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Chapel Valley News – Sue Dodge in the studio……

Written by scoopsnews on July 2, 2020 – 6:07 pm -

In the Studio:
Sue Dodge was in the studio this week, finishing up her brand new Christmas album!

Shane Roark shared, “Just wait until you hear this album. Christmas is such a special time of year and Sue made me want to drag the Christmas tree and manger scene out in the middle of July! She puts such sweet emotion into what she sings – and she sings it straight to Jesus.” This is an album you’ll want to play over and over to bring the Christmas spirit into your home this year.”

Be sure to visit her Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/suedodgemusic and like her page.

You can also visit her website at: www.suedodge.com and sign up for her mailing list to be notified when the album is available.

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Written by Staff on June 25, 2020 – 9:59 am -

SUE DODGE PARTNERS WITH CHAPEL VALLEY FOR A BRAND NEW SEASON IN MINISTRYSharps Chapel, Tenn. – Chapel Valley is thrilled to announce a partnership with four-time Dove Award-winner and Gaither artist, Sue Dodge (website HERE). Many know Sue Dodge from her appearances on Gaither Homecoming events and videos and some even remember her early days with The Speer Family.

Sue has been in the studio working on her new Christmas album and getting to know the Chapel Valley production crew in the process.

Sue celebrated 50 years in Southern gospel music last year with the launch of her “Let me Tell You About Jesus” album.

SUE DODGE PARTNERS WITH CHAPEL VALLEY FOR A BRAND NEW SEASON IN MINISTRYThe Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum has a brand new display featuring some of her memoirs from her lifetime contribution to the industry. Amos and Sue Dodge recently retired after founding and pastoring Capital Church for over 40 years, and Sue has resumed traveling, singing and sharing the gospel.

Shane Roark of Chapel Valley shared, “We are excited to welcome Sue Dodge to the Chapel Valley family. She is an accomplished artist and has shared the stage with some of the most legendary names in the Southern gospel industry. Sue is seasoned, yet humble, and her joy literally spills out as we work together. We look forward to sharing her music and supporting her ministry as she brings some Christmas joy into your hearts and your homes.”

Learn more about the latest news in Sue’s ministry world at www.suedodge.com or visit her Facebook page:  @suedodgemusic

Visit Chapel Valley’s website:  www.chapelvalleymusic.com and be sure to like their social media page for exciting upcoming news:  @chapel.valley.5.


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Written by Staff on May 13, 2020 – 8:33 am -

Chapel Valley Sharps Chapel, Tennessee – The Chapel Valley family of artists joined forces to produce an encouraging virtual choir ensemble singing “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands.”

This project features an arrangement composed by Shane Roark and accompanied by Michael Wayne Smith, Michael Shannon Shelby (Eternal Vision), Shawn, Will & Betty Porter (The Porter Family), Ann Downing, Sue Dodge, Autumn, Kaleb, Eric & Rachel Isbell (The Isbell Family), April Carol, Diana Perry Gillette & Nicole Matthews (The Perry Sisters), Judith, Graham & Megan Montgomery (The Judith Montgomery Family), Troy & Tammy Burns, Jacob Whisnant & Eric McNelly (Troy Burns Family) and Jack Allen (Messiah’s Call).

Shane Roark shared, “This has been a strange time for all of us, so this vision was born out of a desire to remind our family and friends that God is still in control. He has us in the palm of His hand and we stand united. This was a great way for us to come together and work on a project while social distancing, and we hope all who see and hear it will be encouraged by it.”

View the video here: 




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Three Days Left to Vote for the 2019 Diamond Awards

Written by Staff on September 12, 2019 – 12:38 pm -

Diamond Awards presented by Coastal MediaHave you voted for your favorite nominee in the 2019 Diamond Awards? If not, click HERE and do so today!

September 15 is the final day to vote on the 2019 Diamond Awards so you need to visit the site today. Make sure your voice is heard!

The 2019 Diamond Awards are open to all fans, artists and industry personnel. Anyone may vote, but they must do so by September 15 for their ballot to be tabulated for the 2019 Awards presentation. Vote TODAY.

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The 2019 Diamond Awards will be held on Tuesday, October 29, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., during the 8th Annual Creekside Gospel Music Convention. Creekside runs from Oct. 27 – 31. Tickets are FREE but must be reserved. For more information, click HERE or HERE for the Facebook site.

Gospel music artists appearing at Creekside Gospel Music Convention include Hyssongs, Down East Boys, 11th Hour, Gerald Crabb, Eagle’s Wings, Bibletones, Sue Dodge, the Browders, Josh and Ashley Franks, and many more. Daily showcases, workshops, surprise guests and Midnight Prayer are also among the Creekside happenings.

2019 Christian Country at the CreekSpecial events include Creekside Honors on Monday, the 2019 Diamond Awards on Tuesday, Christian Country at the Creek, and Creekside Bluegrass. New daily event, Singing on the Square, will be a live presentation of Creekside artists outside the facility, open to all. Josh Franks, Bill Bailey, and Burl Cain will be the special preachers for the event.

Once again, we are offering a commemorative T-shirt, available in sizes small to 5x. If you are a VIP pass holder you can preorder your T-shirt for a special rate. To order your commemorative T-shirt or to get your VIP pass, email Rob Patz at rob@sgnscoops.com

For more information on Creekside 2019, including the Diamond Awards and free ticket reservations, visit www.sgnscoops.com or www.facebook.com/Creeksidegospelmusicconvention. For a $25 VIP pass, tickets and accommodations, contact Rob Patz by calling 360-933-0741.

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Sue Dodge Celebrates 50 Years of Ministry!

Written by Staff on April 23, 2019 – 1:33 pm -

Sue Dodge

Sue Dodge

Vienna, VA – 50 years ago, a young woman named Sue Chenault was a beautiful young girl who loved Jesus and loved to sing. She sang her very first televised solo at the tender age of five years old and by age 16, she was performing on KATV, Channel 7 every day with The Miller Trio. At age 18, she was crowned “Miss Benton” and went on to be chosen “Miss Congeniality” in the Miss Arkansas Beauty Pageant. Her inner beauty and love for the Lord shine through her beautiful smile and contagious joy, which she is known for both on and off stage.

In 1969, The Downings flew Sue to Nashville after hearing her demo tape and hired her on the spot at only 19 years old. After 18 months with The Downings, the legendary Speer Family invited her to join their ministry. During her years with The Speer Family, Sue received four Dove Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and has since been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame for her years with The Speer Family.

Four years after joining The Speer Family, Sue met the love of her life, Amos Dodge. Their love story is one of the most touching and humorous “love at first sight” stories you will hear. Amos and Sue celebrated 45 years of marriage this year. In 1979, Amos and Sue founded Capital Church in a suburb of Washington DC. Forty years later, Capital Church is thriving and reaching nations for Christ. That same year, they founded the Lincoln Memorial Easter Sunrise Service, where over 8,000 people now gather to celebrate the risen Savior at the break of dawn each year on Easter Sunday. Washington Magazine named the sunrise service #5 on their “bucket list” of things to do when visiting Washington DC.

Sue recently celebrated her 50th year in ministry at the church where it all began, Holland Chapel Baptist Church in Benton, Arkansas. It was a packed house for an evening filled with memories, laughter and beautiful music. Bill Gaither, Ann Downing, Jeannie Johnson, Mark Lowry, Ivan Parker, Guy Penrod, The Isaacs, The Talleys, The Oak Ridge Boys and Larry Gatlin shared memories of moments with Sue. The evening highlighted three themes that define Sue’s life in ministry, “The Goodness of God, The Grace of God, and The Faithfulness of God” as she shared songs like “I Came Here to Tell You that the Lord is Good” and “Let Me Tell You About Jesus.” The crowd joined in as the evening closed with an all-time favorite, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”


Sue Dodge

Sue Dodge

Amos and Sue have retired from pastoring Capital Church, passing the baton to Travis and Tara Goodman. Travis is the grandson of Howard and Vestal Goodman and is carrying the legacy of reaching the nations for Christ. Sue is back on the road in full-time ministry now. She has an enormous legacy in the Southern Gospel music industry, having sung in 18 countries, received numerous prestigious awards and even accolades from former President Ronald Reagan, who told her that her performance of “God Bless the USA” rendered him speechless.

Sue shared, “I am so humbled and honored at how God has allowed me to serve Him over the years, and I couldn’t be more thankful that He still allows me to sing. This is only the beginning and I hope to see you all soon!”

Visit Sue on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sue.dodge.5 and like her page to keep in touch and visit her website at: www.suedodge.com to see where you can hear her in concert.

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Written by Staff on March 26, 2018 – 4:41 pm -



We Love Our Southern Gospel Music History, (WLOSGMH) is one of Facebook’s most unique groups. The page features a host of exclusive videos, audio clips, photos, stories and memorabilia being shared on a daily basis. Those exclusive tid-bits are what really allows the group to share the history of southern gospel music came to be one of the most faithful and popular Christian music forms.

In the many years since the Franks Stamps Quartet, there have been some true iconic performing artists. The Blackwood Brothers, Statesmen, Sunshine Boys, Stamps Quartet, Weatherfords, Cathedrals, LeFevres, Sego Brothers and Naomi, Goss Brothers and the list could go on and on.

Yet one family group really stood out for many years as a true leader in the field, The Speer Family. The family had several resurgent periods of popularity that marked gospel music. When the group disbanded in 1998, seventy six years of history were logged in the annals of gospel music.

With the recent deaths of Ben Speer and Rosa Nell Speer Powell, the last original performing family members, there has been a void in gospel music. Yet their impact lives in the lives of those adopted family members who are still singing and ministering.

This year, the WLOSGMH Convention runs March 26 and 27, 2018 to the Murfreesboro, TN Clarion Hotel Ballrooms.

On Tuesday evening the WLOSGMH Convention will feature a special SPEER FAMILY TRIBUTE.  This special tribute to the legendary Speer Family is planned to highlight some history of the legendary family. Some vintage footage of the Speer Family through the years will be shown. Former Speer Family members will grace the stage including Joyce West Black, Ann Downing, Jeanne Johnson, Sue Dodge, Linda Robinson Sholar, Karen Apple Young, and Daryl Williams, They will be singing some of your favorite songs. Doug Young and Gene McDonald will join this all-star lineup of talent to create that unique Speer Family sound. Tom Powell, Rosa Nell Speer Powell’s son, will be conducting a choir featuring many of the great songs written by Dad Speer. Several Speer Family members are expected to be in attendance. You don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime treat!



Convention notes for the two day event. Monday 5:30/Dinner – 6:45/Concert

Tuesday Morning activities, followed by lunch, afternoon activities, you are on your own for supper. Tuesday Evening Concert at 6:00 PM. Daytime activities include funny stories, show and tell, gospel music movies, etc. Times subject to change.

TALENT for the one of a king music history convention includes the who’s who in southern gospel music. Chuck Wagon Gang (Monday night only), Mercy’s Well (Monday night only), Sherman Andrus, Ann Downing, The Sheltons (Monday night only), Jeanne Johnson, Sue Dodge, Charlie Griffin, Michael Stanton, Jordan’s Bridge, Eddie Crook, John Wyrick, Joyce Black West (of the Speer Family), Jonathan Wilburn, Ellen Marsh, Ed Hill, Brad Smith, Donnie Williamson, Songfellows Quartet (Monday night only), Administrators Quartet, The Collectors Quartet, John Crenshaw, Hannah Kennedy, Harold Timmons, Rita Spillers, Bill Kelley, Doug Young, Karen Apple Young and Gene McDonald. (Talent subject to change.)



For more information contact Harold Timmons via Facebook with a private Facebook message or email h.t@comcast.net, or call 615-885-8000 and leave a message.

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Sue Dodge Talks With Angela Griffin Of SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 31, 2012 – 2:31 pm -

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Sue Dodge Interview With Rob Patz From SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 13, 2012 – 10:10 pm -

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October 2010 Issue is now available!

Written by Kelly on October 5, 2010 – 10:06 pm -

The October 2010 issue of SGN Scoops is now available for download. Click on the cover to read your issue in user-friendly .PDF format.

In this edition, we talk to cutting edge gospel great Ernie Hasse and members of Signature Sound as they ready a release of their tribute to The Cathedral Quartet, to embark upon a supporting world tour, and perhaps to find… the next signature sound. Meanwhile, NQC alotted us the chance to chat with folks like Sheri Easter and Sue Dodge, while the reopening of Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel brought about a special interview with Louise Mandrell.  Our columnists serve up tidbits about dreams, nightmares, zoos, the recession, and Shakespeare.

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