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One Day Closer to the 2020 Diamond Award Nominations

Written by Staff on February 2, 2020 – 12:26 pm -

Diamond Awards presented by Coastal MediaThe 2020 Diamond Award Nominations open tomorrow, Monday, February 3, on So come join us as we continue to travel down the Road to the Diamond Awards.

Jessica Horton at 2019 Diamond Awards

Jessica Horton at 2019 Diamond Awards

Today we look at several more categories, all under the heading of “Sunrise,” which can be awarded to any new or developing full-time artist who has seen major growth in their career, as evidenced in airplay or personal appearances during the past year. Nominees in this category must have released their debut single only two years prior to the eligibility date of January 1, 2020. This award is also a once-in-a-lifetime honor and can be given to any artist in the Southern,

Jordan Family Band at Diamond Awards 2018

Country or Bluegrass Christian music genres. These categories include the Sunrise Award (any artists), Sunrise Duet of the Year, Trio of the Year, and Quartet of the Year. Some past winners have included: Jessica Horton, Chronicle, Day 3, Justified Quartet, Jordan Family Band, Old Time Preachers Quartet, the Chandlers, Morgan Easter, 11th Hour, and others.

The Diamond Awards also celebrate Christian Country artists with Christian Country Group of the Year and Song of the Year. The nominees must be full-time Christian Country artists. Some past winners have included:

Sarah Davison of HighRoad at 2016 Diamond Awards

Sarah Davison of HighRoad at 2016 Diamond Awards

CHRISTIAN COUNTRY GROUP OF THE YEAR: Some winners have been HighRoad, the Freemans, The Isaacs, Jeff and Sheri Easter, the Drummond Family, and Crossfire Gospel Band. And the 2019 winners were Mark209.

CHRISTIAN COUNTRY SONG OF THE YEAR : The 2016 winner was “One Step Closer”- Arkin Terrell; and the 2019 winner was: “Hide Me Behind The Cross” by Tonja Rose.

Who will you nominate? Stay tuned to this site as we continue the countdown to the 2020 Diamond Award Nominations!

More about Creekside Gospel Music Convention:

Creekside Gospel Music Convention is held annually in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, presenting national and regional gospel music in a family-friendly environment. The last week in October is filled with Southern, Country, and Bluegrass gospel music at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Daytime showcases, evening concerts, and midnight prayer, all feature award-winning artists and speakers. The Diamond Awards are a nationally-recognized yearly award show hosted by SGNScoops Magazine and voted on by their readers and fans.  For more information please call Rob Patz at 360 – 933 – 0741.

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Youth in Southern Gospel: Meet Bo Chesser of the Williamsons

Written by Staff on September 18, 2019 – 10:42 am -

Youth in Southern Gospel Music Bo Chesser of the Williamsons by Lindsey Chandler

Bo Chesser of the Williamsons

Youth in Southern Gospel: Bo Chesser

By Lindsey Chandler

Lindsey Chandler of the Chandlers

Meet SGNScoops’ newest writer!  My name is Lyndsey Chandler. I sing with my family, the Chandlers. I have wanted to get something started to promote the youth in Southern gospel for a long time. I want to say a huge thank you to SGNScoops magazine for allowing me the opportunity to do this. I will be sharing exclusive interviews in an effort to showcase the abilities, talents and dedication of young artists in Southern gospel music. I will be offering these monthly interviews to better acquaint you with young voices that are growing louder in our industry. So sit back, relax and enjoy our very first interview! 


The Williamsons

Youth in Southern Gospel: Meet Bo Chesser of the Williamsons

I am pleased to introduce to you our first featured artist who comes to us from Konawa, Oklahoma. Bo Chesser is 23 years old and is a singer and musician for the Williamsons. 


The Willamsons originated in 1969 and were revived in 1998. They perform approximately 200 dates a year, passionately spreading the gospel of Christ.


Chesser has been singing since he was six years old, traveling off and on with the Williamsons since he was nine. This young man is not just another member of the group, he is also Lisa Willamson’s younger brother. 


Bo Chesser of the WilliamsonsIn May of 2018, a position came open with the group, and Bo Chesser has been there ever since. He graduated in 2018 from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, receiving a music degree in trumpet performance while minoring in business. 


Chesser enjoys many hobbies which include running several 5Ks and marathons throughout the year. Not only is he talented in singing, but he also plays quite a few instruments including the trumpet, mandolin, guitar and piano. When it’s time to eat, Chesser’s favorite fast food restaurant is Chick-Fil-A.


The young musician shares, “Other than voice cracks and accidentally playing an entire verse and chorus of a song in the wrong key, (a funny thing) happened this past May. In a small church in Tennessee, a woman in the front row had a bad sounding cough and my sister Lisa and I found it funny for some reason. We held it together until the fifth song, which was a serious song about loved ones going to heaven, of course! The woman coughed again during the second verse, I lost it, and couldn’t sing the entire rest of the song. Even better is, they were Facebook live the whole time.”


When asked what a day off looks like for him, Chesser says, “A productive day off for me consists of working out, running, practicing the trumpet, mandolin, singing and doing general housework. A more realistic day looks like getting at least one of those things done, going out to eat, getting coffee with friends, and watching either YouTube videos or a movie.” 


If he was not singing, he says he would probably be a band director or music teacher of some sort. For musical inspiration, Chesser enjoys the Isaacs and the Talleys as his biggest inspirations in Southern gospel. 


WilliamsonsChesser shares his incredible testimony… 


“The department of human services placed me in a foster home six days after I was born. This was because my biological mother had done drugs and alcohol throughout the entire pregnancy. Over the next few months, I experienced withdrawals from the drugs, such as crying and uncontrollable tremors. By situations that God ordered, a foster family adopted me about two years later, and I’ve been theirs ever since.


“From an early age, they taught me about Jesus and showed me how to live, so at eight years old, I accepted Christ as my savior,” Chesser continues. “I was not living the way I should have for most of my school years in the way I talked, thought, and acted. God, however, got my attention during my senior year of high school, and I truly dedicated myself to him.


Williamsons“My family is full of musicians, so I was always around singing and instruments. I took an interest at an early age, and my family encouraged me in my efforts. When I was eight years old, Lisa showed me my first three chords on the mandolin; at 10 years old, my dad taught me the basics of guitar; and later that year, I joined the fifth grade band and started playing the trumpet. I truly never would have imagined that I would still be using all of those abilities, especially in this capacity where I get to minister and glorify God,” Chesser concludes.

I trust you have enjoyed reading this interview. Go HERE to hear more about them, making sure you like, comment and share. Or HERE on Facebook.

Lindsey Chandler with The Chandlers

By Lindsey Chandler

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Please Pray for The Chandlers

Written by scoopsnews on August 9, 2019 – 9:26 am -

From The Chandlers:

We are so sorry to announce that The Chandlers will not be at the Seminole Gospel Sing tomorrow night in Oklahoma. Tim had an appointment with his foot doctor this morning and received a negative report. He is facing a toe amputation in the morning. Prayers are appreciated!

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Praise Report for The Chandlers

Written by scoopsnews on February 22, 2017 – 6:41 am -

From Lana:

God still works miracles!! He proved it once again to us today, by allowing our stolen trailer to be found! He continues to show His love through our friends that are giving to help us replenish our sound equipment/keyboard and other things that were stolen out of it. Thank you to all of you that have sent financial assistance and to those that continue to help us financially. May you reap tremendous blessings for sowing into our ministry!!

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Please Pray for The Chandlers

Written by scoopsnews on February 21, 2017 – 10:43 am -

From Tiffany via Facebook:

This has happened too many times and every time I feel a part of me (us) has been invaded and taken. Last night while the fam was in TX, thieves stole our utility trailer (containing our sound equipment, clothes and merchandise) off of our van while parked at their hotel. Thankfully, the van wasn’t touched. What I would give to be with them now. Please pray that the trailer would be found intact. God I don’t know why, but You do. 😭💔

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Please Pray for The Chandlers

Written by scoopsnews on April 9, 2016 – 7:51 am -


From Lana:

You never know what a day will bring. I received a phone call just a little while ago that brought terrible news. My cousin, Kerry Jellison, unexpectedly passed away this morning. He was a 41 year old, healthy police officer. Our hearts are broken. A little over 2 months ago, his brother, Robbie, unexpectedly passed away from physical issues he dealt with. So, my family could use your prayers right now as we deal with this tragic heartbreak today.



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Pray For Tim Chandler

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 29, 2016 – 7:41 am -

Pray For Tim Chandler

Pray For Tim Chandler

Pray For Tim Chandler: URGENT PRAYER REQUEST! Tim’s nearly healed wound from his first toe amputation has opened again in a severe way last night. We have had a wonderful prayer meeting and we are believing for a miracle! We will see how healed it is in the morning and go from there with proper medical attention, as needed. Thank you for your prayers!

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