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Ernie Haase and Signature Sound Garners 2019 GRAMMY (R) Nomination

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 7, 2018 – 12:53 pm -

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound Garners 2019 GRAMMY (R) Nomination

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound Garners 2019 GRAMMY (R) Nomination

Nashville, TN StowTown Records is thrilled to share that Clear Skies, by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, has been nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY® award for Best Roots Gospel Album. Nominations were announced earlier this morning. The 61st Annual GRAMMY® Awards show will take place in Los Angeles, CA, on February 10, 2019.

Ernie Haase was thrilled to awake to the news of this nomination. “Whatever I say here about being nominated for a Grammy for our Clear Skies album cannot come close to what I feel in my heart! I’m so happy, thankful and elated for everyone who had their creative touch on this recording. This has been a challenging year for EHSS, but with this, I really do see Clear Skies, and it feels great!”

“I am so proud of these guys,” shares Wayne Haun, producer and StowTown Records co-founder. “It took us two years to get Clear Skies to the finish line. Each lyric, each phrase and each note was carefully crafted. Throughout the process, I knew we had something special.” Haun also spoke to his view of the Roots Gospel category: “I’m also so proud of this category. Our industry has proven that with hard work, we have high-quality music to share, and it is worth every bit of effort we give. I would put the sonic quality of any of these albums up against any other album in any other category. These albums all sound phenomenal, and no one can beat our message.”

Clear Skies features inspirational and encouraging themes set to out-of-the-box musical moments and masterful production. This fresh sound has garnered a lot of attention from long-time EHSS fans, attracted new fans, and received accolades from industry peers as well. Clear Skies was nominated for two Gospel Music Association Dove awards for 2018 and has consistently been in the top of the SoundScan sales charts since its January 2018 release. In addition to having retail success, Clear Skies has been extremely well received in radio and digital markets. The first two singles, “Give Me Jesus” and “Clear Skies,” charted at numbers 2 and 1 respectively on the Singing News Southern Gospel chart. The third single, “Longing For Home,” is quickly climbing up the same chart now.

Clear Skies is exclusively distributed by Sony/Provident and is available at all retail and digital outlets worldwide.


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Update On Squire Parsons

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 4, 2018 – 4:23 pm -

Squire Parsons

Squire Parsons

The family of Squire Parsons has released the following statement:

The family of Squire Parsons would like to thank everyone for the prayers for Squire.

As many know, Squire had a medical issue during yesterday’s funeral service for Ernie Phillips. Unfortunately, there was a lot of exaggerated chatter that ensued during the following hours.

Today, Squire did undergo bypass surgery to repair some blockages in his heart. After the surgery, the doctor came in to speak with the family and friends who were waiting to report that Squire came through the surgery well, and as a result, the doctor was very optimistic for his recovery.

The family appreciates the outpouring of prayers and support, and asks that you continue to do so. However, please respect the family’s privacy as they go through the next few weeks of recovery.

You can follow updates on Squire’s progress at his official Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/beulahlandmusic


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HARPER AGENCY REACHES SCHEDULING AGREEMENT WITH JOSEPH HABEDANK

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 4, 2018 – 10:51 am -

HARPER AGENCY REACHES SCHEDULING AGREEMENT WITH JOSEPH HABEDANK

HARPER AGENCY REACHES SCHEDULING AGREEMENT WITH JOSEPH HABEDANK

Goodlettesville, TN – One of Christian’s music’s leading booking agency’s, The Harper Agency has announced the addition of popular multi-award winning male vocalist, Joseph Habedank to the company’s talented artist roster. Habedank has enjoyed an exciting career in the Southern Gospel Music genre and is excited to be a part of the Harper Agency family of artists. “The Harper Agency is one of the most respected and revered institutions in our industry,” Habedank states. “I’m honored to be a part of their stellar roster of artists. I want to personally thank Ed and Jeff Harper for believing in me enough to represent my ministry.”

The Daywind recording artist first captured the attention of Gospel music lovers during his tenure with the popular musical group, The Perrys. During the decade he spent with the beloved family, he enjoyed singing at such prestigious churches as the Brooklyn Tabernacle and First Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Since embarking upon his solo career five years ago, he has enjoyed a Grammy nomination, as well as earning a Dove Award and multiple Singing News Fan Awards. Additionally, He has enjoyed appearances on FoxNews.com’s Spirited Debate and TBN’s Praise The Lord program, as well as on such famed stages as the Grand Ole Opry and the historic Ryman Auditorium,

In addition to his smooth, rich vocal ability, Joseph is also recognized as one of Christian music’s most prolific songwriters. Southern Gospel Music radio charts have been filled with many of his compositions over the years, and his songs have been recorded by such popular artists as Reba McEntire, The Booth Brothers, Brian Free & Assurance, Karen Peck & New River, The Hoppers, Ivan Parker and Jeff & Sheri Easter, just to name a few.

The Harper Agency is delighted to have the opportunity to represent Joseph. “The staff of the Harper Agency has known Joseph for many years since he joined The Perrys,” states Agency President, Ed Harper. “We are excited about our new working relationship with Joseph and hope we can expand his touring territory for 2019. We are honored to have him join our agency’s family of great Gospel artists.”

The Harper Agency may be reached by calling 615-851-4500 or visiting www.harperagency.com. The Agency is currently scheduling dates for 2019 for Joseph. Additional information regarding Joseph is available online at www.jospehhabedank.com


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BMG Artists Shine Bright at 2018 Diamond Awards

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 2, 2018 – 6:28 pm -

Diamond Awards

Diamond Awards

Nashville, TN   The 2018 Diamond Awards, in Pigeon Forge, TN was all aglow with some of the best talent in Southern Gospel Music and Butler Music Group artists represented us well!

The Williamsons performed their song, “Jesus, What a Wonderful Name”  from their “Give Them Jesus” project and they were honored to win the award for “Mixed Group of the Year” for the second consecutive year!  Their daughters Sadie, age 13 and Olivia, age 11 were also quite involved in the evening.  Both young ladies were award presenters and Sadie was part of a youth trio that sang “What a Lovely Name” that brought the house down!  Lisa Williamson was nominated for both Female Vocalist of the Year as well as Songwriter of the Year.

Gloryway Quartet was honored to open the evening with a song and also won the award for Sunrise Quartet of the Year.

Les Butler joined Gerald Crabb in presenting the JD Sumner Living Legend Award to Gerald Williams of the Melody Boys.  Les was also honored to play the piano for Gerald Crabb as he sang, “When He Reached Down His Hand For Me.”

Jason Davidson was a presenter for the Dottie Rambo Songwriter of the Year award.

Les Butler’s friend and mentor, Vic Clay, was awarded the Publishers Award for his contributions to Southern Gospel Music over the years.  Les states, “if not for the Lord and Vic Clay I would have never gotten involved in Southern Gospel music.  Vic is a close friend and taught me everything I know in a recording studio.”

The Diamond Awards are held during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention each year.  This convention, hosted by SGN Scoops Magazine, has grown 28% over last year and continues to gain momentum!  This is the only totally fan-based award in Southern Gospel Music and is a favorite among Southern Gospel Music fans.


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Little Ernie Phillips passes away

Written by Staff on November 29, 2018 – 9:03 am -

Kingsmen with Ernie Phillips

Kingsmen with Ernie Phillips

Little Ernie Phillips, tenor for many years with the Kingsmen, man who helped to create their iconic quartet sound, has passed away.

Ernie Phillips

Ernie Phillips

Mark Trammell, part of the Kingsmen Quartet during Phillips’ tenure, had this to say on his Facebook page this morning:

Mark Trammell

Mark Trammell. Photo by Jessica Trammell Photography

Woke up to a message from Eric Dean Phillips that his Dad, Ernie Phillips had slipped thru the pearly gates early this morning. SO much I could say about Ernie. He was one of the greatest encouragers in my life. 40 years ago last month, I joined the Kingsmen. He allowed me to live with he and his family the first month until my wedding. Ernie was my friend and protector. ..Couldn’t help but think of the song Ernie, Wayne Maynard, myself, and Ray Dean Reese recorded years ago. “At Sunrise, I’m Going Home.” Glad you made it home Ernie! We’ll see you soon! (Read Mark’s entire post here.)

All of our sympathies and prayers go to the family and friends of Ernie Phillips.


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Familiar Faces Launch Redemption’s Promise

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 28, 2018 – 8:36 am -

Familiar Faces Launch Redemption’s Promise

Familiar Faces Launch Redemption’s Promise

Morristown, TN  — What happens when you combine a collective sixty-plus years of Southern Gospel experience with groups such as The Chuckwagon Gang, The Florida Boys, The Blackwoods, The Old Paths, The Proclaimers, Won By One, and others? The answer is Redemption’s Promise. Redemption’s Promise is based out of Morristown, Tennessee and feature the vocal talents of Chuck Pettyjohn on Tenor, Shannon Yates on Lead, David Emery on Baritone, and Paul Hyde on Bass. The group is currently in the studio working on not one, but two projects. Now is the time to schedule Redemption’s Promise for your church or event in 2019. An evening with Redemption’s Promise will include some familiar songs of the past, current charting songs, fresh a ccapella arrangements, personal testimonies, and words of praise to our Father. Great things are in store for Redemption’s Promise. Learn more about us at www.rdemptionspromise.org


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Williamsons Featured on Gospel Greats!

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 23, 2018 – 11:21 am -

Williamsons Featured on Gospel Greats!

Williamsons Featured on Gospel Greats!

Mark your calendars!  The Williamsons will be the featured artists on The Gospel Greats with Paul Heil airing nationally the weekend of November 24th.

You can find out where The Gospel Greats program is being aired locally by going to www.thegospelgreats.com and using the “Station Finder” in the upper left corner.  If there’s no local station, the program is also available on Sirius/XM’s enLighten channel and from stations streaming online (www.thegospelgreats.com/webstations.htm).

The Williamsons are one of Family Music Groups‘ premier artists who have had multiple Singing News Top 40 songs.  As predicted their newest single, “Every Moment, Every Mountain, Every Mile” is #18 in the Singing News Charts and is still climbing!

If you would like to learn more about the Williamsons visit them online at: www.williamsonsmusic.com 


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CHAPEL VALLEY SIGNS RECORDING CONTRACT WITH SURRENDERED OF GADSDEN, ALABAMA

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 20, 2018 – 11:13 am -

CHAPEL VALLEY SIGNS RECORDING CONTRACT WITH SURRENDERED OF GADSDEN, ALABAMA

CHAPEL VALLEY SIGNS RECORDING CONTRACT WITH SURRENDERED OF GADSDEN, ALABAMA

Sharps Chapel, TN – Chapel Valley is excited to announce the addition of Surrendered, from Gadsden, Alabama, to their family of artists. Surrendered is a mixed southern gospel trio. Russell Wise, Tiffany Hamilton and Jesse Fuson began singing regionally in 2015 and expanded their tour schedule to the national market in 2016 after their first top 40 hit, “I’ve Been to the Well” remained in the top 40 on the charts for three consecutive months. Russell has been singing for 40 years, so he knows what great music sounds like. His experience as a musician and in the music industry is a true asset to Surrendered as they pursue ministry opportunities. Tiffany proclaimed her desire to sing for Jesus at the tender age of three, and she sings straight from her heart. Add Jesse’s smooth harmony and desire to share the joy of the Lord with all who hear their music and you have a strong bond that drives this trio out to share the gospel each weekend. Surrendered has already achieved some accolades during their young ministry together. The group was voted 2017 Top 10 Fan Favorite New Artist in the Singing News Fan Awards. They were voted both Trio of the Year and Social Media Ministry of the Year in the 2017 Crimson Music Awards and Sunrise Trio of the Year in the 2016 Diamond Awards. Shane Roark shared, “Chapel Valley is absolutely thrilled to be working with this incredibly talented trio. They understand the music business, but more importantly, they understand the ministry behind the music, and we are looking forward to making some incredible music together.” Surrendered is excited about their future with Chapel Valley at the helm of their recording projects. Their newest radio single, “What Kind of a Man” is rising the charts, and you can expect to hear some incredible new music soon as they prepare to work on their first album with Chapel Valley. Visit their website to learn more about Surrendered: www.surendered.biz. Be sure to visit and like their Facebook page, as well at www.facebook.com/surrendered4u. If you’d like to bring Surrendered to minister at your church or special event, contact The Dominion Agency at (828) 454-5900 or visit www.mddavis.com.


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Baseball Hall Of Fame Adds Matt Felts Into Permanent Collection

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 19, 2018 – 9:32 pm -

Baseball Hall Of Fame Adds Matt Felts Into Permanent Collection

Baseball Hall Of Fame Adds Matt Felts Into Permanent Collection

Nashville, TN  In 2017, Matt Felts released his debut solo project, Based on A True Story, that included an all-star cast of guest artists including Joseph Habedank, Larry Gatlin, Goodman Revival, Richard Sterban, Darryl Worley and others. Featured on the project was “The First Baseball Game” with a very special guest, baseball legend Don Mattingly. The project also included a special edition baseball card featuring Don Mattingly and Matt Felts. Mattingly played for the New York Yankees and is currently the manager of the Miami Marlins.

               Recently, Matt Felts was asked to donate a copy of his project, Based on A True Story, to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The CD will be added to the Hall’s permanent collection and will be used in their displays. “To have my music included in the Baseball Hall of Fame is an unbelievable blessing. As a baseball player and huge fan, just to know you are connected to the hall, even in a small way, is such an unexpected honor,” stated Matt Felts. This marks the first time the Baseball Hall of Fame has included a Southern Gospel album into their collection.

               “I want to thank Don Mattingly and the Miami Marlins again for making this dream a reality. They went out of their way to be part of this project and I truly appreciate it,” stated Felts.

               Felts recently announced a return to the road in a full-time capacity. His 2019 schedule includes events from coast to coast. “I am looking forward to seeing friends I have made through the years,” Felts added. Select dates are still available. To stay connected with Matt Felts, go to www.mattfelts.com or follow him on Facebook.


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Song Garden Music Welcomes The Joneses

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 19, 2018 – 8:59 am -

Song Garden Music Welcomes The Joneses

Song Garden Music Welcomes The Joneses

“The Joneses” are a family group based in Wheelersburg, Ohio. The group consists of Joy Jones, her son Ryan Jones, and newcomer Daniel Spriggs.  Formed in 2012, ministry has always been a passion for the group, and is evident in their performances.

Joy began singing with her evangelistic family at the age of 4, as they traveled the United States, Canada, Haiti, Jamaica, and Mexico.  Many will remember Joy from her time with the group New Journey, where she was a featured vocalist on many songs, including the group’s first top ten radio single.  In 1999 (while with New Journey), Joy was voted “Favorite Soprano of the Year” by the Kentucky Gospel Music Association.

Joy’s son Ryan has been singing since a very young age.  Not only is Ryan blessed with an amazing voice, he plays piano and also writes songs for the group.  Ryan currently attends Ohio Christian University where he is studying to obtain a degree in psychology with a concentration in counseling.  He also leads the college’s Chapel Worship Team there on campus.

Daniel Spriggs is a wonderful new voice in Southern Gospel music.  He brings a very unique sound and approach to the group, along with the ability to play guitar as well.

The group is managed by Joy’s husband Tucker, who also serves as their live Sound Tech and driver.

Song Garden Music Director Gus Gaches says – We are so happy to welcome The Joneses to our family of Artists!  They have such a unique sound and their talent is easily seen in what they do.  They approach everything with an amazing level of class and integrity, but most importantly, they love The Lord and have a heart for ministry, which is what sold us on the group.  I know folks will love The Joneses and their music!

The group has just completed their first Song Garden project entitled “Good Things” which features an incredible collection of songs including 3 songs written by Ryan Jones, including the title song.  Be sure to check out their website at www.officialjones.com or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/officialjonesmusic/


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