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PAUL PITTS NAMED PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

Written by Staff on September 30, 2014 – 3:17 pm -

globalPigeon Forge, TN – The Southern Gospel Promoters Association named Paul Pitts, Founder of Global Promotions, as “Promoter of the Year” during the 57th Annual National Quartet Convention held in Pigeon Forge, TN. Board members, along with booking agencies, record labels, artists and fans were all in attendance  for the special presentation. Pitts has quickly risen to the top as an industry leader.

President Edna Wright of the Southern Gospel Promoters Association notes, “Paul Pitts has been one of the most amazing promoters this year. When I look at social media, I continually see his name and Global Promotions. I really appreciate him and all the work he has done in Southern Gospel Music. He is so deserving of this award.” Pitts joins top promoters Bill Bailey (2008), Twila Rohrer (2009), Herb Henry (2010), Mike Wheeler (2011), Ralph Dean (2012), and Mel Riegseckey (2013) in receiving this prestigious award.

Danny Jones, Editor of the Singing News, presented Pitts with the award. Paul shares, “I’m proud to accept this award on behalf of all Southern Gospel Promoters and am very humbled by this.”

Paul Pitts is an accomplished Executive Leader with substantial career experience ranging from developing start –ups to leading high performing multiple discipline organizations. He is a known commodity in the business world as one that has built successful companies from the ground up, turning them into very successful businesses.

Global Promotions will host concerts and tours in at least twelve states in 2015 with artists such as Mark Lowry, The Crabb Family, The Martins, and the Booth Brothers. Pitts has multiple-day events, tours and concerts scheduled well into 2016. Visitwww.globalpromo.org to stay up to date on all future tours and concerts.


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SGN Scoops Digital Magazine Welcomes New Executive Sales Team Members

Written by Staff on September 30, 2014 – 12:26 pm -

Pat and Michelle Drummond

Pat and Michelle Drummond

Seattle, WA (September 30, 2014) – SGN Scoops recently welcomed a new couple to their Executive Sales Team. Pat and Michelle Drummond travel with their Southern Gospel group, The Drummond Family. Pat is the manager as well as a vocalist with the group and Michelle is a songwriter and the booking agent for the Drummonds. A vivacious and committed couple, Pat and Michelle have already proved to be an excellent addition to the SGN Scoops family.

The Drummonds noted, “Husband and wife team Pat and Michelle Drummond are so excited to be working with the SGN Scoops Advertising and Marketing Team. God has blessed us so much, and we are thrilled to be working with this great team. Being involved in the Southern Gospel field for more that 40 years we feel God has placed us here for this time. It’s truly a great honor to be a part of this powerful team with a great vision.”
“Pat and Michelle are good friends and I am exited that they have joined us at SGN Scoops,” said Rob Patz of Coastal Media Group, publisher of SGN Scoops. “We are committed to expanding our reach with the message of Jesus through the stories of the artists we feature every month. I truly believe that Pat and Michelle will be an integral part of that expansion, just as they are committed to sharing the love of God in everything they do.”
For the current issue of SGN Scoops digital magazine, visit http://www.sgnscoops.com/

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Perspective: A Fresh Look at The Bowling Family

Written by Staff on September 30, 2014 – 12:20 pm -

DSC_0018By Melissa Joy Wright

Google defines the word per-spec-tive “perspective” as a particular attitude toward, or way of regarding something; a point of view. Google defines the word fresh “fresh”as recently created or experienced, and not faded or impaired. Let’s take a look at The Bowling Family with fresh perspective. This family group has deep roots in Southern Gospel music, and The Bowlings combine a beautiful bridge from a solid past to a youthful future.

Youth is the perfect word to describe the newest full time member of this mixed quartet. Hope is the 14-year-old daughter of Mike and Kelly Bowling. This sweet little face is becoming a vocal dynamo! She sings with a big voice that commands the audience’s attention.   “Hope brings a fresh outlook and youthful zeal to our group,” says Troy Peach. Both Mike and Kelly agree with Troy.   “She has a young perspective that is rare in our music,” Kelly mentions. Mike agrees that Hope’s young talent is an attribute to the group’s ministry. Hope shares, “I’m an avid reader. I like reading the Bible and fiction.” She has a humble spirit and shared her desire to be a Godly woman who also has a funny side!

DSC_0020Speaking of humor, Troy Peach is this group’s funny guy. He always has a smile on his face, and as Hope relays, “Troy is a people-person, who likes to interact with everyone.” Troy started his gospel career playing drums for his family group when he was just five years old. This is a man who wears many hats, and does it successfully. He helps manage the group, is an audio expert who runs sound flawlessly, and sings well. His voice and style convey a passion for the truth of the lyric he is singing.

Troy believes in the true faithfulness of God. He says, “The Bible tells us God was tempted in all points, so He understands us, no matter what we get ourselves into.” Troy is married to the beautiful Katy Peach and the two share twin boys Clayton and Shelton. Last summer at vacation bible school, both boys accepted Christ as their personal savior at the age of seven years old, and Troy says it is the highlight of parenting, watching his children maturing spiritually. Mike and Kelly both agree that Troy is a very hard worker, who never quits and has an excellent work ethic. Troy strives to be the ‘Real Deal’ that is the same guy once, twice, and every time you see him.

DSC_0028Kelly conveys the same thought. She wants to be the ‘Real Deal’: genuine. Everyone who knows her confirms that she definitely is. Kelly grew up singing with her brothers and sister as a member of the Singing Crabb Family, and now with her husband and three daughters, she is carrying on a legacy of ministry.

Speaking affectionately of his wife, Mike says, “Kelly has a heart for God and ministry. She loves the Lord and is a great wife and mother.” Kelly’s desire is that all people know that Jesus loves them, and God has a plan for them no matter who they are or what they’ve done. Hope says, “My Mom is the one who will go pray with someone, even if it stops the concert set.”

DSC_0039Kelly is a sensitive woman who cries every time she hears the song, “Wind Beneath my Wings”, and her fans find her down-to-earth personality sweet, and very easy to talk to. Troy speaks jointly of this couple saying, “Mike and Kelly have a very special anointing on their life since the bus crash in July of 2010. God has touched them, and they don’t take this anointing for granted.”

Mike Bowling has had the touch of God on his life since he was very young. In fact, while he was in the 10th grade, his parents allowed him to leave public school and go on the road full time with the LeFevres, singing gospel music, while accomplishing home schooling. He’s been singing and sharing the love of God for 33 years.

Hope says of her dad, “He’s the face of our group, the one everyone knows.” Mike has a soulful voice that allows the message in a song to penetrate the heart of the listener. “He brings wisdom and experience to our ministry, and as a man, he is even-tempered and loyal,” says wife Kelly. Mike has a tremendous love for his God, family and friends, and wants people to know how much our faithful Lord loves and cares for them. He is proud of all three of his daughters, watching them grow in the Lord.

The two youngest Bowling girls, Katelanne and Gracie, join their older sister Hope on stage and sing as The Bowling Sisters. Their harmony is perfect and their sweet little spirits are uplifting to the listener’s soul. Kelly beams and says of her daughters’ singing for the Lord, “It is the most rewarding experience in my life, and my cheeks hurt from smiling so much just watching them.”

“It is my goal in life for my kids to know Jesus and have that personal relationship with Him,” says Mike. “All three of the girls have accepted Christ as their personal Savior, and my desire is they will always serve him.” Hope loves singing with her little sisters, citing Gracie as the little star that makes everyone laugh and Katelanne as the sweet one that always brings a smile.

Not to be forgotten is the quiet demeanor of John Jeffrey. John helps run sound and plays the piano for the group, while doing the bus driving duties as well. He has a kind, smiling face, and is always quick with a warm greeting for fans. He doesn’t miss a beat changing the set list in the middle of a concert to accommodate a request, or the leading of the Holy Spirit in a different direction.

The Bowlings are not just an anointed southern gospel group, but they are a well-practiced team. They have a beautiful sound, great songs, wonderful stage presence, and an attitude of ministry and worship that is both genuine and humble.

We hope you will attend a Bowlings concert at a venue near you. For more information, visit http://www.bowlingsonline.com/ /

 

Written by Melissa Joy Wright

First Published by SGN Scoops digital magazine in August 2014

For current issues of SGN Scoops, visit http://www.sgnscoops.com/

 

 


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NQC ATTENDANCE INCREASES 120%

Written by Staff on September 25, 2014 – 2:12 pm -

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Return of Connie Hopper Highlights Evening Performance

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Pigeon Forge, TN – The 57th annual NQC (National Quartet Convention) is in full swing at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN. Clarke Beasley, NQC Executive Director, reports that an all-time attendance record has been set for the first-half of the week with the 11,500 seat LeConte Center sold out for Tuesday and Wednesday nights of the annual event.
A surprise appearance by Connie Hopper – who has been battling breast cancer again after being in remission for 35 years – was the highlight of Wednesday evening. The beloved singer appeared onstage as The Hoppers‘ hit song, “I’ve Come Too Far,” began to play. The crowd leapt to their feet in thunderous applause and praise to God, welcoming Mrs. Hopper back to NQC. There wasn’t a dry in the place as Connie spoke about having the ‘peace that passeth all understanding’ during this latest health scare.
The National Quartet Convention is the only event of the year where fans can see and hear their favorite artists at a single event, and then meet them and purchase their products. Music lovers can enjoy their favorite music all day and night, as music spectaculars begin each morning and continue until at least 11 PM each evening.
Although all evening concerts are sold out at this time, passes still remain for many of the afternoon events. For a complete schedyle of events,please visit www.nqconline.com.

 

 


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My NQC Memories: Charlie Griffin

Written by Staff on September 24, 2014 – 11:36 am -

Charlie Griffin

Charlie Griffin

The NQC – The Grand-daddy of them all!

I was a teenager and had started singing with a regional group. I had been to a few concerts at the Lake Norman Music Hall to see the big names of gospel music. But that year, 1979, as “Convention time “ came around the word came down that we were going to the NQC in Nashville, Tennessee. I was told of the singing, the groups, the booths around the main level of the Municipal Auditorium and how much fun it would be.

Nashville municipal auditorium

Nashville municipal auditorium

October came and there I was in Nashville at the NQC. The first night I heard the Blackwood Brothers, Kingsmen and Cathedrals and about a dozen more groups.  I sat enthralled at every singer on stage. I remember walking the circle and meeting the artists and the fans. They were everywhere! I spoke with Eldridge Fox, George Younce, The Speers and got to meet so many artists that I had grown up with. I was in heaven.

We went to the Auditorium early, to walk around Nashville. Then at the auditorium I met NQC volunteer worker Jim Sheets, who became a dear friend. We walked the circle and talked to the groups

Elliston Place Soda Shop

Elliston Place Soda Shop

getting ready for the night. Walked around the auditorium looking at buses and talking to other fans doing the same thing. Then we talked with DJs from around America. Yes I was truly in heaven.

In Nashville we ate at Hap-Towns Diner, Elliston Place Soda Fountain, went to Opryland, the Grand Ol’ Opry, Printers’ Alley and had a picnic in Centennial Park. We went down Music Row, saw the historic studios, met JD Sumner at the Stamps Building, talked to Ben Speer in the Speer Recording Studio, went to the Country Music tourist sights and just saw it all! Yes I was in Gospel music

JD and Mary Sumner

JD and Mary Sumner

heaven.

I will never forget those memories and the people! The smells, the excitement and most of all the music!

 

Submitted by Charlie Griffin 

Please submit your NQC memories to sgnscoops@gmail.com


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National Quartet Convention 2014 – Monday Night in Pigeon Forge

Written by Staff on September 23, 2014 – 1:03 pm -

nqcNQC MONDAY NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS
The 57th annual NQC (National Quartet Convention) began tonight at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN. Here’s just a few highlights. If you can’t attend in person, be sure to catch the live webcast online at www.NQConline.com.
PHOTOS COURTESY NQC – National Quartet Convention
Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

Triumphant Quartet

Triumphant Quartet

Mark Trammell Quartet

Mark Trammell Quartet

Talley Trio

Talley Trio

Kingdom Heirs

Kingdom Heirs

The Perrys

The Perrys


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SGN Scoop’s Fast Five: Bryan Hutson of Soul’d Out

Written by Staff on September 22, 2014 – 2:06 pm -

Soul'd Out QuartetContinuing with our SGN Scoops’ Fast Five series, we put artist Bryan Hutson of Soul’d Out on the hotseat. Bryan has been in Southern Gospel for quite awhile, having sung for many years with the Kingsmen Quartet. He is now singing lead in the popular Soul’d Out, along with Dusty Barrett on tenor, Matt Rankin on baritone, Ian Owens singing bass and Michael Howard playing the piano.

SGN Scoops Fast Five Question: What are your favorite five songs of any genre?

Yvonne and Bryan Hutson

Yvonne and Bryan Hutson

Bryan Hutson’s responses:

1) Michael Buble’ “My Song For You” … I sang this to Yvonne at our wedding.

2) Hillsong “He Has Made Me Glad”

3) The Sound “Mender of Broken Wings”

4) “Should I Fall Behind”

5) “Can’t Help Falling In Love”

 

Thanks Bryan for answering our Fast Five. For more information on Bryan and the rest of Soul’d Out, visit http://www.souldoutquartet.com/about-soqt

 


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Old Paths Quartet Announce New Pianist

Written by Staff on September 20, 2014 – 12:33 pm -

Josh Townsend Press Release PhotoThe Old Paths Quartet are thrilled to officially announce Josh Townsend as their pianist.

Josh previously had been flying from his home in Dallas Texas to play select dates, but after he and his mother made the move to Atlanta Georgia, he accepted the position on a full time basis.

At the age of 16, Josh is not only a prodigy at his gift but is a testimony to the Lord’s healing power and touch on his life. Shortly after birth, doctors informed his family that Josh had suffered a devastating stroke which would impact his ability to walk and speak correctly. The doctors said Josh would never be able to fully use his left hand, but today Josh is doing more than just proving the doctors wrong, he is using both hands to glorify God with the gift of music.

Be sure to come by and visit us at our booth at NQC to meet Josh and see the rest of the guys!


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Wanted: Your NQC Memories!

Written by Staff on September 20, 2014 – 12:28 pm -

Mainstage NQC editThe National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge is approaching quickly. Soon the town will be filled with artist buses and fans as the massive event opens on September 21.  From Sunday, September 21 to Saturday, September 27, Pigeon Forge will echo with the sounds of Gospel music as they host the NQC for the very first time.

 

Do you remember the first Louisville NQC? How about the last Nashville NQC? Do you remember when it was in Memphis? Do you have memories of great performances by JD Sumner, George Younce, Glen Payne, The Happy Goodmans or The Blackwood Brothers? Who did you see in the Exhibit Hall and talk to for the very first time? Whose autograph did you get and which of your favorite artists did you see there for the very last time?

 

SGN Scoops wants to hear YOUR memories. Please send us your memories and your pictures and we will post them in a special series during the week of NQC.

 

Let us hear from you today! Please send your NQC memories and pictures to sgnscoops@gmail.com

 


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WATC To Cover 2014 Creekside Gospel Music Convention And Diamond Awards

Written by Staff on September 19, 2014 – 1:45 pm -

2014 creekside largePigeon Forge, TN.(September 19, 2014) – WATC Television out of Atlanta, Georgia, has announced they will be covering the SGNScoops’ 2014 Creekside Gospel Music Convention and   Diamond Awards Celebration at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on November 3rd and 4th. The television station, which also streams their programs on the web, will be at the Smokey Mountain Convention Center to record the Monday night presentation, “Lou Hildreth Honors Willie Wynn” as well as Tuesday night’s Diamond Award celebration, the event to honor Gospel music’s finest artists as chosen by the readers of SGNScoops digital magazine. Many of these special moments will be shown on a TV Special and viewed online at www.watc.tv at a later date to be announced.

 

watc_web_adCoastal Media Group is hosting the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, which takes place from the 3rd through the 6th. As well the special events mentioned above, the Convention includes daily Chapel services, specialty showcases and evening concerts.

 

Patricia Mathis, Vice President of WATC TV, Atlanta’s TV 57, is looking forward to returning to Pigeon Forge. “It’s exciting to once again be a part of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention and for being able to share this with the viewers of WATC TV in Atlanta,” says Mathis. “While it is nothing like being in the audience at Creekside, we are glad that we can bring a little part of Creekside and the great gospel music being performed there to our audience. Creekside just keeps getting bigger and better ever year!”

 

Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group and publisher of SGNScoops commented, “We are grateful to Patricia and WATC for their professionalism, experience and dedication in airing quality Gospel music programs. We are thrilled that they are returning to Creekside and we are glad to be able to share some of Creekside with fans across the nation and the world by television and internet.”

 

About WATC TV: WATC TV provides Atlanta with a mix of family, Christian and educational programming. It is known to viewers as the home of Atlanta Live and is seen over the air throughout the metro Atlanta market and also in over one million cable and satellite homes. WATC is the home of many original series and has been honored with numerous Angel and Telly Awards, as well as receiving it first EMMY in 2010. The station’s programming can be seen around the world via video streaming located on the WATC website at http://www.watc.tv/

 

About Creekside Gospel Music Convention: Creekside Gospel Music Convention will be held at the Smokey Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from November 3rd through 6th, 2014. The CGMC is presented by SGN Scoops and Coastal Media Group at Pigeon Forge and is the home of The Diamond Awards and other special events. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance at http://www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com/ . For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention visit https://www.facebook.com/Creeksidegospelmusicconvention

 

 

About SGNScoops: SGNScoops Digital is a fully-downloadable monthly magazine that exists to promote the gospel by unveiling what is intriguing and real about Southern Gospel and Christian Country music. SGNScoops offers music news and views as well as concert and book reviews, inspirational articles and features reaching beyond our gospel music world. For more information: http://www.sgnscoops.com/

 

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If you’d like more information about the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, The Diamond Awards or SGNScoops, or to schedule an interview with Rob Patz, please contact Rob Patz at 360.933.0741 or e-mail Rob at rob@sgnscoops.com

 


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