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SGN Scoops’ Fun Fact Friday with the Griffins

Written by Staff on September 11, 2015 – 10:06 am -

The Griffins

The Griffins

Welcome to SGN Scoops’ Fun Fact Friday!

This week we are excited to announce that The Griffins will be attending Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2015. They are also our guests for Fun Fact Friday!

The Griffins are a Southern Gospel trio from Spartanburg, SC. The group has been ministering in churches, events, and festivals for many years. Tim and Angela bring much to the Southern Gospel industry; along with singing, they also are official representatives of Love A Child, Inc., a Christian humanitarian organization. Angela is also news director for Global Promotions.

Recently, The Griffins made some transitions and announced Lyn Westafer as their new soprano.

We are thoroughly excited to get to fellowship with all of them in November, and know they will bring joy to everyone’s hearts that hear them sing. Check out some fun facts about the trio below.

SGN: When did you realize your calling was to sing Southern Gospel music?

Angela Griffin: “I think I’ve always known that my calling was to minister in song. I have a rich heritage in Southern Gospel music. I have often said that my mom taught me the fundamentals of music and God filled me with the anointing. I can remember as a young child my parents standing me up in a chair to sing, just so the congregation could see me. Today, I’m in full time music ministry. I’m very thankful for the calling on my life. I love the lyrics, the music and the heart-felt messages in Southern Gospel songs. It just doesn’t get any better for me!”

Tim Griffin: “When I was a little boy I attended Whitney Free Will Baptist Church in the community where I grew up. I sang in our youth choir for many years and learned to play the piano during those years. One day my dad, who was related to Elmo Fagg, brought home a stack of Blue Ridge Quartet albums a mile high. I started playing the piano along with the albums and learned hundreds of quartet songs. One Sunday in 1975 we had a quartet coming to sing at our church homecoming. I went to church early so I could play piano while they were setting up sound. I knew they were in need of a piano player and I felt certain that if they heard me play, they would ask me to play for them and they did. I knew then this was the path that my life would take, being involved in Southern Gospel music either singing or playing piano.”

Lyn Westafer: “I was raised on Southern Gospel music, with folks like the original Kingsmen and Rex Nelon hanging out at my aunt and uncle’s, and everyone singing around the piano. The summer before my senior year in high school, Brock Spear called and asked me to come be their alto. I had just been elected as head cheerleader and being a typical teenager, opted to cheer instead of singing with the Spears. What was I thinking? I have known since college that my calling was in full time music ministry; to bring people to throne of Jesus through music. The Lord has graciously given me so many opportunities to do just that, like singing with Derric Johnson’s Re’Generation for a few years. I was in Contemporary music for a while and recorded under the Brentwood Music label; however, in 2006 I found myself back in the Gospel world and sang with the Rick Webb Trio. I am so excited to be singing the gospel with The Griffins and my family is thrilled that I’ve come home. God is good!”

2.) Who is your favorite gospel singer and why?

Angela Griffin – “I could never answer this question with just one person or group being my favorite. There have been so many artists that have touched my life through a song or testimony. If you had asked me this question when I was growing up, I would have said the Mighty Kingsmen Quartet hands down! I loved them and still do. I love Karen Peck and New River ending their program with, ‘My God Will Always Be Enough.’ Anything TaRanda Greene sings I love. What a talent and testimony she has. Nelons, Gold City, LeFevres, Collingsworth, Three Bridges, Brian Free and Assurance, Triumphant, Tribute, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, The Bowling Family and… does it get any better than the Crabb Family? I could go on and on.”

Tim Griffin – “I would have to say my favorite gospel singer growing up was Janet Paschal; as a teenager there was just something about her smile that inspired me. She was a phenominal soprano singer and I loved the chemistry she brought to the group. I fell in love with the LeFevres and then of course The Rex Nelon Singers. When I got my driver’s license and had the chance I followed that red, white and blue MCI challenger all over North and South Carolina.”

Lyn Westafer – “I’m not sure I can answer that. There are so many that I love to hear and that I’m inspired by. When I watch the Gaither Homecoming videos, I am always drawn to Vestle and Eva Mae. They remind me of my aunt. They sound like her and look like her. I love the authenticity of so many of our Gospel artists, and it’s the realness that I love more than those incredible voices.”

3.) What other hobbies do you like to do when you’re not on the road?

Angela Griffin – “Like, Post, Comment, Scroll … Facebook! I love social media and promoting Christian artists. It’s a huge part of my job at Global Promotions, but it’s my passion so it never feels like work.”

Tim Griffin – “The only hobby I have currently is being a homebody. When I am home, I enjoy listening to Southern Gospel music and playing my piano. I also enjoy surfing You Tube and staying connected with old friends and family on Facebook. When you travel the country for 40 years, you have the opportunity to experience things that many people never experience. With that being said, it’s easy for home to become your hobby.”

Lyn Westafer – “I have two home businesses and I am a vocal instructor/coach. I love both. Aside from that, I really enjoy hiking, bike riding, and I love digging in the Word of God with my Strong’s Concordance.”

imageThank you so much to The Griffins for being our guests today. We look forward to seeing them and all the artists at Creekside 2015, November 2nd through 5th. For more information on The Griffins, visit their website. For more information on Creekside, see the website or visit them on Facebook.

 


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Creekside Gospel Music Convention Day Three – Nov 5/14

Written by Staff on November 6, 2014 – 2:52 pm -

The Drummond Family performs at Creekside Gospel Music Convention

The Drummond Family performs at Creekside Gospel Music Convention

Creekside Gospel Music Convention continues in Pigeon Forge Tennessee at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center.  Day three began with the Morris Music Group Showcase, continued with the Red Back Hymn Book Choir and the evening concert and ended with the Midnight Prayer session.

The Morris Music Group showcased some of their best talent and friends. Appearing were Hope’s Journey, The Stephens, Higher Hope, Clearvision Quartet, Angela Marie, Exodus, The Drummond Family, Linda Foster, Billy Hodges, Tina Wakefield and Faith’s Journey.

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Hopes Journey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Stephens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following this showcase, the Red Back Hymn Book Choir full of artists took to the stage. They were met with much enthusiasm from the audience!

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The evening concert continued with terrific performances by The Griffins, The Stephens, John Lanier, The Steeles, and many more. The Kramers appeared with Willie Wynn and Woodie Wright to celebrate the release of their latest CD.

For more pictures, log onto www.sgnscoops.net

Thanks to Vonda Easley, Michelle Drummond and Robert York for the wonderful pictures!

More information on Creekside can be found at http://www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com/

Creekside continues today with the last evening concert beginning tonight at 5:30pm.

The Griffins

The Griffins

John Lanier

John Lanier

 

 

 

The Kramers

The Kramers

Willie Wynn, Woody Wright, The Kramers and friends

Willie Wynn, Woody Wright, The Kramers and friends


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Billy Graham Library 2013 A Joyous Christmas Celebration By Angela Griffin

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 11, 2013 – 10:30 am -

2012-01-01 00.00.00-44A joyous Christmas celebration comes to life as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association presents “Christmas at the Library 2013” in Charlotte, NC. The spirit of Christmas rings throughout the library and the most beautiful, magnificent Christmas tree adorns the lobby. The message of our Lord and Savior is carved in the beams above and Billy Graham’s life journey is shared throughout multimedia presentations, photos, and memorabilia. Upon exiting the library you are met with a joyful representation of Christmas.

The sounds of the season ring out as artists come from near and far to share in the glorious display of the birth of Christ. The Foothills Community Choir, The Griffins, Southern Sound, Praise Masters and other artists sing fan favorites like: ” Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” “Silent Night,” ” Go Tell,” “O Holy Night” and countless other Christmas favorites that embrace everyone as they enjoy the festivities at hand.

Angela Griffin of The Griffins shares, “It was a complete honor for The Griffins to take part in the Christmas at the Library 2013 celebration. As I looked upon the faces of the young and old while we were singing, I remember thinking that the greatest gift ever given was a little baby Boy that came into the world, not to condemn the world, but to give life and give it more abundantly. We serve the most high God every time we minister in song, but this opportunity will forever be etched in my heart.”

A live nativity scene is located just before you enter the library. A still-life representation of Jesus birth, complete with a little baby boy lying in a manger and Mary and Joseph by his side. The shepherds, lamb, cow, camel, donkey and others make it seem very real. A guest, Betty Stacey, pointed out that night that the brightest star was shining just over the live Nativity scene of December 6th scene as if it were the first Christmas morn. It was a breathtaking site.

Oh what fun it is to watch the kids as they gather on the heated patio to listen as Christmas books are read from Ruth’s Attic Bookstore located inside. The children are snug and warm they sit quietly. You can see their little eyes light up as the storyteller captures their attention with the wondrous stories of
Christmas.

2012-01-01 00.00.00-35Children of all ages also experience the ambiance of Christmas at the library by guided horse-drawn carriage rides around the beautiful Library and Billy Graham Evangelistic Headquarters. The 15-minute ride captures a picture perfect canvas of what Christmas is all about: a joyous time of year, kids laughing, lights flashing, carolers singing complete with the live Nativity scene of Jesus’ birth.

You can experience “Christmas At The Library 2013” now through December 23, 2013. Visit www.billygrahamlibrary.org for a complete overview of all the activities, hours of operation, and cost. May the spirit of Christmas be with you always.


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Griffin Ministries presents the award winning “LeFevre Quartet”

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 12, 2012 – 8:49 pm -

Spartanburg, S.C. – Griffin Ministries presents the award winning “LeFevre Quartet” of Gainesville, GA
at their first annual Memorial Day Weekend Gospel Sing on Friday, May 25th at 7:00 PM. Also appearing
will be… “Soul Harvest” of Boiling Springs, S.C. and “The Griffins” of Spartanburg, S.C . The concert will
be held at the Boiling Springs 9th Grade Campus, 3655 Boiling Springs Rd, Boiling Springs, SC 29316. The
concert has a twofold purpose… to share the love of Christ through song and to help alleviate the pain
and suffering of starving children in the island of Haiti through our mission partners, Love A Child, Inc.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at Christian Supply, Spartanburg, S.C ., or by calling 864-
580-3686 or 864-237-3214. Tickets are $10 in Advance or $12 at the door. A mission’s offering will also
be taken for Love A Child, Inc. For more information e-mail us at griffinministry@aol.com . Everyone is
invited!


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