(August 26, 2015) Scott Fowler of Legacy Five made this post on Facebook today:
Day three of major Legacy Five announcements.
It is with sadness that we have to let you know that our tenor, Gus Gaches will be departing Legacy Five after more than five and a half years with us.
Gus states that, “singing tenor in a southern gospel group is a very demanding job vocally. The reality is that it has become increasingly more rigorous for me over the past several months because of severe allergies and vocal fatigue. I have sought much assistance from doctors and voice teachers alike and cannot seem to find a lasting solution to these nagging vocal issues. When I started this Legacy Five season of my life, I thanked Scott Fowler for hiring me. I move into the next chapter of my life thanking Scott Fowler for allowing me to be a part of this great group for over five years. I also want to thank the Legacy Five Family, those who follow, love and support Legacy Five, for their love support and gifts to me and my family.”
Scott Fowler says, “Everyone on this bus respects and appreciates Gus and his heart. He has been a great asset to the ministry of Legacy Five and he has been such an easy and delightful person to travel with. The only times that I ever saw Gus upset was anytime the Nashville Predators failed to advance in the play-offs….seriously…the guy never gets mad. Gus has a beautiful voice and we pray that with continued treatment and some time off, he will continue to sing in a less taxing capacity than this position demands. The voice is the one instrument that you cannot simply go to the store and purchase. As such, we all have to take great care of the one voice God has given us. Gus and his family are precious people and we wish them all the best as they enter the next season of their lives.”
Gus will continue to travel with Legacy Five for a yet to be determined amount of time while Legacy Five begins the search for the tenor that will replace him. Please keep the Gaches family in your prayers as they seek God in this new season of their lives, and please pray for Legacy Five, as they seek God’s provision for the right person to minister with them.
If you are interested in auditioning for Legacy Five, you may contact Scott Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org
In Day One of big announcements, Scott Fowler said they have acquired two new team members. The first one to be introduced was David Keel, Legacy Five’s new driver.
Yesterday, Fowler reported that they have hired a new sound person, Blake McAllister.
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Carthage, Tennessee (August 24, 2015) – Award winning Gospel duet Wilburn and Wilburn are excited to announce that this great annual event is expanding to three days, and the talent line up at the 2016 Jackie Wilburn Memorial Spring Sing is a great one. Joining Wilburn and Wilburn as well as Elaine Wilburn all three days, will be: The Inspirations, the McKameys and the Primitive Quartet.
Jonathan Wilburn says, “We have expanded our event to three days. This will allow our fans to plan a weekend trip to the beautiful middle Tennessee area. There are many things to do and see here in the area. Whether you love the good ole’ outdoors, maybe shopping, or camping, or whatever, there is an activity to fit you. More than anything else we have some of the finest artists in Southern Gospel Music that are planning on being with us.”
The event is held each year in Carthage Tennessee at the Smith County AG Center. Carthage is the home town for the Wilburn family.
The schedule for the 2016 Spring Sing at the AG center in Carthage TN is:
Friday April 29-7pm-The Inspirations, Wilburn and Wilburn, and Elaine Wilburn
Saturday April 30-7pm-The McKameys, Wilburn and Wilburn, and Elaine Wilburn
Sunday May 1-2:30pm-The Primitive QT, Wilburn and Wilburn, and Elaine Wilburn
The AG Center has 15 premium camp sites just steps from the main auditorium. There are plenty of state parks, hotels and restaurants close by. You will not want to miss this year in the hills with Wilburn and Wilburn at the annual Jackie Wilburn Memorial Spring Sing.
For more info or for a free brochure call 256-459-4769. The AG center is located at 159 AG Center Lane, South Carthage, Tennessee, 37030.
If you would like to interview Wilburn & Wilburn contact AG Publicity at email@example.com .
About Wilburn & Wilburn
Wilburn & Wilburn, the Father – Son team of Jonathan and Jordan Wilburn are continuing the tradition for three generations. Jonathan spent the first 16 years of his Southern Gospel Music career singing with his family, the Wilburns, one of Gospel Music’s most beloved and respected families. In 1996 Jonathan would move to Gadsden, Alabama where he would anchor the lead position with Gold City for the next 12 years.
Adding a dimension to this group is Jonathan’s son Jordan. Feeling his call to sing Gospel music at a young age, it is a great match of Father and Son to create a great sound and an excitement that enhances any worship service.
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Few groups in any genre of music have been able to enjoy such a longstanding presence in their industry as The Kingsmen Quartet. Since their beginning in 1956, this beloved group of singers has continued to bring us songs of hope for the Christian life. Their quartet harmonies have provided a constant soundtrack for decades in a world that is continually changing. Listeners have enjoyed their Southern Gospel style, their incredible musical talent, and their powerful testimonies for almost 60 years.
If you ask any member of this much-loved quartet what their secret is for remaining such a strong influence in Gospel music, they will tell you that there is actually no secret at all – The Kingsmen Quartet is simply following the call that God has placed on their hearts to minister for Him through song, and He is doing the rest!
Started by the three McKinney brothers in the hills of North Carolina, The Kingsmen would go on to steadily gain a large following in Christian music. Many renowned artists have been blessed to call The Kingsmen home for a time. Such artists include Eldridge Fox, Big Jim Hamill, Squire Parsons, Johnny Parrack, Anthony Burger, Ernie Phillips, Ed Crawford and Gary Sheppard. The group has received numerous awards, including Dove awards, Hall of Fame awards, and Singing News awards.
The Kingsmen have five members past and present in the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame, which are Eldridge Fox, Jim Hamill, Anthony Burger, Squire Parsons, and Ray Dean Reese. The group is also in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Christian Music Hall of Fame. The Kingsmen Quartet currently consists of Ray Dean Reese, Brandon Reese, Bob Sellers, Chris Jenkins, and Randy Crawford. Read more »
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Wesley Smith named tenor for The New Dove Brothers
McCray Dove and Tony Peace are excited to announce that Wesley Smith will be singing tenor for the new Dove Brothers. After singing for a month together we knew Wesley was our man for the tenor position stated McCray and Tony. ! The sound is just magical and we can’t wait to get in the studio and start recording. McCray states that Wesley vocal ability is incredible. He’s a perfect fit .
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Welcome to the SGN Scoops’ Fast Five! In this edition, we chat with Mike Jones, Program Director at Radio CIA, to find out what makes Radio CIA tick. Why would a former member of the Air Force, Paramedic and Air Traffic Controller decide to run a full-time Christian radio station? Why would a Pastor, Singer and Evangelist take time to be a Ministry Director for an online radio station? Why would a Preacher who has led mission crusades, and become a Ph.D., pastor, writer and speaker, become an associate Pastor for that same radio station? And why would a former addict, now a ordained minister, believe in that station so much that he too would become an associate Pastor for Radio CIA?
The answer? Find out below!
SGN: Tell us how Radio CIA was founded.
MJ: The station opened in 2007 as a secular station playing Country and occasional Classic Rock, primarily for friends and family. In time, occasional requests for Gospel music came in. I’ve been a Christian since 14 and happily complied. That led to a weekly Sunday show called He’s Alive! in an all Gospel format. I closed the station for financial reasons in 2010.
By 2012, God began to work on me, calling me to reopen the station as a 24/7 Christian station. I asked Pastor Mike Wilkins, whom I had met on Facebook, to work with me and serve as the station’s ministry director. After prayer on the matter, he agreed.
SGN: What is the number one one goal of your radio ministry?
MJ: The Internet gives us great opportunities for a long-lasting reach. On any given month, we literally have listeners from around the globe. Our goal is to spread the Gospel of Christ through every legitimate means at our disposal, and to teach those who want to learn more about God, as well as providing a family friendly entertainment venue that all Christians can enjoy.
SGN: Can you tell folks how to listen online and can you tell us some of the radio shows you offer?
MJ: Listening is easy. Just go to our website at http://radiocia.us and click on the listen now link. Choose the player you prefer to listen with, or download our mobile app. Some of our nationally syndicated programming include:
Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Radio
Good News Music Radio with host Woody Wright
EMPOWER! Praise and Worship with Rick McConnell
This Week in Gospel Music featuring Mickey Bell
The Sunrise Show with Jim Tucker
The Old Gospel Ship with Rev. Billy Douglas
SGN: Tell us who makes things run at Radio CIA?
MJ: Easier to give you links here:
Program Director Mike Jones: http://radiocia.us/team-view/mike-jones/
Ministry Director Pastor Mike Wilkins: http://radiocia.us/team-view/pastor-mike-wilkins/
Associate Pastor Michael Hamilton: http://radiocia.us/team-view/pastor-michael-hamilton/
Associate Pastor Rick Smith: http://radiocia.us/team-view/bro-rick-smith/
SGN: What are some future goals for the station?
MJ: To continue to build our listenership and reach so that more people can hear the Good News. To continue to follow the commission set out to us in Mark 16:15: “And He said unto them, go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.”
It’s obvious that the reason all of those involved in Radio CIA are working hard together to present a professional online station full of the Gospel, is that they believe in the Good News!
Thanks to Mike Jones and all the folks at Radio CIA for having a heart to tell others about Jesus.
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Gerald Wolfe of Greater Vision is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of August 16 and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is GloryWay Quartet, and Jean reviews new recordings by Paul Tillman and Shane Mathis. An article from AbsolutelyGospel.com is the subject of this week’s News Notes. In the News is Canton Junction, Hope’s Journey, The Browns and The Dixie Melody Boys. We wish a Happy Birthday to Butch Owens of The Blackwood Brothers. The show features exclusive concert video of The Williamsons, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Ada, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Dixie Melody Boys, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Pigeon Forge, TN.
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AUGUST 15, 2015 – STATEMENT FROM DEAN HOPPER:
“Last evening, while on tour in Frankfort, KY, my father, Claude Hopper, suffered a small stroke. He was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital where he has spent the last 18 hours. Connie, who is by his side now, is blessed to announce that his speech and word formations were the only areas affected.
We greatly appreciate your continual prayers for a speedy recovery.”
All scheduled concerts will proceed.
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Pigeon Forge, TN – Coastal Media and SGN Scoops are pleased to present the 2015 Diamond Award Top Five Nominees! The Diamond Awards began in January with fans nominating their favorite artists for each award from the Living Legend to the Favorite Album. From this comprehensive list, fans were asked to nominate their top ten for each category. Now, fans have chosen their top five nominees for each award and this list is presented below. Vote Here or below
Fans are asked to go to the Diamond Award website to vote from this top five list for their favorite in each area. Voting ends for the Top Five on September 14, 2015. The 2015 Diamond Awards will be presented in a gala ceremony on November 3, 2015 at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. More information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention can be found on their website or on their Facebook page, or contact Rob Patz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Joshua Epperson has been on stage with The Singing Echoes for 26 years and in that time could count on his hand how many times he couldn’t leave out with the group until September 2014.While on tour in Pennsylvania Josh became sick with an infection and made it home to get no answers from the doctors as to what led to this infection.He was told “I guess your unlucky.” After two weeks Josh was ready to get to go back on the road when recording in the studio ,he felt a pain start in his body.Over the next couple of hours, he had to be taken to the hospital to find out he had a hernia that never surfaced but ruptured.In 2013 Josh and his wife Brooke lost their second child in a miscarriage.God smiled down upon them and on October 28,2014,they welcomed a healthy girl they named Beckett Grace.
The Sunday after she was born Josh was holding her in the recliner when his Mom and Dad come in wanting to see her.As Josh leaned forward in the chair to give his Mom Beckett, something popped and his pain was so great, his Dad couldn’t get Josh up and they had to call an ambulance to go to the ER.The nerves and muscle attached to his mesh and the nerves tore which ended Josh going on the road for the rest of 2014.After Josh and his wife being off work for close to three months,medical bills were piling up and they decided to cut down things such as getting cheaper car payments by trading in their cars.Josh even sold several guitars to keep bills current and was able to take care of his wife’s medical bills for the baby being born.Things were getting better when Josh had to be taken to the ER in April with a kidney stone and missed two weeks from the group. Unfortunately, Josh’s “Out of Pocket” on his insurance started over.In May the group was singing in Alabama when Josh again became sick and was taken to the ER in Enterprise with another kidney stone.
Since May, Josh has passed 11 kidney stones,and one of those attacked him on stage in West Virginia where he couldn’t finish that night .The first of July,he had surgery to remove one that was stuck and now August 17, he will have another surgery to bust the rest of them.Josh has stayed faithful through the years and has even turned down country acts to stay in Gospel music.Friends have given and have called and paid several of his medical bills and have brought 11,000 dollars down to 5,000 dollars.One of Josh’s friends started a Go Fund Me page to help finish off the bills where friends can go support Josh and his family.http://www.gofundme.
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Nashville, Tenn How would you or your vocal group like to win a chance to open for Three Bridges at the West Birmingham Homecoming? What a great opportunity to gain exposure and new fans for your group or personal ministry. This type of connection doesn’t happen often so go for it now.
. One soloist and one group will be chosen to open the West Birmingham Homecoming concert on Saturday, September 12, 2015 to be held at Adamsville Church of God in Adamsville, AL. The winning soloist will perform 2 songs and the winning group will perform 3 songs.
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