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Written by scoopsnews on January 3, 2017 – 10:45 am -


Have you heard about this Tour?



From Mark Lowry :

Come join me and Cana’s Voice & Stan Whitmire for the ‘Diapers 2 Depends Tour…Everyone is Welcome!’

For more information, Click HERE

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Written by Staff on February 6, 2015 – 10:47 am -

The Booth Brothers

The Booth Brothers

By Robert York

The Booth Brothers packed the house again while in concert at Shiloh Hills Baptist Church recently. The Brothers have been coming to the area for several years and every time additional space has to be added. They attract all age groups to their concert. There were several children there as well as a lady that was 99 years old. She said after the concert if she made 100 she would be back to hear The Booth Brothers again!
Stan Whitmire

Stan Whitmire

After opening remarks, introductions  and announcements, Pastor Vic Bledsoe introduced the Shiloh Hills Choir under the direction of Matt Bledsoe.  A great music program from the choir concluded with “How Great Thou Art.”

The Booth Brothers took the stage to a standing crowd, singing many of their new songs that featured their newest member Paul Lancaster.  Michael introduced a special guest in the audience: Stan Whitmire. He invited Stan to the piano and Michael, Ronnie and Paul gathered around the piano to sing. Stan accompanied the image5group throughout the second half of the concert on the piano also playing a couple of piano solos.  Michael closed the program with prayer and folks hung around for about an hour talking with the guys. I must say that Paul Lancaster is a great fit for the Booth Brothers.
The next concert at Shiloh Hills Baptist Church will featured the departed member of The Booth Brothers, Jim Brady and the Jim image1Brady Trio. This concert will be March 13 at 7:00 pm.  Former Mark Trammell Quartet bass singer, Pat Barker, will open for the Jim Brady Trio.

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Music and Madness Review: Jason Crabb, Mark Lowry, The Martins and Stan Whitmire

Written by Staff on August 15, 2014 – 8:34 am -

cover for madnesscover for madness cover for madnessBy Candace Combs

Music and Madness, Fall 2014 edition is a ball! Dozens of balls! Autographed beach balls flying around the room while the Martins are driving the “Gospel Train”.

In the fabulous Tivoli Theater in downtown Chattanooga, the reinvented tour was launched with fun from start to finish. The tour features Mark Lowry, The Martins, Stan Whitmire and this latest edition brings Jason Crabb.   Along with Crabb comes one of music’s most talented bands rounding out the stage.

2014-07-31 20.30.49The crowd settled in with Stan Whitmire bringing attention to center stage as he serenaded on a full sized grand piano. The Martins took the stage reminding everyone to “Count Your Blessings” with their radio hit of the same title. The Martins then broke into an a cappella medley of hymns from their latest project.

As the Martins had directed the audience toward a spirit of worship, Mark Lowry entered the stage with “Our Lord Is Laughing” as the Martins moved to provide background vocals. When Lowry finished, he informed the audience that he was the “Bill Gaither of this program”. With his unique style of moving everyone to chuckle, Lowry then broke into a series of songs from his Love Songs project with cuts featuring the sounds of Nat King Cole. Many of those in attendance remembered fondly the songs Lowry sang, “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Our Love is Here to Stay”.

Mark Lowry

Mark Lowry

This type of program lends itself to getting to know the artists. The stage was set with chairs which gave the feeling that everyone in attendance was engaged in an evening of getting to know one another better as well. Lowry led Judy Martin to tell of the first time the Martins had an opportunity to sing for Bill Gaither. This first meeting was in Indiana at a Gaither Music Group video taping. As the video of the younger Martins rolled, the present day Martins took over with the live rendition of the much loved hymn, “He Leadeth Me”.

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The Martins

Lowry continued to share his gospel music memories with stories of Vestal Goodman. The crowd was led to remember things like Goodman’s beautiful gowns and tall coiffures. Whitmire began an introduction to one of Goodmans’ most beloved presentations of “What a Lovely Name”. Lowry and Jonathan Martin sang the first verse in duet, then were joined with Joyce and Judy Martin who carried the parts that the Goodmans sang many years ago.

The Martins continued the program with scripture from Philippians 4:6 which

Jason Crabb

Jason Crabb

reminds us that Christians should make their requests known to God. These words were the introduction to their song entitled, “The Promise”. In 2004, this song was the Southern Gospel Song of the Year as awarded by the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards.

Taking the stage to roaring applause, Jason Crabb entered to perform “I’d Rather Have Jesus” with his band in full accompaniment. Crabb continued his presentation with a hymn medley from the project The Song Lives On. There was full audience

Stan Whitmire

Stan Whitmire

participation as Crabb directed the house to ‘lean’ on cue to “The Everlasting Arms”. From the familiar music, Crabb moved to the title cut of his latest project, Love is Stronger.

The second portion of the Music and Madness show opened with the Martins singing with the full band, including Crabb on guitar. The Martins brought the house to their feet with “Love is Gonna Drive this Train” while the autographed beach balls went flying! The balls were batted around the entire Tivoli Theater bringing the energy to fever pitch.

2014-07-31 21.44.12Just then, Crabb took center stage while the standing crowd listened to a Crabb classic, “Through the Fire”. Crabb and Lowry in casual conversation reminded that God takes Christians, through the fire…not around, not over, but through the trials in life.

This part of the program was the right time to request songs from the audience; tunes which Whitmire played and Lowry led. The congregational sing along comprised a medley of the classics, “Blessed Assurance”, three verses of, “Amazing Grace,” “Victory in Jesus” and concluded appropriately with the chorus of, “How Great Thou Art.”

Bringing the program full circle, the Martins went a capella, (not to Acapulco as Lowry quipped) with a tightly harmonized, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.   Listening to the nearly perfect harmony of the three Martins, the music conveyed a sense of confidence and peace to all.

Crabb continued to minister when he quietly came forward to sing, “Sometimes Alone I Cry.” This award winning song is just one in Crabb’s repertoire that was composed by Gerald Crabb, who is Jason’s father. Crabb filled the room with emotion once again as he delivered this poignant song.

2014-07-31 23.44.34Joyce Martin continued the worship-filled moment with a transparent conversation about the goodness of God. Martin passionately shared that tears of God’s people are precious to Him. Jonathan and Judy joined beside their sister to sing, “Except for Grace.”

Lowry took the opportunity to follow up with sharing, “God is crazy about you! God only uses broken people. Be thankful for your brokenness and remember the Bible points out that it came to pass…it didn’t come to stay! Find a reason to be thankful.”

At this point, Lowry began to tell of how he came to pen his classic song of Mary.   With the Martins singing background vocals, Crabb joining on guitar and with the full band, “Mary Did You Know” brought a climax to the program.

With a diverse lineup and attraction to a broad base of fans, the current Music and Madness program is a well-balanced opportunity for each artist to bring forth their best. The performance order offers something for everyone in a fast paced way to bring encouragement as well as a clear message of the Gospel of Jesus.

The Music and Madness Tour is scheduled to continue well into 2015 over a wide geographical area. Watch for an opportunity to catch this show for an evening that is pure fun for all.   And, take anyone of any age along, the fun of Music and Madness is contagious! For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/614905468576510

Written by and all pictures by Candace Combs

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The Collingsworth Family Records Two Live Projects in Spartanburg, SC

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 11, 2014 – 1:04 pm -

NASHVILLE, TN   The buzz continues following The Collingsworth Family’s recent live recording of two projects in collingsworthsSpartanburg, SC. Concert-goers are still talking about the unforgettable, music-packed Saturday evening, and are already looking forward to the upcoming releases through StowTown Records and Provident/Sony Distribution. “Majestic,” a live CD and DVD from piano performer Kim Collingsworth and friends will release on September 23, 2014, and the new “We Will Serve the Lord” DVD from The Collingsworth Family will be available in October, 2014.

The double event clearly energized the crowd; in fact, one audience member would have been glad for the “incredible concert” to have lasted “all night.” That’s high praise, but likely shared by the packed Memorial Auditorium crowd of more than 2,300 attendees who stayed through the entire five-hour marathon. The “Majestic” project was recorded first with three grand pianos, featuring Kim Collingsworth and special guest artists Tim Parton and Stan Whitmire. Two of those pianos were later moved off stage, but only to make room for the live band that joined the filming for “We Will Serve the Lord.”

Phil Collingsworth, Sr. was grateful for the positive outcome of their prayers, planning and preparation. “All the elements of an incredibly successful evening came together seamlessly, and the unmistakable presence of the Almighty was in the room!” He noted that the audience response was especially moving when Kim’s wounded warrior younger brother was honored; Sergeant First Class Brian Keaton has been a patient at Walter Reed for more than two years with a brain injury. More surprises and special guests are in store for those who catch the live “Majestic” CD and DVD, and the live “We Will Serve the Lord” DVD from The Collingsworth Family when the two StowTown projects release later this year.

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Written by SGN Scoops on April 7, 2014 – 10:30 am -

harmony honorsNASHVILLE (April 7, 2014) — Southern Gospel Music will be front and center on TBN as Grammy Award winning Christian music artist Jason Crabb hosts the Southern Gospel Music Guild’s 2014 Harmony Honors broadcast on TBN tonight Monday, April 7, 2014 at 10 PM EST / 9 PM EST.
The annual Harmony Honors recognize the best and brightest singers, songwriters, quartets, groups, and innovators in this unique American musical genre that has comforted, inspired, and entertained generations of fans.
This year the Harmony Honors will recognize two of Southern Gospel Music’s most storied publishing resources: Pathway Press and Stamps-Baxter Music. Southern Gospel aficionados will recognize Pathway Press as publisher of the classic “Red Back”Church Hymnal, used by thousands of churches across the South for over sixty years. Generations of gospel groups have dipped into the depths of the old “Red Back” hymnal for classic quartet and convention songs by such legendary songwriters as Albert Brumley, Vep Ellis, Luther Presley, Lee Roy Abernathy, and many others.
As for Stamps-Baxter Music, its classic “shaped-note” song books — with titles like Super SpecialsCrystal RaysSilver Tones, and Pearls of Paradise — have been used and cherished by Southern Gospel artists for over 75 years.
“I’m excited to be a part of this evening honoring the musical heritage that is so closely tied to gospel music,” said Harmony Honors host Jason Crabb. “The songs in the ‘Red Back’ hymnal and the Stamps-Baxter songbooks are the foundation for this music that is so loved. This is a well-deserved honor for both publishers and it’s going to be a great night!”
Among the musical guests for this year’s Harmony Honors will be some of the most beloved and popular names in Southern Gospel Music, including the LeFevre Quartet, the Perrys, the Tribute Quartet, Legacy Five, Three Bridges, the Nelons, Gerald Wolfe from Greater Vision, Karen Peck and New River, Jeff & Sheri Easter, the Bowling Family, Gold City, the Mark Trammell Quartet, the Whisnants, Stan Whitmire and the Mylon Hayes Family.
Also scheduled for a special guest appearance is former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, himself an accomplished musician and long-time fan of Southern Gospel Music.
TBN Vice President Matthew Crouch noted that Southern Gospel Music has been a regular part of TBN’s history over the past 40-plus years. “We’ve welcomed many Southern Gospel greats over the years,” he said. “The rich harmonies and inspirational message of this sacred music have been a blessing to generations of TBN viewers. We’re privileged once again to host the Harmony Honors.”
For more information on where to view TBN in your area, visit www.TBN.org
About the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks
With 26 networks and growing worldwide, the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks is the world’s largest faith-and-family television group, airing a broad range of church and ministry programming, Christian music, family friendly movies, children’s programming, and shows for teens and young adults 24 hours a day to every inhabited continent via 87 satellites and 20,000 television and cable affiliates. In addition, TBN’s most popular global networks are available on computers, smart phones, and other mobile devices, and over 22,000 hours of entertaining and inspiring On-Demand programming is accessible via TBN’s innovative online network, iTBN.org. To find out more about the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks, log on to www.tbn.org.
About the Southern Gospel Music Guild
The Southern Gospel Music Guild is a fraternity of industry professionals who combine their resources and work together for the expansion of the Southern Gospel Music industry. The overall mission of the organization is to create a cooperative environment that will encourage excellence, education, awareness, and growth, while preserving the essence of Southern Gospel Music.

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CNS Entertainment Announces Plans For Christmas In The Smokies Music Spectacular

Written by SGN Scoops on November 6, 2013 – 10:34 am -

Christmas-In-The-Smokies-10-2-13-web2Atlanta, GA – Christian music concert promoter, CNS Entertainment has announced plans to host the first ever Christmas In The Smokies Music Spectacular. This exciting holiday event will take place in the beautiful Smoky Mountains at the Music Road Hotel in Pigeon Forge, TN.

 This Christmas Spectacular will take place on Tuesday, December 3 and will feature a 10am morning session, as well as a 7pm evening concert. Popular trio, The Nelons and the talented LeFevre Quartet will be featured during the morning session, along with some very special guest performers. Both groups will also appear at the evening session. Joining them for the evening session will be popular singer/comedian Mark Lowry and talented pianist, Stan Whitmire.
For three decades, The Nelons have been bridging the traditional sounds of Southern Gospel with contemporary influences that inspire listeners of all ages. The musical ministry of The Nelons was born in the late 1970s from a name that has been synonomous with Gospel Music for nearly a century. In the 1920s, the original LeFevre Trio began traveling and singing. In the late 1950s, Rex Nelon joined the group and for the next 40 years, the Nelon/LeFevre combination proved to be a winning one. At the Christmas In The Smokies, the rich Nelon/LeFevre combination will be recreated as second and third generation Nelon, unite with second and third generation LeFevre to create a Christmas music spectacular that is sure to warm hearts and bring Christmas cheer.
Mark Lowry is known and loved around the world as a trusted voice in the realm of Gospel music and beyond. His legacy is forever sealed as an innately entertaining communicator who can, at once, make audiences laugh, cry and think. Mark is a singer, storyteller, humorist, author and songwriter, whose lyric to “Mary Did You Know?” resulted in one of the most loved modern Christmas songs of this century.  This captivating song, which he co-wrote with Buddy Greene, has been recorded more than 400 times by artists from every genre. Mark has spent more than 20 collective years with the Grammy-award-winning Gaither Vocal Band and serves as the sidesplitting comedic sidekick for Bill Gaither through live concert tours and the best-selling Gaither Homecoming video series and television airings (now more than 150 volumes strong). A deep thinker and student of theology with an outrageous sense of humor, Mark’s life work includes a long list of recordings and DVDs reflecting a wide range of influences. Mark’s on-stage antics and music will, no doubt, delight all those attending the Christmas In The Smokies.
“We are so excited about the Christmas In The Smokies,” states Kelly Nelon Clark of the Nelons, host of the event. “Christmas is my favorite time of the year, and I am really looking forward to kicking off the season in the beautiful Smoky Mountains at this wonderful event.  We love Mike LeFevre and the LeFevre Quartet, as well as Mark Lowry and Stan Whitmire. They are all like family to us, and we can’t wait to have the opportunity to be on stage with them. We’ll do quite a bit of laughing, maybe a little crying and definitely a lot of singing. It is going to be so much fun and we hope all our friends will join us for this special time, as we will make lots of new Christmas memories at the Christmas In The Smokies.”
This event will be one the entire family will enjoy, and will provide a wonderful way to kick off the festive, Christmas holiday season. Make plans now to join The Nelons, The Lefevre Quartet, Mark Lowry and Stan Whitmire at the Music Road Hotel in Pigeon Forge, TN, on December 3 as the Christmas In The Smokies comes to the beautiful Smoky Mountains. A complete schedule, including ticket pricing is available online at www.cnsentertainmentgroup.com. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 888-887-2009.

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Praisefest- Texas August 26-28 With Dr. Charles Stanley and Greater Vision

Written by Rhonda on August 19, 2010 – 3:26 am -

Praisefest Texas kicks-off next Thursday night in Arlington, Texas with the ONLY “Jubilee!” concert in Texas in 2010.  The Booth Brothers and Legacy Five will join Greater Vision as they bring the very popular “Jubilee!” recording to life, plus a preview of the upcoming “Jubilee 2” project!

On Friday, Dr. Charles Stanley, The Hoppers, Dennis Swanberg, and Stan Whitmire will arrive to join in the event.

Dr. Stanley, Greater Vision, and Stan Whitmire will stay over for Saturday morning, and will be joined by the Mark Trammell Quartet.  This could be one of the most memorable events of the year!

Single-session seating or seating for all 4 sessions is available by calling (910) 458-3539.  (Be sure to call to reserve your space before driving a distance to the Metro Center.)  For more information visit  http://www.praisefesttexas.com/

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