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Three Bridges tells “Our Story”

Written by Staff on July 30, 2018 – 6:52 am -

Three Bridges tells "Our Story"

Three Bridges tells “Our Story”

Arden, NC. (July 27, 2018) – Three Bridges is proclaiming that God’s word is for all generations and all people with their upcoming album, Our Story. With energetic vocals and poignant reminders of what God can do, Three Bridges brings the power of faith, mercy and grace to the forefront of their music. Check out their website here.

The first single, “Good News Never Gets Old,” available August 3, reminds that no matter how long ago Christ lived, the power of His message is carried on by the Bible and the generations who continue to preach it. It’s an open invitation for anyone to discover God’s goodness.
“My Story,” which inspired the album title, describes how our story and Christ’s story are intertwined. Ours cannot exist without His. This song was first made popular by Contemporary Christian Music artists Big Daddy Weave and Three Bridges have added their touch to it.

With soulful harmonies and just a touch of country to their sound, Three Bridges continues the theme set in the lyrics by creating music that will appeal to several generations, further proving we can all be part of Christ’s story.

“Something MUCH greater, than our talent, expectations and excitement has been birthed into this project. As soon as all the recordings were completed, we instantly became aware that God had answered our sincere prayers for Him to anoint this project for His glory. His answer to our prayers replaced our excitement with humility,” says Elliott McCoy, baritone singer. “The feedback we’ve received from the ‘sneak-peek’ listening party was greater than we’d anticipated. People were telling us that the music ‘fed their hungry souls with encouragement and hope’ and that they had ‘never felt God’s presence so intensely when they listened to the music alone in a quiet room’. Only God can touch His people like that, we can not. That realization has been staggering and extremely humbling.”

Three Bridges tells "Our Story"Our Story will be available from Sonlite Records on September 28 and is available for pre-order now, HERE.

About Three Bridges
Three Bridges’ music is rooted in traditional “Southern gospel” and “black gospel” music. This blended style has made Three Bridges an internationally-acclaimed Gospel group — one that is known for tight harmonies, a unique vocal style, an exciting and energy packed stage presence and, most importantly, for spreading the joy of the Good News of Christ. They have entertained and ministered to millions through their recordings, TV appearances and live shows — which is why Three Bridges has quickly become one of the most prominent Gospel groups in Christian music today. Three Bridges has enjoyed great radio success on the Southern Gospel Music Charts, including seven top 10′s and three #1′s. The trio consists of Elliott McCoy (founder and baritone), Shannon Smith (lead) and Jeremie Hudson (tenor). Although from varied backgrounds and hailing from different parts of the country, God brought these three men together for His purpose and glory. They minister wherever God calls them to spread His Word through music.

About Crossroads:
Crossroads is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Americana fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, Crossroads Publishing Group and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ life-changing music.

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SGNScoops’ Fast Five with Living Faith

Written by Staff on July 25, 2018 – 4:09 am -

Living Faith

Living Faith

Today, SGNScoops would like to highlight the mixed group, Living Faith, from Cullman, Alabama. This group has been traveling and singing quartet music for 24 years, releasing their latest album, “This is Why,” this past spring, through 3rd Avenue Sound Recording Studio.

 

With a beautiful blend of melodic bass, crisp lead, sweet tenor and spot-on baritone, Living Faith is bringing their brand of Southern gospel to many new audiences through their current radio release. If you haven’t yet heard their recent single, you will soon. “I See Jesus” is an incredible expression of faith and vision. Ask your favorite gospel music dj to spin it for you today.

 

SGNScoops is pleased to chat with Living Faith and to share with you their answers to today’s Fast Five.

 

SGNScoops: Tell us how and when Living Faith began.

 

Living Faith: Our ministry started in 1994 at our local church with Roger James, his son Rodney James, and Mary Mooney, as our church asked us to sing special music during our services. After about a year of seeing God touching hearts in our home church, God started opening doors for us to minister in other local churches and our ministry has grown from there.

Living Faith CD "This is Why"

Living Faith CD “This is Why”

Mark Byrd joined the ministry after about three years, when they sang at his home church. After about eight years of singing with the group, Mark became really involved in his church and ministries there and left Living Faith. In 2015, God brought him back to the group.

In 2016, Roger stepped down and his grandson, Rodney’s son, Nathan James, took his place.  

In the last few years, God has really began to open so many doors and bless our ministry as only He can do. He recently led us to songwriter, Debbie Davis, who pitched us her song “I See Jesus.” We just released this song as our first single on June 29.  We are all excited to see where He leads our ministry from here.

 

SGNScoops: At what age did you feel God calling you into ministry? Explain.

 

Rodney: At the age of 26. I’ve been around gospel music since I was nine years old, hearing my dad sing, and I have always loved it but never thought I would be able to stand on stage in front of people and sing. I started singing solos at church and was inspired by how God was using me to be a blessing to others.

 

Mark: At the age of 21, I was asked to sing in with a group of friends in the small country church that I attended. When God started opening doors for us to minister, I knew that God would use my effort to spread the good news in song.

 

Nathan: Around the age of 18. I’ve been around gospel music all of my life watching my dad and granddad sing, but have always been a really shy person. I was finally convinced by my dad and granddad to try singing and when I finally did, it just felt right. From that time I felt that I would be part of a gospel music ministry, but just didn’t know what God’s timing would be. When my granddad decided it was time for him to step aside, I knew this was God’s timing.

 

Mary: At the age of 43. I started singing gospel music with my dad when I was five years old, but got away from church. When I was 43 years old, I gave my life to God and felt this was the ministry that He wanted me in.

 

Nathan James recording his part on "I See Jesus"

Nathan James recording his part on “I See Jesus”

SGNScoops: Other than singing, what else keeps you busy?

 

Living Faith: Rodney has a Lawn Maintenance and Landscape Business. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife Cathy and their three children and four grandchildren, with another grandchild on the way. He serves in the music ministry at his home church, Bellview Heights Baptist Church, as his schedule allows. When he’s not singing, he enjoys being around horses and spending time on his small farm.

 

Mark and his family, which includes his wife Sandy, sons Perry and Rodney, have a farming operation that includes poultry barns, corn, soybean, wheat, cotton, and cattle. Mark serves on the praise team at his home church, Temple Baptist Church, when his schedule allows. As for hobbies, Mark just smiles and says, “Silver Eagle buses.”

 

Nathan works for Pepsi as a route driver. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife Tiffany and their boys, Rhett and Rhenden. They are expecting their third son in October.  Nathan is active in his home church, Bellview Heights Baptist Church as his schedule allows.


Mary is retired. She babysits her great-grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, their three children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Mary serves as treasurer at her home church, Living Faith Baptist Church, and sings regularly there. In her spare time she enjoys sewing and cooking. She is currently spending a lot of time organizing and decorating the home they just finished building.

 

Living FaithSGNScoops: Will you please share your testimony with us?

 

Rodney:  I was in church regularly from the time I was nine years old, when my parents were saved. When I was 17, I got away from the church and followed my own path. At the age of 22, the Lord started dealing with my heart and I realized I needed Him to be Lord of my life. That’s when I gave my life to Him and since that day my life has never been the same. I only wish I had realized my need for Him at an earlier age.

Mark: I have been in church all my life. When I was 11 years old, our church was in revival and a group of my friends went to the altar, I didn’t want to be left out so I went also. I thought I was saved, but two years later, God convicted me of my sins and at that point it was real. I went to the altar and God saved me that night. Years later, after going through a time of being a prodigal son, God got a hold of me and I’ve never been the same since.

 

Nathan:  I was raised in church my whole life. At a very young age I thought I had gotten saved, but as I got into my teenage years I realized I still had a lot of sin my life and something just wasn’t right.  At the age of 15, I woke up from a nightmare where dad, who I have always been very close to, and I were walking down a path together. We came to a gate being guarded by two angels. Dad was in front and received a hug and was welcomed in. As I stepped up to be next, I was violently taken away by two demons.  That’s when I woke up with the realization that things weren’t right in my life. When we woke the next morning, I found my dad and described my dream. There in our living room we knelt and prayed and I asked God to become the Lord of my life.

 

Mary: I was in church with my parents until I was 16 years old, then I just stopped going. Years later, Terry, my husband, came home one Saturday afternoon and said, “I think I need to go to church tomorrow, will you go with me?” God had been dealing with me during that time and I had ignored Him. That next Sunday we went to church and we both walked the isle and were saved. I was always looking for something and never felt complete, until I gave my life to Him.

 

Living Faith at their record tableSGNScoops: Your new single, “I See Jesus,” is now receiving airplay on gospel music stations across the country. What does the message of that song mean to you?

 

Living Faith: The song starts out telling that just before the prophet Stephen was stoned, the Heavens opened up and he saw Jesus at the right hand of God, the Father. There are many people that have witnessed a family member, moments before their life ended, have a moment of unexplained activity both physical and mental. Things like looking upward, and seeing and talking about what they see in Heaven. I believe this is God’s way of letting those of us that are left here and experience this with a friend or family member know that Heaven is real. Our hope is that multitudes of people will listen to this song, feel the message in the words, and seek to have that assurance that when their life is over that Heaven will be waiting for them.

 

SGNScoops would like to thank Living Faith for all they do to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, and for being our guests on Fast Five. If any of our readers would like to talk to the group about booking or purchasing their latest album, you can contact Living Faith by e-mail here or by calling Mark Byrd at 256-303-0983. If you would like to download their latest single, “I See Jesus,” you can find it on iTunes here .  Read all about Living Faith and find their schedule on Facebook here.

 


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Fast Five With The Bibletones

Written by scoopsnews on March 6, 2018 – 5:11 am -

1. Tell us how the Bibletones Quartet was formed.

The Bibletones was formed in 1957 in Lumberton,Mississippi by Ward and Irene Hurt. Ward moved to Lumberton from the Sand Mountain Alabama area. Ward was part of The Sand Mountain Quartet with Hovie Lister at the piano. Lumberton stayed home base for The Bibletones for many years. Most of the groups still singing today has been a part of The Bibletones Homecoming each year. The event is located at The Lumberton High School Football in Lumberton, Mississippi.

 

2. Tell us about your New Radio Single, “That’s Why His Grace Is Amazing To Me.”

Last January we were driving to Charleston South Carolina to be a part of The Gospel Jubilee Cruise. I had an idea in my head and I shared it with the guys on the way up to catch the boat. That was our 60th year of ministry we have had over 80 members of The Bibletones through the years some great singers and also some great songwriters. We decided to do a 60 year anniversary project and record some of our favorites through the years. This single “That’s Why His Grace Is Amazing To Me” is definitely one of our favorites. The song was written by Diane McVey from Gautier MS and was originally recorded on The Bibletones Live from The MS Gulf Coast project. That project was the only live recording we have ever done.

 

3. Jack, Introduce your group.

Danny Jackson is our tenor singer. Danny makes his home in Purvis MS and works as a funeral director in Columbia MS.

Chris Bryant is our lead singer. Chris makes his home in Wiggins MS. Chris is in the process of building a recording studio that he will operate out of his home in Wiggins.

Glen Floyd is our bass singer. Glen makes his home in Mendenhall MS. Glen is semi retired but he does operate a sign company out of his home in Mendenhall.

We do have a band when they are able to travel with us.  Ken Keyes plays the bass for us and makes his home in Laurel. Ken is a retired fireman has a dry cleaning business and also a construction company.

Andrew Ishee is no stranger to gospel music and we are very fortunate to have him play the piano for us when he can go. Andrew makes his home in Laurel MS. Andrew is The minister of music at Life Church in Laurel also has a recording studio where he stays busy with studio work. Andrew does all of our arrangements and recording for us and like I said earlier we are blessed to have him. Andrew also has a solo ministry.

That’s everybody but me. My name is Jack Armstrong I make my home in Ellisville MS. I do whatever is left. I sing baritone, drive the bus, book dates, and anything else that nobody wants to do. I am am starting my 29th year as an auctioneer and also serve as a Deputy Sheriff with the Jones County Sheriffs Department.

 

4. How can your cd’s be purchased? What number can we call to book The Bibletones?

We can be reached by email thebibletones@gmail.com. Phone 601-310-2991 or on the web thebibletones.com also keep up with us on FB

 

5. When the group Ian on the road, where is your favorite place to stop and eat?

We like them all, but usually we stop at Cracker Barrel for the food and the bus parking.

Thanks guys for sharing with us! We are making plans to see you in concert soon.

 

 


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Erin Stevens’ Younger Perspective on Chad McCloskey of the Ball Brothers

Written by Staff on September 12, 2017 – 1:27 pm -

Younger Perspective on Chad McCloskey of the Ball Brothers

Younger Perspective on Chad McCloskey of the Ball Brothers

A word from Erin…

Today, we turn our attention to one of the most underrated and incredibly talented young men in our industry. Chad McCloskey masterfully fills the baritone position for the Ball Brothers. Aside from the strong vocal abilities the Lord has blessed him with, what matters most is his soft-spoken manner and tender spirit, which is noticeable the moment you meet him. Whether you’ve been a faithful Ball Brothers fan for years, or if you’re newer to their music, this is your chance to get to know Chad a little better.

 

Erin: Being born in Wisconsin and growing up in Michigan, what did those early days look like once you discovered your love of singing? 

Chad: I come from a very musical family. My dad was the music director at our church, and my mom was heavily involved with various musical outlets such as choir, ensembles, and church specials. Growing up, I was fairly shy musically. I wasn’t particularly fond of the idea of standing up in front of people for anything, let alone to sing. As I got older, I was given somewhat of an ultimatum when it came to music. It was either sing or nothing, so I chose to sing. Once I got over my apprehension of crowds and my incessant fear of critique, I grew to love singing and jumped at the chance to sing whenever an opportunity presented itself. Fast forward 20 years, I now sing for a living, and I love what I do.

 

Chad McCloskey of the Ball Brothers

Chad McCloskey of the Ball Brothers

Erin: How did you and your wife Sarah meet?

Chad: I’ve actually known Sarah since I was around 10 years old. Her family, while in evangelism, used to come to our church and sing, and my family would occasionally take them out to eat while they were in town. We lost contact over the years, but in 2006, (we) reconnected at the church her dad was pastoring when my family went into evangelism. 

 

Erin: An early congratulations on the newest addition to your family coming soon. How do you personally juggle being a gospel singer, a husband, and a father to Brooklyn and Mason?

Chad: Thank you. We are excited about the new addition. When it comes to juggling family and work, I find it prudent to keep the two separate. When I’m at home, I always try to focus on my family’s needs above anything else. We have dinner around the table every night and try, if we can, to do an activity together any chance we get. When I’m traveling, I try to focus on the task at hand to ensure I do my job accurately and efficiently, but at the end of the day, I always call home to check in on everyone. Fortunately, with the development in technology, staying in touch with my family while I’m away is pretty easy. 

 

Erin: What are some new and exciting happenings the fans can be expecting from the Ball Brothers for the last half of this year?

Chad: We are currently working on a couple different projects. We have been in the studio working on a new Christmas album. We’re hoping to have it finished and out this year. We are also getting ideas together for some music videos we are hoping to shoot later in the year. 

 

Chad McCloskey of the Ball Brothers

Sarah and Chad McCloskey of the Ball Brothers

Erin: With the Ball Brothers’ incredible internet success, how has it impacted your ministry and opened new doors of opportunity?

Chad: The impact from our online success has been substantial at the very least. With the change in the market, almost anything can be accessed online, so we see it as beneficial to cater to that outlet more. Since the views on the Ball Brothers’ Facebook videos have skyrocketed over the last few years, we’ve seen immense growth in our fan base, as well as concert dates. God has truly blessed our ministry and we are so humbled by everything He has done for our group.

 

Erin: The jazzy, Michael Bublé-influenced tones to your voice are obvious to the listener. Besides him, who else are some of your top musical influences, and who would you normally be listening to?

Chad: I have a pretty wide range of music that I enjoy. I grew up listening to the Gaither Vocal Band, so they are an absolute must in my musical lineup. But I love groups from Journey to MercyMe to the Mullins. Some of the more singular influences would include Marshall Hall, Stevie Wonder, David Phelps, Michael Bublé, Frank Sinatra, and Bryan Duncan.                                                                                        

Erin: What’s the strangest thing a fan has ever said to you?

Chad: Where to start? While I was dating my wife, I had a man approach me after a concert asking if I would be interested in his daughter. After I told him I was already dating someone, he quickly took the defense and came behind the product table, got in my face and very angrily asked why I thought his daughter was ugly. I just slowly backed into the crowd in a desperate attempt to get away. Who does that?

 

Chad McCloskey of the Ball Brothers

The McCloskey family

Erin: Favorite food on the road/favorite food at home?

Chad: Mexican food. It’s a favorite at home and on the road.

 

Erin: Is there a particular song you sing night after night on stage that has a profound, personal impact on your heart?

Chad: The song “It’s About the Cross” is a definite favorite of mine. The message of the song to me is too penetrating to ignore. It’s an unbelievable and humbling thought that a sinless, perfect Jesus willingly laid down His life for mine. 

 

Erin: It’s true that music speaks when words fall short. But after all the songs have been sung, how would you encourage that listener out there who has come to the end of their rope?

Chad: I know this sounds cliché – and we hear it all the time – but the most comforting thing to me when I’m at my weakest is prayer. We may not have all the answers, but God does. One passage in the Bible that stands out to me on this particular topic is Isaiah 40:29-31 … “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might, He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall. But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.”

 

Chad McCloskey of the Ball BrothersClosing thoughts from Erin…

Our strength doesn’t come from our own efforts. It comes from Christ. When we’re on the mountaintop, we sometimes forget to give Him the thanks that He deserves. But it’s in our weakest moments that we remember that we are nothing without Christ. He is the breath in our lungs and the fire in our souls. May we not fall prey to forgetting that all glory and honor are due His mighty name. Isaiah 40:29-31 was an excellent reminder Chad gave us. I appreciate his heart, and I’m thankful we have men like him still singing the gospel and spreading the good news for all to hear.

 

And that’s my take on it.

 

Until next month, Scoops fans.

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By Erin Stevens

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in July 2017

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Sights and Sounds of the Carolina Quartet by Charlie Griffin

Written by Staff on August 29, 2017 – 1:42 pm -

Carolina Quartet

Carolina Quartet

The Carolina Quartet is rich in talent and legacy. Most of the group members have been together off and on for 20-plus years. When you attend one of their concerts, you will enjoy energetic performances, great songs, clean vocals, enthusiasm and a true love for the people they sing for and the Lord they serve. Those Carolina characteristics are the ingredients of a professional music group that can only be said for a few in today’s gospel music circles.

 

The group’s sound is defined by the recognizable lead voice of Scott Whitener. Now, Whitener is no stranger to gospel music. His first singing experience was with the church trio where his dad pastored. He was an influential member of the regional powerhouse quartet the Regals for many years. In 1987, he joined the award-winning Singing Americans. His dynamic voice and interpretations really grabbed the attention of Gospel Music fans in this time.

The 1989 version of the Singing Americans 1989 consisted of (from left) Scott Whitener, Clayton Inman, Greg Shockley, Dwayne Burke and James Rainey. Carolina Quartet

The 1989 version of the Singing Americans 1989 consisted of (from left) Scott Whitener, Clayton Inman, Greg Shockley, Dwayne Burke and James Rainey

After leaving the Singing Americans, Whitener also sang lead with Jericho – which was formed along with Dwayne Burke of the Singing Americans – until 1996. This group was recognized for their smooth, focused vocals in a church ministry setting.

Subsequently, Whitener transitioned to the Melody Masters in the mid-1990s as lead singer. During that time, the group lineup of Chris Roberts, Whitener, Roger Burnett, and Richard Sanders achieved success with performances at the National Quartet Convention and the Canadian version of the NQC, which was held in Canada’s in Red Deer, Alta.

As in life, things come full circle. After more than 20 years in full-time Gospel Music, Whitener is now an ordained minister, serving as senior pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Gastonia, N.C., and as lead pastor of Gateway Cowboy Church in Stanley, N.C.

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Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend: Where is Vernon?

Written by Staff on August 26, 2017 – 9:49 am -

McKay Project to appear at Vernon Alabama's Southern Gospel Weekend

McKay Project to appear at Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend

Through social media, folks have seen the fun we have at Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend, and they say, “Hey, I want to come to Vernon.”

However, then, they follow it up with, “Where is Vernon?” I just have to laugh.

Every time I describe where Vernon is located, I always find myself thinking about the things I have come to love about Vernon. It is a wonderful town with southern charm and a down-home feeling of community that is just part of the South. It is the kind of town where everyone is your neighbor. It’s the kind of town that is perfect for an event like Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend, which will be held from Sept. 8-9. We are excited to host more than 20 Gospel artists from across the country for two days of great concerts, fun, and fellowship that can only be found in a community like Vernon. It’s like magic.

Vernon is steeped in history, and I did a little checking to see just how far back the city of Vernon goes. Vernon is the county seat of Lamar County, but the county hasn’t always been called Lamar. It started out as Jones County and was abolished in 1867. Then, in 1868, it was established again as Sanford County, but that was done away with. Finally, in 1877, the county was named Lamar County. Just like the county, Vernon wasn’t always the name of the town. It started out as Swayne but was changed to Vernon in 1868 in honor of Edmond Vernon, who also served as the first mayor. I found copies of old newspapers online with news and happenings for Vernon, and it has always been a thriving town with lots of life.

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Younger Perspective on Layke Jones by Erin Stevens

Written by Staff on May 17, 2017 – 12:42 pm -

Younger Perspective on Layke Jones by Erin Stevens

Younger Perspective on Layke Jones by Erin Stevens

A word from the writer…
Newbie alert: A fresh face has recently hit the Southern Gospel scene. Today, I’d like to personally welcome Layke Jones of The Jim Brady Trio to the Younger Perspective corner. No need to waste time. This is your chance to meet the new dude on the block.

Erin: It has quickly become known about the impressive accolades you have to your credit in all things musical, but where did it begin for a young Layke Jones discovering his voice?
Layke: Music has always played a big role in my life. My family enjoys listening to music and attending the occasional concert that comes into town, but I don’t think any of my family members would consider themselves musically inclined. All that to say, I’m confident that my passion for making music is a God thing.

I cannot think of a time that I haven’t been drawn to quality music. I remember as a young child being attracted to classical music, because I was fascinated by the big, robust sound that the human voice could produce. Growing up, I spent a good deal of time in choirs, band, dance and church worship programs. I believe the time spent in those activities were, without question, beneficial to what I am doing now.


Erin: For those that may not know the backstory, how did you come to fill the third part with Jim and Melissa?
Layke: During my sophomore year of college, I auditioned for Mark Lowry’s position in the Gaither Vocal Band. While I did not get the job, I did form a relationship with Bill Gaither, which has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. In March of last year Bill informed me that Jim and Melissa were in need of a third singer for their trio, and he believed our voices would mesh well. Three months after Bill connected me with the Bradys, I was a part of the group. So, I, along with several others, have Bill Gaither to thank for my employment.


Erin: In your career thus far, what are some “No way, I can’t believe I got to do that” opportunities you’ve already crossed off the list?
Layke: My top three opportunities would be:

1) Being a part of the newest Gaither Homecoming taping. Spending the day in Studio C, with all those talented folks, will be a memory I won’t soon forget.
2) Singing on the Gospel portion of the Dove Awards last fall.
3) Spending the weekend in rural Tennessee, with a handful of artists for the Gaither Artist retreat. It’s a weekend that allows gospel artists to recharge, reflect, and because it’s a Gaither event, make some beautiful music too.


Younger Perspective on Layke Jones by Erin Stevens

Layke Jones with the Jim Brady Trio

Erin: How are you personally adjusting to life on the road with the Brady Bunch?
Layke: I’ll be honest, adjusting to the road life has not been the easiest for me. That said, I’ve yet to find a job that doesn’t have some sort of minor difficulty.

I try to remind myself that although being home more consistently would be my preference, I get paid to sing and share the gospel every week. That is a huge blessing for any Christian musician, especially at the ripe age of 23. Another blessing is that Jim and Melissa are great to travel with. We have a mutual respect for each other, and we do our best to accommodate each other while on the road, so that makes the traveling much easier.


Layke Jones with Gerald Wolfe

Layke Jones with Gerald Wolfe

Erin: Congratulations on recently graduating from Anderson University. How would you describe your college years?
Layke: I would describe the years spent at AU as busy at times, and trying, but overall memorable. I was involved in our university chorale, symphonic band, jazz band, private voice lessons, dance classes, and on occasion, I attended my actual liberal arts classes. Aside from the busy workload, I was able to form lasting friendships with both students and professors, and I am forever grateful for what AU offered me during my time there.


Erin: I believe I read recently that you play the trombone. Any chance it will be making a grand appearance in the Southern Gospel world?
Layke: I was almost certain my band-geek days were behind me, but who knows. I definitely have a passion for playing and listening to good instrumental music, so if Jim would want to shoot a trombone feature my way, I wouldn’t turn it down. Read more »


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Derek Simonis Talks With Pat Barker And Mark Trammell

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 16, 2017 – 1:49 pm -

Derek Simonis Did An Awesome Job Talking With Pat Barker and Mark Trammell

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Daywind Songwriter, Dianne Wilkinson, Hits Milestone

Written by Staff on February 12, 2017 – 3:57 pm -

Dianne Wilkinson

Dianne Wilkinson with the Kingdom Heirs

Hendersonville, TN (February 9th, 2017) – Daywind Music Publishing is proud to announce that Dianne Wilkinson has reached an elite level among songwriters with the penning of her 1,000th song, entitled “Just Another Mile.” To bring the achievement full circle, the song will be recorded by the quartet who has cut more of her songs than any other, the Kingdom Heirs, on their upcoming Sonlite Records release.

Having begun her songwriting career in the 70s, Dianne has continued to create top-quality songs for over forty years, with cuts by groups such as the Cathedrals, the Hoppers, Gold City, and Karen Peck & New River, among others. Sixteen of those songs have reached the #1 position on the Singing News Radio Chart, and fifty-seven have been recorded by the Kingdom Heirs, including the hits “The Borrowed Tomb,” “What We Needed,” and “Just Preach Jesus.”  Many songwriters would be content to rest on these accolades, however, Dianne praises a faithful God who consistently inspires new songs and allows her to continue doing what she loves.

DIANNE WILKINSON AND ARTHUR RICE

Dianne Wilkinson shares, “I am overwhelmed by the blessings I have been afforded, and am so very conscious of the grace of God in my life! Many thanks to everyone involved in this milestone of mine. I see God’s handprints all over it!”

“In more than 30 years here at Sonlite Records, there has never been a combination of artist and writer like The Kingdom Heirs and Dianne Wilkinson,” adds Greg Bentley, A&R Associate at Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing. “There’s a special magic that happens when you team these two up. It’s like Dianne writes songs specifically with the group in mind. We are honored to be part of this milestone with Dianne and our friends at Daywind Music Publishing.”

“What a blessing it is when God sends encouragement to weary travelers on their journey toward Home,” offers Rick Shelton, VP of Daywind Music Publishing. “Together, Dianne Wilkinson and the Kingdom Heirs have cheered on countless saints with their songs. How fitting then, as Dianne passes this significant milestone of her 1000th song and the quartet celebrates four decades of performing in Pigeon Forge, that they would come together once again to share ‘Just Another Mile’ with the world.”

Daywind Music Publishing services an impressive roster of acclaimed songwriters including Lee Black, Matthew Browder, Jason Clark, Jason Cox, Janice Crow, Aaron and Amanda Crabb, Adam Crabb, Gerald Crabb, Chris Cron, Ricky Free, Marty Funderburk, Karen Peck Gooch, Joseph Habedank, Tim Lovelace, Devin McGlamery, Kyla Rowland, John Darin Rowsey, Brandon Sharp, Belinda Smith, Sue C. Smith, Aaron Wilburn and Dianne Wilkinson.

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Matt Fouch, Aaron Hise enjoy Thanks-Living

Written by Staff on November 25, 2016 – 5:43 am -

Legacy Five - photo by Craig Harris

Legacy Five – photo by Craig Harris

I’ve heard it stated a million different ways: “Thank you.” I’m guilty of saying it without truly meaning it. I know I’m not the only one. So often, we’re obliged to express our thanks by simply saying two words. It’s easy to just spit them out and not even really remember why we said it in the first place. We say it to the barista at the coffee shop. Ladies say it when someone opens a door for them. Men say it when someone compliments their golf game. Children say it, often at the prompting of Mom or Dad, when they’re given a gift. As a parent, I’ve worked to instill in my two children to say “thank you” every chance they get. I hear them say it many times; but sometimes, there’s a magical moment when I hear them say it from their heart. How my heart swells with pride to see genuine gratitude in their eyes.

I’ve entitled my article for this month Thanks-Living for this reason: There are times when we express thankfulness in our heart by our words, and there are other times that we express gratitude in our lives. One of the greatest ways we can express this is

Matt Fouch

Matt Fouch

in song, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to discuss all things Thanksgiving with two friends who just happen to be outstanding artists: Matt Fouch of Legacy Five, and Aaron Hise of the Whisnants.

The atmosphere of the Thanksgiving season is surrounded by things we all love: food, family, and more food! We can throw in some football for all who love sports, and the day just can’t get much better. Family traditions often are born during this time of the year. “We always get together on Thanksgiving Eve. It’s such a fun night!” Matt shares. Aaron added, “Our family’s tradition has always been to get together an extra day to celebrate the holiday. We love the tradition of just having more family time.”

As many readers have probably experienced, having more family around usually provides some free entertainment. Aaron’s story is too good not to share: “The most memorable Thanksgiving that I have ever experienced was when my mom had fixed the most beautiful dinner for me, my dad, and my brother. I was nine years old and my brother was 13. We both had been playing ball outside and came in for dinner. When we got to the table, the turkey had been placed on the edge of the table before we said the blessing. As we were praying, my brother was trying to make me laugh by poking my side. Well, when I tried to get away, I bumped the table just hard enough to make the turkey fall right onto the ground. Needless to say, we called the ‘ten second rule’ and enjoyed a great turkey!”

Whisnants

Whisnants

I haven’t had that kind of experience but one memorable experience for me, was as a boy with my cousin. We were given the daunting task of being the Thanksgiving-trash-taker-outers. We wore that badge with pride all day long. We were taking out one set of bags filled to the top and I opened one of the trash cans, when like a SCUD missile, the biggest opossum I’d ever encountered shot out of the trash can with every tooth in his face showing as he flew right by me. I’ll never forget it, and I’ll never blindly open a trashcan again!

Naturally, the subject of Thanksgiving-themed songs came up, and I asked Aaron and Matt what some of their favorite songs were along the theme of thankfulness. “The Easter Brothers put it best when they said, ‘There’s a roof up above me, I’ve a good place to sleep, there’s food on my table, and shoes on my feet. You gave me Your love, Lord, and a fine family, thank you, Lord, for Your blessings on me!’”1 Aaron said. Matt added, “Soul’d Out Quartet recorded a song called, “Thank You Lord.” My wife Candice and I had a beautiful moment one day just driving in the car and listening to this song.”

Aaron Hise of The Whisnants

Aaron Hise of The Whisnants

Obviously, when you get three grown men talking to each other, the subject of food came up. Aaron laid it all out for us. “All of the traditional items will be served this year: turkey, ham, green bean casserole, homemade yeast rolls, dressing, gravy, homemade macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, deviled eggs, and the list keeps going on!” Matt added many of the same traditional menu items, but said that there was one thing he couldn’t live without on Thanksgiving: “Cool Whip for the pumpkin pie. I like a little pie with my Cool Whip.”

We could all put down a mile-long list of all the blessings we’ve enjoyed this year, but Matt and Aaron each added specific things that they were thankful for. Matt tells us, “I’m thankful for the peace that passes all understanding! In the midst of a crazy life in a crazy world, as believers, we can have a peace beyond our human comprehension.” Aaron added, “I’m especially thankful this year for the family that God has blessed me with. Suzanne (Aaron’s wife, who also sings with The Taylors) and I are expecting our first child in March. We’re beyond excited!” That’s definitely something to be grateful for!

I mentioned as we began the article about the word Thanks-Living. Are we just saying “thank you,” or are we living  “thank you?” My prayer for myself and for each of our readers is that we won’t just take one special Thursday that’s set aside, and rattle off an impromptu prayer to God for the many blessings He’s given us, but that we, like David the Psalmist, will take time to meditate and think upon the Lord’s goodness to us. His mercy endures forever, and his faithfulness is sure. My sincere thanks to Aaron Hise of the Whisnants and Matt Fouch of Legacy Five for their time and effort this month. Happy Thanks-Living, everyone!

  1. “Thank You Lord For Your Blessings On Me,” Easter, James and The Easter Brothers. Copyright 1975. Renewed 2003. LeFevre- Sing Publishing Company/BMI. (website c.October 21, 2015). www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0085124
Matt Baker and Family

Matt Baker and Family

By Matt Baker

First published by SGNScoops magazine in November 2016

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