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StowTown Records Signs TaRanda Greene

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 28, 2014 – 1:08 pm -

TaRanda Greene

Front Row (L to R) TaRanda Greene, Carol Roundtree (Provident Distribution) Back Row (L to R) Wayne Haun, Ernie Haase, Landon Beene (StowTown Records)

July, 28, 2014 (Nashville, TN)… StowTown Records is thrilled to announce the signing of TaRanda Greene, one of Christian Music’s most popular and beloved performers.

TaRanda, who has been a featured vocalist for the Grammy-winning, world famous Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir in New York, is also a regular guest vocalist at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego and First Baptist Church Atlanta.

“TaRanda is one of my favorite singers of all time. When she sings, it’s obvious this was what she was born to do,” said StowTown Records co-founder Wayne Haun. “The songs she has chosen for this new recording are some of the best I’ve heard in a long time. And, of course, the delivery is stellar. We are so glad she has chosen StowTown to bring you this new music.”

TaRanda has already obtained the prestigious honor of being the first female soloist to receive a top ranking on The Singing News Magazine’s Top 40 Radio Airplay Chart with her very popular and recognizable hit “Sky Full of Angels”.

“As a soloist, it’s important to stay connected to a group you believe in and who believes in you. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the StowTown family,” said TaRanda. “And that’s exactly why – it feels like a family. I’m certain only the best is yet to come.”

“Ernie (Haase), Wayne (Haun) and Landon (Beene) have poured strength, energy and encouragement into me and my music, and now they are helping give me wings to soar by making me a part of the StowTown family. I’m incredibly thrilled to be here.”

Her brand new project, Stronger, which was specifically produced and designed for her church audience, will make its StowTown debut on November 11.
Produced by Geron Davis and orchestrated by Bradley Knight, the album features the aforementioned Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Christ Church Choir of Nashville, Wess Morgan, Sonya Isaacs-Yeary, Jason Crabb and The Martins.

“This project has been three years in the making because it’s not just another recording. It’s been my journey and my life through loss, clinical depression, loneliness and fear – all turned into hope, encouragement, and the love and faithfulness of God,” explained TaRanda. “Stronger isn’t just a word or a song…it’s who I am. And I’m grateful to present my life to you to give you hope in your conflict and peace in your painful days.”
“Through Christ we realize it’s not our strength, but His…and through Him we are made STRONGER!”

Learn more about TaRanda Greene and her ministry at www.tarandamusic.com.


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Brian Free and Assurance brings the “Say Amen” story to life

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 28, 2014 – 9:05 am -

Brian Free And Assurance

Brian Free And Assurance

(Hendersonville, TN) After the success of their first concept video, Brian Free and Assurance has recently been back behind the camera again, diligently working on the release of the group’s second such effort for the increasingly-popular song “Say Amen.”

“Say Amen” was penned by Kenna West, Jason Cox and Michael Farren, and it’s the first release on the group’s latest project, “Unashamed.” The song has rapidly risen to the No. 2 position on the Singing News Magazine Top 80 Chart in just its fourth month since the song’s release. It debuted at No. 32 before rising to the ninth position in its second month and then elevating to the No. 3 spot for August.

The male quartet previously comprised an award-winning concept video for the 2012 song, “I Want To Be That Man,” which was co-written by Ricky Free and Lee Black.

“Brian Free and Assurance keeps delivering amazing songs on every project,” Daywind Records vice president and A & R director Scott Godsey – who served as the producer and director of the video – explains. “We are thankful for the opportunity to work with these guys on the ‘Say Amen’ video production. Our hope is that this video will go beyond our normal borders and branch out to new media sources. This is without a doubt one of the best songs that I’ve heard in Southern Gospel Music.”

Brian Free and Assurance is a Daywind Records recording artist, and Daywind held a contest in April that encouraged fans to send in their testimonies, telling what God had done for them to make them “Say Amen.” The winner of the contest was Jim Hutson – a Columbus, Ind., resident – who has part of his story unfold in the video.

Filming for the video took place in the Gallatin and Hendersonville areas, which are suburbs of Nashville, Tenn.

“We had an amazing time recording the new video,” points out Brian Free, the group’s manager and tenor singer. When you watch the video or hear this song, just think about all of the things God has done in your life.”

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Greater Vision, Karen Peck and New River, Legacy Five and the Nelons. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Select-O-Hits, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes. For more information, visit daywindrecords.com or contact Amanda Martin at publicity@daywind.com.


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Gospel Music Today For July 28 On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 28, 2014 – 7:52 am -

Gospel Music Today July 28Claude Hopper is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of July 27. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Pacesetters Quartet, and Jean reviews a new recording by The Nehrkorns. An article about Ben Speer is the subject of this week’s Singing News Notes. The show includes a music video by The Bowling Family, exclusive video of Jericho Junction, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at the Ozark Gospel Music Convention, in Branson, MO, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Weatherfords, at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, an The Assembly, in Broken Arrow, 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, www.gospelmusictoday.com.


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Popular Radio Promoter, Pauline Patterson, Signs Long-term Contract with EHA-Nashville for Management of Personal Music Ministry

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 27, 2014 – 10:49 pm -

Pauline Patterson

Pauline Patterson

(Corbin, KY) Pauline Patterson, owner of Patterson Promotions, announces this week her need to recruit Evie Hawkins, owner of EHA-Nashville, to manage her personal music ministry. Most Gospel Music fans may know Pauline from her many years of providing successful radio promotional services to hundreds of recording artists. Many who know Pauline as being a radio promoter may not realize she has had a solo ministry of her own that dates back before her radio promotions company was launched. She actually has been in the ministry for 35 years and has worn many hats in Southern Gospel Music. Some of her prior experience includes being a DJ host of her own Good Morning Gospel Show at WFSR in Harlan, Ky. for about two and a half years; a concert promoter; and now owns and operates the radio promotions company, Patterson Promotions. In addition, Pauline owns the Southern Gospel Times Magazine, which is the only fan-voted top 40 chart of its nature. Pauline notes, “I’m excited and relieved about getting Evie Hawkins to represent me with management. I want to be able to continue my calling to sing and to make sure I am still 100% on fire to handle my radio promotions for those I represent. Evie and I have been very good friends for quite a few years now, and I feel I’m in qualified hands with her taking the reigns of my music ministry.” Evie notes, “It’s simply an honor to manage Pauline’s ministry. She has phenomenal talent and a gift to nurture, embrace, and bless. I am so excited to be a part of Pauline’s team!”

The call to continue her personal music ministry has not been an overnight decision. She has never discontinued her ministry, but says she no longer has the time to manage it, as she wants to continue to focus on the artists she represents as a priority.

Pauline has never forgotten the call God has placed in her own life as a singer. She has recorded 8 projects and has released numerous songs to national radio with charting success in all major charts. Through her singing, speaking, radio releases, and promotions of her clients to national radio, she strives to “reach souls.”

Pauline is available for church ministry, concerts and Ladies Conferences. She states, “God has given me a song to sing, and if you are blessed by it – Praise Him!”

Some of her notable recordings are Her Roots Run Deep, The Journey Will Be Sweet, Heaven Will Be Worth The Journey, I Know The Man, Almost Home, and I Fell Down.

 

Contact Info: Pauline Patterson Ministries, Management: Evie Hawkins, EHA-Nashville, 615-856-0910 or 256-303-8354. Office@EHA-Nashville.com,
pattersonmusic@att.net


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Tim Riley Suffers A Mild Stroke

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 27, 2014 – 2:21 pm -

Tim Riley

Tim Riley

Tim Riley, legendary Hall of Fame bass vocalist of Gold City, is resting comfortably after suffering a mild stroke.

Saturday afternoon, July 26, Tim began experiencing some abnormal symptoms while on tour and was taken to the hospital. After numerous tests Saturday evening and Sunday morning, including an MRI, a mild stroke was confirmed. There is no paralysis, and Tim is fully alert and able to communicate. At this time, neurologist consultation is pending, and additional testing will be done to better determine proper treatment.

The Riley family and Gold City appreciate all the prayers that have gone up on behalf of Tim, and they appreciate your continued prayers for a speedy recovery. Thank you also for your patience as the family confirmed the most accurate information about Tim’s condition before sharing official word. Gold City will report updates as they become available.


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Hope’s Journey Anniversary Sing

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 27, 2014 – 12:48 pm -

Hope's Journey

Hope’s Journey

 

Find Out More Information About Hope’s Journey Here

If you have facebook, you may have seen some chatter about Hope’s Journey’s upcoming Anniversary Sing!  It will take place at the Heflin Parks and Recreation Center in beautiful Heflin, Alabama. The event is set for August 23, 2014 at 6 pm. Doors will open at 5. All times are CST.

“We are so excited to have Josh and Ashley Franks back again this year and also The Steeles, states Vonda Easley, the group leader.”

Vonda and Jeff Steele have written many songs such as “Listen to my Heart”, “We’re All Human”, Ava’s Song”, and the Steeles most recent radio single…….”Eternally.”

No ticket is needed for this event, however a love offering will be received.

 


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Harmony Road presents National Quartet Convention Special

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 26, 2014 – 10:06 am -

Harmony Road

Harmony Road TV

 

 

Signal Mountain, TN  Once again Harmony Road TV has teamed up with the National Quartet Convention to present an entire program of performances from the event’s last years in Louisville.  The program includes “On the Banks of the Promised Land” from Karen Peck and New River, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” from pianist Channing Eleton, “Surely” from the Talleys and special music from The Booth Brothers and Legacy Five,

This is the second year Harmony Road has presented National Quartet Convention specials.  “All of us at Harmony Road are excited to offer these programs.  These NQC selections represent some of the the best of Southern Gospel music from one of its top events”, said Roger Spears, Harmony Road producer.  “This year’s program is even more special as it showcases the conventions final years in Louisville” he continued.  The program contains a variety of styles, giving the viewer a preview of what to expect when attending the event this fall in Pigeon Forge, TN.

With an available reach of over 80 million homes, Harmony Road presents Southern Gospel music and video to viewers across the country, presenting the best the genre has to offer.

Harmony Road is a weekly Southern Gospel TV program hosted by “Singing News” veteran and Solid Gospel Radio host Les Butler.  The program features the best in Southern Gospel music and video.

Harmony Road can be found each week on The Heartland Network Sunday mornings at 8:00 Eastern as well as Saturday afternoons on WATC57 in Atlanta. You can watch Harmony Road on the NRB Network each Saturday evening at 8:30 Eastern.  The NRB Network is available over the air, on DirectTV, ROKU, online streaming and through their mobile app.  Also find the program on the WALKtv network (including ROKU) and www.wmjn29.comas well as several local affiliates and cable systems. For more information on these and other affiliates you can visit www.harmonyroadtv.com, www.watc.tv, www.watchheartlandtv.com, and www.nrbnetwork.tv.

 

In addition to Butler, other team members include Roger Spears, Producer and Allan Rhodes, Technical Director/Producer.


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Southern Sound Graces Stage Of The Madam Carroll Cruise Ship

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 26, 2014 – 9:52 am -

The Madam Carroll Cruise Ship

The Madam Carroll Cruise Ship

Nashville, TN (July 25, 2014) Outstanding Gospel Artists, Southern Sound, recently performed on the The Madam Carroll Cruise Ship. Singing to a capacity crowd Southern Sound thrilled the ship’s crew and passengers with their smooth harmonies.

Ben Harris, Lead singer and Manager of the group stated “There is something really special about singing along with the movement of the ship. It seems even the audience receives the music in a special way.”

Further commenting on the cruise, Tenor Will Shaw said “We were singing songs from our newest project “Timeless”. The message of our songs didn’t care if we were on Lake Freeman in Monticello, IN or on the Atlantic Ocean, hearts were touched and blessed by the songs we sang.”

Southern Sound also recently performed at the 2014 Absolutely Gospel Music Festival in Smyrna, TN. Well received by the crowd, their singing had the fans on their feet several times with standing ovations.

The Madam Carroll Cruise Ship has been around for 38 years. The total capacity is 500 passengers.

She was built from scratch by Captain Bill Luse, and in 2012 the Madam Carroll was purchased by Tom Heckard of Logansport. Heckard brought new ideas and amazing renovations and is proud to carry on this community’s tradition.

If the Madam were on salt water, she would be classified as a ship. She is 135 feet in length with a beam of 36 feet. She is powered by twin V-8 Detroit Diesel Engines and cruises at 10 knots. She carries 750 gallons of fresh water and 825 gallons of diesel fuel.

If you would like to learn more about Southern Sound go to http://southernsoundquartet.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Southern-Sound-Quartet .

To book Southern Sound for a concert or church service E-mail or call Ben@southernsoundquartet.com

or 615-481-9431 .


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Chuck Wagon Gang Joins New Haven Records Roster

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 24, 2014 – 7:13 am -

Chuck Wagon Gang

Chuck Wagon Gang

Legendary Group to Release New CD and Documentary DVD in October

Franklin, Tenn – New Haven Records, home to such award-winning gospel artists as Gold City, Gordon Mote and Chicago Mass Choir, is proud to announce the signing of the legendary Chuck Wagon Gang.

New Haven Records president Ken Harding states, “The Chuck Wagon Gang holds the distinction of being the oldest mixed gospel recording group still performing with ties to its original founder. After 8 decades and 40 million in record sales, we couldn’t be more excited about their past, present and future.”

Meeting In Heaven: The Chuck Wagon Gang Sings the Songs of Marty Stuart is a brand new recording of twelve gospel songs written and produced by Marty Stuart in the spirit of “Dad” Carter who instructed them to “Sing the old songs, and sing them the way I taught you.”

Accompanying the CD release will be America’s Gospel Singers, The Legacy Lives On, a full-length DVD documentary shot by world-renowned photographer Jack Spencer which chronicles the 75-year history of the Chuck Wagon Gang through rare family photographs, poignant personal stories, old recordings and new live performances. In addition to Marty Stuart and the Chuck Wagon Gang, the DVD features special appearances by Connie Smith, Merle Haggard, Eddie Stubbs, and the Oak Ridge Boys.

“The original group, which was started in 1936, could never have imagined their efforts would be so far reaching,” Shaye Smith, alto and owner of Chuck Wagon Gang reflects. “The journey down this current path is completed with New Haven Records. I have so much confidence in Ken and his staff at New Haven.  Our upcoming projects could not have found a better home. So here we are, ready to embark on yet another path that will further perpetuate this heritage.”

 


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Classic Song, “Through The Fire” In The Spotlight

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 23, 2014 – 12:39 pm -

Jason Crabb

Jason Crabb

Ripley Mississippi, July 22, 2014- Fans of the huge CBS hit, Big Brother, got an unexpected “Jesus lesson” on Saturday night. During the 24/7 live feed of Big Brother on CBS.com, houseguest Caleb Reynolds, was involved in a conversation with another member of the house when fans heard him talk about a song by Jason Crabb – a “huge gospel singer” as he described, and the Crabb family.

After quoting the lyrics to “Through The Fire,” the 2005 GMA Dove Award Song of the Year, Reynolds explained what the song meant to him personally. “It’s basically saying, it doesn’t matter if your relationship or marriage is perfect, it’s going to get rough. It’s going to go down, it’s going to go up, and that’s what the song represents to me when I hear it,” Reynolds said. “He {God} never promised it was going to be picture-perfect forever, but at the end of the day, He’ll show up in time and take you through it- whatever it is.”

The song, “Through The Fire” was initially released to radio February of 2000. It held the #1 spot on the Singing News Chart for 3 consecutive months and was named “Song of the Year.” After receiving the BMI Award in 2001, the song made a come-back on the Crabb Family’s DRIVEN album with special guest, Donnie McClurkin and was named the Traditional Gospel Song of the Year at the 2005 GMA Dove Awards. After being re-recorded on the Crabb Family’s LIVE AT BROOKLYN TABERNACLE, with special guests, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, “Through The Fire” received the 2006 Southern Gospel Song of the Year at the 37th Annual GMA Dove Awards.

After learning of Reynolds comments, the legendary, multi-award winning songwriter, Gerald Crabb stated, “It really blessed me to hear that ‘Through The Fire’ had been mentioned in this way. It never ceases to amaze me how this song just keeps showing up and touching lives. When I hear testimonies of how the song has reached so many people, I am reminded that it was truly a God-given song. I’m glad He allowed me to hold the pen.”

Jason Crabb added, “I am also continually amazed by the way God uses this song my father wrote so many years ago. Over and over it seems to find a new audience, giving life and hope to those who hear it. I am honored to be a part of the legacy of this song.”

Caleb Reynolds’ remarks came at a time of significant career expansion for both Jason and Gerald Crabb. In addition to writing other hit songs, Gerald along with partner, Alisa Asbury launched a new record label, A&G Entertainment in May of this year. Gerald just released a new album, BACK PORCH MISSISSIPPI in July 2014 and has written a book, THROUGH THE FIRE, containing personal testimonies regarding the song. Gerald’s schedule is filled with concert dates as well as preaching engagements.

Grammy award-winning, Jason Crabb just signed with a new record label which will help him expand his music to new audiences. His latest music video, “Love Is Stronger” grabbed attention from both Christian and mainstream press debuting on usatoday.com. He is the author of TRUSTING GOD TO GET YOU THROUGH as well as the author of a new children’s book series. In addition to a full tour schedule, Jason pursues acting in movies and songwriting.

Gerald and Jason Crabb team up a few times each year for special concerts. By audience request, the song “Through The Fire” is usually if not always performed. Jason is scheduled to appear at the Gerald Crabb Gospel Fest onThursday, August 28, 2014 in Dalton, Georgia. For more information about Gerald Crabb, visit http://geraldcrabb.net/. For more information about Jason Crabb, visit http://jasoncrabb.com/


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