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Jessica Trammell .. What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 16, 2014 – 10:45 pm -

Jessica Trammell

Jessica Trammell

We asked Jessica Trammell  ..  What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

The year Nick and I got engaged. Nick and his parents came up to Iowa for Christmas and he proposed the night they got there. He had a horse drawn sleigh and a fire surrounded with candles in a field covered in snow. It was absolutely beautiful. However, I think this Christmas will be memorable too. With two kids now, Christmas is such a special time for our family! This will be Charlie’s first Christmas and Tessa is two and everything is so exciting to her. She loves everything to do with Christmas from baby Jesus to Christmas music that sings at the top of her lungs while shopping.


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Natalie Cromwell .. What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 16, 2014 – 12:34 pm -

Natalie Cromwell

Natalie Cromwell

We asked  Natalie Cromwell ..  What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

My favorite Christmas Memory isn’t necessarily a happy one, but it’s very special to me. Two of my grandparents passed away in the month of January, so my whole family had the opportunity to join them in the hospital two separate times at Christmas to sing carols with them. My grandpa passed away most recently, and I remember that the entire nursing and hospital staff came to hear us sing. My whole family sings, and we have always sang together since I can remember, so it was quite a beautiful sound that carried throughout the hospital. I’ll never forget that day!


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The Lesters Set World Record

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 16, 2014 – 10:04 am -

The Lesters

The Lesters

The Lesters, “St. Louis’s First Family of Gospel Music”, will celebrate 90 continuous years as a musical group in 2015. The legendary group has recently been verified as the oldest continually running musical group of any genre in the world. Started in 1925 by Harvey and Opal Lester, this musical family is now into their fourth generation with grandson Brian Lester and great-grandson Jon Lester proudly carrying on this rich heritage of ministry. “If my grandparents would have been told that 90 years later their ministry would still be going strong, I don’t know if they would have believed it.” said Brian Lester.

As the group began preparations for their 90th anniversary celebration tour they learned that their run as a musical group was at the top of all genres of music. “We began to research it through several organizations and found that no other musical group as been continuously running for this long. Some started earlier such as the Speer Family but ended, some that started earlier or around the same time have taken breaks from time to time. The Lesters are incredible an example of faithfulness.” stated tenor singer Matt Felts.
The Lesters  are currently working with the Guinness Book of Worlds Records. An official verification and media tour will be announced soon. Next year’s celebration will include many incredible events such as “Lesters Night” at Busch Stadium, the home of the St. Louis Cardinals and special concert events. “This is an exciting time for The Lesters. Next year is going to be full of historic moments.” said Jon Lester. For more information you can visit the official website of The Lesters at The official website of The Lesters

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SINGING ECHOES RETURN TO ACWORTH

Written by Staff on December 15, 2014 – 12:38 pm -

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Singing Echoes

By Robert York

The Singing Echoes returned to Glade Road Baptist Church in Acworth, GA for their fifth time, where Rev. Chuck Smith is the Pastor. A lot of folks that attend Bill Bailey’s events would recognize Rev. Smith as he is pretty active in Bill’s concerts. Chuck’s wife Wilma Smith also is involved as she often sings at these events.
The Smith’s son Chad has a group called Copperhead Highway that are members of Glade Road Church and they opened the concert last Saturday. They are a very popular group in the Acworth area and have numerous fans as they sing in several venues around that area.
Copperhead Highway

Copperhead Highway

The Singing Echoes are based out of Cleveland, Tennessee where they have an annual singing at Blue Springs Park. Next year’s dates for the Blue Springs Valley Singing are July 15 – 18, 2015 . For more information, check the weblink below. They presented their usual exciting, uplifting music for all who gathered at Glade Road Baptist.

For those not acquainted with the Singing Echoes, they were established in 1969 with the original members consisting of Max, Lela, Lynn, Gary and Debbie Epperson.  They have introduced many songs in their long history of singing Gospel music. Currently they are working on project number 50 to celebrate their 45th Anniversary of singing.  Some of their most popular songs have been: “It’s Enough,” ‘Think I’m Excited,” “Somebody’s Here,” and “Wake Up To Sleep No More.”  “Wake Up” granted the Singing Echoes a Grammy nomination for their arrangement of the song, the same arrangement performed by almost all Southern Gospel Quartets at one time or another.
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Singing Echoes

The tradition continues today with Gary, Debbie and Lynn, as well as all their children traveling on the road with them:  Adam, Joshua, Matthew and Jonah.  Jonah is the fourth generation and the youngest member of the group. He is only twelve years old and plays several instruments.  The oldest member, I think, came over on the Mayflower (just fooling Lynn).

When you attend a Singing Echoes Concert, you can expect to experience a live band with some of the most talented musicians traveling on the road today and hear Spirit-filled singing, peppered with heart filled testimonies from each member.  They have been tagged as “The Most Exciting Group in Gospel Music”.  If they are in your area, you need to experience The Singing Echoes.
http://www.singingechoes.com/

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Tanya Goodman Sykes .. What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 11, 2014 – 7:58 am -

Tanya Goodman Sykes

Tanya Goodman Sykes

We asked  Tanya Goodman Sykes ..  What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Coming home from a big family Christmas gathering and hearing “Santa” Ho ho ho ing and jingle bells ringing. My sister and I ran through the house searching for him. Just when we thought we had him, he apparently escaped through a window. It was open and the curtains were blowing in the breeze. He had eaten our cookies and left presents under the tree. In all the excitement, my sister, my mom and I couldn’t find my dad to tell him about our exciting adventure. Hmm, I wonder where he might have been?


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Trace Adkins adds Grammy Winner Jason Crabb to Christmas Tour

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 9, 2014 – 11:50 am -

Jason Crabb And Trace Adkins

Jason Crabb And Trace Adkins

Nashville, TN – Jason CrabbGrammy winner and twenty-one time GMA Dove Award winner – will join country music superstar Trace Adkins as his very special guest on the final leg of The Christmas Show tour this season.

Throughout the evening, Trace Adkins tells the Christmas story and displays reverence for the true reason for the season – Jesus Christ – and Crabb is a perfect compliment to the evening. This is the second annual Christmas Show Tour, which features humorous and historical narration, gorgeous Celtic carols with his twelve-piece “Sarepta Symphony,” and renowned Scottish singer, Alyth McCormack.
Crabb will get audiences in the Christmas spirit with songs like “Mary, Did You Know,” “Let’s Make A Baby King,” “Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day,” among others.

“I’m excited about Jason joining for a few dates,” Adkins stated. “I’ve wanted to work with him for a long time and I’m glad our schedules finally worked out. This is the perfect tour for us to work together”

Crabb said: “I can’t wait to join Trace for his Christmas Show tour. We’re going to have a great time celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ – the true reason for the season. You don’t want to miss this!”
As an early Christmas gift, participating venues will gift a copy of Trace’s first-ever Christmas album, The King’s Gift to ticket buyers along with their ticket purchase.
A full list of tour dates and tickets can be found online at www.JasonCrabb.com

Remaining Shows of The Christmas Show 2014 Tour with Jason Crabb
12/10 – Fayetteville, NC – Crown Theatre
12/13 – Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Event Center
12/16 – Memphis, TN – The Orpheum Theatre
12/17 – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Symphony Hall
12/18 – Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre
12/19 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theater
12/20 – Ft. Pierce, FL – Sunrise Theater

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Gospel Music Today For December 8th On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 8, 2014 – 9:15 am -

Danny Jones On Gospel Music Today

Danny Jones On Gospel Music Today

Singing News editor Danny Jones is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of December 8th and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Stevens Family, and Jean reviews new recordings by Sherry Anne and 11th Hour. A Singing News article by Morgan Easter about Olivia Collingsworth is the subject of this week’s News Notes.  In the News this week is Pat Barker, Gerald Crabb, The Bowling Family and Mansion Entertainment.  The show features singing by The Wilbanks, exclusive video of John Lanier, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Pigeon Forge,TN, at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Mark Trammell Quartet in Cordell, 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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We asked Debra Perry Reed .. What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 7, 2014 – 4:01 pm -

Debra Perry Reed

Debra Perry Reed

We asked Debra Perry Reed ..  What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

Probably our little country baptist church’s Christmas play. We didn’t have bought costumes back then and I loved playing an angel….making our costumes probably was my fondest memory other than watching my mom the week of Christmas make her delicious peanut butter balls and coconut balls!
We’d eat them as fast as she could make them!!


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Will Lane What Is Your Favorite Christmas Tradition?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 6, 2014 – 8:08 am -

Will Lane Anchormen

Will Lane Anchormen

Will Lane What Is Your Favorite Christmas Tradition?

My favorite tradition is the reading of the Christmas story of birth of Jesus from the bible with the whole family. This is the real Christmas story and it’s always a great time when we share this with one another.

When I was younger, we would always put up a real Christmas tree. I love the smell of a real tree. Another memory is that my mom and dad always let me open one present on Christmas Eve.Mom would always make cookies to leave out for Santa. Now that I’m older I enjoy decorating my house for Christmas especially on the outside with our life size sleigh and Santa Claus.


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This Week’s Harmony Road TV Program to Feature the Crabb Family

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 5, 2014 – 12:42 pm -

Crabb Family  On Harmony Road

Crabb Family On Harmony Road

Signal Mountain, TN  This week’s Harmony Road Television program features the exciting music of  The Crabb Family.  This special episode includes Crabb Family classics “Through the Fire”, “Going Home With Jesus” and “Greater is He”.  Viewers will also enjoy performances of “The Lamb, The Lion and the King”, “Promised Land” and “Can’t Nobody”.  The program airs in anticipation of the Crabb Family Platinum Reunion Tour, where the family brings their high energy brand of music to several cities around the country in early 2015.

Tour promoter Paul Pitts said of the tour and Harmony Road “We had two fantastic concerts in Alabama and South Carolina earlier this year as we hosted the 2014 Crabb Family Reunion Tour. Fans from fifteen different states and Canada begged us to bring their beloved Crabb Family back. With limited dates available in 2015, we prayerfully chose each location for this year’s tour.”  Pitts continued “We are all excited that Harmony Road has produced a program featuring the Crabb Family exclusively as we look forward to sharing their music with Harmony Road’s viewers around the country”.  Information on Global Promotions and the tour can be found at www.globalpromo.org.

Harmony Road producer Roger Spears added “All of us at Harmony Road are proud to present this special program featuring one of the most exciting groups in gospel music.  Their much anticipated reunion tour is bound to reach tens of thousands around the country, and we’re happy to give a preview by showcasing several of their songs on this week’s episode”.

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 Harmony Road, Its affiliates and time slots can be found at www.harmonyroadtv.com.  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 www.bbntv.org, 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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