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2014 SGMG HARMONY HONORS TO BE BROADCAST ON TBN MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014

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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ERNIE HAASE & SIGNATURE SOUND Top Sales Chart with All-New Releases

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 13, 2014 – 3:24 pm -

EHSSNASHVILLE, TennFebruary 13, 2014The all-new release, Oh What a Savior, from award-winning and GRAMMY®–nominated quartet Ernie Haase & Signature Sound hit the street last Tuesday, debuting this week at #1 on the Southern Gospel Album chart, #15 on the CCM chart and #181 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.  The companion DVD landed at #1 on the Christian Music Video chart and at #3 on the Billboard Music Video chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“These numbers tell us as a group to keep on doing what we are doing!” said Haase. “The emails, Facebook posts and Twitter feed surrounding this release have been an encouragement; and we appreciate the support of this release from our fans and loved ones.”  
The LIVE CD and DVD, recorded at the Carson Center in Paducah, Ky., has been airing on national tv networks including RFD, DISH TV, DIRECTV, TBN, Family Net, FFE, RURAL TV, TNN, Airtime, CTN, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), TCT and TLN and also in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, Grace TV and the Miracle Channel. The DVD is also featured on Gaither TV (available on Roku, Google TV and the Internet). The group has discussed the new release in-depth on “Daniel Britt & Friends,” (SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio), on the Solid Gospel Radio Network, in HOMECOMING Magazine and in The Singing News Magazine.   They recently participated in a Google chat with Family Christian Stores and performed for The Munce Group at their bi-annual buyers convention.
Group members Ernie Haase, Doug Anderson, Devin McGlamery and Paul Harkey gave their “signature” renditions of Gospel standards such as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Heavenly Parade,” “Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air),” “Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord” and “Scars in the Hands of Jesus” as well as a new, crowd-stirring arrangement of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
In addition to popular favorites, the group recorded several brand new songs on the release and were joined throughout the evening by special guests including the trio Beyond the Ashes, Gaither HOMECOMING favorite Wesley Pritchard and Broadway sensation J.Mark McVey (Les Miserables) who joined the quartet for a chilling rendition of The Sound of Music standard “Climb Every Mountain.”
The new CD, produced by GMA DOVE Award-winning producer and songwriter Wayne Haun, and the new DVD are exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and are available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com.
For further information visit erniehaase.com or connect at facebook.com/ernie haase or on Twitter: @ErnieHaase.       

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Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Release All-new CD and DVD, Oh What a Savior

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 4, 2014 – 10:29 am -

EHSSFebruary 4th, 2014—NASHVILLE, Tenn.–Award-winning and GRAMMY® –nominated quartet Ernie Haase & Signature Sound are releasing an all-new CD and DVD today.  Oh What a Savior, a LIVE project recorded at the Carson Center in Paducah, Ky., was produced by GMA DOVE Award-winning producer and songwriter Wayne Haun.
The group, which features Ernie Haase, Doug Anderson, Devin McGlamery and Paul Harkey, brought their hallmark energy to the stage to perform Gospel standards such as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Heavenly Parade,” “Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air),” “Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord” and “Scars in the Hands of Jesus” as well as a new, crowd-stirring arrangement of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
“We sang ‘This Ol’ House’ while in Chennai, India, a couple of years ago; and we included a bridge of ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ as part of that arrangement,” recalls Haase.  “When we began to sing the bridge the crowd exploded.  We decided right then we needed to do our own arrangement of this Gospel standard.”
One of the group’s most requested Gospel standards ongoing is Haase’s now signature rendition of the title cut, “Oh What a Savior.”
“I never tire of singing this song,” Haase describes.  “To have a song people demand you sing is a career maker to say the least. However, to have audiences sing along with you and take the song away from you takes things to another level. Dare I say a ‘heavenly level.’  That’s worship!”  
In addition to popular favorites, the group recorded several brand new songs on the release including the intimate “Shh, Be Still,” sung around the piano; the first radio single “That’s Why (I Love Him So)”; and “Sometimes I Wonder.”  The group was joined throughout the evening by special guests including the trio Beyond the Ashes, Gaither HOMECOMING favorite Wesley Pritchard and Broadway sensation J.Mark McVey (Les Miserables) who joined the quartet for a chilling rendition of The Sound of Music standard “Climb Every Mountain.”
 “We hope listeners and viewers of the new release will experience joy, hope and encouragement,” stated Haase.  “These are tough times that we are living in, and I believe God placed Signature Sound here for a time such as this to be a bright light.”
Oh What a Savior has been airing on national tv networks includingRFD, DISH TV, DIRECTV, TBN, Family Net, FFE, RURAL TV, TNN, Airtime, CTN, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), TCT and TLN and also in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, Grace TV and the Miracle Channel. The DVD is also featured on Gaither TV (available on Roku, Google TV and the Internet).
The group will be featured on the next two broadcasts of “Daniel Britt & Friends,” a Gospel radio show on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio’s enLighten channel (Sirius XM Channel 65).  The guys share stories from the road, describe the making of the Oh What a Savior recording and preview songs from the new release.  The one-hour shows will air as follows:  Monday, February 3rd, at 7PM EST; Thursday, February 6th at 10PM EST; and Saturday, February 8th, at 12PM/NOON EST.
The new CD and DVD, available on February 4th, are exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and are available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and G aither.com.
For further information visit erniehaase.com or connect at facebook.com/ernie haase or on Twitter: @ErnieHaase. 

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Popular Southern Gospel Favorite Guy Penrod to Perform at TBN’s Holy Land Experience January 18th

Written by SGN Scoops on January 14, 2014 – 6:04 am -

GuyPenrodcloseupSMALLORLANDO, Jan. 13, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Holy Land Experience family vacation destination in Orlando, Florida will host Southern Gospel Music favorite Guy Penrod in a free praise and worship concert at the park’s 2,000-seat Church of All Nations, Saturday, January 18th, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.

One of the most popular artists in today’s Southern- and Country Gospel venues, Guy Penrod exploded onto the inspirational music scene in 1994 as one of the featured vocalists with the award-winning Gaither Vocal Band, appearing on several Gaither Homecoming videos. In 2009 Mr. Penrod launched his successful solo career, and since then has been one of Gospel music’s most in-demand vocalists, known for his sensitive artistry, along with a warmth that gives him a unique ability to connect with audiences all over the world.

Joining Guy Penrod for this very special praise and worship experience at Orlando’s Holy Land Experience will be Pastor Jonathan Miller, along with the exciting and talented Holy Land Experience Singers and Dancers.

Admission to the January 18th concert with Guy Penrod at Holy Land Experience is free to the public, with 2,000 seats available. Doors open at 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. (Scheduled guests subject to change without notice.)

Located in the heart of America’s most popular vacation spot, Orlando, Florida’s Holy Land Experience is an unforgettable vacation destination that transports guests back thousands of years to experience the sights, sounds, historical time frames – and impacting truths – of the Bible. With its colorful and realistic recreations of ancient Israel, exciting depictions of favorite Bible stories, and awe-inspiring dramatic and musical productions, TBN’s Holy Land Experience has become a must-see attraction for individuals, families, and groups from all over the world. Visit us online at www.holylandexperience.com.


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Trinity Broadcasting Network Statement on the Passing of TBN Founder Dr. Paul Crouch

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 30, 2013 – 10:44 pm -

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Trinity Broadcasting Network issued the following Paulstatement on the passing of TBN founder and President Dr. Paul Crouch:

Dr. Paul Crouch, founder and President of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), the world’s largest Christian television network, died November 30th at the age 79. His passing followed a decade-long battle with degenerative heart disease.

Dr. Crouch’s passion throughout life was to spread the gospel, a passion that in 1973 led him and his wife Jan to found TBN with one small low-power station in Southern California. Under Dr. Crouch’s leadership of over forty years, TBN has grown into 26 distinct global networks and affiliates, reaching every inhabited continent with life-changing Christian programming.

During that time Dr. Crouch also empowered scores of ministries to expand their reach and influence through television, and through those partnerships Dr. Crouch and TBN took an active role in helping to lead tens of millions of individuals to faith in Christ. Throughout his life Dr. Crouch pointed to that eternal harvest as his most important legacy.

While acknowledged throughout the broadcast industry as the foremost leader in Christian television, Dr. Crouch maintained a characteristic modesty concerning his role, preferring to emphasize the countless friends and partners who stepped alongside him and Mrs. Crouch to make TBN a successful outreach. Above all, in reflecting on his crucial role in TBN’s continued impact, Dr. Crouch inevitably pointed to the importance of an undying faith in God, which he characterized as “walking to the edge of all the light you have … and taking one more step.”

While we mourn Dr. Crouch’s passing, we are comforted with the knowledge that his influence and legacy will be felt for many decades to come as the Trinity Broadcasting Network continues to broadcast the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

For more information, please visit www.tbn.org.


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Legendary Daywind Songwriters Dianne Wilkinson And Ronny Hinson Honored At 2013 Harmony Honors Ceremony

Written by SGN Scoops on January 31, 2013 – 11:29 am -

DianneRonny662x435Hendersonville, TN (January 31, 2013) — The Southern Gospel Music Guild held its annual Harmony Honors program, hosted by Jason Crabb, on Tuesday evening, January 29th, 2013, at Trinity Music City in Hendersonville, TN.  Daywind songwriters Ronny Hinson and Dianne Wilkinson were both honored with lifetime achievement awards for their contribution to gospel music.Along with Dianne Wilkinson and Ronny Hinson, Daywind recording artist, Rodney Griffin (Greater Vision), songwriters Mosie Lister, Squire Parsons, and Phil Cross received acclamations for their success in songwriting.  Each of these songwriters have penned several hits that are classics in Southern Gospel music.

The songwriters told stories about their career, influences, and inspirations.  Ronny Hinson told a story about penning his hit song “The Lighthouse” saying, “I scribbled it in a bathroom, during rehearsal, on a piece of toilet paper, in 7 minutes.” To honor each songwriter, a few of their popular songs were performed by well-known artists to the capacity crowd. Featured artists included Daywind’s Greater Vision, the Nelons and Scott Fowler (Legacy Five).  Also taking the stage were g Jeff & Sheri Easter, Kingdom Heirs, Tribute Quartet, Palmetto State Quartet, LeFevre Quartet, the Bowling Family, Booth Brothers, Gold City, Three Bridges, and country music great, Wynonna Judd.

Selected performances from the evening will air as part of TBN’s “Praise the Lord” programming. Visit www.tbn.org for more information on dates and airtimes.

Daywind Music Group is based in Hendersonville, TN and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distribution.  In addition to those mentioned above, Daywind is also home to writers such as Kyla Rowland, Sue Smith and Kenna West, as well as artists such as The Perrys and Karen Peck & New River.  For more information on Daywind, visit daywindrecords.com.  For more information about Daywind Publishing, contact Rick Shelton at rshelton@daywind.com.

For more information regarding this press release, please contact:
publicity@daywind.com.


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TV Alert The Collingsworth Family On TBN

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 13, 2012 – 12:43 pm -

FLC-DVDThe Trinity Broadcasting Network has announced it will feature The Collingsworth Family’s new StowTown Records Video Release FEELS LIKE CHRISTMAS as a Television Special next week at 3 different times. Broadcast schedule is as follows :

TUES 12/18 : 12:30 PM Eastern / 9:30 AM Pacific

THUR 12/20 : 3:30 AM Eastern / 12:30 AM Pacific

SAT 12/22 : 12:30 AM Eastern / which translates as FRI 12/21 : 9:30 PM Pacific


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Join TBN for a Special Birthday Tribute to Dr. Billy Graham

Written by SGN Scoops on November 3, 2012 – 5:39 am -

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 2, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — On November 7 Praise the Lord, Trinity Broadcasting Network’s signature music, talk, and ministry program, will host a very special two-hour tribute in honor of Dr. Billy Graham as he celebrates his 94th birthday.

“Perhaps no other individual alive today has done more to deliver the simple, powerful message of the gospel around the world than Billy Graham,” said TBN’s founder and president Dr. Paul Crouch. “For all of us here at TBN, Dr. Graham has been a constant source of encouragement and a solid example of godly character. We are looking forward to highlighting his many decades of selfless service to God’s kingdom and the body of Christ.”

TBN’s special tribute will include historic and moving video clips from many of Dr. Graham’s crusades around the world, along with personal recollections and birthday greetings from dozens of Christian leaders, celebrities, and public figures.

In addition, TBN is inviting viewers to post their own brief birthday greetings and encouraging recollections about Dr. Graham and his impact on their lives via TBN’s Facebook page (Click Here).

“For 40 years TBN has been committed to broadcasting the message of the gospel through the medium of television,” said Dr. Crouch. “And throughout our entire history no one has been a greater example and encouragement to us than our dear friend Billy Graham. Please join us on his birthday in thanking this great man of God for his service and sacrifice.”

TBN’s special tribute to Dr. Billy Graham airs November 7 at 7 p.m. (Pacific Time). For those who miss it, the program will be rebroadcast November 8 at 2 p.m. (Pacific Time).


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Tune-In Alert: Watch Wilburn & Wilburn Tonight on TBN

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 12, 2012 – 12:57 pm -

 

 

 

 

 


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TALENT ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2012 GMA GOSPEL MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Written by SGN Scoops on August 7, 2012 – 6:52 pm -

GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame

  TALENT ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2012 GMA GOSPEL MUSIC HALL OF FAME

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – August 3, 2012 – An unforgettable night of tributes and performances will be featured at the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 (7:00 PM CST) at Trinity Music City in Hendersonville, TNDailey & Vincent, Dottie Peoples, Gordon Mote, Greg Long, The Isaacs, Jamie Grace, Michael W. Smith and The Talleys are among the artists set to provide recognition to this years inductees: Aretha Franklin, The Hoppers, Rex Humbard, Ricky Skaggs and Love SongJason Crabb and Jaci Velasquez will host the evening’s festivities.

Jackie Patillo, Executive Director of the Gospel Music Association and President of the Gospel Music Foundation commented: “It is great to see our christian and gospel music communities come together to pay tribute to this years GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees. It is an honor to recognize our trailblazers and remind the world of the people God has used to spread the gospel through music.”

The event is FREE and open to the public.

This year marks the 39th anniversary of the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame which was established in 1971, and has inducted more than 150 members since its inception. Previous inductees include Johnny Cash, DeGarmo & Key, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Mahalia Jackson, Amy Grant, the Statler Brothers, the Winans, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Andrae Crouch, Sandi Patty, Andrae Crouch & the Disciples, Vestal Goodman, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Shirley Caesar, The Oak Ridge Boys, the Blackwood Brothers, Petra, Bill Gaither, Gloria Gaither, the Happy Goodman Family, Larry Norman, George Beverly Shea, Albertina Walker, The Imperials, Pat Boone, Dottie Rambo, Evie, Larry Norman, Richard Smallwood, Jake Hess, The Lewis Family, Cliff Barrows, Thomas A. Dorsey, the Cathedral Quartet, the Fairfield Four, Billy Graham and The Jordanaires. The Gospel Music Hall of Fame is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of gospel music and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience, as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to gospel music. For a full list of GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Members click here.

ABOUT THE INDUCTEES:

ARETHA FRANKLINARETHA FRANKLIN
Although born in soul’s capitol city, Memphis. The Franklin family soon moved to Detroit, MI, where her father, Baptist minister Reverend C. L. Franklin, soon became one of the most revered public figures in black America. During her late preteens, Franklin was regularly singing solo numbers in her father’s New Bethel Baptist Church. She grew up with local and national celebrities visiting in her family home, including gospel greats Albertina Walker and her group The Caravans, Mahalia Jackson and Clara Ward, three women who played a pivotal role in her vocal development.

In 1972, she released the gospel album Amazing Grace. The album eventually became her biggest-selling release ever, selling over two million copies and becoming the best-selling gospel album of all time. In 1987 she again returned to her gospel roots with the album, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, which though it did not repeat the success of Amazing Grace despite a powerful rendition of “Oh Happy Day”, featuring Mavis Staples, but did reach the Top 10 of Billboard’s gospel chart.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked her atop its list of The Greatest Singers of All Time as well as the ninth greatest artist of all time. She has won 18 competitive Grammys and two honorary Grammys. She has 20 #1 singles on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and two #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: “Respect” (1967) and “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (1987), Since 1961, she has scored a total of 45 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. She also has the most million-selling singles of any female artist. Between 1967 and 1982 she had 10 #1 R&B albums—more than any other female artist. In 1987, Aretha became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was the only featured singer at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.

DALLAS HOLMDALLAS HOLM
Dallas has earned his influence in today’s Christian music throughout more than 40 years of writing, singing and ministry in some 4,000 concerts in every state in the USA as well as many countries abroad.  His 38 recordings have garnered gold records, multiple Dove awards, Grammy nominations, number one songs, and countless accolades.

Artists such as Steven Curtis Chapman, Twila Paris and Greg Long of Avalon all make reference to Holm’s significant impact on their lives and ministries.  Holm can be seen on several of the Bill Gaither Homecoming videos.  On one video Gaither introduces Dallas by saying, “This is one of the nicest guys in our entire industry.”  This broad appeal and respect by peers has undoubtedly been one of the reasons for Holm’s amazing longevity and relevance. They became the first Contemporary Christian band to receive an RIAA certified Gold Album for Dallas Holm and Praise LIVE.

The Hoppers GMA Gospel Music Hall of FameTHE HOPPERS
Multi-award winning family group The Hoppers have been singing to global audiences for over 55 years with appearances ranging from presidential religious inaugural ceremonies and New York’s Carnegie Hall to singing conventions and church platforms.  They have performed throughout the United States as well as in Israel, Europe and Africa. Their unique blend of harmonies and song choices have created a legacy of musical excellence embraced by leading pastors and event organizers. Known as America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music, they are favorites on the Gaither Homecoming videos and tours, and their recordings frequently land at the top of the BILLBOARD sales charts and The Singing News radio charts.

Comprised today of family members Claude & Connie, son Dean and his wife, Kim, and son Mike Hopper, The Hoppers were formed in 1957 in the rural-farm town of Madison, NC, and have grown continuously for decades, touching countless lives around the world. A cancer survivor, Connie has been honored with the prestigious Marvin Norcross Award, in addition to numerous industry and fan honors; and she has been inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Sons Dean and Mike have continued the family legacy with their musical talents and business abilities; and Kim, Dean’s wife, hails from her own nationally acclaimed musical family, The Greenes. She is noted for the excitement she brings to any live performance, and her unmistakable, rafter-ringing soprano vocals have taken The Hoppers to new heights for many years.

REX HUMBARD - GMA GOSPEL MUSIC HALL OF FAMEREX HUMBARD
In 1932, Rex Humbard did his first radio program on KTHS Radio, Hot Springs, Arkansas; at the age of 13. His father, Alpha Rex Emanuel Humbard, ran an orphanage and church in downtown Hot Springs. In the midst of the Great Depression, church attendance was poor and offerings for the orphanage suffered greatly. Rex did his radio program every week, singing, playing his guitar and telling the listeners about his father’s church. One year later the seats were full to capacity and the orphans had a new lease on life. From that time forward, Rex Humbard realized the power of the media and the importance of the “life changing” message contained in gospel music.

From 1945 through 1952 (during the war years), Rex and his wife, Maude Aimee, traveled to every section of the USA and Canada conducting tent crusade meetings. In each of these cities they purchased radio time and appeared daily singing gospel music and promoting the tent crusades. In 1949, Rex did his first TV show in Indianapolis, Indiana on the local CBS station. Once again, gospel music was the center piece of the program.

The Rex Humbard Ministry program ran from 1952 to 1985. In the early 1970’s, Time Magazine did a feature story on Rex Humbard and coined the phrase “tele-evangelist” to describe Rex. In 1999, Rex was named as “one of the 25 shapers of the 20th century” by US News and World Report because of his visionary use of the media to promote his message of hope, love and salvation. One of the most vital parts of his ministry was gospel music.

LOVE SONG GMA GOSPEL MUSIC HALL OF FA,MELOVE SONG
In the early 70′s, during the beginnings of what became known as the “Jesus Movement,” a group of young, longhaired, “hippie” musicians called LOVE SONG began to use their music to express their newfound faith in Jesus Christ. A mixture of rock and pop, LOVE SONG’s music was entirely new and unique for the Christian music world.

The music was fresh, sometimes radical, and yet truly inspirational for a generation of young people searching for truth. It helped blaze the path for what we know today as Contemporary Christian Music. They flourished amidst the swirl of national media attention from top record labels and interviews with magazines including ROLLING STONE. God used them in a powerful way to bring many people to Himself. “In a world of imitators, Love Song has been an originator, the first domino that started the others going”

RICKY SKAGGS - GMA GOSPEL MUSIC HALL OF FAMERICKY SKAGGS
Fourteen-time Grammy Award winner and two-time Dove Awards winner, Ricky Skaggs, is affectionately known as one of bluegrass music’s most recognized ambassadors. Singing comes naturally to Skaggs, and singing Gospel songs even more so.  At the tender age of 3, he began by harmonizing with his mother as she sang Gospel songs.  He began to perform in his church, singing with his parents there.  His illustrious path to stardom has always included Gospel songs, as he loves to sing about Jesus and His love for all of us.

From there, Skaggs went on to put his own stamp on the mainstream country and bluegrass formats, resulting in twelve #1 hits, eight Country Music Association Awards and eight Academy of Country Music Awards. 1997 marked Ricky Skaggs’ triumphant return to bluegrass and the establishment of his own Skaggs Family Records label, which has gone on to break new sales records in the genre. Now in his 40th year as a professional musician, he continues to record and tour with his band Kentucky Thunder as one of music’s most sought after live performers.


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