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Road to the 2015 Diamond Awards: Christian Country Group of the Year

Written by Staff on February 18, 2015 – 11:18 am -

The Freemans perform at 2014 Diamond Awards

The Freemans perform at 2014 Diamond Awards

On November 4th, 2014, the Diamond Awards were held at the 2014 Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge. The winners of the 2014 Diamond Award Christian Country Group of the Year were on hand to give an awesome performance and to accept this award, one of two which they received that evening.

The 2014 Christian Country Group of the Year were the beloved family group, the Freemans, who have been touring for many years and are well-known across the Country.

We are highlighting the Road to the 2015 Diamond Awards during this nomination period, by letting you know the definition of each category. The category for the Christian Country Group of the Year is defined as a group of any number of vocalists, with male and/or female members, who are full-time Christian Country artists. The Freemans were a great choice for 2014. Who will you decide to nominate this year?

The 2015 Diamond Award Nominations are now open on the SGN Scoops website until March 31. Everyone is invited to the website to enter the Nominations area and list their top ten favorite picks for each Diamond Award category. You can vote today from the link below!

2015 Diamond Awards

2015 Diamond Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to vote for your favorite nominees today.

The list of nominees will be posted on the site and fans will then nominate their favorites from this list, with a maximum of five names nominated per award. In
this way, the field of nominees will be narrowed to ten, voted on by fans once more and then narrowed to five. This final list of five will then be voted on by fans to find the one winner for each award.

Make plans now to join us for the 2015 Diamond Awards during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from November 2nd through 5th, 2015. For more information visit www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com

2015 Diamond Awards Nominations can be found at http://www.sgnscoops.com/2015-diamond-awards/

The Diamond Awards are hosted by SGN Scoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group.


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THE 2014 DIAMOND AWARDS TO AIR ON WATC TV ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 29

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 28, 2014 – 11:00 pm -

Diamond Awards

Diamond Awards

Two hour special taped during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge,Tennessee

The 2014 Diamond Awards is scheduled to air on Monday, December 29 from 7:00-9:00p.m. on WATC TV 57 in Atlanta, Georgia. The two hour special features musical performances by some of the top names in southern gospel, country gospel and bluegrass gospel such as Karen Peck and New River, The Freemans, The Blackwoods, and The Dixie Melody Boys.

“We are pleased that The Diamond Awards will once again air on WATC,” said WATC TV Vice President Patricia Mathis. “This special has become an annual event that our viewers look forward to every year.” WATC TV, in partnership with WGGS TV in Greenville, South Carolina, produced the two hour special for broadcast. Viewers outside of the Atlanta, Georgia viewing area can watch the special as it airs on WATC via the online video stream that is accessible at www.watc.tv. In addition, the special will be rebroadcast on Tuesday, December 30 from 7:00-9:00 a.m. on WATC TV 57; and on Wednesday, December 31 at 9:00-11:00 p.m. on WATC TOO, available over the air in the Atlanta market on Channel 57.2. WATC TV 57 serves the Atlanta market with a mix of Christian, family and educational programming. WATC is the home of the live nightly primetime series, Atlanta Live, as well as Babbie’s House with Babbie Mason; Gospel Music USA with hosts Danny Jones, Mike LeFevre and Karen Peck Gooch; and Jesus Connection with Nancy Harmon. Gospel music series such as Singing Down South, Television’s Gospel Jubilee and Music City Gospel Showcase with Don Frost have used the WATC studios for their productions.


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The Freemans Win Two Diamond Awards

Written by Staff on November 11, 2014 – 3:04 pm -

The Freemans perform at 2014 Diamond Awards

The Freemans perform at 2014 Diamond Awards

Nashville, TN (November 7, 2014) The award winning Freemans added two more awards at the Diamond Awards in Pigeon Forge,Tennessee Tuesday night. Winning for the Christian Country Group of the Year and for The Video/DVD of the Year.

The video was one produced by BigMerlin Productions. BigMerlin Productions is operated by Caylon Freeman and Adam Wagner. The song portrayed on the winning video was “Lead Me Home” penned by Randy Houser and Craig Monday and performed by Darrell Freeman. The video also featured Buck Rambo as guest artist.

Chris Freeman stated, “We were Honored to be a part of The SGN Diamond Awards in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. So thrilled to have received two Diamond Awards, one for Christian Country Group Of The Year, and one for The Video/DVD of the Year for the song, Lead Me Home,featuring Darrell Freeman and Buck Rambo. produced by BigMerlin Productions. Thank you for all the votes and a big thank you to Rob Patz, everyone at SGNScoops, and most of all thank you Jesus for the call to present your Word in song!”

Currently the Freemans have a radio single, “The Last Time I Looked” that is climbing the charts. They have a charismatic stage presence and can deliver a song with energy and anointing. They performed earlier this year at the Loretta Lynn Gospel concert for the second year in a row and were a favorite both times.

You can learn more about the Freemans at http://the-freemans.com or on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/thefreemans .
To book the Freemans contact Rivergate Talent Agency 615.649.8181

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About The Freemans
History, experience and spiritual wisdom are three attributes that can be used to describe the foundation of the Freeman ministry. Deeply rooted with family, the Freemans experience spans 30+ years. From Darrell’s entrance at age 16 with his family’s group, the Pathways, to Chris’s award-winning teenage years with the Hinsons, the Freemans know the ins and outs of Southern Gospel music.

No doubt, Chris’s unique sound is the reason she was the youngest female artist ever to receive the coveted “Queen of Gospel Music” award two years in a row (’76, ’77) as voted by the readers of Singing News Magazine. In 1980, the lives of Darrel and Chris Freeman became one when they married on August 2nd. After singing with the Pathways for three years Darrell and Chris headed for Nashville and began the Freemans. Joe Freeman, Darrell’s cousin, soon joined them as the third part harmony, as well as their keyboard player. With this sound they have garnered tremendous growth and success.
In 1997, Darrell and Chris’s daughter, Misty, began playing acoustic guitar with the group on stage. Then in 1998, she began singing with them when they recorded Standing Out. Also on stage is Caylon Freeman, Darrell and Chris’s youngest child. He decided to join his family on the road full-time in 2002. He is now playing the drums and singing some with the group.
Now in their 20th year, the Freemans, still do approximately 250 dates a year, and continue to experience tremendous success.


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2014 Diamond Award Winners Announced At Creekside Gospel Music Convention

Written by Staff on November 5, 2014 – 8:31 am -

Karen Peck and New River with Rob Patz.

Karen Peck and New River with Rob Patz.

Pigeon Forge, TN.(November 5, 2014) – SGN Scoops and Creekside Gospel Music Convention was proud to present the 2014 Diamond Awards on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The gala celebration was hosted by Tim Lovelace and included appearances by The Blackwoods, Karen Peck and New River, the Dixie Melody Boys, the Freemans and many others. The evening was also filmed by WATC, Channel 57 of Atlanta, Georgia, to be aired/streamed at a later date.

The big winners of the night were Karen Peck and New River, who were honored with Song Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Mixed Group Of The Year and Trio Of The Year. Karen Peck Gooch was the 2014 Female Artist Of The Year.

"Living Legend" Ed O'Neal

“Living Legend” Ed O’Neal

Ken and Jean Grady of Gospel Music Today were award winners and Jean also contributed to the planning of the program. “It was a Southern Gospel star-studded night in Pigeon Forge at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention Diamond Awards. What a blessing to see so many artists and friends for the annual Awards show.  Although it was a lot of work, it was well worth it as the artists sang and the artists and industry professionals received their awards.”

Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group and publisher of SGNScoops, commented, “The Diamond Awards are always a special time of honoring the Gospel artists that fill our world with the music we love,” said Patz. “It’s great to take this opportunity to thank them and to be able to share the ceremony with fans across the nation and the world by internet. We are grateful to Tim Lovelace, our special musical guests and t

The Freemans, 2014 Christian Country Group Of The Year

The Freemans, 2014 Christian Country Group Of The Year

o WATC for recording the Diamond Awards. We had a great time at the ceremony and we hope everyone will tune in and watch!”

“What an awesome night at the Diamond Awards at Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2014. What a blessing to be a part of such a great event!” said Vonda Easley, from Strictly Southern With Vonda Easley. Vonda is also a vocalist with Hope’s Journey and part of the SGN Scoops staff. “The music was amazing and the winners were deserving. I loved it!”

Jonathan Edwards, from Faith’s Journey, is part of the Creekside crew and the voice of SGN Scoops Radio. He stated, “I am always thrilled at the amount of talent that is featured on the Diamond Award program and this year was no different. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a small part of this special event.”

Lorraine Walker, acting editor of SGN Scoops digital magazine, was unable to be present but noted that a lot of work goes into the planning and execution of the Diamond Awards. “Many people have contributed to this year’s Diamond Awards event and I am thrilled that it was such a beautiful night. My thanks to the volunteers and staff of Creekside and SGN Scoops for making the Diamond Awards an exceptional evening. Congratulations to each of the very deserving winners!”

Lou Hildreth Award Winner and MC, Tim Lovelace

Lou Hildreth Award Winner and MC, Tim Lovelace

The 2014 Diamond Award Winners Are:

J.D. SUMNER LIVING LEGEND AWARD: Ed O’Neal

MIXED GROUP OF THE YEAR: Karen Peck and New River

QUARTET OF THE YEAR: Brian Free and Assurance

TRIO OF THE YEAR: Karen Peck and New River

DUET OF THE YEAR: Aaron and Amanda Crabb

FEMALE SOLOIST OF THE YEAR: Karen Peck Gooch

MALE SOLOIST OF THE YEAR: Jason Crabb

SUNRISE AWARD: 11th Hour

SONG OF THE YEAR: Revival – Karen Peck and New River

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Revival – Karen Peck and New River

Jeff Steele, 2014 Dottie Rambo Songwriter Of The Year

Jeff Steele, 2014 Dottie Rambo Songwriter Of The Year

CHRISTIAN COUNTRY GROUP OF THE YEAR: The Freemans

CHRISTIAN COUNTRY FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Christy Sutherland

CHRISTIAN COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR: James and Jeff Easter – Like Father, Like Son

ANTHONY BURGER INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR: Gordon Mote

DOTTIE RAMBO SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: Jeff Steele

BLUEGRASS GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Doyle Lawson & Quick Silver

VIDEO/DVD OF THE YEAR: Lead Me Home – The Freemans

FAVORITE ARTIST WEBSITE: LeFevre Quartet

FAVORITE INDUSTRY WEBSITE: Gospel Music Today

Karen Peck and New River, multi-award winners.

Karen Peck and New River, multi-award winners.

PAUL HEIL AWARD (Broadcasting): Ken and Jean Grady- Gospel Music Today

CHRISTIAN COUNTRY MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Jason Crabb

LOU HILDRETH AWARD: Tim Lovelace

PUBLISHER’S CHOICE AWARD: Donna Blackwood

 

The  Creekside Gospel Music Convention is being held now at the Smokey Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from November 3rd through 6th, 2014. The CGMC is presented by SGN Scoops and Coastal Media Group at Pigeon Forge and is the home of The Diamond Awards and other special events. For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention visit http://www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com/

Thanks to Robert York for the Diamond Awards pictures.

About SGNScoops: SGNScoops Digital is a fully-downloadable monthly magazine that exists to promote the gospel by unveiling what is intriguing and real about Southern Gospel and Christian Country music. SGNScoops offers music news and views as well as concert and book reviews, inspirational articles and features reaching beyond our gospel music world. SGNScoops is the home of the Diamond Awards, a fan-based annual awards program recognizing the best in Southern Gospel and Christian Country music.   SGN Scoops is always digital, always free. For more information: http://www.sgnscoops.com/

 


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2014 Diamond Award Nominees for Christian Country Group Of The Year

Written by Staff on October 16, 2014 – 2:06 pm -

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Why should you make plans to attend the Diamond Awards in Pigeon Forge on November 4?

First of all, the tickets are FREE.

Also, the Diamond Awards have a long history of being a gala event with surprise guests, great music and an evening of worship.

These Awards are being held at Creekside Gospel Music Convention at Pigeon Forge on November 3rd through 6th. They recognize the best in Southern, Country and Bluegrass Christian music and are hosted by SGNScoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group. We urge you to reserve your FREE tickets for Creekside Gospel Music Convention and the Diamond Awards  HERE.

SGN Scoops would like you to meet our top-five finalists for each category of the 2014 Diamond Awards. Today’s category is the Christian Country Group Of The Year, awarded last year to Jeff and Sheri Easter.


downloadThe 2014 Nominees for Christian Country Group Of The Year are:

Mark 209

Weston and Christy Hinson

Red Roots

Jeff and Sheri Easter

The Freemans

The Diamond Awards are swiftly approaching. Reserve your free tickets today!


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Darrell Freeman To Host Future Episodes of Nashville Country Revival

Written by Staff on September 19, 2014 – 10:28 am -

NCR Host Publicity PhotoFranklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) September 19th, 2014 – Due to the popularity of the TV show Nashville Country Revival, Mansion Entertainment has announced plans for a third year of production of the show and will add Gospel Music personality and performer, Darrell Freeman, as the host. Freeman got his start at the young age of 13 in his family band and has since garnered much success and popularity with his own family group, The Freemans. Over the years The Freemans have scored multiple chart topping songs and garnered industry nominations and awards. In addition to naming Freeman as the new face of NCR, Mansion has partnered with Big Merlin Productions to produce the future episodes.

Nashville Country Revival was initially launched on The Nashville Network (now Heartland TV) two years ago and since that time has gained popularity and a strong following with its appearances on major networks such as Daystar TV, TCT and other national platforms. The show found a niche with viewers by offering inspiring music with a Country and Bluegrass flavor from popular artists such as Danielle Peck, Brand & Dean, Marty Raybon, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Red Roots, Brad Davis, Jason Crabb while introducing a host of new talent to its viewers as well.
NCR recently entered new territory with nine episodes of NCR being launched on Hulu. Amazon Prime will come on board in the near future offering Nashville Country Revival episodes to its subscriber base as well. Future episodes with host Darrel Freeman will be launched by the end of 2014 on both Hulu and Amazon Prime.
For more information on Nashville Country Revival visit www.nashvillecountryrevival.com.

 


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Fast Five with Misty Freeman Callaway

Written by Staff on September 8, 2014 – 10:29 am -

 

Misty Freeman Callaway

Misty Freeman Callaway

This week, SGN Scoops caught up with uber-busy Misty Freeman Callaway of the popular Gospel singing family, The Freemans. The group hit the charts this year with the single, “Lead Me Home” from their latest recording, Voice In The Desert.

Misty admits that her list of things to do on her days off might be different from other people in the industry. As a wife, mother of two, and owner of a busy hair salon, Misty says that when she gets home she hits the ground running.

Fast Five “Things I Do On My Days Off” by Misty Freeman Callaway:

1) Laundry and lots of it, especially kids’ clothes.

2) I’m usually getting kids off to preschool and I head to the salon to take care of my hair clients two to three of the days I’m home. Some weeks I go straight from the bus to the salon back onto the bus. No days off!

3) Grocery shop and cook. After eating fast food and bus snacks for a few days I’m ready for healthy home cooking.

4) Spend time with my husband. Since he doesn’t travel with me, we have to work really hard to connect during the week. We love to go on dates but most weeks our goal is to just get the kids to bed early enough for us to make popcorn and watch a movie alone…before we both pass out!

5) Attend and serve in our home church as a family.

Thanks to Misty for sharing some of her spare minutes with us to answer the SGN Scoops Fast Five. For more information on the Freemans please visit their website at http://www.the-freemans.com

By Vonda Easley and Lorraine Walker


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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 -

logovignetteProgram includes Brian Free and Assurance and a Willie Wynn classic

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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Gospel Music Today For June 23rd On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 23, 2014 – 9:01 am -

June 23The Hyssongs are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of June 22. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Herb Henry Family, and Jean reviews new recordings by P.J. Anderson and Lineage of David. An article entitled “Front Porch Fellowship” is the subject of this week’s Singing News Notes. The show includes the world wide debut of a new music video by Mark209, exclusive video of The Ascension Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at the Ozark Gospel Music Convention, in Branson, MO, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Freemans at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR.
The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.


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LORETTA LYNN RANCH PREPARES FOR SECOND ANNUAL GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 17, 2014 – 10:19 pm -

Grammy Winner Jason Crabb Leads Two Day Event Including The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, Brian Free & Assurance and more at Country Legend’s Historic Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN

MusicCityUpdate_ScreenShot20140617at41656PMNashville, TN – The Loretta Lynn Ranch is preparing to welcome Gospel music fans from allacross the country to the second annual “Loretta Lynn’s Gospel Music Festival” held at herHurricane Mills, TN ranch September 13-14, 2014. The inaugural event last year was a huge success and organizers are anticipating another wonderful weekend.

Scheduled to appear during the two-day event are Grammy winner Jason Crabb, Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, The Booth Brothers, Karen Peck & New River, Rambo-McGuire, Aaron Wilburn, Brian Free & Assurance, Singing Cookes, The Freemans, Michael Combs, Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion, Tony Gore & Majesty andThe Sneed Family.
 
“I love Gospel music,” Loretta Lynn says. “I had a great time with all my friends here last year and I’m so happy to invite everyone back to my house for some great gospel music! Y’all come on!”
 
For those arriving early on Friday night, September 12, 2014, there will be a special bon-fire and sing-a-long beginning at 8:00 PM with special guests High Road.
Jeff Sneed, event producer, comments: “We had an amazing turnout last year – the crowd loved the event – and this year is going to be even better!” Patsy Lynn Russell, event organizer says: ” Jeff Sneed and his family have done a wonderful job doing anything that was needed – from producing the talent line up to organizing the stage, sound and light crew to promoting the event to bus groups. They’ve stepped up and really gone the extra mile to make this event a success!”
Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN is the perfect destination for this amazing weekend of Gospel music. The full service RV park features primitive camping, pools, canoeing, paddle boats and more. Guests can also tour Loretta’s plantation home, the Butcher Holler Home Place, and her brand-new 18,000 square foot “Coal Miner’s Daughter” museum.
Tickets are on sale now and more information can be found online at LorettaLynn.com or by calling the ranch at 931-296-7700.

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