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An Exciting Year for Heaven’s Mountain Band

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 23, 2019 – 5:22 pm -

An Exciting Year for Heaven's Mountain Band

An Exciting Year
for Heaven’s Mountain Band

Heaven’s Mountain Band is blessed and busy!  Real busy!

The 2019 Heaven’s Mountain Band Homecoming was a huge success with special guests, The Primitive Quartet.  It was a near-standing room only event with a great spirit and some great music!  The Primitive QT/Heaven’s Mountain Band combination is coming to a handful of towns near you this year.  Check out their schedule for details.

They are currently working on a brand-new project with Les Butler and have moved up to the Family Music Group Bluegrass label.  Les Butler stated, “FMG is our top label and they have earned the promotion.  Their success over the past 4 years has been astounding.  With multiple #1 songs and a full date book, they are simply one of the hottest groups in Bluegrass Gospel music.  I am proud to be one of their producers, their manager and more importantly, their friend!”

In addition to all of the great news for this acclaimed group, they also have been nominated for the following Diamond Awards:

  • Bluegrass Song of the Year, “Since the Lord Came By”
  • Bluegrass Male Artist of the Year, Roger Johnson & Rodney Johnson
  • Bluegrass Female Artist of the Year, Deborah Johnson
  • Bluegrass Group of the Year

To cast your vote, go to:

The future is certainly bright for Heaven’s Mountain Band!
To learn more about them, visit them online at:

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The Kingsmen’s Victory Shout shares encouragement for the journey to Heaven

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 12, 2019 – 9:33 am -

The Kingsmen’s Victory Shout shares encouragement for the journey to Heaven

The Kingsmen’s Victory Shout shares encouragement for the journey to Heaven

Arden, North Carolina  — The Kingsmen are bringing their signature sound to a collection of songs from some of today’s best writers on Victory Shout, which shares messages for daily life about being faithful in the journey to Heaven. The album will be available June 7 from Horizon Records.

Victory Shout begins on a joyful note with that theme in “Running To Win,” an upbeat song featuring baritone singer Alan Kendall, about continuing to press toward finishing life well. It’s followed by “Just Climb,” a slower tune of encouragement to trust in God and have faith He’ll move mountains in His own time.

The Kingsmen then sing “I’ve Ever Been Glad,” a jubilant quartet song with bass singer Ray Reese taking the lead. Written by Regina Walden, who wrote the group’s recent #1 chart song “Oh Yes I Am,” this song is a true Southern Gospel quartet tune where almost every member has a step-out part on the chorus with a drive that will bring the crowd to their feet.

With a message of hope, encouragement and triumph for Christians, “Victory Shout,” the album’s title track and first single, which is moving quickly up the national charts, reminds that with steadfast belief in God, our needs will be met in His timing. Tenor Chris Jenkins sings:

“Can you feel it the song that is rising
Then you can’t help but let it out
If you’re trusting in faith
Even now while you wait
Lift up a victory shout”

These lyrics from the chorus of the song are portrayed in the arrangement and bring the listener to a moment where you are completely consumed in the message of overcoming the circumstances of life, even when you don’t know what the final outcome will be.

The album continues with Biblical stories in the upbeat “Dear John,” about John the Revelator featuring lead singer Chris Bryant; a re-recording of “Prodigal Son,” a Kingsmen classic written by Larry Gatlin of the Gatlin Brothers’ fame that tells the traditional story of returning home and the power of forgiveness; and in “King of Kings,” which paints a picture of the grandeur of Christ through His time on Earth.

Other songs include the moving “It Still Changes Me” about how the Bible’s message continues to have an impact even as life evolves and “You’ll Move Mountains For Me,” a song about trusting that God will always go above and beyond.

The album closes with “That’s Where You’ll Find Me,” a power ballad featuring Bryant describing the meeting place at Christ’s throne in Heaven. With these songs of worship and praise, The Kingsmen are continuing their far-reaching ministry and legacy.

“I am so excited about this new recording Victory Shout! From start to finish it brings the classic Kingsmen sound to a collection of brand new songs written by some of today’s best writers,” says Bryant. “These songs will bring messages of hope and encouragement to listeners while keeping us all looking forward to what God is going to do! I am honored to be a part of this album and cannot wait to share it with everyone.”

Pre-order Victory Shout HERE.

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New Music Video Reveals Serious Side of Comedian Tim Lovelace

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 11, 2019 – 8:20 am -

New Music Video Reveals Serious Side of Comedian Tim Lovelace

New Music Video Reveals Serious Side of Comedian Tim Lovelace

Nashville, TN StowTown Records is thrilled to announce the release of the highly anticipated music video from Tim Lovelace, “Composer of My Life.”

Known widely as a comedian, this song reveals the serious side of Tim. He shares, “This song actually tells the story of my own life. I’d had this song idea and title for quite a while, and I loved co-writing it with longtime friend Joel Lindsey and Producer Wayne Haun. I’m overjoyed that StowTown Records caught the vision for this recording, as well as the video. More importantly, my prayer is that this song will touch hearts and encourage people to meet the One who is composing their life.”
Producer and co-writer Wayne Haun says, “I see myself in this video. It’s very personal to me. But I think anyone who views it will somehow be swept back in time to a beautiful moment.”
Recorded by Midtown Motion Productions in Nashville, TN, “Composer of My Life” features seven-year-old Otto Cunningham, son of Jef and Erika Cunningham (Provident Distribution Retail Sales and Marketing Coordinator), who plays Tim as a boy. Otto’s dog, Shadow, also makes a cameo appearance. Tim adds, “Young Otto was so wonderful to work with. Such a sweet young man and so full of life. My relatives have all been amazed at how much he looks like me as a child.”
“Composer of My Life” is the newest single from Lovelace and is on his current CD and DVD, Living in a Coffee World. Both are distributed worldwide exclusively by Sony/Provident. You can watch the new video on Tim’s YouTube channel HERE.

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Griffith Family Announces Return of Austin & Amber Dash

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 9, 2019 – 9:14 am -

NASHVILLE, TN  — The Griffith Family is proud to announce the return of Austin and Amber Dash. Amber was a founding member of the group appearing on the group’s first two recordings. Austin joined the group in January, 2016, and the two later married each other.
The Dashes recently served as worship pastors at Heartland Christian Center in Valparaiso, Indiana. The Lord has guided them back to Nashville where the newly reunited Griffith Family will begin its 2019 Relentless Tour.
The Griffith Family released their latest album Relentless on New Day Records in October 2018.
“It’s really cool to have the band back together, so to speak! Great things are in store for sure,” says Tony Griffith. “We will be adding more live instrumental elements in our tour set, which we are all very excited about.”
“Austin and I are thrilled to be back with Tony and Julie Griffith. They’ve remained family while we took time away to start our own family and learn more about music,” says Amber Dash. “We’re excited to see what God has in store for all of us!”
Keep up with the Griffith Family at
For booking contact the Beckie Simmons Agency at or (615) 595-7500.

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Pray For Ed O’Neal

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 3, 2019 – 3:25 pm -

Pray For Ed O’Neal

Pray For Ed O’Neal

SGMA Hall Of Fame member and Dixie Melody Boys owner, Ed O’Neal, was involved in an automobile accident Monday April 1. O’ Neal suffered multiple fractures, but does not require surgery. He is in a great deal of pain, however his spirits are high. He states, “Thank God I’m alive. You can just call me “Lucky” from now on!” O’ Neal is recovering at home and appreciates all of your prayers.

In the meantime, the Dixie Melody Boys will continue to meet all of their scheduled engagements. Please keep them in your prayers, as well, and continue to support them in concert.

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March 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by Staff on March 18, 2019 – 9:21 pm -

March 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

March 2019 SGNScoops Magazine

Is it Spring yet? If you are looking for something new and fresh, we have it right here in the March 2019 issue of SGNScoops Magazine.

The Old Paths are releasing their latest album this month, the first one with their current lineup, and we have all the latest news about this dedicated group of guys.
Read all about Howard and Lou Hildreth as we have a tribute written by Marcie Gray. We were all so saddened to hear of Lou’s passing, as she has been such a bright light in the gospel music world. She has now joined her beloved husband at the throne of Jesus in Heaven and I’m sure her beautiful smile is even more radiant than it was here.
Justin Gilmore takes us to a concert by the Tribute Quartet, while John Herndon updates us on the group Victory Road. Les Butler introduces us to his friend Roger Johnson of Heaven’s Mountain Band. I was happy to get acquainted with Jenna Faith, a new face in Christian Country.
March is the month of the Southern Gospel Weekend in Oxford, Alabama, and we have all the information you need to know to attend on March 21-23.
Suzanne Mason is back with Watch It film reviews and she talks about the documentary Social Animals, a must see especially for parents of teenagers.
Don’t miss Vonda Armstrong’s DJ Spotlight with Greg Goodman, Randall Hamms’ new album reviews, all three radio charts, Rob Patz’s Publisher’s Point and the Editor’s Last Word.
As always, if you have any comments or questions, please write to me at If you aren’t sure whether you will join the throng in Heaven when you pass from this world, be sure to write to me or anyone on staff. We will be happy to introduce you to Jesus Christ, Savior, Lord, God Almighty.
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Legacy Five Announces Tenor Position Opening

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 14, 2019 – 9:38 am -

Legacy Five Announces Tenor Position Opening

Legacy Five Announces Tenor Position Opening

NASHVILLE, TN — Legacy Five has announced that its tenor, Josh Feemster has submitted his resignation. Legacy Five will continue its tour this spring as they seek to fill the tenor position.

“We are thankful to Josh for his years of service to our ministry,” says Scott Fowler. “We all wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Legacy Five is currently taking applications to fill the tenor position. Applicants are encouraged to submit a video of themselves singing a song in the tenor range to Scott Fowler at or via Facebook to Legacy Five.

Keep up with Legacy Five at or on Facebook.

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Southern Gospel Weekend will take place March 21 – 23, 2019

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 12, 2019 – 6:32 pm -

Southern Gospel Weekend will take place March 21 - 23, 2019

Southern Gospel Weekend will take place March 21 – 23, 2019

SGW and MAC Showcase
By Leslie McKay

Southern Gospel Weekend will take place March 21 – 23, 2019, at the Civic Center in Oxford,
Alabama. This free event will feature 25 gospel artists like Mark209, New Ground, Josh and
Ashley Franks, the Diplomats, the Williamsons, the Connells, ClearVision, Hope’s Journey and
many more. Call today to reserve a VIP Ticket or to inquire about the event: 256-310-7892.
Heroes Night will kickoff the event on Thursday night, March 21, 2019. The opening ceremonies
will honor Oxfords heroes, including all veterans, military and first responders. Evening
festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Everyone is invited to this free,
three day Southern gospel event, especially every veteran, military, or first responder. This will a
special time for them as Faith, Family, and Freedom are celebrated.
The three days will feature daytime showcases Friday and Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. and
nightly concerts at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, March 23, will feature a breakfast with ClearVision
Quartet at 8:00 a.m. Tickets for this pancake and sausage meal, music and message by Pastor
Donald DeLee are only $10 and may be reserved by contacting Steve Dover or Suzanne Peoples
on Facebook.

M.A.C. Records to host showcase at Southern Gospel Weekend
Southern Gospel Weekend is just a few weeks away. Mark your calendar for March 21 – 23 and
make plans to be in Oxford, Ala. at the Oxford Civic Center. The weekend will be full of great
music. One of the highlights of the weekend will be the M.A.C. Records Showcase on Saturday,
March 23 rd beginning at 12:30 p.m.
“Leslie and I are very excited about M.A.C. Records being a part of Southern Gospel Weekend
this year. We are looking forward to the showcase and the opportunity to share the M.A.C. artists
with the folks at Southern Gospel Weekend. We have a great group of artists that we believe in
and are very proud of. We hope everyone will make plans to check out the M.A.C. showcase on
Saturday,” comments Dennis McKay, Owner of M.A.C. Records.
Artists of M.A.C. Records

Jesse Reece from Ethelsville, Ala. – Christian country singer/songwriter signed with M.A.C.
Records. His newest self-titled project, “Jesse Reece,” has been released and features all original
songs written by Jesse with one song being co-written with Gerald Crabb. Jesse is a musician,
singer and speaker that reaches across all generations and touches the hearts of all people from
the youngest to the oldest. Check him out on Facebook at Jesse Reece @jesse.reece.7.
Jessica Horton from Columbus, Miss. – Americana/Roots singer/songwriter signed with M.A.C.
Records. Jessica made her debut at the 2018 Vernon event and has been going strong since last

year with radio releases and appearances at various events. She is in the studio finalizing her first
project, “Both Feet In,” that is scheduled for release in spring of this year. Her current radio
single, “Pictures,” is currently in both the Christian country and Southern gospel charts. Check
her out online at or connect with her on Facebook at
McKay Project from Columbus, Miss. – Award winning Americana and Christian country duet
signed with M.A.C. Records (they own M.A.C. Records and Studio 115A in Columbus, Miss.).
Dennis and Leslie McKay are a husband and wife duo that love Jesus, love each other, and love
performing live music. McKay Project’s newest radio single, “Love You Like Mary,” is
climbing the Christian country charts. You can find them on You Tube and all the major music
outlets. Check them out on Facebook @mckayproject.

Carol Barham from Vernon, Ala. – Christian country singer/songwriter signed with M.A.C.
Records. Carol has written a number of songs that have appeared in both the Christian country
and Southern gospel charts. Her newest single, “God, Oral Roberts and Billy Graham,” is
climbing the charts and quickly becoming a fan favorite. Carol is in the studio working on new
music and is scheduled to have a new project available later this year. You can find her music
online at all the major music outlets. Find her on Facebook at Carol Barham Ministries

Rhonda Richardson from Columbus, Miss. – Rhonda is the newest addition to the M.A.C.
Records family. She just launched her solo ministry this year. Previously, Rhonda was co-
founder of the group, Trinity 3, and enjoyed five great years traveling, singing, and doing
ministry with the group. She is currently working on her first solo project at Studio 115A in
Columbus with Dennis McKay of M.A.C. Records. Check her out on Facebook at Rhonda
Richardson Ministries @rhondarichardsonministries.

Kenny Gardner from Columbus, Miss. – Southern gospel and Christian country singer signed
with M.A.C. Records. Known to many as “Kenny G” and that happens to be the name of his
latest project: “They Call Me Kenny G.” Kenny is a powerhouse singer that has been around
Southern gospel music all of his life. His style reminds many of the late Kenny Hinson who was
a dear friend to Kenny Gardner. Check him out on Facebook at Kenny Gardner

Amy Richardson from Starkville, Miss. – Powerful southern gospel singer/songwriter with
M.A.C. Records. Her original song, “Sweet Whispers”, has remained in the charts for several
months. She and her husband, Bobby, own New Journey Radio and stay busy traveling and
sharing the gospel through music and the word. She is on Facebook at Richardson Ministries

For more information about M.A.C. Records, visit them on Facebook at M.A.C. Records/Studio
115A (@musicstudio115a) or email For more information about Southern
Gospel Weekend events and lodging contact Vonda Easley at 256-310-7892.

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 9, 2019 – 2:56 pm -



Mobile, Alabama,  — Scott Washam, owner of Southern Gospel Downloads
announces the launch of a brand-new website. Southern Gospel Downloads offers the most
competitive online digital store and digital media options in the Southern Gospel industry. No matter if
you are a full-time artist, a regional favorite or a pastor who is wanting to market your media in a
digital outlet, Southern Gospel Downloads has a perfect, cost effective solution for you.
There are a few artists that have been with us from the beginning. Mickey Bell had this to say, “When
I released my first book, I Am David, the only place it was available was Southern Gospel Downloads.
Every order was taken, processed and delivered on time.” Mickey found that Southern Gospel
Download had the perfect solution for his media needs. Cami Shrock has also participated as a pilot
customer and has been using Southern Gospel Downloads for almost a year now with no issues.
“This product is one of the best of its kind”, said Shrock. In the last few weeks, we have added more
new clients to the roster. We also want you to be a part of the team.
No matter what your digital market needs are, Southern Gospel Downloads has a solution for you.
We offer an online store where you can sell your music, a personalized link to our website where you
can direct your customers to shop and our one-of-a-kind MDCards (Music Download Card). Monthly
plans begin at $9.99 per month. MDCards can be purchased as low as $.99 each. They replace the
need of flash drives or other types of digital options on your product table. This is a more secure
option for you and for your fans.
Contact us today for a quote to fit your digital needs or to find out more information about Southern
Gospel Downloads. We are here to help you.

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The Inspirations tell stories of God’s presence on Right Where He Is

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 8, 2019 – 7:54 am -

The Inspirations tell stories of God’s presence on Right Where He Is

The Inspirations tell stories of God’s presence on Right Where He Is

Arden, North Carolina  — Carrying on their long ministry, The Inspirations are returning with Right Where He Is, a collection of gospel music that tells of the many places Christ can be found in everyday life.

Jesus shows Himself to us through life’s great battles, in the middle of sorrows and trials, or through the kind smile of a stranger. All of these are stories The Inspirations tell on this album, due out from Horizon Records on April 26.

“Picking the right songs is one of the hardest things about being an artist. We literally go through hundreds of songs to get to the 10 or so that are on an album,” says Archie Watkins, The Inspirations’ tenor vocalist. “We feel this album has the strongest lineup of songs we’ve had in a long time. Each one has a great message.”

Right Where He Is starts with “He’s Coming Again,” a song about the Resurrection story that sets the scene of amazement at the power of Christ, and the joyful anticipation of His return. The album continues with a mix of tales about personal experiences with God and retellings of Bible stories illustrating His ability to see people through valleys and over mountains.

“Lord I Want To Be A Blessing” encourages people to share Christ’s message through service, with a helping hand or friendly smile. “She Gets Another Prayer Through Again” is the story of a woman who overcomes the devil’s best efforts to derail her life by talking to God like a friend.

A true quartet tune, “Wouldn’t Change The End” features bass vocalist Marlin Shubert, and compares stages of life to the pages of a book, reminding us that at the end is heaven.

“That’s Right Where He’ll Be,” the first single to radio and the song that inspired the album title, is upbeat and joyful. Nothing will stop God from helping those in need. “Where there’s a life in need of changing, that’s right where He’ll be,” say the lyrics, written by Rebecca Peck.

“There’ll Never Be A Giant” is the David and Goliath story, reminding anything is possible with God. The album closes with “Judas Kissed The Door,” written by Sandy Knight, who’s penned some of Southern Gospel’s biggest hits. It’s a cautionary tale of what can happen if you let the temptation of Earthly riches take over and you lose your chance at salvation.

With Biblically backed lyrics and traditional arrangements, The Inspirations stay true to the foundations of quartet music that have led to success for more than 50 years. Right Where He Is is cohesive from start to finish, delivering what fans of the group have come to expect.

“We want to thank all the writers who sent us so many wonderful songs,” says Watkins. “We are very excited for everyone to hear this album.”

Pre-order Right Where He Is HERE.

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