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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 http://www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com/

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NQC RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

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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Southern Gospel Music Association’s Hall Of Fame

Written by Staff on August 19, 2014 – 10:38 am -

Hall of Fame SignBy Marcie Gray Imagine walking down a hallway filled with familiar faces and voices, some of whom you have listened to since you were a small child, some whom you have met, and perhaps, a few you may be privileged to call friends or family! Just inside the gates of The Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee lies a journey through the history of Southern Gospel music, just waiting to be explored. Quartet SingingEstablished in 1994, and opening its Hall of Fame and Museum doors in 1999, the Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) is a professional preservation association of artists, songwriters, industry workers and fans, founded to preserve, protect and promote Southern Gospel Music, its history and heritage. The artists within have dedicated their ministries to delivering a message built around biblical truths and spiritual values, and what a legacy they have left and are still leaving! It’s like homecoming week every time I walk through the SGMA Hall of Fame. As I enter the doorway, the first thing that catches my eye is a shaped note typewriter, surrounded by various song books and a chalk board with a music staff on it. Originally, Southern Gospel music was sung by quartets, many who used songbooks with notes identified by their shape. Lou Hildreth PlaqueThe tour continues as I sit in a church pew and listen to an animatronic quartet singing “Give the World a Smile.” There is literally something to look at in every corner as I wander through the museum. A collection of vinyl records, a replica of The Blackwood Brothers’ bus, instruments and clothing from legendary artists and collectibles, each having a story of their own to tell, are displayed throughout the museum. The centerpiece of the museum is the Hall of Fame, where bronzed plaques of legendary faces line the corridor. One hundred and fifty-five faces grace the walls of the corridor. Each individual who is inducted is honored with a plaque that bears their picture and a list of achievements in the Southern Gospel industry. Danny Jones, Editor of The Singing News and Executive Director of the SGMA shares, “The Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame is the home to more than 3,000 Southern Gospel artifacts, not to mention a place where 155 members of the Southern Gospel community are honored. Earlier this year, as we were getting the museum ready for Dollywood’s opening day, I cleaned all 155 of those 40-pound bronze plaques that hang in the Hall of Fame. It was impossible not to re-read what each plaque said and truthfully, the memories of many of those special people came flooding back to me. It almost like I could talk to George, Glen, Jake, Rex, Brock, J.G. Anthony, Roger, J.D. —and more—again. Suddenly they didn’t feel so far away now that they’ve gone on to their eternal reward. Hall of Fame Wall 2“As I cleaned each plaque I was reminded of how each of those men and women are on the Hall of Fame roster shaped this thing called Southern Gospel Music. Long-time fans need to come to the Hall of Fame and just relive those days. New fans need to come to the Hall of Fame and learn about those made Southern Gospel Music what it is today. It’s more than a roomful of plaques–it’s a roomful of incredible memories.” One of our own SGN Scoops contributors and one of those who have helped shape Southern Gospel Music, Lou Wills Hildreth, was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2007. Golden Age of QuartetsIn early February of this year, SGMA President Arthur Rice was minding his own business in Florida, preparing to board a cruise ship with The Kingdom Heirs when his cell phone rang. On the other end one of Dollywood’s fine maintenance men was calling to let Arthur know that a water pipe had burst inside the Hall of Fame and was spewing water throughout the building. Though the water flow was stemmed before any harm could be done to any of the artifacts housed there, substantial facility damage requiring significant repair work was experienced. In the ensuing days, the Dollywood maintenance and construction teams worked diligently to return the Hall of Fame and Museum to its “pre-flood” condition in time for the 2014 opening day festivities. Early QuartetsWe recently talked to Travis Bridgeman of the Advisory Board of the SGMA Hall of Fame and Museum. “In September 2013, I was elected to the Advisory Board,” says Travis Bridgeman. “I had the privilege to walk on the red carpet during SGMA Day at Dollywood for the 2013 Hall of Fame Induction. I am an administrator for the SGMA Facebook and Twitter pages. I post news and facts about the Hall of Fame, as well as recognize the birthdays and anniversaries of the deaths of Hall of Fame members. As a member of the advisory board, I also make recommendations to the executive board to help them with policy and promotion.” Bridgeman continues, “Our theme for this year is Raising the Awareness, which is our campaign to make Southern Gospel music fans and artists aware of the contributions of the Hall of Fame members and how they can keep their memory and our music alive. The SGMA operates the Hall of Fame and Museum from the support of its membership. It is important to join the SGMA to help us preserve the heritage of Southern Gospel music for the generations that have no first-hand knowledge of the pioneers of our music. Each month, over 30,000 people visit Dollywood and have an opportunity to walk inside the only brick-and-mortar museum paying tribute to our legacy and the genre of Southern Gospel music. It is the living link to our past, and stands as an example of the excellence we should strive for today.” Roots of SGThe SGMA Hall of Fame and Museum welcomes more than one million visitors annually to read and observe displays and memorabilia from a century of gospel music. Thousands of items from some of the greatest singers, writers and musicians are displayed. The facility includes a gift shop, which carries one of the country’s largest Southern gospel music selections. The SGMA also specializes in vintage and difficult-to-find Southern gospel music products. The SGMA current membership ranks in the thousands with members from almost every state and several foreign countries. Members come from all walks of life joined by a love for the music, an appreciation for the positive, uplifting lyrics and the music’s central message of salvation through Jesus Christ. The artists in this industry have traveled thousands of miles, often through adverse conditions, to entertain, minister and create a musical genre for which the SGMA is committed to preserving. In 2014, inductions will be conducted during the week of the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Some of the inductions will take place during the nightly NQC programming while other inductions will take place during the Singing News Fan Awards. These inductions are included at no extra cost in your NQC admission. SGMA StoreIf you have not yet visited the SGMA Hall of Fame and Museum, a wonderful time to do so would be during Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel And Harvest Celebration, which takes place from September 22, 2014 through November 1, 2014. During those six weeks of wonderful Southern Gospel music, there are opportunities to see your favorite artists in concert, all included in the price of your Dollywood ticket! Visit http://www.dollywood.com/themepark/entertainment/Harvest-Celebration-Gospel-Performers.aspx to view the schedule of artist appearances. Blackwood Brothers Bus (1)You can be an important part of helping the SGMA Hall of Fame and Museum to preserve the rich heritage of Southern Gospel music we all love. Visit http://sgma.org/ to find out how you can join the SGMA family. Annual membership is $20, and a lifetime membership can be received for a gift of $1,000. You can also contact the SGMA at (865) 908-4040. From all of us whose hearts are touched by Southern Gospel music and the history that has shaped it into what it is today, we want to say “Thank you” to the SGMA Hall of Fame and Museum Directors and staff. Thanks to your efforts, the legacy of those who came before us will be remembered for generations to come. Photographs and Written by Marcie Gray First Published July 2014 in SGN Scoops digital magazine. For the current issue of SGN Scoops, visit the SGN Scoops website at http://www.sgnscoops.com/


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This week’s Harmony Road Showcases Triumphant Quartet, Freemans, High Road III

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 19, 2014 – 10:49 am -

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Signal Mountain, TN (July 16, 2014) – This week’s Harmony Road television program is set to feature music and video from a range of gospel’s finest.  Included are the touching video “Lead me Home” featuring Darrell Freeman; High Road III and their popular “Angel at the Crossroads”; and Willie Wynn, Woody Wright and friends with the classic “Jesus is Coming Soon”.   Two top quartets, Triumphant and Brian Free and Assurance are also included.

triumphant freemans highroadiiiThis is the first of a series of programs originating from The Family Room Studios, located in Gallatin, Tennessee.  Many top gospel artists and their hit songs have been recorded at The Family Room.  “All of us at Harmony Road would like to thank Robb and Laverne Tripp for their hospitality during the taping of these special programs.  It was a great experience and I’m confident our viewers will enjoy these episodes.” said Roger Spears, program producer.

Harmony Road is a weekly Southern Gospel TV program hosted by “Singing News” veteran and Solid Gospel Radio host Les Butler.  The program features the best in Southern Gospel music and video.

Harmony Road can be found each week on The Heartland Network Sunday mornings at 8:00 Eastern as well as Saturdayafternoons on WATC57 in Atlanta. You can also find Harmony Road on the NRB Network Saturday evenings at 8:30 (including DIRECTV, ROKU, online streaming and a mobile app).  In addition the program is aired on the WALKtv network, www.wmjn29.com, TV24 in Northeast Alabama and more. For more information on these and other affiliates you can visit www.harmonyroadtv.com.

Other team members include Roger Spears, Producer and Allan Rhodes, Technical Director.


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Great Variety of Southern Gospel Music on Harmony Road

Written by Staff on January 25, 2013 – 3:12 pm -

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Signal Mountain, TN (January 24, 2013):  This week’s Harmony Road TV lineup includes a variety of great Southern Gospel music including quartet, family groups and unique acapella.  This week’s featured songwriter is Dianne Wilkinson. There are also exclusive behind the scenes interviews.

Originating from the lobby of the Music Road Hotel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the program begins with a rousing rendition of “Jesus Made a Believer Out of Me” penned by Dianne Wilkinson and performed by The Kingdom Heirs.  Also featured are uplifting songs from top family groups, The Bowlings, The Crist Family and the Whisnants.  Closing out the program is a unique rendition of “Goodbye World Goodbye” by acapella group The Penny Loafers, featuring a cameo by the songwriter, Mosie Lister.

Harmony Road is a weekly Southern Gospel TV program hosted by “Singing News” publisher and Solid Gospel Radio host Les Butler and features interviews from Christian musician and Ball Brothers pianist, Cody McVey.  Other members of the team include Randy Liner, Technical Director and Roger Spears, Producer.

Harmony Road can be found each week on TNN, The Nashville Network on Sunday mornings at 8:00 Eastern as well as theWALKtv Saturday evenings at 6:00 Eastern. The program is also streamed each Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and Sunday mornings at 7:30 Eastern at www.wmjn29.com and aired each Sunday afternoon at 1:00 and 6:00 Central time on TV24 in the Anniston/Gadsden, Alabama area.  Harmony Road airs 6 times per week and is available “On Demand” on Charter Cable in Clarksville, TN. The program is also streamed in multiple places, including ROKU courtesy of theWALKtv.  Go to www.thewalktv.com for a complete list and links.

To find Harmony Road in your area, go to www.watchtnn.com, www.thewalktv.com, www.wmjn29.com or and www.tv24.tv More information can be found at www.harmonyroadtv.com or www.facebook.com/harmonyroadtv .

 


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Brothers Forever Embark on 2011 “Let the Worshippers Arise” Summer Tour

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 17, 2011 – 11:38 am -

CHURCH HILL, Tenn. – Popular trio Brothers Forever are currently embarking on their 2011 “Let the Worshippers Arise” Summer Tour. This new tour will take Brothers Forever across 10 different states for 21 concert and worship events.

The “Let the Worshippers Arise” Tour kicked off this past Sunday in Pampa, Texas. Throughout the tour, the guys will be ministering across California before making their way back around to Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. One stop along the tour will be at First Church of God in Red Bluff, California. This venue has hosted many major artists such as Greater Vision, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Nelons, Booth Brothers, and many more.

Curtis Hagy of Brothers Forever said, “We are so honored to be invited to such a prestigious venue that has hosted the best artists in Southern Gospel!”

“On a spiritual note, the summer tour is always our favorite because we usually have so many decisions for Christ, and that’s what it’s all about,” responded Brothers Forever’s Gary Ballew.

In addition to this summer tour, Brothers Forever have recently released their much anticipated worship recording – Let the Worshippers Arise. The new recording features many songs that churches have grown to love over the years such as the title cut “Let the Worshippers Arise,” “Mighty to Save,” “Bring the Rain,” and “Heal the Wound.” More information on that release can be found by visiting the group’s web site.

The dates for this year’s “Let the Worshippers Arise” Summer Tour are as follows:
June 12, 2011 / Pampa, TX / Carpenters Church

June 15, 2011 / Alburquerque, NM / Crossroads at Alburqueque

June 18, 2011 / Escalon, CA / First Baptist Church

June 19, 2011 / Tracy, CA / Center of Hope

June 22, 2011 / Ripon, CA / Ripona Christian Fellowship

June 24, 2011 / Fremont, CA / Pregnancy Choices Clinic Benefit Concert

June 26, 2011 / Mantecca, CA / Cornerstone Community Church

June 26, 2011 / Caruthers, CA / The Rock Church

June 30, 2011 / Red Bluff, CA / First Church of God

July 3, 2011 / Hayward, CA / Church of the Cross

July 10, 2011 / Vendor, AR / Big Creek Assembly of God

July 20, 2011 / Smyrna, TN / SGN Music Fest, River of Life Church

July 23, 2011 / Honorville, AL / Midway Community Church

July 24, 2011 / Enterprise. AL / Holloway Tabernacle

July 30, 2011 / Lessburg, OH / Highland Methodist Church

July 31, 2011 / New Vienna, OH / New Vienna United Methodist Church

August 5, 2011 / Wadesboro, SC / Bethany FWB Church

August 7, 2011 / Youngsville, NC / Grace Fellowship Church

August 14, 2011 / Gate City, VA / Daniel Boone Baptist Church

August 21, 2011 / Bean Station, TN / Noeton Baptist Church

August 28, 2011 / Princeton, WV / First Assembly of God

August 28, 2011 / Princeton, WV / Fairview Community Church

To visit the newly designed Brothers Forever website, visit http://www.brothersforever.net.


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