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Freedom Reaches Promotional Agreement with Southern Spin Entertainment

Written by SGN Scoops on July 5, 2012 – 6:02 am -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (July 4, 2012) – Freedom, one of the most exciting new names in Christian music, has reached a publicity and web promotion agreement with SSE Group, Inc.  Through this agreement, the talented trio has gained exclusive access to all media outlets serviced by Southern Spin Entertainment, in addition to advertising and marketing possibilities.

Freedom is the culmination of a mutual lifelong dream for longtime friends Josh Garner and John Rulapaugh. Having spent a combined total of more than 30 years singing the Gospel, these young men have joined forces to create a new standard in Christian Music. Joining Garner and Rulapaugh in this new undertaking is vocalist and pianist Tyler Vestal. Sharing a deep love for God and country, these three men are passionate about sharing the love of Jesus throughout an increasingly hurting nation and around the world. Read more »


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SSE Group, Inc. Welcomes Brenda Denney to Artist Development Team

Written by Scoops Staff on May 6, 2010 – 9:48 pm -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – SSE Group, Inc. – parent company to Southern Spin Entertainment, SouthernSpinRadio.com and SSE Design Group – is proud to announce the addition of Brenda Denney to the company’s artist development team.

Brenda Denney is one third of the popular Southern Gospel trio 2nd Generation. Denney also serves on the Advisory Council for the Branson Gospel Music Convention.

“I am so excited about joining the staff of SSE,” mentioned Brenda. “My group, 2nd Generation, has been a part of the company for the last four years, so I know first hand the kind of work that they do for their clients. I believe in this company, and I can’t wait to share my experiences with other artists who are looking to expand their ministry!”

“We knew we needed to add another individual to our team,” mentioned Amy Unthank of SSE Group, Inc. “Brenda is a talented artist and has a real heart for this industry. We know that she’s going to do a great job for us!”

Brenda will join Scott Bandy as a part of the Artist Development Team which helps recruit artists and assists them through the signing process.

To find out more about Brenda and 2nd Generation – visit http://www.2ndgenerationministries.com .

For more information on the services that SSE Group, Inc. offers, visit http://www.southernspin.com or http://www.ssedesigngroup.com


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Melissa Morris Unveils New, Fully-Updated Webpage

Written by Scoops Staff on May 6, 2010 – 9:46 pm -



MORGANTOWN, W.V. – (May 5, 2010) – Christian music soloist Melissa Morris is pleased to announce the unveiling of her new, fully-updated webpage.  The new page went live earlier and was designed by the staff of SSE Design Group, the web publishing and internet promotions division of SSE Group, Inc.

Melissa said, “I love my new webpage so much! This is the first time I’ve had a home on the web outside of MySpace, and it looks so good!”

“We really wanted to create a site for Melissa that reflected her beautiful spirit! This new site is a great representation of who she is as an artist and as a minister of the Gospel,” mentioned Amy Marie Unthank of SSE Design Group.

The site is an exhaustive telling of the ministry of Melissa Morris.  It features a biography, contact information, a photo gallery, schedules, and more.  Melissa’s newly designed press kit is also available for promoters and pastors to download directly from the site.

Melissa has recently seen a resounding amount of fan support for her current single.  The song – titled “Wonderful” – has become a fixture on the popular fan-based chart at GospelMusicTimes.net

“Wonderful” – which can be found on Morris’ Cedar Hill Records release Above & Beyond – recently cracked the Top 5 on the popular chart.  The song has remained on the Top 40 for multiple weeks as well.

“Wonderful” was shipped and promoted to Southern Gospel radio by the Eddie Crook Company’s Cedar Hill Records.

For more information on Melissa – visit http://www.melissamorrisonline.com .
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Shine On Trio Reaches Publicity and Web Publishing Agreement with Southern Spin Entertainment

Written by Scoops Staff on April 28, 2010 – 10:38 pm -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – South Carolina mixed group Shine On Trio has reached a publicity and web publishing agreement with SSE Group, Inc.  Through this agreement, the talented trio has gained exclusive access to all media outlets serviced by Southern Spin Entertainment, in addition to advertising and marketing possibilities.  The Shine On Trio will also receive a newly designed webpage and media kit through this agreement.

The Shine On Trio is based out of Chapin, South Carolina and consists of Roger and Cathy Troutman, and Cathy’s sister Brenda Quick.  While the group may have a relatively short history, they share a story of God’s grace and timing at their ministry events. The trio has one recording – Let the Son Shine.

“We are so anxious to tell the world about the Shine On Trio,” mentioned Amy Marie Unthank of SSE Group, Inc. “This trio has an amazing story, and we can’t wait to share it with the rest of the world!”

Roger Troutman of Shine On Music Ministries said, “We are very excited to be working with the SSE Group.  Joining the artist lineup at SSE puts us among some of the best names in Southern Gospel music, and we are honored to be part of a company with such a rich history.  With their gospel music roots, Chris and Amy have that extra edge in order to tailor to the needs of each artist.  We are looking forward to a long relationship with SSE!”

Southern Spin Entertainment is one of three divisions of the 501c non-profit organization SSE Group, Inc.  The company is operated by siblings Amy Marie Unthank and Chris D. Unthank.  The company currently represents artists, companies, and organizations in all genres of Gospel music – including the Dove Brothers, The Freemans, The Nelons, AbsolutelyGospel.com (formerly SoGospelNews.com), HisSong, Misty Freeman, Driven Quartet, the Diamond Awards, Branson Gospel Music Convention, Eighth Day, David Hill Trio, Sharron Kay King, Heavens Highway, The Pathfinders, 2nd Generation, Brothers Forever, English Family, Men of Music, Faithful Crossings, and many more.

News about a new album and record label for the Shine On Trio will be released at a later date.

Until Shine On Trio’s new site is unveiled – you can find out more information on the group by visiting http://www.shineontrio.com .


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SSE Artists Land 30 Nominations on Diamond Awards Top 10 Ballot

Written by Scoops Staff on April 22, 2010 – 12:02 pm -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Coastal Media Group and SGN Scoops Digital, home of the Diamond Awards, announced the Top 10 ballot for the Diamond Awards earlier this month.  Southern Spin Entertainment artists and organizations landed a total of 30 nominations on the Top 10 ballot.

SSE’s home on the web landed a nomination for Favorite Industry Website, alongside three-time winner of the award SoGospelNews.com (now AbsolutelyGospel.com).  Also, Chris Unthank, program manager for SouthernSpinRadio.com, landed a Top 10 spot for the Paul Heil Award for Broadcasting. SouthernSpinRadio.com was awarded the Paul Heil Award in 2006.

“We are absolutely thrilled that we have representation in almost every single category on the 2010 Diamond Awards Top 10 ballot,” mentioned Amy Marie Unthank of SSE Group, Inc. “We feel like we represent some of the industry’s most talented and brightest artists. This is a just a testament to that fact.”

SSE artists and organizations landed Top 10 nominations in the following categories:

SONG: “Hold On” (Dove Brothers), “It’s All About Him” (Praise Incorporated)

ALBUM: It’s All About Him (Praise Incorporated), Journey Through the Sky (HisSong)

MIXED GROUP: The Freemans

QUARTET: Praise Incorporated

TRIO: 2nd Generation, HisSong

DUET: Lee & Loyall

MALE SOLOIST: Rod Burton

FEMALE SOLOIST: Bev McCann, Misty Freeman, Sharron Kay King

LIVING LEGEND: Kelly Nelon Clark (The Nelons)

INSTRUMENTALIST: Adam Harman (Dove Brothers)

SUNRISE AWARD: 2nd Generation, Praise Incorporated

PAUL HEIL AWARD IN BROADCASTING: Chris Unthank (SouthernSpinRadio.com)

CHRISTIAN COUNTRY MALE ARTIST: Rod Burton

CHRISTIAN COUNTRY FEMALE ARTIST: Bev McCann, Sharron Kay King

CHRISTIAN COUNTRY GROUP: Dove Brothers, Eighth Day, Praise Incorporated

VIDEO/DVD: Hinsons Live! (The Freemans)

BLUEGRASS ARTIST: Bound & Determined

ARTIST WEBSITE: 2nd Generation (2ndgenerationministries.com), Brothers Forever (brothersforever.net)

INDUSTRY WEBSITE: SoGospelNews.com (now AbsolutelyGospel.com), SouthernSpin.com

Fans can now vote for their favorites from the Top 10 ballot. The online ballot is designed for fans to vote for their favorite artists and individuals for each award.  Fans and industry supporters are encouraged to visit the SGN Scoops Digital website to place their votes.  The Diamond Awards home on the web is located at http://sgnscoops.com.

The 2010 Diamond will once again take place at the Branson Gospel Music Convention.  The show will take place on Thursday, July 1, 2010 in Branson, Missouri at the Branson Convention Center.  The awards program will precede the Thursday evening concerts and will begin at 6:00 p.m.

For more information on the Diamond Awards – visit the SGN Scoops Digital website at http://www.sgnscoops.com .


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The Gardners Renew Contract with Southern Spin Entertainment

Written by Scoops Staff on March 3, 2010 – 12:55 pm -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Zion Music Group recording artist The Gardners have renewed their contract with Southern Spin Entertainment.  The group has signed on for another full year of exclusive publicity from Southern Spin Entertainment.  The popular family group will continue to have access to all media publications serviced by Southern Spin Entertainment, as well as marketing possibilities with the organization.

“The Gardners are some of the hardest working and sincerely genuine people that we have ever had the privilege of working with,” mentioned Chris Unthank of Southern Spin Entertainment.  “They’ve got a new record coming out, and we can’t wait for everyone to hear the music that this group has been making!”

Michael Gardner of The Gardners said, “We look forward to another year with SSE. We have been more than pleased with the work and friendship that they have provided our group over the last few years.”

The Gardners have been in the studio recording their next Zion Records release.  More information on that recording will be released at a later date.  Until then, fans can call and request the group’s current single – “I’ve Had Enough” – at Southern Gospel radio.

More information on the Gardners can be found at http://www.thegardners.com.


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Praise Incorporated Signs Publicity & Web Publishing Deal with Southern Spin Entertainment

Written by Scoops Staff on February 8, 2010 – 1:50 pm -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Amy Marie Unthank and Chris D. Unthank of SSE Group, Inc. are proud to announce the addition of the Praise Incorporated to the group’s growing roster.  Praise Incorporated has reached an exclusive publicity and internet promotions agreement with SSE Group, Inc.’s Southern Spin Entertainment.  Through this agreement, the talented group has gained access to all media outlets serviced by Southern Spin Entertainment, in addition to advertising and marketing possibilites.  SSE will also build the group a new, full-updated website.

With a focus on musical excellence and integrity in ministry, Praise Incorporated has devoted their lives to reaching the lost and encouraging the Christian, through music and spoken word.  Building on combined decades of music experience, Steve Sam, Ron Higgins, Greg Bares have hearts for the Lord and that gives Praise Incorporated the musical excellence it strives for.

“We’ve gotten to know the fine folks in Praise Incorporated over the last couple of months, and we’ve already fallen in love with their sweet spirits,” mentioned Amy Marie Unthank of SSE Group, Inc.  “We can’t wait to see what this year has in store for such a fine group of Christian men!”

Praise Incorporated just released their latest recording – It’s All About Him.  More information on that will be available shortly.

Southern Spin Entertainment is one of three divisions of the 501c non-profit organization SSE Group, Inc.  The company is operated by siblings Amy Marie Unthank and Chris D. Unthank.  The company currently represents artists, companies, and organizations in all genres of Gospel music – including the Dove Brothers, The Freemans, The Nelons, SoGospelNews.com, Misty Freeman, Driven Quartet, the Diamond Awards, Branson Gospel Music Convention, Eighth Day, the Men of Music, Sharron Kay King, HisSong, Wendy Word + forgiven, David Hill Trio, The Pathfinders, 2nd Generation, Brothers Forever, and many more.

For more information on Praise Incorporated, visit their website at http://www.praiseinc.com .


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Joseph T. Lee Music Now Available Digitally

Written by Scoops Staff on January 21, 2010 – 9:01 am -

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. – Heartwarming Records recording artist Joseph T. Lee is proud to announce that his music is now available on many digital outlets through his recent partnership with CDBaby.com.

Lee’s debut album, Shield of Faith, is now available on iTunes and other major digital outlets.

“I am so excited about working with CDBaby,” mentioned Joseph T. Lee.  “They have been a great help to my ministry already, and I expect great things in the future from our partnership.  Getting this album out nationally has been a dream come true for me as an artist.”

For more information regarding Joseph T. Lee and CDBaby – visit Lee’s CDBaby site at http://www.cdbaby.com/josephtlee .

Lee’s debut album, Shield of Faith, was released in late 2008 independently. He and his ministry partner Bill Loyall will announce more details about their group – Lee & Loyall’s debut at a later date. They are scheduled to record their debut Heartwarming Records release later this year.

Joseph’s debut single, “There’s a Miracle Coming,” had major success at radio – including charting on Gospel Music News Top 100 Chart and GospelMusicTimes.com Top 40 Fan Chart. “There’s a Miracle Coming” was written by Sandy Bloemer.

More information on Joseph T. Lee can be found at his website – located at http://www.josephleeministries.com .  Contact and booking information can be found at the site. Fans are also encouraged to visit Joseph on ShoutLife by heading to http://www.shoutlife.com/josephlee .


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Rod Burton Renews Contract with SSE

Written by Scoops Staff on November 26, 2009 – 1:15 pm -

HOMEWOOD, Ill. – Rising Southern Gospel soloist Rod Burton has just renewed his contract with Southern Spin Entertainment.  The popular artist has signed on for another year of exclusive publicity from Southern Spin Entertainment. Rod will continue to have access to all media publications serviced by Southern Spin Entertainment, as well as marketing possibilities with the organization.

Rod Burton said, “The staff at SSE has really become a part of my ministerial family.  I can’t imagine partnering with another organization to meet my needs in this area of my ministry. I highly recommend them to all who seek a good publicity representative.”

Chris Unthank of SSE Group, Inc. said, “We have seen such giant leaps in Rod’s ministry over the last couple of years, and we are so excited that we have gotten to be a small part of it.  Rod is the real deal, and everyone that meets him finds that out very quickly.”

Rod recently has scored his first Top 80 single.  According to the December 2009 issue of the Singing News Magazine Top 80 chart, Southern Gospel’s official radio airplay chart, Rod Burton’s “Take a Stand” will debut at #75 on the respected chart.

In addition to charting on the Singing News Top 80, the song has also been a staple on the GospelMusicTimes.com Top 100 Fan Chart and has charted for multiple weeks on the SoGospelNews.com Top 40 Weekly Chart.

“Take a Stand” is the second single from Rod’s latest recording – Walking In the Light and has a message that is specific for the time that the nation and world is in today.

“Take a Stand” was written by Bobby Carter and is the follow-up to Rod’s last single, the fan-favorite and Top 40 hit “That’s How a Miracle Feels.”  “Take a Stand” is being promoted to Southern Gospel radio through the Rick Hendrix Company.

For more information on Rod Burton – visit http://www.rodburtonmusic.com.

Fans are encouraged to visit Rod’s MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/rodburtonmusicinc.  Rod’s ShoutLife can be found at http://www.shoutlife.com/rodburtonmusic.


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Joseph T. Lee Renews Contract with Southern Spin Entertainment

Written by Scoops Staff on November 13, 2009 – 11:36 am -

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. – Heartwarming Records recording artist Joseph T. Lee has just renewed his contract with Southern Spin Entertainment.  The up and coming soloist has signed on for another year of exclusive publicity from Southern Spin Entertainment.  Joseph will continue to have access to all media publications serviced by Southern Spin Entertainment, as well as marketing possibilities with the organization.

“I’ve been very pleased with the work that SSE has provided for me this past year,” mentioned Joseph T. Lee.  “So many times, new artists can fall in the trap of investing their money into something that has no return.  SSE was a great investment for my ministry!”

Chris Unthank of SSE Group, Inc. said, “We’ve seen some really great things happen from Joseph this year, and we are so happy that we were a small part of that.  Joseph has a great big heart and a super talent to match it!  We are so excited about working with him again this year!”

Joseph has had a tremendous year in 2009.  He released his debut recording, signed a recording contract with the highly respected Heartwarming Records, and saw his first ever single chart on several industry radio reports all in 2009.

Joseph is currently preparing to record his debut album with Heartwarming Records.  More details on that will be released at a later date.

More information on Joseph T. Lee can be found at his website – located at http://www.josephleeministries.com .  Contact and booking information can be found at the site.

Fans are also encouraged to visit Joseph on ShoutLife by heading to http://www.shoutlife.com/josephlee .


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