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Please Pray for The Beasley Family

Written by scoopsnews on November 18, 2018 – 6:42 am -

 

Remembering Les Beasley

Singing News posted this morning:

Les Beasley, the president of the National Quartet Convention and the longtime owner/manager/singer of The Florida Boys, has passed away at the age of 90.

Born in Crockett, Texas, in 1928, Mr. Beasley would go on to become one of Gospel music’s most influential personalities. J.G. Whitfield hired Mr. Beasley in 1953 to sing in his Gospel Melody Quartet, which was later renamed The Florida Boys. After the retirement of Mr. Whitfield, Mr. Beasley assumed part ownership (with Glen Allred and Derrell Stewart) and leadership of the quartet, and continued those roles until 2007.

During his time with The Florida Boys, Mr. Beasley became a key decisive leader in the development, promotion, and expansion of many of the entities that have provided the foundation of the modern era of Gospel music: “The Gospel Singing Jubilee” TV program, the National Quartet Convention, The Gospel Music Association, and others.

Tentative funeral plans include services Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. The family will share additional information as it is confirmed.

The Beasley family appreciates your prayers during this difficult time.

We at SGN Scoops are praying for Clarke and The Beasley Family and all our friends at the Singing News:

 


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COUNTRY FAITH — SOUTHERN GOSPEL SALUTES THE GENRE’S BIGGEST SONGS, PAST AND PRESENT

Written by Staff on October 3, 2018 – 8:12 am -

COUNTRY FAITH SOUTHERN GOSPEL SALUTES THE GENRE'S BIGGEST SONGS, PAST AND PRESENT

COUNTRY FAITH SOUTHERN GOSPEL SALUTES THE GENRE’S BIGGEST SONGS, PAST AND PRESENT

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Country Faith Southern Gospel, a new collection featuring 15 timeless songs from some of the genre’s most beloved artists, is now available from Curb | Word Entertainment.  Showcasing a range of favorites, past and present, Country Faith Southern Gospel is highlighted by classics from such legends as The Happy Goodmans (“The Lighthouse”) and The Cathedrals (“Step Into The Water”), alongside Mark Lowry’s “What’s Not to Love,” The Nelons’ “Oh For A Thousand Tongues” and The Crabb Family’s career-defining hit, “Through The Fire.”

With eight albums to date and $2.5 million in retail sales, the Country Faith music line—part of a multi-faceted brand including books, jewelry and other products—unveils this debut Southern Gospel compilation following the success of Country Faith Hymns, Country Faith Love Songs and Country Faith Christmas, among other music titles. Previous releases have featured many of the format’s superstars, including Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, George Strait and Brad Paisley. 
 
“Southern Gospel music is one of the genres I grew up listening to, and I love it,” says Deborah Evans Price, award-winning journalist and cofounder of Country Faith, LLC. “There are so many Southern Gospel songs that have been anchors in my life, and many of them are on this project. I feel like when people hear this collection, they’re going to be moved, encouraged and comforted. These are songs that people have known and loved and made a part of their lives, and I’m honored to have them on the Country Faith Southern Gospel collection.”
 
“Brand New Star,” a poignant tune from multi-genre icons The Oak Ridge Boys, resonated deeply with Evans Price following her mother’s death. “That one has been such a light and comfort for me after losing Mom,” she explains. “It’s the closing song on the album, and it will always be special to me.”
 
Longtime Southern Gospel fans will appreciate the inclusion of Greater Vision’s toe-tapping hit “My Name is Lazarus,” while The Florida Boys, Karen Peck & New River, Legacy Five and Canton Junction are also featured on the new release. Additionally, the project includes inspired performances from favorite soloists Jason Crabb, Michael English, Joseph Habedank and Janet Paschal.
 
“We are thrilled to have our song ‘God’s Got a Better Plan’ included on Country Faith Southern Gospel,” says Matthew Hagee, founding member of Canton Junction. “Music from The Cathedrals, The Happy Goodmans and The Oak Ridge Boys, along with so many others, filled our home growing up, so being on the same record as these Gospel music pioneers is an honor we do not take lightly.”
 
A sought-after journalist and recipient of the Country Music Association’s prestigious Media Achievement Award in 2013, Deborah Evans Price has interviewed numerous luminaries, including Dolly Parton, Don Henley, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Dennis Quaid and Tim Tebow. She is the author of three books and serves as a contributing writer for Billboard, Redbook, People, Sounds Like Nashville, First for Women and Woman’s World, among other outlets. 
 
Country Faith, LLC partners Deborah Evans Price, Bob DeMoss and Wildfire7 launched the successful brand with Evans Prices’ acclaimed books Country Faith (2013) and Country Faith Christmas (2015). In addition to eight full-length albums, the brand’s growing catalog includes books, jewelry and other items celebrating country, Christian and Gospel music. Time Life Music features the Country Faith book on national television as a bonus product in its Faith, Hope and Country collection, while other brand partners include Curb | Word Entertainment, Regnery Faith Publications, Cracker Barrel, Bob Siemon Designs and New Day Christian Distributors. 
 
Country Faith Southern Gospel is available atiTunes and Amazon, among other digital retailers, as well as in select stores across the country. For further information, visitcountryfaith.com orturningpointpr.com.  

Country Faith Southern Gospel Track Listing:
1. Washed by the Water – Jason Crabb
2. The Lighthouse – The Happy Goodmans
3. Washed In The Blood Of The Lamb – Janet Paschal
4. I Bowed On My Knees And Cried Holy – Michael English
5. Step Into The Water – The Cathedrals
6. Pray Now – Karen Peck & New River
7. Christ Is Still The King – Legacy Five
8. Here He Comes – Joseph Habedank
9. Oh For A Thousand Tongues – The Nelons
10. What’s Not To Love – Mark Lowry
11. When He Was On The Cross (I Was On His Mind) – The Florida Boys
12. Through The Fire – The Crabb Family
13. My Name Is Lazarus – Greater Vision
14. God’s Got A Better Plan – Canton Junction
15. Brand New Star – The Oak Ridge Boys
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SGN Scoops Fast Five: The Alliance Quartet

Written by Staff on June 30, 2015 – 6:03 am -

Alliance Quartet

Alliance Quartet

Alliance Quartet is a male quartet from Alabama, who are in their tenth year of singing Southern Gospel. Members Dustin Bearden, Bill (BT) Thomas, Jeff Smith and newcomer Keith Wix are well known in the Alabama/Georgia Gospel music scene and loved for their tight harmony and engaging presentation. Their latest CD is entitled I Know What Lies Ahead which includes Gospel favorites like “We Shall See Heaven Someday,” “I Wanna Know” and “Working On A Building,” as well as newer songs like “Sandals,” “When I Start My Day With You,” and “Heart Break Ridge and New Hope Road.”

Alliance sings part-time and all of the members have full-time jobs, yet they hold down a very busy schedule. The decision to remain part-time and keep their jobs was a choice they made to keep their performance fee as low as possible, allowing them to appear at any venue, regardless of size.

Be sure to follow the links below to find out more about these fine gentlemen!

Alliance2011PromoJoin Vonda Easley as she peppers The Alliance Quartet with the rapid-fire Fast Five questions…

Vonda: B.T., at what age did you begin singing Gospel music? Who is your favorite Gospel singer ever?
B. T. : I started at the age of thirteen. I led the singing at my home church.
My favorite Gospel singer is Elvis Presley.

Vonda: Dustin, tell us about your experience in Gospel music through the years.
Dustin: In the past, I sang with Providence, New Vision, Narrow Way Quartet, The Florida Boys, and The Blackwood Gospel Quartet. I now sing with Alliance  and I sing tenor.

Vonda: Keith, tell me a funny bus story. Also, what is the group’s favorite place to eat?
Keith: This happened on August 5, 2012 on Highway 69 near Oakman, Alabama on the way to a homecoming singing. No sooner had we stopped after the rear differential blew up, then there were two men there who each had a tractor discussing among themselves who would be best to get us up the hill and out of the middle of the road. While they were talking, another man drove up who was pulling a tractor on a trailer behind him, and he joined the discussion with the other two men. A few minutes later, a small Kubota tractor with a mower deck behind it was brought up and the bus was towed about one-quartet mile up a fairly steep grade hooked to the mowing deck. To see that little tractor pulling that Eagle bus was pretty funny.
The bus was down for a year. The first singing we did in 2013 with it was the same place we were going when it broke down the year before.
Favorite eating place while on the road I guess would be Cracker Barrel. I order from their breakfast menu quite a bit.

Vonda: Jeff, since you sing bass, who is your favorite bass singer?
Jeff: Hands down, Rex Nelon. I saw him sing bass several times live.

Vonda: B.T., what are some goals you have for Alliance in the future?
B.T.: It is our desire to see souls saved for the Kingdom of God. That is our main goal. We also would like to sing in some new areas and venues.

Find out more about the Alliance Quartet online and on Facebook.

Be sure to hear Alliance Quartet at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in November!

For more Fast Five features, keep checking the SGN Scoops mainpage.


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Gospel Music Today On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 30, 2013 – 7:42 am -


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“On the Road” Segment on Gospel MusicToday

Written by SGN Scoops on October 1, 2012 – 5:58 am -

Gospel Music Today’s current edition is an “On the Road” special, as Ken and Jean Grady take a look back at some of the southern gospel concerts they have visited in the past months. The Florida Boys, Brian Free and Assurance, Blake Bolerjack, The Dove Brothers Band, The Downings, In Him Trio, The Lesters, and The Taylors are on the show, recorded live in concert by Gospel Music Today’s cameras. The show is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.

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The Freemans on Gospel Music Today

Written by SGN Scoops on July 30, 2012 – 7:15 am -

Darrell and Misty Freeman are the guests on the current edition of Gospel Music Today. The Feature Group is Steel Bridge, and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. Gospel Music Today visits the Texas Gospel Music Hall, in Athens, TX, to hear The Kingsmen Quartet sing. Jean reviews a new CD by The Gospel Messengers, and the show features singing by The Freemans and Carla Bragg, and David Bruce Murray takes a look at Southern Gospel History with The Florida Boys. The latest edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.


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Perrys Special Guests on Gospel Music Today

Written by SGN Scoops on May 28, 2012 – 9:54 am -

The members of The Perrys are the guests on the current edition of Gospel Music Today. The Feature Group is Endless Praise, and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. Gospel Music Today visits the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK, to hear Mark Robertson sing. Jean reviews a new CD by The Daae Family, and the show features singing by Paul’s Journey and a vintage video by The Florida Boys. The latest edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.
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The Isaacs Special Guests on Gospel Music Today!

Written by SGN Scoops on April 9, 2012 – 3:33 am -

Gospel Music TodayThe members of The Isaacs are the guests on the current edition of Gospel Music Today. The Feature Group is The Faith Harmony Boys, and Ken and Jean Grady host southern news and concert updates. Ken and Jean visit The Owasso Gospel Opry, in Owasso, OK, to hear Chosen Quartet sing. Jean reviews a new CD by Omega, and the show features singing by Tribute Quartet and a vintage video by The Florida Boys. The latest edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.

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Forgiven Quartet Special Guests on Gospel Music Today

Written by SGN Scoops on April 3, 2012 – 5:07 am -

The members of Forgiven Quartet are the guests on the current edition of Gospel Music Today. The Feature Group is The Tradesmen, and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. Ken and Jean visit the Owasso Gospel Opry, in Owasso, OK, to hear The Florida Boys sing. Jean reviews a new CD by Josh Oldaker, David Bruce Murray tales a look at the history of The Cathedral Quartet, and the show features singing by The Crabb Revival and a vintage video by Gold City Quartet. The latest edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.


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The late Charles B. Feltner inducted into the Ohio Gospel Music Hall of Fame

Written by SGN Scoops on September 19, 2011 – 9:23 am -

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, OH, August 31, 2011: The Ohio Gospel Music Association has announced that the late Charles B. Feltner is the first person to be inducted into the Ohio Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Feltner was born February 20, 1929, in Hazard, Kentucky, where as a youth he began singing gospel music. After moving to the Dayton, Ohio area, he joined Dall Miller and formed the Southern-Aires Quartet. He sang with the Southern-Aires approximately twenty years where he developed his song writing abilities. Feltner composed many enduring songs, some of which were recorded by national artists such as the Cathedrals, the Kingsmen, the Dixie Melody Boys, the Happy Goodman Family, the Florida Boys, and the Booth Brothers. Feltner’s many songs include a number one hit on the 1978 Gospel Music Charts, “I’ll See You in the Rapture,” which also garnered a Dove Award nomination and which has been translated into several foreign languages. Sadly, Feltner passed away in September of 2005. Read more »


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