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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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JOSEPH HABEDANK’S WELCOME HOME AVAILABLE TODAY

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 22, 2014 – 3:25 pm -

 Joseph Habedank's Welcome Home on Daywind Records available today, Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Joseph Habedank’s Welcome Home on Daywind Records available today, Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Daywind Records Releases Highly Anticipated Debut Solo Project
Iconic Legendary Vocalist Russ Taff Makes Special Appearance
 
Nashville, TN – Joseph Habedank’s highly anticipated debut solo record, Welcome Home, was released today by Daywind Records. The project is available at all physical and digital retailers. Welcome Home features Habedank’s current radio single “Never No Never” written by Habedank along with Tony Wood and Lee Black. The song is poised to open new doors for the vocalist and remind fans of the voice they came to love during his tenure with long-time fan favorites, the Perrys.
 
For Welcome Home, Habedank joined forces with longtime friend Ricky Free as his producer and arranger. Free is quickly becoming one of the most sought-out musical producers and arrangers, effectively producing a fresh sound, while keeping the traditional at heart. The album, born of personal trials, triumphs and stories, is one close to the heart of Joseph.
 
“I feel like my very heart and soul is presented on this project,” Habedank says of the songs on the release. “I am excited for people to hear this record with the themes of hope, trust, forgiveness and mercy abounding! I hope people enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.”
 
A particularly memorable moment for Habedank was the guest appearance of the legendary Russ Taff, who lends his voice to the track “Empty,” written by Habedank and Benji Cowart. “I LOVE Russ Taff,” Joseph exclaims! “He has always been one of my heroes and has become a dear friend to me. To have him appear on my first solo project is a thrill that no words can explain.”
 
Along with Habedank, the project features songs penned by Kenna Turner West, Michael Farren, Chris Binion, Keith Hill, Sue C. Smith, Joel Lindsey, and Matthew Holt.
 
Joseph is appearing on select solo dates in support of Welcome Home. For more information and tour dates, visit www.JosephHabedank.com.
For more information on Daywind Records, visit www.DaywindRecords.com
 
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The Singing Byrds Release New Song

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 22, 2014 – 1:00 pm -

Homesick

The Singing Byrds

The Singing Byrds from Danville, Kentucky have released a new song to radio. It was sent to radio on Patterson Promotions compilation ~ Volumn 15 {in the independant Artist section} and can also be found at www.musictoradio.com.
The song “Gonna Run On Home Now” a Spencer Family classic, written by Barbara and Kevin Spencer from Mansfield, Ohio,  is the second release from their current project, “Homesick” which was recorded at Family Room Studios in Nashville with Pastor Robb Tripp.
To book this Minisrty or to order product, you may contact: Jeanie Bailey at 859-236-7740, or e-mail, thesingingbyrds777@yahoo.com


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Tune-In Alert For Music City Show Featuring The Hoppers

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 21, 2014 – 5:44 pm -

Music City Show

Music City Show

Nashville, TN (July 21, 2014) Don’t miss this exciting new season of The Music City Show airing Thursday, July 24th at 7PM CST featuring the ever popular family group the Hoppers. Known for their appearances on the Gaither Homecoming videos and winning several Gospel Music awards they will be sharing the program along with Host Tim Lovelace and The Positive Cowboy Jim Sheldon. The Music City Show is viewed weekly on the RFD-TV channel.

The Positive Cowboy, Jim Sheldon, is one of the most popular regular features on the program. His hymns and patriotic songs uplift and inspire the audience. The humor and variety of host Tim Lovelace keeps the show interesting and entertaining.

The link below will give you a preview of this next exciting show:

http://youtu.be/aQbfh1kcN1o

The Music City Show is a series based in Nashville, TN – America’s favorite music city. The show has many elements of Nashville that people love, namely a live band, talented artists and comedic entertainment. It is likened unto The Tonight Show, with comedy segments, a guest host, and a beautiful cityscape backdrop.

RFD-TV’s channel’s name is a reference to Rural Free Delivering, the name for the United States Postal Service’s system of delivering mail directly to rural patrons. Production and uplinking facilities for RFD-TV are located at Northstar Studios in Nashville, TN while the channel’s corporate and national sales office are based in Omaha, Nebraska


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Gospel Music Today For July 21st On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 21, 2014 – 7:33 am -

July 21 Gospel Music TodayRoyce Taylor is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of July 20. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Riders, and Jean reviews a new recording by Carla Bragg.  An article entitled “We Have a Question ” is the subject of this week’s Singing News Notes. The show includes a new music video by Noah Hinshaw, exclusive video of Abundance Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, at The Assembly, in Broken Arrow, OK,, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Booth Brothers at Gospel Singing Time, in Bixby, OK. In the News segment, Jean tells news about The Collingsworth Family, the Nelons, the McKameys and Ken wishes Chris Freeman a “Happy Birthday”.
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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M&C Productions and WWQC 107.3, WEGN 88.7 and WSWS 89.9 Presents the 11th Annual Gospel Extravaganza

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 16, 2014 – 10:51 am -

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WWQC

M&C Productions and WWQC 107.3, WEGN 88.7 and WSWS 89.9
Presents the 11th Annual Gospel Extravaganza
Thursday, July 31-Saturday, August 2, 2014
River Valley Christian Fellowship Church – Bourbonnais, IL

Presenting:
7/31/2014 – 6:30-pm-Ron Hise, The Whisnants, The Perrys
8/1/2014 – 1:00pm-Red Red Roots; 6:30pm-Lindsey Graham, Chosen Ones, Triumphant Quartet
8/2/2014 – 1:00pm-The Littles; 6:30pm-The Browns, Kingsmen Quartet, Tim Lovelace
With MC Rodney Baucom from the Life FM
Tickets and Info: Phone 815-929-0783.
— at River Valley Christian Fellowship.
Rodney Baucom, network director for the Life FM, will be the MC


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Chris Freeman Sets Out On New Venture To Honor The Hinsons

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 16, 2014 – 9:02 am -

Chris Freeman

Chris Freeman

Nashville, TN  Forty years ago this month of July, a young, virtually unknown Chris Hawkins, stepped into a Nashville recording studio to begin work on her very first professional gospel music project “Touch of Hinson, Glimpse of Glory.” As a newly arrived member of the already well established group known today as The Original Hinsons, her vocal talents combined on that recording with that of Kenny, Ronny and Larry Hinson, to help catapult The Hinsons into even greater popularity.

Within only 5 years of that initial recording, Chris’ exceptional vocal qualities made her a two time recipient of the award for “Queen of Gospel Music”, from the Singing News Fan Awards and helped to win The Hinsons the prestigious title of “Favorite Group of The Year” from the Singing News Fan Awards in 1979. Chris Hawkins Freeman was eventually inducted along with The Hinsons, into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Over the many years that followed her inception into the hearts and souls of gospel music fans, Chris Freeman has ultimately gained the respected notoriety she deserves as the legendary vocal prodigy who went on to inspire the careers and vocal styles of countless other female artists in the Southern Gospel Music industry and helped to create the sound of the award winning family group The Freemans.

On July 21st, 2014, Chris Hawkins Freeman, will once again step into the studio and begin the process of reliving her legendary past, as she begins the recording of her very first solo project in tribute to her beginnings with The Hinsons. She will not only recapture some of the songs she sang with The Hinsons in the seventies, but she will be sharing the story of the life changing experiences that helped to shape her into the gospel music icon she is today.

Forty years of legendary talent, yet her history is still in the making. Get ready for the new Chris Freeman solo project coming soon and be prepared to fall in love all over again with the female artist that changed the gospel music industry forever.

In other news The Freemans are announcing the addition of a staff member to their ministry team. After years of doing all the groups in-house business by themselves they have added some help to relieve them from the daily grind of business while on the road.

Chris Freeman, Lead singer for the group stated “We are excited to announce that effective July 1, 2014 Robert Rowland III has taken over as office manager for The Freemans and GoldenVine Productions. We feel very blessed to have Robert on our team.”

Darrell Freeman commented “Robert and his wife Lisa Rowland have been close friends of ours for many years. It is very hard to let someone come in and take care of your business and ministry, but Robert is a very loyal and Godly man who believes in what we do.”

“I am so honored and excited to be working with Darrell and Chris Freeman along with the rest of their family. There are no finer or talented people singing Gospel music today.” said Robert Rowland.

Robert Rowland can be contacted by the Freemans new email at thefreemansinc@gmail.com or by text at 501-284-1182.

The Freemans are still reeling with excitement over their new video “Where I’ve Been” available on YouTube.com .

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2014 Diamond Awards Top 5

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 14, 2014 – 11:42 am -

2014 Diamond Awards

2014 Diamond Awards

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Gospel Music Today For July 14th On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 14, 2014 – 9:12 am -

Gospel Music Today July 14

Gospel Music Today

The Browns and Scott Godsey are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of July 13. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is Vessels of Praise, and Jean reviews new recordings by The Michael Frost Trio and Mark209. An article entitled “Looking Back ” is the subject of this week’s Singing News Notes. The show includes the broadcast television premiere of a new music video by Darrell Freeman, exclusive video of Majesty III, 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 Florida Boys at the Owasso Gospel Opry, 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, www.gospelmusictoday.com.


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