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
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!”
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.”
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!
- “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
By Matt Baker
First published by SGNScoops magazine in November 2016
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Recently, we asked The Mark Dubbeld Family five questions. We call it the SGNScoops FAST FIVE.
What should you know about this Family who are appearing on Gospel Music charts across the country?
They are Nashville Recording Artists, touring across the Nation with over 175 appearance, and were featured artists at National Quartet Convention from 2013 through 2016. They have been the Spotlight Artist on the Gospel Greats as well as having their music played on XM radio.
The Mark Dubbeld Family is celebrating their five year anniversary in 2016. Some of their Top 40 songs you may recognize include: “Nothing But Praise,” “The Reward,” “Inside The Gate,” “Higher Than I,” and “A Little Bit Better.”
Here are the questions and answers. We hope you enjoy learning more about this talented family.
Tell us how The Mark Dubbeld Family was formed and when.
The Mark Dubbeld Family from Moneta, Virginia, are renowned for inspiring, originally penned songs, family harmony, and a sincere desire to communicate the Gospel through their music and testimony. They have been making a significant impact in Gospel Music and touching lives with a song to sing, a word to write, and a call to answer. The Mark Dubbeld Family has been singing and in ministry for 25 years.
The Family consists of Mark and Janene along with their children, Elena – 20 years old, Channing – 15 years old and Britton – 12 years old. Each of them play an active role in the ministry.
What is your current radio single?
Our single is “This Is What I Know,” written by Janene Dubbeld.
This is from Darren Lore the day after the Election, on Facebook: “…It’s a blessing and comfort to know that the Lamb of God is still on HIS throne! Nothing takes our God by surprise. Let the Church of Christ arise to the challenges of our day. For Such a Time as This, we are strategically positioned in our communities, nationwide. Let the Children of God continue to pray for an old-fashioned revival to sweep our Nation.
Many awoke today feeling stunned and disillusioned. Others, arose feeling joyous and victorious. The Mark Dubbeld Family’s current single, THIS IS WHAT I KNOW, is a reminder for all of us to grip God’s hand. And, I’m thankful that God’s grip is tighter than yours or mine! I encourage you to play THIS IS WHAT I KNOW, today!! THIS IS WHAT I KNOW will cheer your listening audience. It is an UPBEAT, UPLIFTING, PURE, SOUTHERN GOSPEL music, at it’s VERY BEST! In my opinion, The Mark Dubbeld Family is under-rated. But, their current single is gaining momentum. We appreciate your airplay and support of this full-time, family ministry. Find THIS IS WHAT I KNOW on Joy Unspeakable Music Promotions Vol. 4/ 2016 compilation. Thanks for spinning great SOUTHERN GOSPEL music with THE MESSAGE!” – Darren W. Lore/Family/J.U.M.P.
Mark, will you share your testimony?
Mark: I gave my life to Jesus as a 12-year-old boy. I started to travel and sing gospel music when I was 15-years-old in a Bible school quartet and then as a High School Senior, I met the love of my life and we were married and went to Bible College in Cincinnatti, OH. We both studied Music and graduated with Church Music degrees. In 1991, we went in to full-time Music Evangelism.
God has been so faithful to allow us to be in ministry from day one. Now, 25 years later, our whole family is involved in Kingdom work. I have seen the hand of God in my life and we are so blessed to be able to sing the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ!
What are some future goals for this upcoming year for the ministry?
We are excited, on a weekly basis, how God continues to open new doors of ministry and our music keeps reaching many for Jesus. We desire to grow, expand, and be an impact player in Gospel Music. We are anticipating working on our new gospel CD for release in 2017.
What is your contact information?
Online at www.mjdubbeld.com
Mark Dubbeld Family 3291 Stony Fork Rd. Moneta, VA 24121
How can we purchase your cd? Our website www.mjdubbeld.com and click on the Resources link.
Janene Dubbled also has a new Christmas book! We are proud to announce that Janene Dubbeld has been published by the award winning Guardian Angel Press! The new Children’s Christmas book is now available for your children and grandchildren. Giving can come in a variety of ways. This warm thought-provoking story is told to pass on the art and joy of “heart-giving” to children. Anyone can give, anytime, anywhere! The best gifts are those which come from deep inside our hearts. Share the story – love giving!
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Hendersonville, Tennessee Details were just announced for the 6th Annual Christmas Banquet hosted by award-winning country-infused Gospel group The Freemans. The 6th Annual Freemans Christmas Banquet will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Activity Center in downtown Judsonia, Arkansas.
The annual family event will be filled with holiday music from The Freemans along with special guest Josh & Ashley Franks. A special dinner prepared by The Freemans is also a favorite part of the special night.
“The crew will get to Judsonia about three days ahead and will cook and decorate for the full three days,” Chris Freeman stated, “We are blessed with a wonderful workforce that Robert and Lisa Rowland put together. We could not do it without them.”
In addition to dinner and music, the evening will feature special giveaways and will collect canned goods and toys for families in need during the holidays.
Tickets are $12.00 in advance and are on sale now. For tickets and more information, call or text Rowland Promotions at 501-284-1182. You can also purchase tickets on The Freemans website www.the-freemans.com/appearances. Only 150 tickets are available and must be purchased in advance.
Information is also available at The Freemans Facebook page.
To learn more about the Freemans go to http://www.the-freemans.com.
Follow them on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/thefreemans or Twitter at https://twitter.com/thefreemansfans
To book The Freemans call or text Chris at 615-824-6161 or Darrell at 615-390-1550 or email email@example.com .
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Nashville, TN – Ernie Haase of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, announces that Ernie Haase and Signature Sound will be performing at the Grand Ole Opry. The invitation extended to the group is scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2016.
Haase made the announcement at a rare Nashville performance before many of the group’s hometown friends.
Ernie Haase stated, “We are thrilled at the opportunity. The Opry stage is not only historic but provides EH&SS an opportunity to bring a positive word.” Haase continued, “Please join us in praying that we deliver a spirited performance that will touch lives.”
The Grand Ole Opry began in 1925. The Opry is the show that distinguished country music as the genre it is today. The Nashville show features all types of country music and is known for introducing new talent as well as country music legends.
Ernie Haase and Signature Sound is known for energetic high stepping music that delivers the Gospel. They are a fan favorite for all ages.
For more information on Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, visit erniehaase.com
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Welcome to a new edition of SGNScoops’ Fast Five! Today we talk with Carla and Redemption Ministries, a mixed group from Lumberton, North Carolina. This family group presents Country-flavored Southern Gospel and Worship songs with a live band. It is a pleasure to hear artists sing with live music and the band allows Carla and Redemption Ministries (C&R) a lot of flexibility in style and format. C&R presents current and original music with an honesty and skill you will enjoy, in a style reminiscent of the McGruders and the Crabb Family.
SGN: Tell us how and where we can buy your CD and hear your music?
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The Gospel Music Association has released the list of the 47th Dove Award Nominees for 2016. SGNScoops extends our congratulations to each of the nominees. We are thankful that the greater Christian music audience is recognizing what we have known for almost 100 years: Gospel music with a Southern influence or Bluegrass/Country twang has a terrific message, accomplished vocalists and some of the best musicians of any genre.
Kudos to the multiple Dove Award nominees of our Southern Gospel family: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band, Karen Peck and New River, and The Perrys. Also nominated were popular artists The Hoppers, The Booth Brothers, The Collingsworth Family, Mark Lowry, The Bowling Family, and Greater Vision.
SOUTHERN GOSPEL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“Jesus Changed Everything” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, (writers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey
“Jesus Gave Me Water” – Gaither Vocal Band, (writer) Lucie E. Campbell
“I am Blessed” – Karen Peck & New River, (writers) Karen Peck Gooch, Kenna West, Michael Farren
“Keep On” – Perrys, (writers) Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey
“Jesus, The One” – The Hoppers, (writer) Paula Stefanovich
SOUTHERN GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Still – Booth Brothers, (producers) Jason Webb, Lari Goss, Ronnie Booth, Michael Booth, Jim Brady
That Day Is Coming – Collingsworth Family, (producer) Wayne Haun
Happy People – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, (producers) Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Todd Collins
How We Love – Mark Lowry, (producers) Mark Lowry, Kevin Williams
Moments Like These – The Bowling Family, (producer) Mike Bowling
SOUTHERN GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, StowTown Records
Gaither Vocal Band,Gaither Music Group
Greater Vision, Daywind Records
Karen Peck & New River, Daywind Records
The Perrys, StowTown Records
Congratulations as well to our Bluegrass and Christian Country family. Multiple Dove Award nominees are Jimmy Fortune, Joey + Rory, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Shenandoah. Other Dove Award artist nominees include Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Flatt Lonesome, The Isaacs, Doug Anderson, Wilburn and Wilburn. Be sure to look at all the Dove award nominated writers, producers and others who work together to make these projects award-winning material.
BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“He’s In Control” – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, (writer) Steve Watts
“In The Heat of the Fire” – Flatt Lonesome, (writer) Kelsi Harrigill
“Life’s Railway to Heaven (with the Oak Ridge Boys)” – Jimmy Fortune, (writers) Eliza R. Snow, M.E. Abbey
“I’ll Fly Away” – Joey + Rory, (writer) Albert E. Brumley
“Leave It All on the Altar” – The Isaacs, (writers) Gloria Gaither, William J. Gaither, Buddy Greene
BLUEGRASS/COUNTRY RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“Love Covered My Sin” – Doug Anderson, (writers) Wayne Haun, Randall Garland, Val Dacus
“Small Town Someone (Lunch)” – Jeff & Sheri Easter, (writers) Sheri Easter, Kenna Turner West, Jason Cox
“I Believe (with The Whites)” – Jimmy Fortune, (writer) Jimmy Fortune
“He Touched Me” – Joey+Rory, (writer) William J. Gaither
“Seconds Count” – Shenandoah ft. Karen Peck, (writers) Coy Fulmer, Doc Walley
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Small Town, Celebrating 30 Years of Music and Marriage – Jeff & Sheri Easter, (producers) Madison Easter, Greg Cole, Jeff & Sheri Easter
Hits and Hymns – Jimmy Fortune (producer) Ben Isaacs
Hymns That Are Important To Us – Joey+Rory, (producers) Rory Lee Feek, Joe West
Good News Travels Fast – Shenandoah, (producers) Bud McGuire, Mike McGuire
Shoulders – Wilburn & Wilburn, (producers) Ben Issacs, Jonathan Wilburn, Jordan Wilburn
In the following Dove Award categories, we have highlighted the artists that are often referred to as Southern Gospel or Christian Country, or those who would be recognized by that industry.
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Seth Mosley & Michael X O’Connor (Team)
INSPIRATIONAL RECORDED SONG OF THE YEAR
“Pieces” – Bethel Music & Amanda Cook, (writers) Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger
“Let It Be Jesus” – Christy Nockels, (writers) Chris Tomlin, Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman
“Heaven’s Shore” – David Phelps, (writer) David Phelps
“O Praise the Name (Anastasis)” – Hillsong Worship (writers) Marty Sampson, Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher
“Till I Met You” – Laura Story, (writers) Laura Story, Christopher Stevens, Bryan Fowler
SPECIAL EVENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns of Fanny Crosby – Various, (producers) Bobby Blazier, John Hartley
Let the Glory Come Down – Bill & Gloria Gaither and Friends, (producers) Geron Davis, Bradley Knight
Passion Salvations Tide Is Rising – Passion, (producers) David Crowder, Gabe Scott, Ed Cash, David Garcia, Ross Copperman, Seth Mosley, Nathan Nockels, Shama “Sake Pase, Joseph, Maurice “Jimi Cravity” Willis, Solomon Olds
The Passion: New Orleans – Various/The Passion Cast, (producers) Adam Anders, Peer Astrom
We Will Stand – Various, (producers) Michael Omartian, Dan Posthuma
MUSICAL OF THE YEAR
Bethlehem Morning, (creators) Russel Mauldin, Sue C. Smith
Jesus, Only Jesus, (creator) Craig Adams
That’s Where The Story Begins, (creators) Dave Clark, Gerald Crabb, Mike Harland
This Changes Everything, (creators) Marty Funderburk, Joseph Habedank
Under a Starry Sky (A Dramatic Musical for Christmas), – (creators) Joel Lindsey, Jeff Bumgardner
LONG FORM VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Come Alive – Bethel Music Kids, (director) David Noroña (producer) Kiley Goodpasture
Neon Porch Extravaganza LIVE – Crowder, (director) Nathan Corrona (producers) Shelley Giglio, Mike McCloskey
Youth Revival – Hillsong Y&F, (director) Jamin Tasker (producer) Ben Field
Hymns That Are Important To Us – Joey+Rory, (director) Daniel Grace (producer) Aaron Carnahan, Joel McAfee, Bill Gaither
#LetsGo – Planetshakers, (director) Pete Seamons, Peter John (producer) Russell Evans, Mike Pilmer, Joth Hunt, Josh Brown
CCM United – Various, (director) Michael Omartian (producer) Stephen Yake
Congratulations to each Dove Award nominee who has been recognized for talent, skill and ministry. To each artist whose name does not appear here, we applaud your hard work, diligence, and commitment to making quality music that uplifts the name of Jesus!
For the complete list of Dove Awards nominees click here.
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SGMRadio began in 2004 with an online station and artist features, a format that saw the site win the Singing News’ FAVORITE INTERNET RADIO PROGRAM in 2011. Over the years there have been some changes, but website owner Rob Patz is thrilled to announce that SGMRadio is now live streaming WPIL FM out of Heflin, Alabama.
SGMRadio encourages Gospel music fans to visit the website daily to listen to the best of today’s national and regional Gospel music artists. WPIL FM presents a mix of Southern and Country Gospel, from the top 100 as well as beloved favorites.
You can still find artist features as well as radio news and articles from Bryan and Yvonne Hutson, Stephen Widener, site editor Lorraine Walker and others.
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Jeff and Sheri Easter were in concert at Farmers Family Restaurant in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on May 26. It was a terrific concert with an enthusiastic crowd!
You can find out more about Jeff and Sheri Easter at their website here.
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Ricky Braddy of Karen Peck and New River is currently in the hospital.
Earlier today, Karen posted the following on Facebook :
“Seems like today is definitely a day for extra prayers. Please pray for Ricky Dale Braddy. Yesterday he noticed a small red place on his hand. It began to swell and by the afternoon he was running a high fever. He is currently in the hospital with infection in his bloodstream. He is improving though…fever is down…thank the Lord!
We want to thank Devin McGlamery for filling in with us this weekend. We love y’all and thanks for always being there through the good and not so good times. #PrayNow”
SGNScoops is joining all the fans and friends of Karen Peck and New River for Ricky’s restored health.
Find Karen Peck and New River on Facebook here for more updates.
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From Gold City: This is my brother!!!! He has an anointing to reach the world! God has blessed him! LIKE AND SHARE!!
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