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StowTown Records Announces the Digital Release of The Greenes’ Classic “Hallelujah”

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 31, 2020 – 10:46 am -

StowTown Records Announces the Digital Release of The Greenes' Classic "Hallelujah"

StowTown Records Announces the Digital Release of The Greenes’ Classic “Hallelujah”

Nashville, TN  – In the late 1980s, from the small town of Boone, NC, a talented musical family known as The Greenes burst on the Gospel Music scene with songs like “It Sure Sounds Like Angels To Me,” “There’s A Miracle In Me” and “When I Knelt The Blood Fell.” For two and a half decades the popular trio delighted audiences worldwide with their unmistakable harmonies, releasing nearly 20 recordings prior to the untimely death of the group’s leader, Tony Greene.

The last recording, completed in 2010, featuring Tony and his wife, TaRanda, along with tenor Jeff Snyder, was produced by the late, great Lari Goss and will no doubt go down in history as a fan favorite. Hallelujah features The Greenes and Lari Goss at their best. From the upbeat “How Big” to the moving ballad “One Holy Lamb,” penned by multi-award-winning songwriter Phil Cross, to the powerful “I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked,” Hallelujah leaves listeners longing for more of the unmistakable sounds that made The Greenes so loved. “I’ll never forget being in the studio that day,” TaRanda recalls. “We recorded ‘I Walked Today’ in just one take with Lari sitting at the piano and me at the microphone. It was such a special moment and God’s Spirit just filled the room. I will never forget it.”
This year marks the 10th anniversary since the original release of the recording, and StowTown Records opted to release Hallelujah in digital format to commemorate this momentous occasion. “This is such a timeless recording,” states StowTown Records Records President Landon Beene. “It has never been released in digital format, and it is certainly worthy. We have wanted to release it in digital format for quite some time but felt it important to wait for the ten year anniversary. We believe it will reignite excitement for listeners who fell in love with the music of The Greenes years ago, and we also feel it will introduce many new listeners to a sound that is classic and should live on and on.”

The first single, “Heaven in the House,” released to radio last week. Hallelujah is being released under the StowTown Records Vault Series and is distributed by Sony/Provident and is available worldwide wherever fine Christian music is sold.

Hallelujah Track List:


One Holy Lamb
How Big is God
Unseen Hand
Oh The Cross
Well of Grace
It Doesn’t Matter Who You Are
God Is In This Place
We Love You Lord
Heaven in the House
I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked

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Candi’s Catch-Ups: TaRanda Greene at Thomas Road Baptist Church

Written by Staff on September 22, 2014 – 2:49 pm -

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By Candace Combs

Members of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA, the home of Liberty University, have been challenged. Pastor Jonathon Falwell, son of the church’s founder, Jerry Falwell, has asked to multiple campus congregations to think: ‘What If…?’

There was no better choice to kick off the series than TaRanda Greene. TaRanda traveled to Virginia to join worship leader Charles Billingsley along with the TRBC choir and orchestra for a morning full of praise and worship.

2014-09-21 11.19.35Each music selection revolved around the central theme of declaring God as Holy and culminated with focus on the Cross. TaRanda joined the praise team in leading the congregation with “You are Holy” and “For You are Holy”.

Ramping up the music with the stage lighting turning red, TaRanda sang “The Wonderful Cross” with Billingsley and the entire TRBC Worship Team. The biggest treat came when TaRanda began “This Blood”.   Her exquisite vocal ranges made every listener feel the power of Jesus blood. At the bridge, the full choir joined while everyone in the room was standing. TaRanda clearly shared her heart in the words, “I’ve come to tell you He’s alive! And, He’s coming back again”!

2014-09-21 11.51.33TaRanda Greene, a young girl from Tennessee met and fell in love with a Gospel singer, and together they became The Greenes. Just four years ago this week, Tony Greene was called to glory. What if God took this young woman and brought her to many stages beside her husband, and then left her alone to raise two young daughters? Surrounded by loving family and countless fans, TaRanda has faced every challenge with the strength she gets from the Lord.

Recently, TaRanda made her first pilgrimage to Israel with In Touch Ministries. “I never imagined a piece of land could change my life,” stated Greene. “I knew that Jesus changed my life years ago, but the experience of walking in His steps…wow!” Greene is still continuing to process all the feelings from the experience.

2014-09-21 12.04.04Watch for new music coming from TaRanda Greene and Stow Town Records. This new solo project encompasses several music genres. It is entirely possible that songs will appear on various charts. “I’m very excited to see where God will open new doors”, Greene commented. This project is set to release November 10.

Like everyone who was in attendance at Thomas Road Baptist Church, TaRanda Greene left Virginia asking, “What if….”

Stand by; if this lady keeps singing like this, there is no limit! For more on TaRanda visit http://tarandamusic.com/

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Leaving Louisville: SGN Scoops Staff Share NQC Memories

Written by Staff on September 11, 2013 – 1:04 pm -



As the National Quartet Convention prepares to move from Louisville, Kentucky to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, several SGN Scoops magazine staff writers share their memories of NQC past.


Lou Wills Hildreth

Lou Wills Hildreth


Lou Wills Hildreth shares: My family –the Wills Family of Ft. Worth, Texas–sang at the first NQC in Memphis, and many years thereafter. I have only missed one NQC in all 56 years of the event. Howard and I will be greeting friends this year at the Scoops Booth. Praying God’s blessing on every song and testimony!!!!



Ben Speer

Ben Speer


Dixie Phillips shares: When I was 16, my Mom and Dad started attending church. The new pastor was an avid southern gospel fan. He and his wife invited my parents and me to attend NQC in Memphis. I was so excited when my parents agreed to go. I will never forget when Ben Speer sang “The Brush.” My life was changed forever. I was hooked. Southern Gospel Music is music with a message and I am so honored to be a part of it.


Jake Hess

Jake Hess

Lorraine Walker shares: I began to attend the NQC when it was still in Nashville. I remember a few highlights as well as the long cement slope to the basement  exhibit hall . I remember hearing one of the last times that JD Sumner and the Stamps sang together, the announcement of Kim Hopper Greene joining the Hoppers, Tony Greene’s proposal to Taranda Kiser, as well as what would be the last NQC of Jake Hess, Vestal and Howard Goodman, George Younce and Roger Bennett. I remember watching a new family group called The Crabb Family come on stage with their whole church in one section of the auditorium cheering them on. I am sorry to be missing this last year in Louisville but I know great things are in store for future NQC’s!

The Nelons

The Nelons

Craig Harris shares: Moments and memories are what life in general is all about. They are what make anything that is important to you special. This is my 14th year of attending the National Quartet Convention and it’s hard to believe that it’s been that long. A one-song spot on the main stage on Tuesday evening surprisingly took me back to some of my earliest of days at NQC here in Louisville, which is the only NQC venue that this Southern Gospel follower has ever experienced.

As the Stephens Family stepped out on the stage, I had no idea that the soprano singer – Melody Stephens – was going to lead me on a brief stroll down Memory Lane. Stephens was the soprano for the Nelons when I first started following Southern Gospel music. I didn’t grow up around the genre as so many did. I simply discovered it – with the assistance of a few friends and borrowed CDs – around 1998. But the Nelons were one of those groups that came to the main stage in those early days and just brought it.

Melody Stephens

Melody Stephens

I was still learning and understanding the dynamics of Southern Gospel music when I attended my first NQC in 2000. I only stayed for two nights that year. NQC has been a week-long event ever since. That configuration of the Nelons – with Melody, Paul Lancaster (one of my favorite singers) and Dan Clark (who had a pleasant-sounding bass tone that simply fit the group well) – was probably my favorite. Songs like “Where Sin Had Been Pardoned,” “He Called Me Out,” and the vastly-underrated “You Ain’t Seen the Last of Jesus” suckered me in to this genre of music hook, line and sinker. In fact, “He Called Me Out” was on the NQC Live 1999 DVD and CD (along with the Perrys unbelievable version of “When He Spoke”), prompting me to want to make the journey from the Nashville area to Louisville to see what this Quartet Convention was really all about.

The Nelons followed that era up with more great singers like Katy Van Horn Peach and more great songs, such as “He Rolled Back the Stone.” They are still producing great music today and undoubtedly making memories for some person out there who is just figuring out what NQC is all about. The Stephens family brought some memories back to life for me on Tuesday night. I hope that you all are not only having fond remembrances this week but are also making new memories. Don’t waste an opportunity to truly live and experience all that there is to offer. Have a great week and simply enjoy.

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Tim Greene’s Group In Bus Accident

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 1, 2012 – 12:50 pm -

From Sophia Everett Davis… Tim Greene’s group was in a bus accident this morning outside Atlanta, Georgia. Two members, Stacy Sanders and Tim Greene, were on the bus; Tony Goforth was on his way to meet the group. Both Sanders and Greene are presently hospitalized but stable.

UPDATE: Tim was thrown through the bus windshield and is having surgery for severed muscles and tendons

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SGN Scoops Digital Announces Hosts for 2011 Diamond Awards

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 17, 2011 – 12:02 pm -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (June 16, 2010) – Coastal Media Group and SGN Scoops Digital, home of the Diamond Awards, are proud to announce the hosts of this year’s 2011 Diamond Awards program. This year’s awards will be hosted by multiple Diamond Award nominees Christy Sutherland and Beyond the Ashes.

Christy Sutherland is a prized songwriter and celebrated vocalist in the Southern Gospel community. Her songs have been recorded by such artists as Sandi Patty, Triumphant Quartet, Prelude, Rizen, Kim Hopper, The Greenes, and many more. Sutherland took home the award for Traditional Song of of the Year earlier this year in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards for penning the Triumphjant Quartet hit single “Somebody Died For Me.” Sutherland has been nominated for five Diamond Awards this year – including Songwriter of the Year.

Beyond the Ashes has made great strides in the industry over the last couple of years – including a recent appearance on the Grand Ole Opry as a part of CMA Music Week. Consisting of group members Anthony Facello, Casey Rivers, and Kellan Monroe, the trio recently released their debut recording for Vine Records – Treasures Unseen. The group took home the 2011 Absolutely Gospel Music Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and is nominated for two Diamond Awards this year – including Trio of the Year.

Christy Sutherland said, “I’m looking forward to co-hosting the Diamond Awards this year with Beyond The Ashes.  I’ve had the chance to visit with these guys before, and we immediately hit it off.  I know it’s going to be a blast sharing the stage with them. What girl wouldn’t want to share the stage with such talented, funny men?!”

Anthony Facello of Beyond the Ashes said, “Beyond The Ashes considers it such an honor to be asked to co-host the 2011 Diamond Awards in Branson, Missouri this year.  I’m not sure if the Diamond Awards know what they are getting themselves in to.  We know that this year is sure to be the best yet.”

The 2011 Diamond will once again take place at the Branson Gospel Music Revival.  The show will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Branson, Missouri at the Tri-Lakes Center.  The awards program will precede the Thursday evening concerts and will begin at 6:00 p.m.

For more information on the Diamond Awards – visit the SGN Scoops Digital website at http://www.sgnscoops.com .

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Mansion Signs John Lemonis To Exclusive Songwriting Agreement

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 28, 2011 – 12:55 pm -

Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) February 28th, 2011 – Mansion Entertainment’s Music Publishing

John Mathis – Mansion Media Promotion & Publishing, John Lemonis

Division has signed award winning songwriter John Lemonis to an exclusive songwriting agreement.

The songs of John Lemonis include radio hits such as “Live to Worship”, “Forever Changed”, “Die Another Day” and numerous others. The artists who have recorded John’s songs cross several genres of music and include Michael W. Smith, Brian Free & Assurance, Point of Grace, The Talley Trio, The Kingdom Heirs, The Greenes, Scott Krippayne, Barbara Fairchild, Reggie and Ladye Love Smith and many, many others.

John’s talent in composing has covered musicals, choral pieces, and special projects (videos and collections) such as ‘One Bethlehem Night’, ‘Once Upon A Time Shop’, ‘Eyes of Faith: The Fanny Crosby Story’, ‘For the Lord Alone’, ‘From Sea to Shining Sea’, ‘The New Jerusalem Makeover’, ‘In God We Trust’, ‘Tails from the Ark’, ‘Invitation to Worship (I & II)’, ‘America’s Favorite’ Series, ‘Once and For All’, ‘Grace Covers All’, ‘The Precious Name of Jesus’ and more.

John’s own recording projects include: ‘Love One Another’, ‘Living Proof’, ‘The Power and The Grace’, ‘In My Own Words’ and ‘The Glory of You’.

John Mathis of Mansion Entertainment’s Music Publishing Division states, “John Lemonis is such a versatile and experienced writer and artist. His background covers so many areas from writing and performing his own songs, to decades of working as a Minister of Music, writing conferences and his involvement with Gospel Music Association and Nashville Songwriters Association International. All this has given him such a broad view in fulfilling what the artist and the church are looking when it comes to songs that relate and encourage the Christian listener. He has such a great heart and vision for conveying a message through a song! We’re looking forward to our new endeavor together and where that will lead.”

For more information regarding John Lemonis visit www.johnlemonis.com. For more information regarding Mansion Entertainment visit their website at www.themansionentertainment.com.

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Jeff Snyder Announces Plans For Future

Written by Rhonda on October 20, 2010 – 1:53 pm -

Johnson City, TN – Talented vocalist, Jeff Snyder, who has served as tenor for The Greenes, for the past few years, has announced plans to retire from the road. Over the past four years as time permitted, Jeff has been an agent for a Tri-Cities, TN, area based insurance company. Jeff plans to continue this work and also focus on a new ministry with his wife, Melissa, focusing on mission work.

The couple’s plans include a short term missions trip, slated for the summer of 2011, to Kenya, Africa where Melissa, who is a pediatric physician, will do a rotation at Tenwek Hospital. Jeff will work in areas of evangelism and support various needs for the missionaries, hospital and local churches. Jeff states, “Melissa and I both have felt God leading us to do missions work, and we feel God’s timing for us to do this is now.  I will always cherish my time with The Greenes, and take with me many fond memories of life on the road with Tony, TaRanda, Belle, Josie and John!” Jeff also asks for prayer for he and Melissa as they make this transition into this new chapter of their lives.

Notes of encouragement to Jeff and Melissa may be sent to jeffgsnyder@gmail.com.

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Greene Family Announces Funeral Arrangements For Tony Greene

Written by Rhonda on September 29, 2010 – 1:17 pm -

Charlotte, NC – “Stand by the river, Lord, and hold my trembling hand. Cradle me, sweet Jesus, from the cold, dark, sinking sand. This is one trip I can’t take alone. I’m kinda anxious to make it home, so stand by the river wait for me.” Those words sang night after night by Tony Greene and his wife, TaRanda, became a reality at 4:25pm on Tuesday, September 28. The beloved Gospel singer died in a Charlotte, NC, hospital, surrounded by his family members and numerous close friends. He was 41 years of age.

The popular singer and humorist was hospitalized shortly after what would be his final appearance at the 2010 National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY, in September. Tony suffered an infection, which led to the loss of his kidney, the collapse of his lungs and then eventually overcame his entire body.

After suffering from End Stage Renal Disease for over five years, in 2007, doctors discovered that Tony’s kidney was working at a very low rate. In the summer of 2008, Tony’s kidneys bagan to completely fail. Finally in the late summer of 2009, Tony’s wife was cleared to donate her kidney to her husband. Throughout the past year, Tony suffered numerous complications, resulting in multiple hospital stays; however, he remained committed to his work as a concert promoter and to the musical ministry he co-founded over 30 years ago with his father, brother and sister.

Survivors include Tony’s wife of nine years, TaRanda; two daughters, Isabella and Jocelyn; his mother, Carolyn; brother Ronnie and wife Nancy; brother Tim and wife Amy; sister Kim and husband Dean; and many extended family members. He was preceeded in death by his father, Everette.

The family will receive friends on Monday, October 4 from 4:00pm until 7:00pm at the First Baptist of Indian Trail in Indian Trail, NC. Funeral services will be held immediately following the visitation at 7:00pm. A graveside service will be held in Boone, NC, at Westview Cemetary on Tuesday, October 5 at 1:00pm. Prior to the graveside service, the body will lie in state from 10:00am until 12:00 noon at Hampton’s Funeral Home in Boone.

The family thanks everyone for their thoughts, prayers and concerns and asks that they continue to be lifted up during this challenging time. “To say that we are hurting and mourning would be an understatement,” a family spokesperson stated. “We’re still in shock, and nothing feels real. Tony was an amazing man: husband, son, brother, father and friend. We take comfort in knowing that he sits next to both the heavenly Father, of whom he has sung about, and his earthly father. Thank you all so much for prayers as we continue to ‘Hold On’.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tony Greene Medical Fund, PO Box 3046, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Cards and letters of encouragement may be sent to the Greene family at the same address.

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On the passing of Tony Greene

Written by Scoops Staff on September 28, 2010 – 2:35 pm -

NORTH CAROLINA – Beloved gospel singer Tony Greene has passed away today, confirmed by a report from his brother-in-law, Dean Hopper.

Tony was hospitalized last week and has been battling aggressive infections ever since. He was 41.

He leaves behind his loving wife TaRanda, young daughters Isabella and Jocelyn, his mother Carolyn, his brother Tim, his sister Kim [Hopper], his nieces, and many friends and fans.

We celebrate his life today as we pray for and mourn with his family.

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