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Zach and Rodney, Greater Vision Featured on this Week’s Harmony Road TV Program

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 22, 2014 – 9:27 am -

Harmony Road

Harmony Road

Signal Mountain, TN – This week’s Harmony Road program includes a mix of artists including a singer/songwriter, top family groups, an award winning trio and a country gospel duet. Music is from Zach and Rodney with “Cookes and Hinsons”, “My Name is Lazarus” from Greater Vision along with the Rochesters and their touching song “My Fathers Eyes”. The program also features Mark Bishop and one of his signature hits “Can I Pray for You?” and the Hoppers with the timely “Jerusalem”.

Hosted by Les Butler, Harmony Road, a weekly southern gospel television program, is now available to over 80 million homes nationwide through networks, local TV stations, ROKU, DirecTV, and a mobile app.  The program is also streamed from several locations.  Information on Harmony Road and its affiliates can be found at  Viewers can also interact with the program on Facebook at Harmony Road TV and on twitter @harmonyroadtv.

This week’s program originates from Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse Resort in Monteagle, Tennessee.  For information on the Smokehouse and its amenities, go to

Harmony Road is produced and distributed by Harmony Road Productions and features the best in Southern Gospel music and video. It can be found each week on The Heartland NetworkThe NRB Network (including DirectTV, streaming and mobile app), WATC57 in Atlanta, WGNM-TV in Macon, WYBU-TV in Columbus, GA/Phoenix City, AL.  Also find the program on the WALKtv network (including ROKU), Harmony Gospel in Greeneville, SC,  DCT3in Middle Tennessee, TV24 in Anniston/Gadsden, Charter Cable in Clarksville, Cookeville/Crossville, Sevier County, Lebanon and Jackson, TN and  WMJN29 in Decatur/Athens/Cullman, AL  .

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Browders Earn First Dove Award Nomination

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 21, 2014 – 11:30 pm -




Nashville, TN (August 18, 2014) Excited probably doesn’t say it best, but that’s the word to use for how the Browders reacted to the news of gaining their first Dove Award nomination at the GMA Press Conference in Nashville at Lipscomb University on August 13th.

Their hit song, “Lift Up His Name” penned by Matthew Browder received a nomination for Inspirational Song of the Year.

Matthew Browder stated “In our journey of making music, I find The Lord periodically places signs in our path to remind us that our labor is not in vain and that He sees us. It often comes from a person who shares that they have been encouraged or introduced to Christ through our music and ministry. Today it comes through our first Dove Award nomination. We are thankful beyond words for this great honor and praise God for His goodness to us.”

The Browders have attained number one status on most of the Southern Gospel charts with two songs from their most current CD ‘Time Machine’ and they achieved five number one songs on their previous project ‘The Message.’

Daywind President Ed Leonard commented “The nominated song ‘Lift Up His Name’ is an amazing song that sounds different from anything else. I am so glad the Browders received recognition for this groundbreaking song.”

The Browders sing a wonderful mixture of styles and songs, many of them written themselves. This first Dove Award nomination puts them another rung higher on the ladder they are climbing to reach their ultimate goal of reaching more people with the Good News of the Gospel of Christ.

You can find out more about the Browders by going to ., or by E-mailing .

To find out more about the Absolutely Gospel Awards you can go to .

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Michael Davis & Associates Welcomes the Jay Stone Singers To Their Mountain Top Talent Roster

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 21, 2014 – 9:46 am -

Jay Stone Singers

Jay Stone Singers

Waynesville, NC – Michael Davis & Associates is excited to welcome the Jay Stone Singers to their Mountain Top Talent roster.  

The group, which was formed nearly 40 years ago in 1976, has evolved into a fresh family ministry which includes Bobby Carter (dad), Sharona (mom and one of the original members of the group), and their two children, Stone and Emma.
Sharona started singing with her family at age 11.  She, along with her husband, Bobby (who also began singing and playing with his family at age 11), are blessed to continue the tradition of positive, uplifting Christian ministry with their children, Stone and Emma. The entire family is not only talented at singing; each are accomplished musicans, playing a variety of instruments.
Bobby Carter shares, “We are so excited about the brand new doors of opportunity that God is blessing our family with.  It’s an honor to be joining Mountain Top Talent and the Michael Davis & Associates family. We are honored to have them represent our scheduling opportunities. Our focus and goal is to share the wonderful story of God’s love through family, music, and faith! We look forward to seeing old friends and making many new ones along this journey!”
President and CEO of Michael Davis & Associates, Michael Davis, expresses, “Having known this Godly family for many years, I am very excited to have the privilege of representing the Jay Stone Singers in their excellent music ministry.”
To learn more about the Jay Stone Singers and hear a sampling of their music, go to
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Follow them on Twitter @jaystonesingers
To learn more about the Mountain Top Talent family of artists, visit
To learn more about all of the artists who call Michael Davis & Associates home, visit
The following companies make up the family of stellar talent agencies of Michael Davis & Associates-
* Dominion Agency
* Adoration Agency
* Mountain Top Talent
* Blue Ridge Artist Agency
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1277
Waynesville, NC 28786

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Beyond The Ashes Sign Extensive Agreement With AG Publicity

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 21, 2014 – 9:08 am -

Beyond The Ashes

Beyond The Ashes

Nashville, TN  Award winning Gospel trio Beyond The Ashes has signed an extensive agreement with AG Publicity. The mission will be to get the name of Beyond The Ashes recognized in the Gospel music world and beyond.

Known for their Progressive Southern Gospel sound, Beyond The Ashes spreads the Gospel of Christ with smooth modern harmonies that attract new younger fans as well as the established more mature Gospel music audience.

Anthony Facello, manager and Tenor singer for the group stated “Our vision is big,” continued Anthony. “We see Beyond the Ashes blending musical styles and offering something for everyone. We want to constantly be evolving and doing new things. You can never limit God. I have known the staff at AG Publicity for many years and am very confident that they will work hard to give us valuable exposure far beyond the borders of Southern Gospel music.”

President of AG Publicity Deon Unthank commented “I have watched Anthony develop over the years and finally come to into his own with his own group, Beyond The Ashes. I knew that quality would never be a problem for any group Anthony was with and Beyond The Ashes is tailor made to fit his phenomenal voice. It is a pleasure to to work with this caliber of talent.”

Beyond The Ashes has excellent results when ministering in churches and that is where their heart is, however, they can equally excite a crowd in a concert venue as well.

To learn more about Beyond The Ashes go to or . Twitter them at .

To book Beyond the Ashes contact or call 615-823-1557 .

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TaRanda Greene introduces ‘Stronger’

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 20, 2014 – 8:21 am -

TaRanda Greene

(L to R) Randy Davis, Provident Distribution; Landon Beene, IMC/StowTown, Rhonda Thompson, StowTown Radio Promotions; TaRanda Greene; Geron Davis, Producer; Tony Wood, Songwriter, Terry Thompson, Studio Engineer

August 20, 2014 (Franklin, TN) StowTown Records welcomed its newest signing, TaRanda Greene, Monday morning with a pre-release launch party hosted by Provident Music Group.

The special gathering celebrated TaRanda’s brand new project Stronger, which is scheduled to hit the markets November 11.
Following a behind-the-scenes video that highlighted both the production and concentration of the album, TaRanda gave her heartfelt testimony and performed several standout selections that included: “Stronger”, a 2014 Dove Award nominee for Inspirational Song of the Year, as well as “Deepest Praise” and “Shackles”.
“We’re so excited to have TaRanda back and have been so looking forward to this record. It was so moving to hear some of these songs this morning,” said event emcee Randy Davis, VP of Sales at Provident Distribution. “StowTown is really making a move to the forefront of Southern Gospel/Inspirational music and TaRanda is a wonderful, wonderful addition to that, so we’re very excited about it.”
Stronger Producer Geron Davis was also in attendance and gave his thoughts about the project. TaRanda was thrilled to share this special occasion with so many of her biggest supporters and friends in the industry.
“These are the people that have seen everything, heard everything and done everything,” she explained. “So, I was nervous all morning and just praying that something would reach them to let them know where I’ve come from and where I am, and…like the music!”
TaRanda also lit up the room with a spectacular performance of her brand new single, “This Is Where Amazing Happens”.
“When I first heard the song, just the demo of it, I just started squalling and I knew it was my song…I knew I was supposed to sing it. I finally, after four years, believe that ‘this is where my amazing happens,” TaRanda added. “It’s the start of huge things, and finally I feel the flavor for life and the excitement for the future.”
“The title says it all…and it’s where I feel like I am right now. It’s not over. It’s just the beginning and this is where miracles begin.”
Learn more about TaRanda Greene and her ministry at

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Pisgah Ridge Recording Artists The Easter Brothers and The Harper Family Nominated in the 45TH Annual GMA Dove Awards

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 19, 2014 – 9:07 pm -


Brothers: James, Russell and Ed, are joined by Sheri and Jeff Easter
at a CD Release Event in Nashville celebrating I’D DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN (Pisgah Ridge records)

NASHVILLE, TN —The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced the nominees for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Artists received nominations in 42 categories for the awards which will be held Tuesday, October 7th at Allen Arean on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and will air on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Artists on Pisgah Ridge (Crossroads Label Group) received nominations in the Bluegrass Album of the Year category.

The Easter Brothers are nominated for I’D DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN, which was produced by Jared Easter, Steve Schramm and Gerald Crabb. Earlier this year, the Easter Brothers were joined by Jeff and Sheri Easter for a star-studded event at the Sirius XM Music City Theater in Nashville to celebrate the release of the album.

Fans of the Easter Brothers eagerly anticipated the new collection from this legendary Gospel Bluegrass trio, their first in more than a decade. Russell, James, and Ed Easter are each accomplished song writers and have been ministering through their music for over 60 years. With decades of iconic recordings, special appearances, and numerous radio and television performances, this longstanding, hard-working music family is widely admired and respected throughout the country, bluegrass, and gospel industry.

The Easter Brothers have worked their way to legendary success in the gospel industry following humble beginnings in Mt. Airy, North Carolina in the 1930’s. These enduring artists have collectively written over 300 songs, which include gospel greats such as “They’re Holding Up the Ladder” and “Thank You Lord for Your Blessings on Me.” Both of these Dove Award winning classics highlight this very special new album.

The Harper Family is nominated for THROUGH IT ALL which was produced by Tim Surrett. THROUGH IT ALL is The Harper Family’s fifth release, their second on the Pisgah Ridge/Crossroads label. From the hills of the Ozarks in Missouri comes this modest, talented family, brimming with faith. The family consists of parents Gaylon and Katrina Harper. Dalton plays guitar and has a powerful voice. His songwriting skills show the deep spiritual side to his faith. Dillon plays mandolin and sings. Dillon is also an accomplished songwriter. Dillon is joined onstage by wife, Makeena, who is also from a musical family. “Baby sister,” Hannah shares amazing vocals that belie her youth.


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Isaacs Receive Dove Nominations

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 18, 2014 – 9:17 pm -



Nashville, TN  The Isaacs, collectively and individually received three nominations for the 2014 Dove Awards. Their group nominations are for Bluegrass Song of the Year for ‘Daniel Prayed’ written by G.T. Speer and Bluegrass Album of the Year ‘The Living Years’ produced by Ben Isaacs and Bill Gaither. Ben also produced another album nominated for Country Album of the Year;  ‘Here Comes Sunday‘ by Wilburn & Wilburn.

“We are so humbled and honored to have received nominations in the GMA Dove Awards again this year. The song Daniel Prayed has been recorded many times in different genres, including bluegrass and southern gospel, and we’ve always wanted to do it our style. ‘The Living Years’ is a fun, and insightful album, featuring harmony and light instrumentation, that contains a lot of songs we have loved down through the years, as well as a few originals. We are always grateful when a work of heart gets noticed by such an elite organization.  Thank you Gospel Music Association and fans.” Lily Isaacs stated.

The Isaacs have won over seven Doves in various categories and have had several Grammy nominations in their career.

Ben Isaacs is following up a stellar year in 2013 with awards for his production of projects for groups such as the Gaither Vocal Band and the Oak Ridge Boys with an award already this year for Producer Of The Year at the AGM Awards and now two more nominations for Doves.

Ben commented “I am so blessed to produce the best music in the world for some of the best talent in Gospel Music. To be nominated in this category with so many other talented individuals is truly an honor.”

In other exciting news for The Isaacs, Jimmy and Sonya Yeary along with their son Ayden announced that a new baby is on the way. The addition is expected to join the group on January 31, 2015.
To learn more about the Isaacs got to or or Twitter at .
If you are interested in booking the Isaacs go to the Harper Agency at or .

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 18, 2014 – 5:52 pm -

Larry Gatlin

Larry Gatlin

Nashville, Tenn. (August 18, 2014) - Country music legend LARRY GATLIN is in New York City this week for several national television appearances on the Fox News Channel.

The eldest of the Gatlin Brothers, and one of country music’s most vocal political commentators, will appear on the network’s Fox & Friends, Hannity and Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld.  Gatlin will be talking about the latest hot news topics as well as his new clothing line, “Made In America.”  See below for a full schedule of Gatlin’s television appearances.
For additional information on Larry Gatlin, visit or his official Facebook Page.
Schedule of TV appearances:
Tuesday, August 19 
6:30 AM ET
Fox News Channel - Fox & Friends
Thursday, August 21
3:00 AM ET
Fox News Channel - Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld
Thursday, August 21
10:00 PM ET
Fox News Channel - Hannity

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Gospel Music Today For August 18th On

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 18, 2014 – 8:30 am -

Gospel Music Today August 18th

Gospel Music Today August 18th

Mike LeFevre of The LeFevre Quartet is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of August 17.  Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Coffmans, and Jean reviews a new recording by High Road III.  An article about Steve Hess is the subject of this week’s Singing News Notes.  The show includes a new music video by Red Roots, exclusive video of The LeFevre Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at the Music Fest, in Smyrna, TN, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of Gold City, at First Assembly of God, in Owasso, OK.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR.
The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website,

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Harmony Road Features Classics From the National Quartet Convention

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 15, 2014 – 5:11 pm -

Harmony Road

Harmony Road

Signal Mountain, TN August 15, 2014      Harmony Road TV’s Summer Special Series continues this week with a program of classic moments from the National Quartet Convention.  Included are three groups making their first appearance on the program.  Viewers will enjoy the Crabb Family with “He Came Looking for me”, “It’s Still True” from the Florida Boys, the Inspirations and “Overwhelming Joy” along with music from the Booth Brothers and the Whisnants.

Harmony Road producer Roger Spears said “As the National Quartet Convention prepares for its inaugural year in Pigeon Forge, we thought it would be exciting to feature some songs and artists from the earlier years in Louisville”. He continues “Including all time greats such as the Florida Boys, Crabb Family and Inspirations for the first time on Harmony Road make it even more unique” Harmony Road has featured a series of specials this summer including another National Quartet Convention program, an episode taped in front of a live audience, programs featuring family groups, quartets, concept videos, broadcast premiere videos and more.  Harmony Road is also having a series of giveaways on their Facebook page including a live NQC streaming package, DVD’s, CD’s, and cabin rentals.

Hosted by Les Butler, this week’s program originates from the Family Room Studio in Gallatin, Tennessee.  One of the top recording studios in the Nashville area, the Family Room has been home to some of gospel music’s greatest artists and recordings. The Harmony Road team taped several shows at the location and enjoyed their time with Robb Tripp. Singer/Songwriter Laverne Tripp also dropped by to welcome the crew and visit the set.

Information on Harmony Road and its affiliates can be found at  Viewers can also interact with the program on Facebook at Harmony Road TV and on twitter @harmonyroadtv.

Harmony Road is produced and distributed by Harmony Road Productions and features the best in Southern Gospel music and video. It can be found each week on The Heartland NetworkThe NRB Network (including DirectTV, streaming and mobile app), WATC57 in Atlanta, WGNM-TV in Macon, WYBU-TV in Columbus, GA/Phoenix City, AL.  Also find the program on the WALKtv network (including ROKU), Harmony Gospel in Greeneville, SC,  DCT3in Middle Tennessee, TV24 in Anniston/Gadsden, Charter Cable in Clarksville, Cookeville/Crossville, Sevier County, Lebanon and Jackson, TN and  WMJN29 in Decatur/Athens/Cullman, AL

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