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Christian Country Expo returns to Cookeville, Tennessee 

Written by Staff on February 27, 2019 – 10:13 am -

CCX '19 will feature Jessica Horton and Tonja Rose teaching songwriting

CCX ’19 will feature Jessica Horton and Tonja Rose teaching songwriting

Musical weekend features songwriting  showcase

Cookeville, Tenn.  — Coastal Media is pleased to present Christian Country Expo ’19 in Cookeville, Tenn., June 20 – 22, 2019. Welcoming over 30 Christian Country artists and hundreds of fans, Christian Country Expo is three days and nights of music, shopping and family fun, held at the Quality Inn Convention Center, 970 S. Jefferson Ave.
CCX ’19 will feature fan favorite artists such as Tonja Rose and Jessica Horton during daytime and evening concerts, along with a large exhibit hall filled with artist booths. A new addition is a songwriting course for aspiring artists.
“I’m so excited to be a part of this wonderful event,” says Rose. “I’m totally pumped about having the opportunity to work alongside of Jessica Horton, mentoring and writing with some of Tennessee’s young songwriters. It’s gonna be a blast!”
Horton agrees. “I am so excited to be a part of the Christian Country Expo this year. I am especially excited about the new songwriting workshop that Tonja Rose and I are crafting for the kids in the community.
“Music is one of the best ways to understand ourselves, our faith, and the world around us,” continues Horton. “Songs tell our stories, and each generation tells its own tale. This workshop is designed to teach the students about the songwriting process, guide them through crafting a song of their own and empowering the songwriters of the future!”
CCX '19 in Cookeville, Tenn.Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media, says he is thrilled to return this year to Cookeville, as the community was so welcoming last year.
“Christian Country Expo is about more than just music,” says Patz. “It’s about community, family, and faith. It’s about bringing people together to embrace our freedom to worship and fellowship as we please. It’s about enriching the young members of the community with music and knowledge. I’m excited Cookeville is open to CCX ’19. I can’t wait!”
For more information on CCX, or to set up interviews with CEO of Coastal Media, Rob Patz, organizer of CCX, phone 360-933-0741.

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2019 Diamond Award Nominations Now Open

Written by Staff on January 28, 2019 – 4:04 am -

Diamond AwardsPigeon Forge, Tenn. (January 28, 2019) – Coastal Medial Group and SGNScoops Magazine are pleased to announce that the 2019 Diamond Award Nominations are now open on the SGNScoops website. Everyone is invited to the website to enter the Nominations area and list their top ten favorite picks for each Diamond Award category. Vote HERE.

Creekside event t-shirts available now

Creekside Gospel Music Convention

SGNScoops, host of the Diamond Awards, is presenting the 2019 Diamond Awards on October 29, 2019 during the 8th Annual Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Many vocal performances and surprise guests will be included in the gala evening. Fans are encouraged to make their plans to attend today.

The Diamond Awards are completely voter-driven, starting with nominations, from which the Top Ten lists are calculated, allowing voters to select their three favorites in each category. That will bring us to the Top Five lists, allowing voters to select their three choices to bring us the winner of the 2019 Diamond Award in each category. Vote HERE

4:30 doors open 5:00 Scott Roberts and 5 o’clock band Welcome Prayer 5:20 MARK 209 kickoff (Graceland) Introduce Emcee 5:25 Dodrill Family 5:37 Day Three 5:49 Gloryland Qt 6:01 Debbie Bennett 6:13 Epps Family 6:25 Gospel Truth Trio 6:37 Tonja Rose 6:49 The Riders 7:01 (Featured Group) Sacred Harmony 7:21 Chordsmen Qt 7:33 The Griffins 7:45 (Featured Group) The Coffmans 8:05 Offering 8:10 Honoring Arthur Rice 8:40 The Pine Ridge Boys 9:00 Ezekiel’s Call 9:12 Red Back Sing Closeout....

Creekside 2018: Dr. Jerry Goff and SGNScoops Honor Arthur Rice

Don’t forget to order your Creekside VIP pass today! There are a limited number of bracelets available, so please contact Rob today at 360.933.0741. This VIP bracelet will grant the wearer preferred seating at each concert including the 2019 Diamond Awards, special gifts and passes to backstage events, all for only $25. If you are interested in purchasing your $25 VIP ticket call Rob at 360 933 0741.

Find out more about the 2019 Diamond awards by visiting the Creekside Gospel Music Convention Facebook page HERE.

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Down East Boys to appear at Creekside 2019

Written by Staff on November 12, 2018 – 11:35 am -

Down East Boys to appear at Creekside 2019

Down East Boys to appear at Creekside 2019

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (Nov. 12, 2018) — Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2019 is in the planning stages after a very successful 2018 event. Rob Patz,  director, is thrilled to announce that the Down East Boys from North Carolina will be appearing at the 2019 event, to be held from Oct. 27 – 31 in the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

The Down East Boys are currently enjoying the success of their single release, “Beat-Up Bible,” from the album, “One Day In The Past.” Members include Doug Pittman, Ricky Carden, Daryl Paschal and newest member, bass singer Zac Barham.
Down East Boys to appear at Creekside 2019Ricky Carden has been with the DEB for 28 years. “I am excited to be a part of Creekside 2019,” says Carden. “I have watched this event grow over the past few years and am honored to be included in the great list of artists!”
Patz is thrilled that the DEB have already signed on for 2019, on top of all the great artists returning from 2018. “I have always wanted Ricky and his boys to appear on the Creekside stage,” says Patz. “I know they will be welcomed into the Creekside family with open arms.”
Creekside Gospel Music Convention is an annual event held in Pigeon Forge, featuring over 50 artists, daytime showcases, evening concerts, the Dr. Jerry Goff Honors, Diamond Awards and Midnight Prayer.  For more information, call Rob Patz at 360 – 933 – 0741.

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Creekside announces end of voting period for Diamond Awards

Written by Staff on September 14, 2018 – 3:42 am -

Diamond Awards

Diamond Awards

Have you voted for your favorite nominee in the 2018 Diamond Awards? If not, click HERE and do so today! September 15 is the final day to vote so you need to visit the site today. Make sure your voice is heard!

The 2018 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 2018 Awards presentation. Vote TODAY.

with 2017 Diamond Award

Kelly Nelon Clark with 2017 Diamond Award

The 2018 Diamond Awards will be held on Tuesday, October 30, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., during the 7th Annual Creekside Gospel Music Convention. Creekside runs from Oct. 28 – November 1. 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 the Williamsons, the Jordan Family Band, the Pine Ridge Boys, Mark209, Sunday Drive, the Hyssongs, Eagle’s Wings, the Chandlers and many more.

Special events include “Dr. Goff Honors Arthur Rice” on Monday, the 2018 Diamond Awards on Tuesday, the Browders on Wednesday and the Dunaways on Thursday evening. C.T. Townsend will be the special preacher for the event.

This year we are offering a commemorative T-shirt, available in sizes small to 5x, and for a limited time only we are offering this at a special discounted price of just $15. If you are a VIP pass holder you can preorder your T-shirt for just $10. To order your commemorative T-shirt or to get your VIP pass, email Rob Patz at

For more information on Creekside 2018, including the Diamond Awards and free ticket reservations, visit or For a $25 VIP pass, tickets and accommodations, contact Rob Patz by calling 360-933-0741.

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Diamond Awards Bring Excitement To Butler Music Group

Written by Staff on October 25, 2017 – 7:18 am -

The Williamsons with Jerry Goff and Jan Buckner Goff at the Diamond Awards.

The Williamsons with Jerry Goff and Jan Buckner Goff at the Diamond Awards 2016

Nashville, TN (October 18, 2017) As artists from across the nation descend on Pigeon Forge, TN for the 2017 Diamond Awards,Butler Music Group and its family of artists have much for which to be excited. Seven BMG artists have accumulated 13 nominations including nominations for Favorite Mixed Group, Favorite Male Vocalist, Video of the Year and two for Album of the Year.

The Williamsons continue to secure their spot as one of Southern Gospels top groups. They have been nominated for Favorite Mixed Groupand Lisa Chesser Williamson has been nominated for the Songwriter of the Year award. BMG prides itself on introducing Gospel Music to some of the best up and coming artists and these nominations prove it. Sacred Harmony has been gaining a reputation for their unique harmonies and crossover sound. They have claimed two nominations, Sunrise Trio and Video of the Year.

2017 Diamond Award Nominations

2017 Diamond Awards Nominations

Family groups are a favorite in Gospel Music and the Coffmans are quickly catching attention at major events such as Singing In The Sun and Gatlinburg Gathering for their powerhouse vocals. This year they claimed their first Singing News Top 40. The 2017  awards brought them a Top 5 nomination in the Sunrise Artist category.

Butler Music Group Artists Honored With 15 Diamond Award Nominations

Butler Music Group Artists Honored With 15 Diamond Award Nominations

Jason Davidson’s incredible vocals have left legends such as Duane Allen, Lynda Randall and LaVerne Tripp amazed by his voice and stage presence. Jason also claimed his first Singing News Top 40 in 2017. He has been nominated for the Sunrise Artist award as well.

Even though some of its members such as Mike Holcomb and Les Butler are household names, the Old Time Preachers Quartet is a relatively new name to Gospel Music. In a short time, they have left the industry a buzz with two Singing News Top 20 songs as well as appearances at Dollywood, Blue Gate Theater, NQC Main Stage and on Guy Penrod’s Gospel Music Showcase TV show. They have been honored for their success with a nomination for  Sunrise Quartet and Album of the Year.

Matt Felts Announces Solo Ministry

Matt Felts nominated for Diamond Award

Another name that is familiar to fans of Gospel Music but is now on a new path is Matt Felts. Having branched out as a soloist this year, Matt has claimed his first Singing News Top 80 and has released a breakout album that features guests such as Larry Gatlin, Joseph Habedank and Goodman Revival. Matt has been nominated for two awards, Favorite Male Vocalist and Sunrise Artist.

In the Bluegrass Gospel side, one name dominated the award nominations. Heaven’s Mountain Band is on a hot streak that includes five consecutive Singing News #1 songs, major concert appearances and a TV appearance on Gospel Music Showcase. Fans have nominated them for three awards; Favorite Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. 

Brian Free and Assurance to perform at the 2017 Diamond Awards

Brian Free and Assurance

The Diamond Awards promise to be a memorable night with performances by Brian Free & Assurance and other top artists. Fans are encouraged to come out to the awards show. The show will be aired at a date to be announced on TV 57 in Atlanta. For more information, go to

About Butler Music Group
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Butler Music Group provides professional management and consulting services to Southern Gospel and Bluegrass artists including Dunaways, Heaven’s Mountain Band, Williamson’s, Old Time Preachers Quartet, Sacred Harmony, Coffmans, and Jason Davidson. BMG subsidiary, Family Music Group, is the label and radio promotion division of BMG. Label artists include Dunaways, Williamsons, Old Time Preachers Qt and Jason Davidson.   Radio Promotion artists include Canton Junction, David Phelps, Goodman Revival, Ivan Parker, Guy Penrod, Hagees, Jimmy Fortune, Oak Ridge Boys, Booth Brothers, Larry Gatlin, and many others.Les Butler has been actively involved in Southern Gospel Music for 39 years as a musician, producer, manager, former publisher of the Singing News, and as a nationally syndicated radio host. Butler started Butler Music Group in 1978, and purchased Family Music Group in 2003. He is a past March of Dimes AIR award, as well as winner of the Paul Heil Broadcasting Award in 2011. Butler’s syndicated radio show, Les Butler and Friends, is heard across America and abroad. Butler’s playing and production credits include Palmetto State Quartet, Darryl Worley, Richard Sterban, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Fairfield Four, Steeles, Dunaways, Crabb Family, Easter Brothers, Marksmen Quartet, Earl Scruggs, Bowling Family, Jimmy Fortune, Marty Raybon, Larry Gatlin and many more. Butler’s publishing companies are Hurry-Up Publishing/BMI and Hush Jean/ASCAP. He continues to host a daily Southern and Bluegrass Gospel video blog at the latest issue of SGNScoops magazine click here
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Christian Country Expo off to a Foot-Stompin’ Start!

Written by Staff on August 24, 2015 – 5:49 pm -

Marty Raybon

Marty Raybon

Pigeon Forge TN (August 24, 2015) – The Christian Country Expo at the Smoky Mountain Resort, Pigeon Forge TN, got off to a great start on Monday.

CCE logoThe Jam Session, sponsored by Firehouse Subs, is being held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Many of the artists joined in this informal musical session and played well-known songs to the appreciative audience. Thanks to Firehouse Subs for partnering with us on this great event!

Jam Session with Chris Golden

Jam Session with Chris Golden

On Monday night at the mainstage, the _MG_7176headliner was Marty Raybon. A Country star both as a solo artist and with Shenandoah, Marty has been very active in the Christian Country circuit as well, telling his audiences about the change that Jesus has made in his life.

Marty Raybon recorded a song with soloist Sharron Kay King on her latest album. Marty joined Sharron during her set to perform this song live during the evening.

We hope you enjoy this collection of photos from the first day and night of the Christian Country Expo.

CCE continues at Pigeon Forge through Thursday, August 27. Join us!


Sharron Kay King

Along with T Graham Brown (Wednesday night only), the CCE is happy to present Chuck Day, Chris Golden, Jim Sheldon, Tommy Brandt, Jan Harbuck, Ava Kasich, Tina Wakefield, Jerry Branscom, and many more. Doors open at the Center at 5:00 pm on Monday night and again on Tuesday morning at _MG_72279:30 am for music showcases. The main theme of the event is: “Salute To Our Heroes,” and CCE invites all servicemen and first responders to come out and be recognized.

For more information on CCE, go to the Facebook or website page.


The Roarks

The Roarks


Tommy Brandt and Ava Kasich

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Jim Sheldon

Jim Sheldon

Tina Wakefield

Tina Wakefield

Marty Raybon

Marty Raybon

Chris Golden

Chris Golden


Chris Golden

Chris Golden

Chris Golden

Marty Raybon

Marty Raybon

Marty Raybon

Marty Raybon

Marty Raybon and Tina Wakefield

Marty Raybon and Tina Wakefield


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Written by Staff on July 6, 2015 – 10:59 am -

Shellem Cline

Shellem Cline

Pigeon Forge, TN- While singing in Pigeon Forge over the weekend, award winning vocalist, Shellem Cline and his wife Lacy took in a show at “The Comedy Barn.” Cline was chosen to be a part of the comedy performance by playing the hero in the last segment of the show. Once the cast learned that Cline was an award winning Gospel Artist, Cline was asked to perform a tune for the packed out house.

Cline, along with the Comedy Barn house band, performed the chorus of the hymn “How Great Thou Art.” After performing the tune, Cline finished the program with his acting abilities and brought a lot of laughs to the audience.

“It was quite an experience,” Cline stated, “I absolutely loved having another opportunity to bring a smile to faces from across the United States.”

After the show Cline’s new fans gathered around for more information on the artist, and Cline even signed a few autographs for Gospel Music fans. Cline stated, “You never when God will open a door. He allowed me to do two things that I love, singing and making people laugh, and it happened in a unique scenario. He allowed me to plant a seed that I hope will change someone’s life.”

A video of the performance will be uploaded to Shellem’s website,, later this week. For more information on Shellem and his ministry, visit

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Triumphant Quartet and Soul’d Out Quartet appear at Gospel Winterfest

Written by Staff on March 9, 2015 – 2:27 pm -


Triumphant Quartet

Triumphant Quartet

KNOXVILLE, TN – For the third straight year, New Destiny Productions brought back the best combination of quartets for Gospel Winterfest: the award-winning Triumphant Quartet and Soul’d Out Quartet together on stage at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN.

Soul'd Out

Soul’d Out

Soul’d Out Quartet from Georgetown, OH opened the concert after Russ Woolard, President of New Destiny Productions, opened with a great song, “Holy Spirit Come In This Place.”  After a few songs, Matt Rankin, founder and owner of Soul’d Out who started the group in 2004, introduced the members of the group: Michael Howard, piano and Dusty Barrett, tenor have been with the group for seven

Matt Rankin

Matt Rankin

years. Former lead for the Kingsmen Quartet, Bryan Hutson joined the group three-and-a-half years ago and sings lead, and Ian Owen, bass, joined two-and-a-half years ago. Matt writes most of the songs that the group sings.

The fan favorite Southern Gospel male quartet, Triumphant, was up next. Since their beginning 13 years ago at the Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN, Triumphant has won dozens of awards nationally, as well as receiving Grammy and Dove nominations. They have also had the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall. They opened with the song, “We Will Remember,” as well as many more from their repertoire, to the appreciation of the attendees.
Eric Bennett, bass and spokesman for the group, introduced the members of the group.  The only change in the group since its inception has been the piano

Ian Owen

Ian Owen

player.  The four vocalists are the original members. Eric and David Sutton, tenor for the group, have been standing on stage together for 20 years.  They were members of Kingdom Heirs until Triumphant was formed.  They added Clayton Inman, lead, to the group, who had sung for several groups including Won by One, and Scott Inman, baritone, who is also a prolific songwriter.  The group was close to home, so their families were there and were introduced to the audience.

The concert ended after a little over three hours with both groups on stage singing, ‘When The Trumpet Sounds.”
North Metro Gospel Singings will present a similar event  May 30 – 6:00 pm at Shiloh Hills Baptist Church, Kennesaw, GA with the same two groups. We encourage all Gospel fans in the area to come out,

David Sutton and Scotty Inman

David Sutton and Scotty Inman

expecting a great evening of song and ministry!

For more information on Soul’d Out, visit their website HERE.
For more on Triumphant Quartet, click on their website HERE.
Written by Robert York for SGN Scoops.
Clayton Inman and Eric Bennett

Clayton Inman and Eric Bennett










Soul'd Out Quartet and Triumphant Quartet

Soul’d Out Quartet and Triumphant Quartet


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Creekside Gospel Music Convention Begins!

Written by Staff on November 3, 2014 – 12:10 pm -

imagejpeg_0Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (November 3, 2014) – Creekside Gospel Music Convention officially begins this evening at 5:30pm. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, welcomes Gospel music artists from across the United States for four days, November 3-6, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center pictured above. The Exhibit Hall opens at 4:00pm, evening concert begins at 5:30 and the Willie Wynn Bash begins at 8:00pm.

Set-up is happening even as we post this update, with artists arriving at the Convention Center and booths springing up in the Exhibit Hall. Artists, volunteers and SGN Scoops staff are excited about the beginning of Creekside and looking forward to some terrific music, fellowship and fun during this week.

There are still a few tickets at the door, so if you are in the area, please come over to the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. For more information on Creekside, visit

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Written by Staff on September 22, 2014 – 5:32 pm -

nqcPigeon Forge, TN (Sept. 22, 2014) – This afternoon – September 22, 2014 – the NQC Board of Directors along with dignitaries form Pigeon Forge, TN and the state of Tennessee took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony signifying the beginning of NQC week at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.The ceremony follows a record-breaking crowd for the kick-off concert last evening. Attendance doubled from previous years as the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, the Hoppers, the Kingdom Heirs, and the Mark Trammell Quartet ushered in the 57th annual event.
Dignitaries included Tennessee state tourism director Susan Whitaker, Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear, Pigeon Forge City Manager Earlene Teaster, the NQC board of directors along with hundreds of fans.
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