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This Week’s Harmony Road Features All Broadcast Premiere Videos

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 22, 2014 – 8:58 am -

Harmony Road

Harmony Road

 Tim Livingston, High Road III, The Akins and Southern Raised

Signal Mountain, TN November 21, 2014, This week’s special Harmony Road TV program features never before seen on TV videos including the concept/performance videos “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” from the Akins, Southern Raised with “Grandpa’s Fiddle”, and Tim Livingston’s “I Just Miss You” as well as High Road III and  “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”  from the Les Butler and Friends DVD from Dugger Mountain Music Hall.

“Over the past two years of broadcasting Southern Gospel videos, we’ve had the honor of premiering several great productions.  This is the first time we’ve been able to present an entire program of videos that have never been broadcast on television” remarked Roger Spears, Harmony Road producer.  “We appreciate all the artists and producers who have the talent and vision to provide quality videos that help spread the Word through music  and are excited to air them to our viewers across the country” he concluded.

Now available to over 80 million television homes across the country in addition to online streaming, ROKU, mobile app and more, Harmony Road is a weekly southern gospel television program hosted by Singing News, Butler Music Group and Solid Gospel Radio veteran Les Butler.

Information on, Its affiliates and time slots can be found at  Viewers can also interact with the program on Facebook at Harmony Road TV and on twitter@harmonyroadtv.

Harmony Road is produced and distributed by Harmony Road Productions and features the best in Southern Gospel music and video. It can be found each week on The Heartland Network, The NRB Network (including DirecTV, streaming and mobile app), WATC57 in Atlanta, WGNM-TV in Macon, WYBU-TV in Columbus, GA/Phoenix City, AL.  Also find the program on the WALKtv network (including ROKU), Harmony Gospel in Greeneville, SC,  DCT3in Middle Tennessee, TV24 in Anniston/Gadsden, Charter Cable in Clarksville, Cookeville/Crossville, Sevier County, Lebanon and Jackson, TN and  WMJN29 in Decatur/Athens/Cullman, AL.  Harmony Road has recently added affiliates, where the program will be streamed online several times a week.

Affiliates have also been added in Jackson, TN, Beaumont, TX,  and Harrogate, TN.

Allan Rhodes of Rhodes Media Center is the programs technical director.

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Voices Won Celebrates 13th Anniversary

Written by Staff on November 21, 2014 – 11:17 am -

Voices Won

Voices Won

By Robert York

Voices Won celebrated their 13th Anniversary with a weekend of great Southern Gospel music. Voices Won is a trio from Dalton, GA consisting of three brothers; Jaron who is the oldest and writes most of the songs they sing; Shantell who is the middle brother and also their military man having served in the Air Force, and Staclynn, who is the youngest and mom’s favorite. They opened the concert each evening which was held at Crosspoint Christian Center in Dalton, GA​.

Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

Opening night included the story-telling Mark Bishop who shared a lot of his story songs, pleasing the audience. He even sang a few that he had not written. Winners of five 2014 Diamond Awards, Karen Peck and New River took the stage singing from their Revival CD and a few all-time favorites, ending their program with “Four Days Late.”

Saturday night, Voices Won took a few requests from the audience after they had sung. Then, on to the stage popped the group that has a record of having number-one songs, The McKameys. They made up different singing groups out of their stage personnel. As usual, The McKameys came away pleasing the crowd.

Up next was another fan favorite, Triumphant Quartet. Of course, during their set, Clayton had to have his way and sing “The Old White Flag.”



Tissues, napkins, hankies and even toilet paper came out of women’s purses when he sang. With both these groups performing, it was a sold out show. Folks had to make room for the standing crowd as very few seats were left

Danny Jones emceed the two-night event. Voices Won’s mother, Regina and father, Aaron did a great job preparing meals both nights for folks to enjoy before the concert. If you didn’t want a full meal they also had hot dogs and barbeque sandwiches as well as pinto beans and cornbread.

Voices Won is already preparing for their 14th Anniversary, which is always held the second Friday and Saturday night in November. For more information visit

Triumphant Quartet

Triumphant Quartet

Thanks to Robert York for this concert review.

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The Guardians Make Appearance at Gaither Homecoming Concert

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 19, 2014 – 10:44 pm -

The Guardians

The Guardians

The Guardians – comprised of John Darin Rowsey, Dean Hickman and Neil Uhrig – made a guest appearance during the Gaither Homecoming concert in Huntington, WV at Big Sandy Arena on Thursday, November 13, 2014. The talented trio performed selections from their upcoming project, Let My Heart Sing.

It was an honor to share the stage with Mr. Bill Gaither and his homecoming friends,” stated Dean Hickman. “We are grateful for the opportunity to share our music with their audience.”
The moment was a special one for group member John Darin Rowsey, a native of the city. Rowsey has written many of the popular songs that have been recorded through the years, including the now-classic, “Singing With The Saints.”
The Guardians are celebrating 25 years of music ministry. Their latest project, Let My Heart Sing, is produced by arranger extraordinaire, Lari Goss.

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The Kingsmen: Alive and Well

Written by Staff on November 18, 2014 – 12:53 pm -


Ray Dean Reese and The Kingsmen

Ray Dean Reese and The Kingsmen

Today’s Southern Gospel music is a range from traditional quartets to country-styled family groups to edgy trios and everything in between. The shift can be heard as radio deejays play an early Statesmen record followed by The Booth Brothers and then perhaps an Isaacs’ song. One group that has survived this evolution of sound is The Kingsmen and they have done it with flare, winning Dove Awards, being nominated for Grammy Awards and becoming members of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The Kingsmen came on strong in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s with several live albums, showing that they were the best in live performances that engaged the audience.   Now they are back with a new live album, demonstrating that the Kingsmen of today are still the masters of live quartet performance. [Editor’s note: Feature first published in July 2013 in SGN Scoops.]


front row liveFront Row Live showcases the best of the current Kingsmen lineup, including Bob Sellers, Chris Jenkins, Randy Crawford and the patriarch of the group, Ray Dean Reese still belting out a powerful bass. Ray’s son Brandon, who serves as the drummer and bandleader whenever the group appears with a live band, handles their live sound and co-produced this recording. The recording was made during the 2012 National Quartet Convention and highlights some older favorites like “Traveling Home” to newer ones like “He’s Everything I Need”, a number one song and song of the year nominee from their 2010 recording, Grace Says. The Kingsmen’s current radio single off the live recording is “Land Of The Free”, written by Phil Cross, a patriotic anthem that is garnering a lot of airplay.


Live Kingsmen albums have always had their own place in Southern Gospel history and Front Row Live is long overdue. Brandon Reese says, “I think people have wanted a great live recording from the Kingsmen for a long time and the best way to give them that live Kingsmen sound is to mix some old and some new music that everyone will love.”


Kingsmen twoKingsmen fans know that the group’s sound is still much the same as it was when the group became known as the Ton of Fun in the 1970’s, and baritone Randy Crawford says that is not just by chance. “The Kingsmen have always been filled with excitement,” says Crawford, “Excitement for the music and the message.  The reason the style has changed so little over the years is because it works!  You find a formula and stick with it.  Each group must find its own style and sound to really set themselves apart.  The Kingsmen established theirs in 1973 with Big and Live and have never looked back.  Because of the excitement in the music and message it continues to ring with old and young listeners alike.”


Ray Dean Reese explains that the reason the music still clicks with so many is a mixture of several ingredients. “The Kingsmen have a 57-year heritage of spreading the Gospel,” says Reese. “We have always tried to keep the presentation of the message of the Gospel as a priority, down through the years. As for our sound, we try to stay in touch with what the people want to hear and would open their hearts to the message of Jesus. We have been blessed to have talented singers through the years who have each added their particular gifts to the mix.”

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SGN Scoops Fast Five: Alan Kendall

Written by Staff on November 18, 2014 – 12:06 pm -

IMG_0150A few years back a young man joined the Melody Boys Quartet and that was the beginning of Alan Kendall’s adventure as a Southern Gospel artist. Since then, Alan has married, started a family and is now exploring a solo career. We wondered what Alan was up to lately, so we tracked him down and gave him our Fast Five quiz. Now we all can learn a little more about this gifted Gospel singer!

SGN:  Who introduced you to Southern Gospel music?

AK: My parents introduced me to gospel music literally from birth. My mom is the best soprano any church choir could ask for, and my father has a HUGE collection of records. I had heard more Blackwood Brothers, Statesmen, Harmoneers, Chuck Wagon Gang, and Sunshine Boys records by the time I was five than most hear in a lifetime. We just love it!

kendall family editSGN:  Please introduce yourself to our readers.

AK: My experience in singing is brief, but my heart for, and knowledge of, this music runs deep. I have worked on volunteer staff for the SGMA and Grand Ole Gospel Reunion for about 12 years. I began my professional singing career with the Melody Boys Quartet of Little Rock, Arkansas. I traveled coast to coast with some of my dearest friends until I married my beautiful wife Savannah in 2010, at which point I returned home to Georgia. I sang for a year with Freedom and then for three years with The Rebels Quartet. When my daughter Evalee was born earlier this year, I knew the time was coming where I would eventually be rearranging my travel schedule in order to spend more time with my family. Starting in October, I began accepting solo dates. Several doors are opening and I am very excited!


SGN:  Do you have a website and/or a IMG_0151Facebook page?
AK: I do not currently have a website. That is still in development. You can find and “like” me on Facebook at, and you can check out some of my music and view my schedule at  For those who wish to contact me, my email is, or you can call 706-970-0246.
SGN:  What is your favorite place to eat while on the road? 
AK: Where do I start? Fast food wise I am a Chick-Alan and child editfil-a man all the way. When it comes to a good sit-down restaurant, give me Cracker Barrel or Mimi’s Cafe.

SGN:  If you could go back in time and sing with one group, who would it be?
AK: If I could sing with any group in the old days, it would probably be either The Weatherfords or the Original Cathedrals. I love tight harmony singing, of which those two were tops. Also, being stationed at a church like the Cathedral of Tomorrow, enjoying a good home life, and singing, sounds like a dream job to me!
Thanks to Alan Kendall for sitting in the hot seat today and answering our Fast Five! Stay tuned for more Fast Five features here on SGN Scoops website!

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Creekside Gospel Music Convention introduces Midnight Prayer

Written by Staff on November 14, 2014 – 3:52 pm -

1 editDuring the days of November 3rd through 6th, Creekside Gospel Music Convention filled the town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with Gospel music. Every day and night, artists performed on the stage of the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. However, this year the Creekside staff added another feature which turned out to be the favorite event of the Convention. At midnight, artists and fans gathered together for a little singing, a little 20 edittestifying, a little reading of the Word of God…and a whole lot of prayer. Participants said there was a sweet spirit of community and worship among the believers and they are already looking forward to next year’s event. For videos of some of the Midnight Prayer happenings, click on to the Creekside Facebook site here.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention will return to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, next year on November 2nd through edit 35th, 2015. Smoky Mountain Convention Center will again host the Convention and participants have already begun to reserve their rooms at Convention prices. Creekside staff urge you and your church to make plans today to join them next year in Pigeon Forge. For more information keep checking into the Creekside site here.


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Ashley DeRamus Presenter At Diamond Awards

Written by Staff on November 11, 2014 – 3:11 pm -

Ashley and Karen Peck

Ashley and Karen Peck

Pigeon Forge, TN (November 7, 2014) Ashley DeRamus shared the stage with Karen Peck Gooch of Karen Peck and New River to present the Diamond Award for the Country Gospel Group of the Year. The award show was held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on Tuesday night, November 4th.

“It is always fun to see some of my friends in Gospel music and to be asked to take part in this award show was a highlight of my year” Ashley said.

Karen Peck Gooch stated, “Ashley is such a sweet girl with a bright future. It was an honor to present an award with her.”

The video “Love Is Stronger” featuring Ashley as the daughter of a wounded soldier was nominated for a Dove Award as well as a Diamond Award this year. The song on which the story is based was recorded and performed by Jason Crabb.

This follow on the heels of Ashley who is the founder of the Ashley DeRamus Foundation, being presented with the Spear Award in the Hero category of the first annual Vulcan Awards. The awards program recognizes substantial civic pride, progress and leadership on the part of Birmingham-area citizens. Ashley was selected from a pool of nearly 200 nominations from the entire Birmingham region, and was presented the award at a dinner ceremony held Thursday, October 2, at The Club in Homewood.

You can learn more about Ashley DeRamus at


About Ashley Deramus Foundation
The Ashley Deramus Foundation was founded for and dedicated to the education, advancement and quality life-style of children and adults with Downs Syndrome. Through the work of Ashley and the foundation, our goal is to increase the awareness and enlighten others about the rewards and positive contributions we make. You can contact Ashley through Gary Kannegiesser at 440-670-2897 or

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The Freemans Win Two Diamond Awards

Written by Staff on November 11, 2014 – 3:04 pm -

The Freemans perform at 2014 Diamond Awards

The Freemans perform at 2014 Diamond Awards

Nashville, TN (November 7, 2014) The award winning Freemans added two more awards at the Diamond Awards in Pigeon Forge,Tennessee Tuesday night. Winning for the Christian Country Group of the Year and for The Video/DVD of the Year.

The video was one produced by BigMerlin Productions. BigMerlin Productions is operated by Caylon Freeman and Adam Wagner. The song portrayed on the winning video was “Lead Me Home” penned by Randy Houser and Craig Monday and performed by Darrell Freeman. The video also featured Buck Rambo as guest artist.

Chris Freeman stated, “We were Honored to be a part of The SGN Diamond Awards in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. So thrilled to have received two Diamond Awards, one for Christian Country Group Of The Year, and one for The Video/DVD of the Year for the song, Lead Me Home,featuring Darrell Freeman and Buck Rambo. produced by BigMerlin Productions. Thank you for all the votes and a big thank you to Rob Patz, everyone at SGNScoops, and most of all thank you Jesus for the call to present your Word in song!”

Currently the Freemans have a radio single, “The Last Time I Looked” that is climbing the charts. They have a charismatic stage presence and can deliver a song with energy and anointing. They performed earlier this year at the Loretta Lynn Gospel concert for the second year in a row and were a favorite both times.

You can learn more about the Freemans at or on FaceBook at .
To book the Freemans contact Rivergate Talent Agency 615.649.8181


About The Freemans
History, experience and spiritual wisdom are three attributes that can be used to describe the foundation of the Freeman ministry. Deeply rooted with family, the Freemans experience spans 30+ years. From Darrell’s entrance at age 16 with his family’s group, the Pathways, to Chris’s award-winning teenage years with the Hinsons, the Freemans know the ins and outs of Southern Gospel music.

No doubt, Chris’s unique sound is the reason she was the youngest female artist ever to receive the coveted “Queen of Gospel Music” award two years in a row (’76, ’77) as voted by the readers of Singing News Magazine. In 1980, the lives of Darrel and Chris Freeman became one when they married on August 2nd. After singing with the Pathways for three years Darrell and Chris headed for Nashville and began the Freemans. Joe Freeman, Darrell’s cousin, soon joined them as the third part harmony, as well as their keyboard player. With this sound they have garnered tremendous growth and success.
In 1997, Darrell and Chris’s daughter, Misty, began playing acoustic guitar with the group on stage. Then in 1998, she began singing with them when they recorded Standing Out. Also on stage is Caylon Freeman, Darrell and Chris’s youngest child. He decided to join his family on the road full-time in 2002. He is now playing the drums and singing some with the group.
Now in their 20th year, the Freemans, still do approximately 250 dates a year, and continue to experience tremendous success.

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Alabama’s Oldest & Largest Thanksgiving Gospel Sing

Written by Staff on November 11, 2014 – 2:56 pm -

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Lefevre Quartet Christmas Live Stream

Written by Staff on November 11, 2014 – 2:48 pm -


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