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The Luck of the Red Head in Southern Gospel

Written by Staff on April 21, 2015 – 6:03 pm -

Sheri LaFontaine

Sheri LaFontaine

By Sheri LaFontaine

We’ve heard it said that blondes have more fun, but there is a group of gingers that will tell you a very different story. According to a Clairol Color Attitude survey, 71% of redheads think that the word “bold” best describes them, which is 24 points ahead of blonds. This certainly makes sense, being that redheads are known for their fiery passion.
​Just like Little Orphan Annie, Opie Taylor, Lucy, Prince Harry and Reba, our Southern Gospel industry has experienced many carrot-tops in the spotlight. From the ultimate Irish tenor, Larry Ford, to the living legend, Lou Hildreth, no one can deny the talent that comes with those orange locks.
Scientists say that red hair and blue eyes are the rarest combination in the world, which makes Olivia Collingsworth a unique beauty.

imageSheri: Where did your red hair come from?
Olivia: My red hair actually came from my great Grandpa. After I was born my parents could not figure out where it came from, because nobody in our family had red hair except for one of my cousins and she got it from a different side of her family. My parents had only seen black and white photos of my dad’s Grandpa, but one day they saw one in color and realized he had red hair. Kinda put two and two together!
Sheri: Do you like it?
Olivia: Since I was little, I never really minded my red hair! I always kinda liked being different than everyone else!

imageMoving from one baby of a talented family to another. Miss Kennedy Hayes of the Mylon Hayes Family is winning the hearts of audiences across the country. Born on October 31st, she truly is the perfect little pumpkin.
Sheri: What’s the best part of having red hair?
Kennedy: The best part about being a redhead is that it is rare! And to have brown eyes is unique, and it’s how God made me! Sometimes I wish I didn’t have red hair when people ask if I have a temper to go with it.
Sheri: Have you ever been made fun of because of your hair?
Kennedy: Since I am home-schooled, I have never been teased, unless you count my brothers. When I was maybe four years old, we were walking on the beach and a lady asked my mom if she colored my hair! Wow…some people can ask funny questions!
We couldn’t possibly write an article like this without speaking to the amazing tenor with the bushy red mustache, Larry Ford.
Sheri: Are you actually Irish?
imageLarry: Yes, I am very Irish. My dad’s family is, of course, Fords. My mom’s family is Kennedy.
Sheri: Have you ever been to Ireland?
Larry: Our first trip to Ireland was in 1995 and it was really a homecoming for me.
Sheri: Is there a downside to being a true redhead?
Larry: Along with the red hair there’s often a tendency to have really white skin that doesn’t much like the sun. I’ve always had a “farmer’s tan” and more freckles on my left arm (driving with the window rolled down) than my right arm. One time I was at a church in the Florida Keys. On Saturday the pastor and I went out to snorkel and catch lobster. Always mindful of how easily I burn, I applied Bullfrog sunscreen to my face, neck and arms. We probably spent two or three hours out on the water. Later that afternoon, I felt a burning sensation. The two or three inch strip between where my swim shorts and T-shirt did not meet, was cooked. Also, the backs of my knees were cooked. I couldn’t even bend my legs to walk. I was walking stiff legged when I walked into church the next morning. Note to self: ALWAYS take the time to apply sunscreen to every area that might even possibly be exposed to Florida sun. If you don’t, it can be extremely painful and dangerous for your skin. However, the lobster was really good.

Next we spoke with the triplets that named their group after the hue of their beautiful hair.
Sheri: So, how do you like having/being Red Roots?
Red Roots: We love being redheads because it makes us different in a lot of ways. We aren’t crazy about the sunburns but everything else is all right.
Sheri: Where did you get it from?
Red Roots: We got our red hair from our mom and she said that when she was young, people used to tease her about being red headed by saying a funny phrase. “I’d rather be dead than red on the head.”
Poor Momma Red Roots.

Tribute Quartet

Tribute Quartet

Josh Singletary is one of the brightest people in the business today. And I’m not just talking about his hair.
Sheri: What are some of the things you hear a lot from the fans?
Josh: I’m constantly asked if I color it. And the red hair confirms to people that I’m from Ireland, even though they know tons of redheads that live down the street that are as redneck as they come.
Sheri: Any perks that come with having orange hair?
Josh: Well, regardless of the hundreds of folks in line for the ride, my youth director never had any trouble at theme parks, knowing where we were in the line for a roller coaster. And he seemed to ALWAYS know when MY turn on the roller coaster was done!

A true sweetheart in this industry is the beautiful, Misty Freeman.
Sheri: Do you have any Irish in you?
Misty: I’m a mutt so I’m sure there is Irish in there somewhere.
Sheri: So how has life been for you, as a redhead?
Misty: Growing up, it was never popular to have red hair. Only older people thought it was pretty. But as a teenager I started loving it. I felt different but in a good way. My husband jokingly says he married me in spite of my red hair. When our daughter was born I just knew she’d have red hair. It was the first thing I asked the nurse “does she have red hair?” To which she sternly replied, ” She’s healthy!” She had pretty dark brown hair! Which Bryce was happy about.
Fast forward two years, I’m having my son and never ever thought I’d have a redheaded son. But the first thing I hear is Reba Rambo in the delivery room saying, “look at that red hair!”
They showed him to me and his hair was bright orange and all I could do was giggle!! What a fun surprise. We definitely get a lot of attention with those red curls but we’ve also had a lot of negative comments too. One man in line with us one day said, “poor little guy having to grow up with that hair”. I hope he grows up to love his.
Sheri: Where did you get it from?
Misty: I get it from both sides of the family. My mom had red hair and my dad did when he was a baby. I have aunts and cousins that are redheads too. The older I get the more I love it!

Only 1-2% of the world’s population are natural redheads. Although parting the red hair can hardly be compared to parting the Red Sea, it is still a rare and extraordinary miracle of God. Some could call it luck, but I think that Joel Hemphill said it best when he penned the song, “Don’t Call Me Lucky, Call Me Blessed.”

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The Jordan Family Band attends the SESGMC

Written by Staff on April 21, 2015 – 10:50 am -


Randa Jordan of the Jordan Family Band tells SGN Scoops…

imageThis weekend was our first time being a part of the SESGMC (South Eastern Southern Gospel Music Conference) in Tifton, GA. What a fun, two-day event with so much great talent. Over 40 groups performed and each did an outstanding job!

imageMy family and I sang on the Friday afternoon showcase and the Spirit of the Lord was truly there in the midst! We won a spot to sing on main stage and once again enjoyed the spirit of the people and their warm reception. We also enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.

Every soloist, duo, trio and group had a great time at this event hosted by Ricky Atkinson of Ricky Atkinson and Compassion. It is growing and imagebecoming something special in the South Georgia area. Make plans to attend this two-day event in April of 2016! You will be blessed and have a great experience in Southern Gospel music!

For more information on the Jordan Family Band click HERE.

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Hope’s Journey Unveils New Website

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 20, 2015 – 3:48 pm -

Hope’s Journey

Hope’s Journey

The web address is the home to southern gospel trio, Hope’s Journey. The website has a fresh new look!

Group manager and owner, Vonda Easley says, “We know the importance of having a fresh “up to date” website.” is the place to keep up with what’s going on with Hope’s Journey, to purchase the group’s product, and to find out where the next concert will be. Vonda adds, “We would like to say thank you to Jonathan Dale Cox and Mile 3:16 Graphic Group for a job  well done!”

Take a look around and let us know what you think!

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NQC’s Spring Break Begins!

Written by Staff on April 16, 2015 – 5:42 pm -

Triumphant Quartet at Spring Break courtesy of Craig Harris

Triumphant Quartet at Spring Break courtesy of Craig Harris

The National Quartet Convention’s Spring Break 2015 begins!

Be sure to stay tuned to SGN Scoops for more about this exciting concert event! Watch for our full photo spread in the upcoming May edition of SGN Scoops!

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Kingdom Heirs Announce New Baritone

Written by Staff on April 15, 2015 – 12:46 pm -

Kingdom Heirs with Brian Alvey

Kingdom Heirs with Brian Alvey

April 15, 2015 – Arden, NC -The Kingdom Heirs are very happy to announce the hiring of Brian Alvey as their new baritone singer. Kries French, owner/manger of the Kingdom Heirs states “A lot of prayer and consideration went into our decision and we are thrilled to welcome Brian and his family, into our family.”  

French continues, “During our time on the road this winter, we had the privilege to audition close to 60 men who traveled many miles for this chance and we thank each of you so much. We feel that God has led us to the man He wants for us.”

Brian Alvey

Brian Alvey

“We are honored to have entered our 30th year of partnership with The Kingdom Heirs”, states Sonlite records President Chris White. “We are excited to continue this relationship with a new recording the group is already working on for an October release.”

The Kingdom Heirs ask you to please help us in welcoming Brian and his family to the Kingdom Heir family. Brian will start his tenure with the group at Dollywood immediately. The Kingdom Heirs would like to invite everyone to come and experience this new era of music and ministry.

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Michael English Special Guest On RFD-TVs The Music City Show

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 14, 2015 – 10:13 pm -

Michael English Special Guest On RFD-TVs The Music City Show

Michael English Special Guest On RFD-TVs The Music City Show

Nashville, Tenn  Grammy and Dove Award winning Christian artist Michael English will be featured as a special guest on the very popular Music City Show in July.

Performing songs like his classics “In Christ Alone” and “I Bowed On My Knees And Cried Holy” as well as his newest hit song “Stubborn” Michael mesmerized the studio audience and that same effect is sure to come across the television viewers as well.

In addition to his great vocal performances, Michael shares his down to earth side while interviewing with the talented host of the program, Tim Lovelace. This is one episode of The Music City Show that you will not want to miss.

Michael stated, “I had a great time taping The Music City Show. Tim Lovelace is a wonderful host and the audience and staff made me feel so welcome.”

To learn more about Michael English go to .

To reach Michael on FaceBook go to or on Twitter at .

If you would like to book Michael English for a concert contact the Beckie Simmons Agency at or call 615-595-7500.

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Written by Staff on April 14, 2015 – 12:29 pm -

Kingdom Heirs with Andy Stringfield at baritone

Kingdom Heirs with Andy Stringfield at baritone

By Robert York

Back in September 2014,  the Kingdom Heirs’ baritone singer resigned from the group. Andy Stringfield, pianist for the group, started filling both positions –

Kingdom Heirs with Bryan Walker

Kingdom Heirs with Bryan Walker

singing and playing – during the remainder of the season at Dollywood. Traveling during their off season, the group began the search for a new baritone. The double duty for Andy was a great load for one person to do.

The Kingdom Heirs auditioned around 60 men who had applied for the position.  With their touring season ending, they narrowed the search down to three men.
With the opening of Dollywood’s 30th year and Kingdom Heirs’ 30th year singing at the park, they were scheduled for weekend shows

Kingdom Heirs with Loren Harris

Kingdom Heirs with Loren Harris

during the month of April, which was Dollywood’s International Festival. To make the final decision for the baritone position they brought each of the selected men to sing on four shows per weekend.

Bryan Walker, known for being a contestant on the TV series American Idol and as a member of The Perrys, was the first one to appear on stage with The Kingdom Heirs. Following Bryan came Loren Harris, another of the Perrys’ former members.  The third and final singer to audition, was Brian Alvey, who is known through the music industry.  He sang with Tribute Quartet and is married to

Kingdom Heirs with Brian Alvey

Kingdom Heirs with Brian Alvey

Lauren Talley.

You can visit the Kingdom Heirs’ website and find photos and video clips of these three on stage with The Kingdom Heirs.
Who will be the new baritone for the Kingdom Heirs? Whomever it is will be the singer that God lays on the heart of the men to select.  Everyone has a voice in the selection, and any one of these three vocalists will be a great choice for the position. 
By Robert York
Special to SGN Scoops website

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This Week on Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 11, 2015 – 10:02 am -

This Week on Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright

This Week on Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright

This week’s program on “Good News Music Radio with Woody Wright” features Part 1 of our interview with Rodney Griffin and music from Greater Vision, Charlotte Ritchie, The Goodman Revival, The Hoppers, Guy Penrod, Wilburn & Wilburn, The Oak Ridge Boys and MORE!

Tune-in to one of the stations listed on our site or listen online for an hour of great gospel music, inspiring ministry and fun with Woody Wright and D. Scott Kramer at:

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Back Home Announces Departure

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 10, 2015 – 8:21 am -

Back Home

Back Home

After 2 years of being on the road, Stacy Pearcy has decided to leave Back Home  “to pursue other interests”.

Jimmy and Jennifer will continue as a duet for now and praying about adding another 3rd person.  They are on their 8th year of full time ministry.
Back Home wishes Stacy the very best and much success.

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From The Kingsmen

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 9, 2015 – 7:21 pm -



Mitchell Crawford, 11-yr. old son of Kingsmen baritone Randy Crawford, has been involved in a serious ATV accident. Injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, however he has been airlifted to a more advanced facility. Details are foggy at this point, however we will try to post more information as it arrives. Please keep Mitchell and the entire Crawford family in your prayers.

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All Of Us At SGNScoops Are Praying For Mitchell


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