He is our only way out. We encourage those who might be in the most hopeless situations that there is still hope in Him.

Beyond the Song. Wisecarvers. Go Down Again..JB: You have a CD out called “Sillouette.”  When I checked the information on this album, I saw that your group penned all, or almost all, of the songs. Where do you get the inspiration to write?

DW: Sometimes inspiration comes from where we’ve been and what we’re going through ourselves in those moments. Those songs go back to what God is doing in our lives or trying to teach us personally. It’s always surprising when you put those songs out, how many other people happen to relate so closely to your message. Then, that inspires more songs because you realize that people need to hear what God has done for us, letting them know He can do the same for them. There are songs that are also birthed straight out of a scripture from the word of God. Then there are those you just start writing that seem to come out of nowhere, but it’s the Holy Spirit giving you something the people need to hear. In all those scenarios, the short answer would be, “God!”

JB: You launched a song to radio that’s called, “Go Down Again.” Can you share the message of that song?

DW: If God said it, it will happen! It doesn’t matter what circumstances or people say, God’s promises are true and will come to pass because God cannot lie. Naaman was told to go dip in Jordan seven times. The song asks the question of whether Naaman might have gotten discouraged on times one through six with no partial healings or signs, just the promise. The song shifts to our personal lives with things we pray about. Sometimes we don’t have signs. Sometimes there’s no evidence that our prayers will be answered. All we have are the promises in God’s word and that’s enough! The song defines faith and is intended to encourage people to not waiver in theirs!

JB: Kaila wrote this amazing song. How did that came about?

DW: A lot of times songs have an amazing story about how they developed or the journey to the final lyrics, but with “Go Down Again,” Kaila said it kind of just happened. The Lord gave her the words, the melody, it all came together from very personal experiences but not without some hesitation. At one time, she wasn’t even sure if anyone would like the song or understand what she was trying to say. But once we got in the studio and started to record, we knew it was something special. The enemy was just fighting to keep the message from being heard.

Beyond the Song. Wisecarvers. Go Down Again.JB: What is it to travel on the bus with the entire family and with the two little boys, Jake and Whalen?

DW: Oh, those two are the life of the party! They keep us laughing and smiling the whole time. It’s been fun to watch them begin their lives this way. Jake’s a smart little guy. He knows that bus inside and out. He is always eager to help and wants to work hard for Jesus. Whalen is just taking it all in. He’s just getting to where he can move around and getting harder to keep up with. The best part, we get to all do something we love to do together as a family.

JB: What is ahead for you in 2020?

DW: Well, we are writing new songs for a new project. Nothing is scheduled yet, but we have a few that are coming along nicely. We are also on pace to have our busiest year to date. God is definitely opening up new doors!

JB: Where can we find you on the web?

DW: You can visit our website, www.thewisecarvers.com, and also find us on all major social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

JB: What is your desire for your ministry?

DW: I want to be more effective. I want a double portion. Above all, I want to see Christ high and lifted up!

We hope you will enjoy hearing the Wisecarvers sing “Go Down Again:”

 

Thanks to Dustin Wisecarver for sharing your family ministry with SGNScoops. God’s blessings and guidance for your ministry in the days and months ahead.

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Exodus Experiences Change

Written by Staff on June 12, 2020 – 7:03 am -

Exodus 2020

Exodus

Hello Friends!
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I pray this newsletter finds you well. The last few months have been difficult for us all, but we are rejoicing to see our church doors re-open! With all the turmoil, confusion and uncertainty going on In the world today, I’m reminded of what Paul said in II Corinthians 4: 8 & 9 “We are troubled on every side yet not distressed. We are perplexed but not in despair, persecuted but not forsaken, cast down but not destroyed.”

Trouble will come our way but our hope is not in the circumstances that surround us and cause us to fear. Our hope is in the Lord and his promises. When we put our trust in him, there is no fear.

“What time I am afraid I will trust in him.” Psalms 56:3

In the midst of all of this, Exodus has experienced a change as well. We have said goodbye to Hannah and then again to Cole as well. This is a very difficult transition for us. Not only is Hannah my daughter, but she has traveled with us for three wonderful years. Hannah has accepted a new employment position and is taking time to focus on raising children.

Cole Watson, the son of our founding group member, Mike Watson, has spent a total of three years with the ministry. His work schedule has increased to the point where he has not been able to continue to tour. Cole is like family, and he is like a brother to Mary. We have treasured his time with us and greatly appreciate his dedication to the ministry.

We will miss Hannah’s sense of humor and Cole’s practical jokes! They will always be a part of the Exodus family.

Crystle Elam of Exodus

 

After prayer and careful searching, we are thrilled to announce we have a new member that has joined Exodus! Her name is Crystle Elam and she is from Chattanooga, Tenn. Crystle has ministered as a soloist for many years, and we know you are going to love her as much as we do.

Although some faces have changed in Exodus, our desire to serve the Lord and minister through song remains strong and has not diminished. We will continue to sing His praise until his glorious return!

Exodus will be releasing a brand new radio song very soon, called :
“The Exodus,”  written by Phil Cross and Susan Brady.

This song will have your toes tapping and your hands clapping as you think about leaving this world and entering the City God has prepared for his children. In II Thessalonians 4:16-18, the Lord told us to comfort one another with the words that He is coming again, and that’s exactly what this song does!

We (Mary, Susan and Crystle) look forward to seeing you soon!
Please take a minute to view our schedule for the month of June and join us at a church near you!

We love you all and can’t wait to see you again!

 

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Have you seen our most recent music video for “I Need You That Way?” Check it out and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Please keep Exodus in your prayers as we travel and minister.

You can check out our schedule and find out more information about our ministry at www.Exodus-SouthernGospel.com

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Jeff Lowe joins SGNScoops Magazine as Reviewer

Written by Staff on June 11, 2020 – 12:06 pm -

Jeff Lowe 2020 reviewerSGNScoops Magazine is pleased to welcome new reviewer Jeff Lowe to our elite roster of writers. Jeff will be reviewing new music every month. We know everyone will welcome him and all artists will start sharing their latest projects with him.

WFLQ-100 DEEJAY RANDALL HAMM RECOVERING FROM SURGERY

Randall Hamm. Photo by Marcie Gray – SN Fan Awards 2015
“Randall on the Red Carpet”

Special thanks to Randall Hamm who has been doing our reviews for many years now. Many of you know and love Randall and have been following his steps toward health. He has had to deal with many issues since last fall, and so far has come through them all with grace. Please continue praying for our friend Randall. Thank you, Randall, for all of your hard work for SGNScoops!

Justin Gilmore with Scott Fowler of Legacy Five

Justin Gilmore with Scott Fowler of Legacy Five

We also wish to thank Justin Gilmore who has been doing double duty in the interim. Justin has been a consistent feature writer for SGNScoops, and in the last few months, has also been submitting his reviews on new music. Now he gets to take a deep breath and go back to lending his capable pen to the lives and thoughts of the terrific artists that we feature in SGNScoops Magazine. Thank you, Justin!

Meet Jeff Lowe:

Jeff Lowe, from Massillon, Ohio, has been involved in Southern Gospel Music for 46+ years. In 1974, at the age of 14, Jeff started singing bass with The Soulseekers, a mixed group from his hometown. There have been several groups since that time and in 2009, Jeff started Mercy River Quartet. Eleven years later, the group is still serving the Lord and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Having written for other publications, Jeff is excited to be a part of the SGNScoops family!

 

May 2020 SGN SCoops Magazine

May 2020 SGN SCoops Magazine

SGNScoops Magazine invites all record companies and artists to submit their new releases digitally to Jeff at jeffrey.lowe@sssnet.com . For  those who wish to submit their projects physically, please email Jeff for his address information.

Welcome aboard, Jeff!

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Memphis Quartet Show online free concert series on SGMRadio.com

Written by Staff on June 10, 2020 – 1:47 pm -

Memphis Quartet Show

Photo courtesy of Ex Nihilo Media and Memphis Quartet Show

SGMRadio.com and the Memphis Quartet Show are pleased to present a new online concert series, live on Facebook, featuring music and live chat with all your favourite gospel music quartets.

Jack Armstrong. Memphis quartet show

Jack Armstrong

Beginning June 17, and running through June 20, Jack Armstrong will host this live radio event from the SGMRadio.com online radio studios. He will play music from the artists listed for each evening at the Memphis Quartet Show. Artists and MQS board members will be appearing in the chat room to talk with fans.

Bibletones

Bibletones

“The Memphis Quartet Show is one of my favorite events that The Bibletones do all year,” says  Armstrong. “I, like many people, will miss being in The Cannon Center, June 17 – 20, hearing some of the best quartets in Southern gospel music. SGMRadio is proud to have the Memphis Quartet Show lineup on each night and do a Facebook live event on the SGMRadio FB page, with many artists joining in each night. I am looking forward to seeing you each night.”

Legacy Five with Scott Fowler at the helm

Legacy Five

Artists that were previously scheduled to appear at the Memphis Quartet Show 2020 include: Legacy Five, Dixie Echoes, Kingsmen, Dove Brothers, Bibletones, Inspirations, Guardians, Blackwood Brothers, Mark Trammell Quartet, Old Paths, Diplomats, Lefevre Quartet, Primitive Quartet, Gold City, Triumphant, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Second Half Quartet, and the legendary Fairfield Four.

These concert events will begin at 6:00 p.m. (CST) every evening on SGMRadio.com and also on Facebook live at facebook.com/SGMRadio

Gospel music fans who have been missing their favorite concert events will enjoy hearing music from these exceptional quartets, as well chatting with their favorite artists, from the comfort of their own homes. No lineups, no uncomfortable seats.

Ex Nihilo mediaQuartet fans, please note that the line up from 2020 will be the same for Memphis Quartet Show 2021. For more information and tickets for MQS 2021, go to quartetshow.com.

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MusicScribe Publishing Releases Eight-Volume Edition of Murray’s Expanded Encyclopedia of Southern Gospel Music

Written by Staff on June 7, 2020 – 8:31 am -

MusicScribe Publishing Releases Eight-Volume Edition of Murray's Expanded Encyclopedia of Southern Gospel MusicELLENBORO, North Carolina (June 5, 2020) – MusicScribe Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Murray’s Expanded Encyclopedia of Southern Gospel Music. This new eight-volume collection is designed for ordinary fans to enjoy and to aid serious Southern Gospel historians and diehard record collectors in their research. Entries include biographical treatments of individual performers and key industry figures, historical articles on an array of organizations, group histories, group member lists, and extensive discographies.
The scope of the subject matter spans from early pioneers like Ephraim Ruebush and James D. Vaughan to modern groups like Triumphant Quartet and the Booth Brothers. In between are histories of all the classic groups you would expect to find including the Chuck Wagon Gang, Happy Goodmans, Oak Ridge Boys, Statesmen, LeFevres, Kingsmen, Nelons, Gaither Vocal Band, Crabb Family, and more. The encyclopedia also includes a broad representation of groups that impacted the industry on a smaller scale. Biographical sketches of individuals who worked behind the scenes are included as well as several artists who just emerged on the national scene during the 2010s.
MusicScribe Publishing Releases Eight-Volume Edition of Murray's Expanded Encyclopedia of Southern Gospel Music

David Bruce Murray

Murray’s Expanded Encyclopedia of Southern Gospel Music was compiled by David Bruce Murray, owner of the industry’s leading history website SGHistory.com and the news/commentary website MusicScribe.com.

Murray says, “Along with a large group of volunteers to whom I will forever be grateful, I have spent the past 14 years building what I believe is a tremendous resource for Southern Gospel fans at SGHistory.com. While practicing social distancing in recent weeks due to the COVID-19 outbreak, I realized I finally had time to complete my long-time dream of translating SGHistory.com into book form. With articles conveniently arranged in alphabetical order balanced by a generous dose of data, this set of books is valuable whether the end reader is a casual fan of Southern Gospel music or conducting more intensive research.”
Murray’s Expanded Encyclopedia of Southern Gospel Music is available at Amazon.com. Direct links to the Amazon product page are provided at SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com.
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