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Butler Music Group and To Provide Ultimate Coverage of 2016 NQC

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 23, 2016 – 10:29 pm -

Butler Music Group and To Provide Ultimate Coverage of 2016 NQC

Butler Music Group and To Provide Ultimate Coverage of 2016 NQC

Nashville, TN – Southern Gospel fans from across the nation and around the world will converge on Pigeon Forge, Tennessee next week for the 2016 National Quartet Convention. Some fans however will not be able to make the trip to NQC. Butler Music Group and will be providing ultimate coverage of the event through their websites and on social media for those unable to attend. The coverage will consist of interviews, pictures, audio and video clips from multiple stages and behind the scenes.

“We are excited to offer some great videos and live directly from the National Quartet Convention. Fans will want to stay tuned for exclusive coverage and special moments they won’t see anywhere else,” stated Les Butler. To watch the special videos and “live” feeds, fans are encouraged to keep an eye morning, noon, and night on the Butler Music Group and Facebook pages. They can also go to and

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Vote Now Diamond Awards Final Week

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 22, 2016 – 10:58 pm -

Vote Now Diamond Awards Final Week

Vote Now Diamond Awards Final Week

SGNScoops is proud to release the Top Five nominees for the 2016 Diamond Awards. Vote HERE The Diamond Awards will be presented on November 1st at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. The Diamond Awards gala is a special time of honouring artists and industry personnel who give so much of their lives to this music we love. The evening is full of wonderful music, surprise guests and memorable moments, all made special through the MC talents of Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention brings great national and regional Gospel music to Pigeon Forge from October 31st through November 3rd.

Rooms are filling up fast so book your place today. Rates start as low as $182 per person (based on double occupancy.) For reservations call Rob at 360.933.0741 or contact Salina Clay at or by phone at 256.239.7716.

Don’t forget to order your Creekside VIP pass today! There are a limited number of bracelets available, so please contact Rob today at 360.933.0741. This VIP Pass will grant the wearer preferred seating at each concert including the 2016 Diamond Awards, special gifts and passes to backstage events, all for only $25. If you are interested in purchasing your $25 VIP ticket call Rob at 360 933 0741 or for information on purchasing online go to

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 22, 2016 – 1:39 pm -



Nashville, TN  – The Crabb Family is headed back on the road together for the ‘Back To Our Roots’ Tour! Kelly, Adam, Jason, Aaron and Terah announced the news today. The tour will be presented and promoted by Global Promotions under the direction of Paul Pitts and will begin in January 2017 for a select number of dates.

“I believe God truly wants us to move forward in life and in our careers,” states Jason Crabb. “But every now and then, I think we need to take a look back to where we’re from. We’re excited to take the audiences on a musical journey, “back to our roots,” during this tour.”

Kicking off in Oklahoma, the tour will wind its way through eight states. Mike Bowling will provide tour support, opening each evening. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available at $38.00 for each night which includes artist circle seating, a private meet & greet with the entire family and a special commemorative family photo. General admission tickets will be $20.00. One guitar autographed by the entire family will be given away at each concert.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 23, 2016, at 9:00 AM ET and may be purchased at or by calling 1-855-399-1899.
In 1994, The Crabb Family began a journey that took them to amazing heights in the Christian music world. From their small country church platform in Beaver Dam, KY this family group blazed a trail and set a standard for music that is still unparalleled today. With sixteen number one songs, eleven GMA Dove Awards, numerous Singing News Fan Awards, and three Grammy award nominations to their credit, audiences across the globe have enjoyed this family’s ministry for over two decades.

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Fast Five with Bless’d Ministries

Written by scoopsnews on September 21, 2016 – 11:52 am -


We recently had the opportunity to meet Bless’d Ministries in person at Gatlinburg Gathering. We asked them some questions to help you get better acquainted with these talented folks.

1. Tell us all about your ministry.

From the ages of 24-28, our ministry is like us, young but excited for what God is leading us to! We love to sing for the glory of the Lord and have dedicated our lives to doing so. We hope to be a blessing to each person we come in contact with. Our group name stems from every time we have the honor to sing, we just can’t thank God enough for what he’s done, and all of his blessings, so therefore, we are “Bless’d.”

2. Tell us about your family.

All of our families are very supportive of our ministry and soak us in prayers. They can all be normally seen in the pews singing right along and worshipping with us, when we are local. Two of our biggest fans are Ashley’s children, Leah (6), and Luke (4). Our family connection is pretty unique; Chase & Sarah are married, Ashley is the sister-in-law to Sarah & Chase, and Kaleb & Sarah work together. Therefore, when we say we are “family,” we really mean we are all family.

3. Share your testimony with us?

Each of us were saved at young ages. Chase-8, Sarah-7, Kaleb-10, and Ashley-8. Through the years we have all rededicated our lives to Christ. Each of us can honestly say that God has been in control of every decision of our lives and has lead us to where we are today. By no means is singing and being a part of this ministry a coincidence, but only part of God’s plan for each of our lives. We are in a trying and sinful world and as young people, we face tribulations each day but it is such a blessing to be able to share our faith with one another and the world. We are so UNASHAMED of the gospel of Jesus Christ and want to serve him through song and by daily giving him our hearts again and again.

4. If our readers would like to book you or purchase product, how can they do that?

If you would like to book us at your church or event, you can contact Sarah at 423-361-4600. You can view our webpage at or our Facebook is listed under Bless’d Ministries. We would love to hear from you and be a part of you worship service.
We currently have 2 different t-shirts for sale and 2 different CD projects. You can purchase these products on our website or by contacting Sarah with your information.

5. What are some goals for your ministry for 2016?

Our ministry goals for 2016 are of course:
*travel and sing wherever God allows us to sing
*meet new brothers and sisters in Christ
*sing at NQC showcase or get involved with NQC
*but ultimately and most important, to see people get saved and secure their eternity with Jesus Christ.


Thank you Bless’d Ministries for sharing your ministry with us!


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Book Today For Creekside 2016

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 21, 2016 – 10:03 am -

Book Today For Creekside 2016

Book Today For Creekside 2016

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – Creekside Gospel Music Convention is coming up quickly and you need to make your hotel reservations today! Held from October 31st through November 3rd at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Creekside 2016 features many of your favorite Southern Gospel artists such as The Williamsons, Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff, Hope’s Journey, Gold City, The Hyssongs, Lindsey Huggins, The Shirey’s, The Chandlers, and more.

The time to book your accommodations at one of Pigeon Forge’s finest lodgings, the Ramada Hotel at the Smokey Mountain Convention Center, is NOW! Rates start as low as $182 per person (based on double occupancy) for reservations call Salina at 256 239 7716.
Don’t miss the special events happening every day and night, from the Creekside Honors, Diamond Awards and Fellowship, to daytime showcases, afternoon jam sessions and midnight prayer. For more information click on the Facebook page.

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Exodus Releases New Single, “I’m Gonna Fly”

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 19, 2016 – 11:20 pm -

Exodus Releases New Single, “I’m Gonna Fly”

Exodus Releases New Single, “I’m Gonna Fly”

GADSDEN, Ala.   – Exodus, the fast-rising Southern Gospel trio from Gadsden, Alabama has released their newest single, “I’m Gonna Fly,” to radio. They also recently reached an agreement with the Kisor Group to provide the group booking and management services.
Penned by group member Susan Brady, “I’m Gonna Fly” is an inspiring, hope filled song that showcases the exciting sound and harmonies of Exodus. A favorite during an Exodus live performance, “I’m Gonna Fly,” is destined to climb the Southern Gospel charts this fall. This is the third single released from their project “I’ve Been Set Free.”
When asked about “I’m Gonna Fly,” group member Mike Watson said “Susan is fast becoming known as a writer of great songs. “I’m Gonna Fly,” is no exception. We always get a great response when singing this song live, and we’re excited to share it with our radio friends and listeners across the country.”  He continues, “The Lord continues to bless Exodus with great songs and opportunities. Our ministry continues to focus on reaching the lost, and encouraging the church, and it’s exciting to see what God is doing with Exodus.”
Regarding their agreement with the Kisor Group, Watson said “Exodus is excited about this next step in our ministry, working with the Kisor Group. Sharon Kisor has been obedient to her call, and we are proud to be a part of it”.  The Kisor Group will be assisting Exodus by providing booking and management services.
When Sharon Kisor heard Exodus for the first time, she wasn’t sure what to expect, but she was treated to an inspiring performance. She said, “From the very first song, I had chills. The energy of their entire set was infectious, while their harmony and blend were magical!”
Roger Spears of TS-Promotions and Publicity said “The more I’m around Exodus, the more I’m convinced that they offer something very special to the Southern Gospel fan. Not only are they all great singers and musicians, they are dedicated to their ministry and are committed to seeing it grow. Their desire is to reach people with their message of hope and encouragement.”  He continues, “TS-Promotions and Publicity is blessed to work with them as they grow their ministry and are excited to great things from with their new relationship with the Kisor Group”.
To find out more about Exodus, go to Information on the Kisor Group is at

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BIG NEWS: Creekside Gospel Music Talent Search

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 19, 2016 – 3:47 pm -

creeksidebannerPigeon Forge, TN (September 19, 2016) – Rob Patz, Publisher of SGNScoops Magazine, announced the addition of the 2016 Creekside Gospel Music Talent Search to the exciting lineup of the 2016 Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN. Held from October 31st through November 3rd at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Creekside encompasses evening concerts, daytime showcases and the 2016 Diamond Awards. 

“After the event in Vernon, we knew we had to bring the Talent Contest to Creekside. I am so excited to be able to work with Dennis and Leslie McKay and Vonda Easley on this endeavor,” remarked Rob Patz.

The Creekside Gospel Music Talent Search will be held outdoors at the Ramada Inn – Smoky Mountain Convention Center on Monday, October 31st at 11:00 a.m. The entry fee is $175. Everyone is invited to come out and support the contestants. There will be a Grand Prize and Runner-Up winner that will be announced at the Monday night Creekside Concert.

The Grand Prize package includes a six song EP valued at $3,000 and includes studio recording time at Studio 115A in Columbus, MS, engineer/producer, mixing/mastering, and two copies of the final mastered project. Studio musicians and product/CDs are not included. This incredible package also includes three months of full page advertising valued at $3,000 in SGN Scoops Magazine plus six months of national radio promotion for one song by Hey Y’all Media and a featured interview on Vonda Easley’s radio show, Strictly Southern, valued at $3,000. In addition, the grand prize winner will perform on Tuesday night at the prestigious Diamond Awards show.

“Recently in Vernon, Alabama we saw and heard some of the best talent out there. I expect no different for the Creekside Convention and I am so excited to see who I will be promoting next on radio,” commented Vonda Easley of Hey Y’all Media.


The Runner-Up package includes a certificate for $300 off a 10 song recording project at Studio 115A in Columbus, MS, one month of advertising in SGNScoops Magazine valued at $250, and a single digital song release by Hey Y’all Media valued at $99.   

“When Rob and Vonda approached us about taking this to Creekside, we were excited about the idea. There are some incredibly talented singers and musicians out there. We saw that at Vernon and are looking forward to working with the winner of the Creekside event to produce a project that will showcase their talent,” said Dennis McKay of M.A.C. Records/Studio 115A.

The Creekside Gospel Music Talent Search is open to all Gospel music artists, including solos, duos, and groups. Each participant will have eight minutes to showcase their musical talent via track or live music. The entry fee is $175. To register for the Creekside Gospel Music Talent Search, call Leslie McKay at (662) 312-4146. Creekside tickets are free but must be reserved here: For more information, latest news and artists scheduled to appear, visit the Creekside page on Facebook here: 

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 19, 2016 – 2:15 pm -



Freedom Quartet, one of today’s premier Southern Gospel quartets, has signed with Chapel Valley Music Group’s Inspire label. This extremely talented group of guys have become fan favorites. In 2015, Freedom Quartet was awarded the Singing News Favorite New Traditional Quartet of the year.

Even though the group has seen much success recently, the members are no strangers to Southern Gospel music. Owner and tenor singer, John Rulapaugh, has assembled a powerful lineup. The quartet consists of popular bass vocalist, Burman Porter; longtime favorite lead, Dale Shipley; and baritone, Scott Mullins.

Recently, Freedom Quartet was a part of the Southern Gospel Music Guild’s Harmony Honors television taping. That program aired on the TBN network.

Chapel Valley Music’s Vice President, Richard Hyssong, states, “We cannot begin to tell you how thrilled we are to start this relationship with Freedom Quartet. John and I serve on the Southern Gospel Music Association’s Board of Directors and I have seen firsthand the vision that he has for this quartet and the industry. Be watching as we will be doing special Release Parties, radio singles and some really cutting edge projects that the Southern Gospel listener will love and want to be a part of.”

John Rulapaugh explains, “I have watched Chapel Valley Music for a few years and have been very impressed with their level of commitment to the artists on their labels. We are very happy to be joining a company that wants their artists to succeed at the highest level.”

Freedom Quartet’s new recording “Hymns of Faith & Freedom” produced in part by Gerald Wolfe will be released Monday September 26th at the National Quartet Convention. Be watching as there will be a special meet and greet and CD release party announcement soon.

To book Freedom Quartet contact The Beckie Simmons Agency

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Wilburn & Wilburn Release New “Live From The Smokies” DVD

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 19, 2016 – 11:05 am -

Wilburn & Wilburn Release New "Live From The Smokies” DVD

Wilburn & Wilburn Release New “Live From The Smokies” DVD

Gadsden, Alabama – Set to be released at the National Quartet Convention scheduled for the end of September, Wilburn & Wilburn’s new DVD Live From The Smokies is the newest and most exciting project this popular duo has completed to date.

This project was recorded live at NQC 2015 and features the hit songs such as Wilburn & Wilburn’s first Number One song “You Asked Him To Leave”, “Anybody Like Jesus”, “Its What He’s Done”, “Jesus Will”, “Midnight Cry”, “I’m Not Giving Up”, “I’m Rich”, “Help Me Help Someone”, and the great Bill and Gloria Gaither classic “The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference”. This exciting video also includes personal interviews from Jonathan and Jordan. Live From The Smokies has it all and was produced with the greatest quality in the industry today!

Jonathan stated, “This project produced by Kim Ryan White and production team who did an awesome job along with Jordan Wilburn made it sound amazing. There is a bonus feature of our concept video ‘Help Me Help Someone’ with 2 songs from our Heritage of Gold Tour. Not only will fans get the video, but they will also get a free CD with the DVD.”

This combination set will be available at the group’s NQC booths #308 and #310 and on their website after NQC.

To learn more about Wilburn and Wilburn go to or on FaceBook at

To book Wilburn and Wilburn contact Beckie Simmons at the Beckie Simmons Agency at or call 615-595-7500.

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Big changes and an exciting new chapter for 3rd Row Boys!

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 18, 2016 – 5:18 pm -

Big changes and an exciting new chapter for 3rd Row Boys!

Big changes and an exciting new chapter for 3rd Row Boys!

In 2009, a group of guys got around a piano for the first time and started singing. From there, the ministry of 3rd Row Boys was born. While originally starting as a trio, 3rd Row Boys have spent almost the last 5 years singing as a traditional southern gospel quartet. We’ve had some amazing opportunities come our way and been able to share the stage with many other fantastic groups. We’ve had our fair share of changes over the years, but with those changes have come some amazing blessings! God has had his hand upon this group, and has provided us some truly sweet moments. We are so grateful for His guidance and provison for 3RB, as we strive to encourage others to live a life that follows Jesus Christ. At the same time, we are grateful to each one of you, who have supported us, encouraged us, and lifted us up in prayer. You allow us to do what we love and we couldn’t do it without you!

Today marks a new beginning for 3RB. After much prayer and conversation, we are excited to announce a change in direction, both in music and ministry. We will once again be touring, like how the group started, as a trio. But, this time, we are bringing this trio sound to you with a fresh and unique approach. We started singing some songs together as a trio a few months ago and quickly realized we had something special. The brotherhood that we’ve developed over the last few years is now showing through our music and we can’t wait to see what God can do with it! While we won’t be leaving our southern gospel foundation behind, we will be bringing a much more progressive and worshipful sound to the stage, with diverse original material and impactful moments of testimony. We want to transform the ministry of 3RB into a powerful time of praise and worship, filled with anointed truth and Holy Spirit-led music. We want people to go home from our concerts and services changed, and burdened to spread the good news of Jesus to those in their lives. Not only do we want to see souls saved, we want to encourage believers to want the same. We are so thankful for what God has done for us, and we want to do our very best to bring that joy to you, in music and testimony.
We feel that 3RB is meant to be a vessel to build people up. We strongly believe in the words Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are already doing”. The world is hurting and we need hope. We are focused on using everything we have to bring that message of hope to as many people as possible, and do it with powerful and worshipful music. Stay tuned with us on this journey friends, we pray you will like what you see and hear. We are really excited for this new chapter of 3RB! We love you all so much and God bless!
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