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Heart2Heart Releases New Lyric Video for “Happy Glad Day”

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 13, 2020 – 11:45 am -

Heart2Heart Releases New Lyric Video for “Happy Glad Day”

Heart2Heart Releases New Lyric Video for “Happy Glad Day”

Cherryville, NC  –  Popular North Carolina Trio, Heart2Heart have announced the exclusive premier and release of their new lyric video Happy Glad Day, a single from their newest album, Pray, currently being featured on Singing News.


This upbeat and encouraging song was written by Southern Gospel legend, Reba Faye Rambo and Tery W Wilkins, and is impeccably mastered by the talented trio. Heart2Heart’s harmony blend delivers this song in a way that is both classic and fresh, and invites the listener to shed the cares of today and celebrate our heavenly home that awaits.


The performance video for Happy Glad Day was filmed at The Historic Savannah Theater in Savannah GA, as part of the Great American Gospel Series that will be coming out later this fall.


The single was originally released to radio in March, but given the popularity of the song — it is currently at Number 25 on the Singing News Radio Chart — Heart2Heart knew it’s encouraging message needed to be released to an even broader audience. They approached Kingdom Artists Media, who produced the video in conjunction with AG Publicity.


Of the song and the video, Heart2Heart’s David Kiser says “What a joy to release the single “Happy Glad Day” in the midst of such times as we are seeing today. It is filled with encouraging thoughts of God’s promises. Thoughts of heaven and a happy eternity. What a fun song to sing and deliver. We pray its message helps to make it a Happy Glad Day for all gospel music fans and radio listeners alike.”


The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/i1IXSm02hqk

Heart2Heart was recently honored with a Top 10 nomination for Favorite New Artist in one of Southern Gospel’s most prestigious awards, the Singing News Fan Awards.

If you would like to interview Heart2Heart contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity.com.

To plan your next digital project, contact Kingdom Artists Media at kingdomartistsmedia@gmail.com


To purchase Heart2Heart’s music go to http://heart2heartmin.com/store/

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Fast Five – Down East Boys

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 28, 2020 – 6:52 am -

Fast Five - Down East Boys

Fast Five – Down East Boys

The name “The Down East Boys” is practically synonymous with Southern Gospel Music. You’ve probably sat in the pew during one of their concerts, or tapped your toe to one of their tunes as you cruise the highway. The men behind the music are not only talented but are remarkable people who each have an interesting story to tell. Recently, I was privileged to get to know the men who make-up “The Down East Boys.” We sat down to discuss their newest single, which is rocketing-up the charts. I also learned more about their history and even a few fun facts about each of them. I invite you to take a moment to get to know this legendary group on a whole new level with this week’s FAST FIVE.

Stephanie Kelley: While most of our readers are very familiar with your legendary group, please give a brief introduction to someone who might be  new to Southern Gospel music, including a little history of the group.
Ricky Carden: The group was started in the mid-1980s in Eastern, NC. The group transitioned to a full time ministry in 1990 and we have been singing around 175 dates each year since that time. I have been here 30 years this past April. We are on the Sonlite Label.
SK: Recently, your group had a number one song!  Congratulations! Your current single, “Amazing Amounts of Amazing Grace,” just made a big jump to the Top 5. What makes this song so special? Please give a little background on this particular song and how you’ve seen God use it in your ministry.
RC: “Amazing Amounts Of Amazing Grace” has become our fastest growing song, climbing to the top 5 in only 2 months. I feel this is a song that reminds us that everyday is a blessing from God and no matter what comes our way we are blessed more than we could ever deserve. In these difficult days we have experienced as a nation, we are reminded that if we just look around, the Lord displays to us everyday “Amazing Amounts Of Amazing Grace”!
SK: At what point in your life did you know (or at least dream) that you would have such a deliberate and public music ministry? Please share at least one specific way you saw God preparing you for this ministry.
RC: I was captivated by the music at an early age. My Mom and Dad had a group that sang on a part-time basis as I was growing-up, so I spent my early years traveling on a bus from town to town and at the age of 12 I went to a concert that featured the Singing Americans. The group line-up consisted of Danny Funderburk, Ivan Parker, Ed Hill, and Dwayne Burke. That night I realized I wanted to be in a group and share the music with others. It’s been over 30 years since that day and the Lord has blessed me to do what I love!
Daryl Paschal: In January of 2007, the Down East Boys came to my church.  During the concert, my wife, Amanda Paschal, whispered to me, “I can see you singing with those guys.”  God started preparing me then.  In March, three months later, I was offered the job.
Zac Barham: I grew up listening to gospel music loving 4 part harmony and the message behind it, so I began singing at church when i was about 15. He hasn’t stopped blessing me in music from that point on and the rest is history and I thank Him for it every day.
Doug Pittman: When I was in my junior year in high school, I participated in an event called All State Choir. While there I watched several choirs perform, but one really caught my attention. At the last song of this certain choir’s set I noticed that the conductor stepped off of the platform and conducted the choir in the song “Total Praise.” This was odd to me because I was taught that when a conductor stepped onto the platform, it represented to the performers he was in total control of the music that would be made. It hit me while listening to the song that the conductor had not made a mistake by not ascending the platform. He was simply allowing God to be in control of everything that happened during that song. And If I have ever been sure about the Lord speaking to me it was on that day. It was like He said “That’s what I want you to do.”  While I wasn’t always sure about the specific path He wanted me to take, I knew that public music ministry (in some shape or fashion) would be my life’s work. That day the Lord taught me an important lesson, that no matter the situation He is in control and we are simply the vessels He chooses to use to accomplish His will.
SK: You’ve spent a lot of time together as a group and as friends. Please share a little known fun fact about each of the members.
RC: Daryl Paschal is the practical joker of the group. He’s always keeping the guys laughing. Doug Pittman is the computer wizard of the group. He’s the “Yoda” of tech stuff on the bus. And Zac Barham, he’s the talker of the bunch. Zac could make friends with a wall if there is no one else to talk to. He loves people and loves to make friends.
Daryl Paschal:  At one concert, Doug was about to fall in the orchestra pit in front of the stage and a piano saved his life.  I couldn’t sing for the next three songs.
Zac forgot his words one night and turned to us for help. Nobody said a word.
Ricky — we were at the house of a past group member, and we decided to walk outside.  Ricky took the first step and slipped. All we saw was his feet up in the air.  To this day, it is still called Ricky Carden Falls National Park.

Zac Barham: Lets see… I love all the guys like brothers but Daryl needs 20 minutes of quiet before you talk to him when he first wakes up ( found that out quickly haha).

Doug can do anything with electronics you can imagine
Ricky never stops working on and off the bus and has one of the best work ethics I’ve seen
Doug Pittman: Zac and I joke often about how we each secretly would really like to be able to sing each other’s part.
Ricky thinks he is quite the dancer. He’s constantly showing off all his new moves on the bus.
Daryl and I share a love of 70’s and 80’s music. If you stick around the bus long enough, you are bound to hear some of those old hits!
The name "The Down East Boys" is practically synonymous with Southern Gospel Music. You've probably sat in the pew during one of their concerts, or tapped your toe to one of their tunes

The name “The Down East Boys” is practically synonymous with Southern Gospel Music. You’ve probably sat in the pew during one of their concerts, or tapped your toe to one of their tunes

SK: Because of the pandemic, so much of our lives have changed. What positive things have resulted from the pandemic in both your personal and professional lives? Please share your plans for future projects and how you’ve had to modify those changes due to pandemic restrictions.

RC: In the middle of March, we were shut down due to the pandemic. We thought in a few weeks we would be back on the road, but as it turns out we have been limited to just a few dates since then. In 30 years of singing I had never been home for more than 3 or 4 days a week. Weekends were something I had never experienced at home.  It has certainly  been a challenge financially for all the guys, but it has been nice to spend a summer at home with my wife and kids. We have had time to do family things that normally we could not do. Hopefully sooner than later we will be back on the road and ready to share our new music from our new project “Faithful Still” that was released in May.
SK: Thank you to Ricky Carden, Daryl Paschal, Zac Barham and Doug Pittman for sharing your stories with us.
I’ve enjoyed getting to know the people behind the voices of the Down East Boys and I hope that you have too. Be sure to request, “Amazing Amounts of Amazing Grace” from your favorite Southern Gospel radio station and be sure to check-out the Down East Boys on your favorite social media platform.

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 24, 2020 – 9:14 am -

The Tri-State Gospel Music Hall of Fame was created in 2005 by Hugh Oliver covering Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. The 2020 induction ceremony is scheduled for August 1 at Parkway Baptist Assembly, 65 Stuart Road, Fort Oglethorpe, GA beginning at 6:00 pm.
It includes former members singing as a choir and scrap iron quartets called together to sing. It’s a fun pack evening and the public is invited to attend. There is no admission charge but a love offering will be received. This year will bring the total members to 244. Being inducted into the 2020 Class are Troy Burns, Buddy Burton, Willie Wynn, Ed Hill, Charles Yates, Tommy Fairchild, Howard Green, David Maddox, Peggy Parkerand Marlon Pendergrass.

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Please Pray For Aaron Hise

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 22, 2020 – 8:58 am -

Please Pray For Aaron Hise

Please Pray For Aaron Hise

Hi friends. We want to ask you to please keep our own Aaron Hise in prayer today. At 1:30 EST he undergoes surgery for a kidney stone that is lodged and will not move. We are trusting the doctors and the Great Healer for a special touch today. We will keep you updated on his progress as soon as possible.

Jeff Whisnant

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StowTown Records Unveils New Website

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 21, 2020 – 11:22 am -

StowTown Records Unveils New Website

StowTown Records Unveils New Website

Nashville, TN – The new StowTown Records website is live. With simplicity and accessibility to music in mind, the new design includes links to each and every project released by StowTown Records since its beginning in 2011.

As more people gravitate toward digital platforms to access music, direct links to projects on most major services has become necessary. On the new website’s music page, users can click on icons for Amazon Music, iTunes, Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify and YouTube, as well as the artists’ websites, to connect to their favorite music. StowTown label co-founder, Ernie Haase, shares, “In an ever-changing world, it’s nice to have something certain, and the music we’ve helped create the last (almost) 10 years speaks to the promise of God’s unchanging love. And now that entire catalog of music is in one place. I’m humbled by and proud of the volume of work! I hope you enjoy this new website and the music it provides for your faith journey.”

In addition to accessing music and news items, fans can subscribe to the official StowTown Records email list right from the home page. These emails will notify fans of new releases and artist news, as well as major playlist news for their favorite StowTown artists. Check out the new look at www.StowTownRecords.com.


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Pray For Danny Riley

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 20, 2020 – 9:23 am -

Pray For Danny Riley

Pray For Danny Riley

From Gold City

Please be in prayer for Danny Riley as he undergoes surgery this morning. Most of you will remember Danny sustained injuries last year in a fall, including a broken left ankle and wrist. His wrist has done well, but he’s continued to have ankle pain that has not gone away. A recent MRI shows one of the bones has not healed. Today he is having surgery that includes several things including a bone graft procedure to hopefully correct this problem. Your prayers for Danny, Holly, their girls, and the medical staff are greatly appreciated.

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The McKameys release LIVE Like No Other

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 17, 2020 – 9:06 am -

The McKameys release LIVE Like No Other

The McKameys release LIVE Like No Other

Arden, North Carolina (July 17, 2020) — Last fall, thousands of fans and industry peers filled the LeConte Centre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee during the National Quartet Convention to celebrate The McKameys’ more than 60 years of singing, after the legacy Southern Gospel Group announced they’d no longer be touring full time. Now, fans of the group can relive that special afternoon with LIVE Like No Other, a CD and DVD featuring live music as well as behind the scenes interviews with The McKameys — a group that’s released 54 albums over the course of their career and has the most #1 hits in Southern Gospel history. LIVE Like No Other is now available.

“We are excited about the release of LIVE Like No Other, which was recorded at The National Quartet Convention in September of 2019 during our Farewell Tour,” say The McKameys. “What a great day, being with so many great friends, praising the Lord in song, and feeling the spirit in a special way! We can’t wait for everyone to experience the excitement and emotions that were present that day.”


Throughout the one-and-a-half-hour concert, The McKameys performed many of their #1 hits, like “God On The Mountain,” “Roll That Burden On Me,” “Unspoken Request” and “Do You Know How It Feels,” and crowd favorites like “Trophy Of Grace,” “There Is Jesus” and “For The Record” in a joyful celebration of a career many don’t get to enjoy.

The album release also marks the first time The McKameys’ rendition of “God On The Mountain” — which was #1 on the Singing News charts for five months in 1988-89 and became their most requested song of all time — will be released on streaming services.
A special message from The McKameys.

The DVD includes videos of The McKameys sharing personal stories from their careers and a special moment when Horizon Records and the National Quartet Convention honored the group for its dedication to spreading God’s word over the years.

With both parts of LIVE Like No Other, fans of The McKameys will always be able to enjoy the group’s heartfelt performance and message, though they’re no longer touring.

Listen to LIVE Like No Other HERE.

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Home-Going Memorial Service For Gary McSpadden

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 16, 2020 – 12:02 pm -

Home-Going Memorial Service For Gary McSpadden

Home-Going Memorial Service For Gary McSpadden

A Home-Going Memorial Service will be held for Gary McSpadden on
Saturday July 25th at 3PM at The Mansion Theater in Branson.

McSpadden passed away on April 15th after an illness. He was a leader in
spreading The Word of God through teaching, singing, writing and sharing
the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Gary McSpadden is widely known for his music. During his lifetime he
performed with The Statesmen Quartet, The Imperials, The Oak Ridge Boys,
Bill and Gloria Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band. He was a noted song
writer and producer, and went on to write and record sixteen solo
albums. You may remember some of his well-known favorites including “No
Other Name But Jesus” and “Jesus Lord To Me”.

In 1999 McSpadden began hosting “Gary McSpadden’s Gospel Jubilee” at
Silver Dollar City near Branson Missouri. The show was broadcast on
television every Sunday for three years.  In 2004 he opened his show,
“Southern Gospel Sundays” at The Americana Theater on the famous 76

In 2009 McSpadden, and his wife Carol began pastoring church service at
The Americana. The following year they founded Faith And Wisdom Church
in Hollister, Missouri. The church eventually moved to Branson and is
still located off Shepherd Of The Hills Expressway, behind the Olive
Garden. Many of McSpadden’s services and teachings can be found online
at fwcbranson.com and on YouTube.

McSpadden’s memorial service will include special tributes from the
Faith And Wisdom Church Choir, directed by Doug Morris, the FWC Quartet
and some well-known friends including The Oak Ridge Boys, Bill and
Gloria Gaither, Dino and Cheryl Kartsonakis, Clay Crosse and others.
Larry Wilhite, with The Mansion Theater, and Shawn McSpadden, Gary’s
son, will host and speak at the event. Speakers will also include Pastor
Ken Rensink, Jon Todd and McSpadden’s son-in law Ron Smith.

The Home-Going Memorial will be held at 3 PM on Saturday July 25th at
The Mansion Theater in Branson. The theater is located at 189 Expressway
Lane in Branson.  Seating is first come, first served.

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Prayers For The Family Of Ed Hill

Written by scoopsnews on July 14, 2020 – 8:57 am -


Ed Hill has had a long and distinguished career as a Southern Gospel baritone singer. He was a founding member of the Prophets in 1959. He left them in 1965 (His replacement was Duane Allen of Oak Ridge Boys fame) but returned in 1966 and remained with them until they disbanded in 1973.

Ed next joined JD Sumner And The Stamps Quartet in 1974 and remained with them until 1979. In 1981, he joined the Singing Americans as their baritone singer. In 1987, he left the Singing Americans to sing with the Masters V.

The following year, Ed rejoined the Stamps and remained with them until they disbanded following the death of J D Sumner in 1998.

In 2006, Hill reformed the Prophets. He still sang baritone until the group disbanded in 2010 and He sang with the Songfellows Quartet.

From SouthernGospelHistory.com


We at SGN Scoops are saddened to hear about the passing of this Southern Gospel Legend.  Please join us in praying for the Hill family.  He will certainly be missed by his Southern Gospel Family.


“Dig A Little Deeper” By The Songfellows


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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 7, 2020 – 1:04 pm -

Kinston, NC – Long-time Dixie Melody Boys owner and SGMA Hall of Fame member Ed O’Neal is pleased to introduce Buddy Bates  as the new tenor vocalist for The Dixie Melody Boys.  A lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Buddy brings decades of music experience to The Dixie Melody Boys.
A talented musician and vocalist, Buddy’s roots are deeply tied to Southern Gospel Music. He first began singing and playing for New Creations, a group founded by his father, Merle. Over the years he has traveled with such talented groups as The Ball Family, The Mercy River Boys, Stone Ridge Quartet, New Voice Quartet, The Crownsmen and most recently The Blackwood Brothers. Over the past couple years Buddy served as Music Director at First Millville Baptist Church in Millville, OH. “While serving at the church, I was given the opportunity to fill in for The Blackwood Brothers while their tenor recovered from a heart attack,” Buddy shares. “While I love working in the church, singing with a quartet again reignited my lifelong dream of singing Southern Gospel Music full-time, and I am so grateful to be able to be with Ed, Willie and all the Dixie Melody Boys.”
Buddy and his wife, Lisa, have five children and one grandchild, with two more expected to arrive this fall. While Buddy will miss the extra time with his family, he is thrilled to join Ed O’Neal, as well as baritone Willie Sawrey, lead vocalist Cayden Howell and bass singer Earl Roberts, who joined the quartet at the beginning of the year.
Like everyone in Gospel Music, as well as around the world, The Dixie Melody Boys have experienced their share of challenges in recent months as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic; however, ever the optimist, Ed O’Neal is excited about the future of The Dixie Melody Boys. “When we kicked the new year off, we were so excited about the group and what we expected for 2020. Then the Pandemic hit. Little did we know how it would change things for us, but we know God is in control and He has great things in store.  We are happy to have Buddy with us, and as I have said many times, the faces and the names may change, but The Dixie Melody Boys still have a message to share. Even after all these years I still believe God has great things in store.”
Additional information regarding The Dixie Melody Boys is available online at www.dixiemelodyboys.com. Anyone interested in scheduling The Dixie Melody Boys may contact the Beckie Simmons Agency at 615-595-7500 or via email at beckie@bsaworld.com.

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