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Alan Godsey of the Northmen and Cathy has passed away

Written by Staff on October 15, 2018 – 2:47 pm -

Alan Godsey SGNScoops was sorry to hear of the passing of Alan Godsey.

Alan’s son, Scott, posted the following earlier today on his Facebook page:

I loved my Daddy so much, he was a one of a kind and loved his family more than anything followed by his passion for Southern Gospel music. I miss him so much already, but I know he is in Heaven singing better than he ever has. He probably already recruited singers and made a quartet, maybe even has a tour bus driving on the streets of gold.
He is not suffering anymore, and I am so thankful for that.
I Love You Dad!

Alan Godsey of the Northmen and Cathy has passed awayANNOUNCEMENT: Alan Wayne Godsey, 66, passed on to eternal life on Saturday evening, October 13, 2018 at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Alan was born July 8, 1952 to Ernest Elbert Godsey and Christine (Upchurch) Godsey who preceded him in death. Alan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to Fort Wayne as a teenager. Alan founded The Northmen, and the Northern Gospel Singing Convention. His desire was to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through song. He began singing at the age of 4, with his family group, The Upchurch Family. He loved being with his family, enjoyed any activity the grandkids were involved in and family vacations. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Cathy (Wallace) Godsey, daughter Amanda (Jason) Moore, son, Scott Godsey; three grandchildren, Madeline Moore, Jonathan Moore, and Lincoln Godsey; two sisters Judy (Vernon) Baker and Helen (Jeff) Gallant; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral Service Alan Godsey of the Northmen and Cathy has passed awaywill be held at D.O. McComb and Sons- Pine Valley 1320 E Dupont Rd on Thursday October 18, 2018 10:30 am with calling one hour prior. Visitation will also be at the funeral home Wednesday October 17, 2018 from 2 pm – 4 pm and 6pm – 8pm. Burial in Prairie Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. To sign the online guestbook visit

Alan Godsey of the Northmen and Cathy has passed away

The Northern Gospel Singing Convention 2018

SGNScoops wishes to express sympathy and condolences to the Godsey family. You are in our prayers.

Alan Godsey of the Northmen and Cathy has passed away

The Northmen and Cathy

Pictures shown were gathered from the Facebook page of Alan Godsey on Oct. 15, 2018.

Alan Godsey of the Northmen and Cathy has passed away

Alan Godsey, Doug Anderson, Rob Patz, Kristen Stanton at the Northern Gospel Singing Convention

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GMA Canada announces nominees for 40th Annual Covenant Awards

Written by Staff on October 14, 2018 – 5:57 pm -

Canada's Double Portion nominated for several Covenant Awards

Canada’s Double Portion nominated for several Covenant Awards

The Gospel Music Association of Canada, begun in 1974, will present the 40th Annual Covenant Awards on January 24, 2019, at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The awards will be handed out in over 30 categories, during a ceremony featuring live performances from various nominees.

2018 Covenant AwardsSome of the nominees in the Southern gospel and Country gospel categories include:

GROUP OF THE YEAR: West Of Here, Manic Drive, The Color, Canada’s Double Portion, The Voyage

VIDEO OF THE YEAR: There Is More/Canada’s Double Portion, In My Lifetim/Jordan St.Cyr, Born For Greatness/Warren Dean Flandez Feat. KJ Apa, Hiding Place/Addition [Andrew Marcus], Let It Be Love
The Color, Road To Greatness/Caleb Bloomfield AKA Xempt, Something To Say/Andrew Abbott

Tom Roe, Covenant Awards nominee

Tom Roe, Covenant Awards multi-nominee

COUNTRY SONG OF THE YEAR: Heavenly Harvest/Rosemary Siemens, Billy Sprague & Joe Beck;  Voice Of Jesus/Tom Roe; Back To You/Michael Boucher, Jared Boucher, Nathan Boucher & Jordan Shew; Summertime, Summertime/Barbara Joy; Tornadoes/Michael Boucher, Jared Boucher, Nathan Boucher & Jordan Shew

SOUTHERN GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR: A Little Further Down The Line/Trevor Toews; Hands/ Christina Hemmerling, Debbie Hemmerling & Duncan A Hemmerling; Nothing But The Blood (Washes Over Me)/Barbara Joy & Robert Lowry (Public Domain); Voice Of Jesus/Tom Roe

Faithful by the Torchmen nominated for Covenant Award

Faithful by the Torchmen nominated for Covenant Award


Proverbs CD nominated for Covenant Award

Proverbs CD nominated for Covenant Award

Faithful/Torchmen Quartet; Back To You/Open Sky; There Is More/Canada’s Double Portion; Babies, Banjos & The Bible/Son Picked; Are You Ready/Tom Roe

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Written by Staff on October 3, 2018 – 8:12 am -



NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Country Faith Southern Gospel, a new collection featuring 15 timeless songs from some of the genre’s most beloved artists, is now available from Curb | Word Entertainment.  Showcasing a range of favorites, past and present, Country Faith Southern Gospel is highlighted by classics from such legends as The Happy Goodmans (“The Lighthouse”) and The Cathedrals (“Step Into The Water”), alongside Mark Lowry’s “What’s Not to Love,” The Nelons’ “Oh For A Thousand Tongues” and The Crabb Family’s career-defining hit, “Through The Fire.”

With eight albums to date and $2.5 million in retail sales, the Country Faith music line—part of a multi-faceted brand including books, jewelry and other products—unveils this debut Southern Gospel compilation following the success of Country Faith Hymns, Country Faith Love Songs and Country Faith Christmas, among other music titles. Previous releases have featured many of the format’s superstars, including Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, George Strait and Brad Paisley. 
“Southern Gospel music is one of the genres I grew up listening to, and I love it,” says Deborah Evans Price, award-winning journalist and cofounder of Country Faith, LLC. “There are so many Southern Gospel songs that have been anchors in my life, and many of them are on this project. I feel like when people hear this collection, they’re going to be moved, encouraged and comforted. These are songs that people have known and loved and made a part of their lives, and I’m honored to have them on the Country Faith Southern Gospel collection.”
“Brand New Star,” a poignant tune from multi-genre icons The Oak Ridge Boys, resonated deeply with Evans Price following her mother’s death. “That one has been such a light and comfort for me after losing Mom,” she explains. “It’s the closing song on the album, and it will always be special to me.”
Longtime Southern Gospel fans will appreciate the inclusion of Greater Vision’s toe-tapping hit “My Name is Lazarus,” while The Florida Boys, Karen Peck & New River, Legacy Five and Canton Junction are also featured on the new release. Additionally, the project includes inspired performances from favorite soloists Jason Crabb, Michael English, Joseph Habedank and Janet Paschal.
“We are thrilled to have our song ‘God’s Got a Better Plan’ included on Country Faith Southern Gospel,” says Matthew Hagee, founding member of Canton Junction. “Music from The Cathedrals, The Happy Goodmans and The Oak Ridge Boys, along with so many others, filled our home growing up, so being on the same record as these Gospel music pioneers is an honor we do not take lightly.”
A sought-after journalist and recipient of the Country Music Association’s prestigious Media Achievement Award in 2013, Deborah Evans Price has interviewed numerous luminaries, including Dolly Parton, Don Henley, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Dennis Quaid and Tim Tebow. She is the author of three books and serves as a contributing writer for Billboard, Redbook, People, Sounds Like Nashville, First for Women and Woman’s World, among other outlets. 
Country Faith, LLC partners Deborah Evans Price, Bob DeMoss and Wildfire7 launched the successful brand with Evans Prices’ acclaimed books Country Faith (2013) and Country Faith Christmas (2015). In addition to eight full-length albums, the brand’s growing catalog includes books, jewelry and other items celebrating country, Christian and Gospel music. Time Life Music features the Country Faith book on national television as a bonus product in its Faith, Hope and Country collection, while other brand partners include Curb | Word Entertainment, Regnery Faith Publications, Cracker Barrel, Bob Siemon Designs and New Day Christian Distributors. 
Country Faith Southern Gospel is available atiTunes and Amazon, among other digital retailers, as well as in select stores across the country. For further information,  

Country Faith Southern Gospel Track Listing:
1. Washed by the Water – Jason Crabb
2. The Lighthouse – The Happy Goodmans
3. Washed In The Blood Of The Lamb – Janet Paschal
4. I Bowed On My Knees And Cried Holy – Michael English
5. Step Into The Water – The Cathedrals
6. Pray Now – Karen Peck & New River
7. Christ Is Still The King – Legacy Five
8. Here He Comes – Joseph Habedank
9. Oh For A Thousand Tongues – The Nelons
10. What’s Not To Love – Mark Lowry
11. When He Was On The Cross (I Was On His Mind) – The Florida Boys
12. Through The Fire – The Crabb Family
13. My Name Is Lazarus – Greater Vision
14. God’s Got A Better Plan – Canton Junction
15. Brand New Star – The Oak Ridge Boys
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Updated: Pray for Matt Dibler of the Inspirations

Written by Staff on September 27, 2018 – 5:35 pm -

Just announced to pray for Matt Dibler. I think I got that right, if the Inspirations. Was in a car accident this aft. He has been airlifted to Knoxville. - Matt Dibler

Inspirations at NQC 2018

News from the National Quartet Convention, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee:

Just announced (Thursday,  September 27, 2018):  Please pray for Matt Dibler of the Inspirations. Dibler was in a car accident this afternooon. He has been airlifted to Knoxville.

Matt Dibler

Matt Dibler

Please pray for Matt Dibler and his family.

Updayed at 10:00 p.m. EST from the Inspirations Facebook page :

“Thanks for all of the calls and prayers for our lead singer, Matt Dibler, who was in a car accident today. He is in the hospital for observation with a broken rib over his heart and a fractured knee cap. We will post updates as we know them. Please keep Matt in your prayers.”

InspirationsKeep watching SGNScoops Facebook page and this page for more Southern gospel news.

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Bill Shaw to be remembered on Sunday September 16

Written by Staff on September 8, 2018 – 2:05 pm -

Bill Shaw and Gerald Williams

Bill Shaw and Gerald Williams

Bill Shaw, former tenor singer with the Blackwood Brothers,  passed away on September 7, 2018. He was 94.

Mark Blackwood posted the following on Facebook :

From Robert Shaw, Bill Shaw’s son: “I’m sorry to say that my Dad, Bill Shaw, passed away this morning. Although this comes as no surprise, it’s hard to see him go. The good news is that he was in no pain and in his own way, seemed ready to leave this earth to be with his Lord.

A Memorial Service in his honor has been scheduled for Sunday, September 16th, 3:00 PM at Forest Hill Baptist Church, 909 Plantation Road, Anderson SC 29621. Thanks again for all of your love, support and prayers.

Bill Sgaw

Bill Shaw


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Please pray for the Browders

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 5, 2018 – 9:08 am -

Merita Browder, mother of Matthew (and his wife Sonya), and David, of gospel artist family the Browders, passed away suddenly on September 4th, at the age of 57. Merita was blessed with a loving family and many friends.

Facebook PostFrom Matthew Browder….

Saddest time of my life. Me and David’s precious momma went to heaven yesterday. Please pray for us. Our hearts are crushed.

From David Browder…

I’m in shock! My precious dear momma passed away this morning unexpected. She was only 57. I will miss her so much, but I know she’s in the arms of Jesus. The family are going to make arrangements tomorrow morning at 10:00am. My mom is pictured here in our very first studio cassette tape recording titled “On Time.” We had a lot of great times with you on the road back then mom!

For More Info Go To The Browders Facebook Page Here

Please pray for this precious family as they grieve the passing of this much loved lady.

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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 Phone 601-310-2991 or on the web 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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