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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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VISALIA, CA WELCOMES GREAT WESTERN FAN FESTIVAL!

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 22, 2014 – 1:23 pm -

gwff(Nashville, TN) – Visalia, CA is set to welcome the Great Western Fan Festival to the Visalia Convention Center. The annual event welcomes an all-star lineup to the West Coast from May 1-3, 2014.

The weekend will be filled with great gospel music, chapel services, special matinees, a special breakfast club, comedy showcase, and more – all designed to bring the attendees up close and personal with the artists.

The Great Western Fan Festival Talent Contest, held on Saturday morning, will award a Grand Prize of a recording package to one winner. A 1st place winner will be selected in three categories – soloist, duet/trio and group.

An all-star lineup of gospel greats will perform during the weekend including The Hoppers, Triumphant Quartet, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, The Martins, The Browns, Tim Lovelace, Kim Hopper, TaRanda Greene, RSV, California Melody Boys, and Liberty Quartet.

For tickets, more information and to connect with the festival, call iTickets at 1-800-965-9324 or visit the following sites:
www.FanFestivals.com
www.Facebook.com/GreatWesternFanFestival
Twitter: @GospelFanFest
Instagram: FanFestival


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James Rainey Begins New Recording Label

Written by SGN Scoops on October 31, 2013 – 12:11 pm -

Harrisburg, Illinois James Rainey Productions announced today that his company is embarking on a new chapter in their line of Declaration212 Label logoquality Gospel Music with a brand-new recording studio and label in Harrisburg, Illinois.  James is enthusiastic about the future of this studio, and the artists that currently are recording at this amazing facility.  The mission of James’s studio is to provide excellence and professionalism in recording while at the same time making the their efforts cost effective to Gospel artists.

 James has had over 25 years experience in Gospel Music as the pianist and arranger for such groups as The Singing Americans, The Trailblazers, The Hoppers and The Greenes. This new studio promises to deliver innovative recorded product from a plethora of gospel music’s developing artists.  Another aspect to his production studio is the inception of a brand new recording label: Declaration 212 Productions.  Some may ask, ” What does that mean? ”  Declaration of course is making a statement . 212 – At 211 degrees, water is just hot. At 212, it produces steam. And with steam you can power a train.  James believes that the extra degree makes all the difference. We declare that we are that one degree -  we will not stop with 211, but push to achieve that extra degree.

 Headlining the new label is Steve Hess and Southern Salvation. This trio promises to be one the greatest trios ever to hit the southern gospel market. With a name like HESS, it doesn’t get any better than that.

 Also, John Nimmo is finishing up what looks like to be the most unique Christmas CD ever. John and James have combined some of music’s greatest moments into traditional Christmas songs, giving them a total new flavor. There is even a sax solo on one of the songs from the great Phil Kenzie, who has played for the Beatles, Rod Stewart, The Eagles, the famous baker street sax solo, and much more. The drummer is Tim Horsley who has played for many of country’s greatest stars. Miss Natalie Cameron, friends with Vince Gill, is doing the background vocals.

 The label is accepting demos from new and upcoming artists.  You can contact James about this exciting new studio and label. Phone 304-421-1278   jm.rainey@yahoo.com     Facebook: james michael rainey   Website: theraineysmusic.com

 

 


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LIMITED TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR ‘A NIGHT OF HONOR’ FOR CLAUDE & CONNIE HOPPER PRESENTED BY ABRAHAM PRODUCTIONS

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 8, 2013 – 8:50 am -

NightOfHonor2013(Nashville, Tenn.) – A limited number of tickets are still available for ‘A Night of Honor’ for Claude & Connie Hopper set for October 11, 2013 in Greensboro, NC at Crosspoint Church. The concert, presented by Abraham Productions, will feature an all-star line up set to pay tribute to Claude & Connie for their years of dedication and faithfullness to the call of God on their lives.

Set to perform during the evening are Ivan Parker, Karen Peck & New River, Talleys, Whisnants and The Hoppers.

For more information on available tickets, please CLICK HERE.

The Hoppers were formed in 1975 in Madison, NC and have grown to become ‘America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music’ traveling the globe presenting the Gospel message for over 55 years. Showing no signs of slowing down, today the line-up consists of family members Claude & Connie, son Dean and his wife, Kim, and son Mike Hopper.

The Hoppers are members of the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, SGMA Hall of Fame and have been honored with multiple Gospel music industry awards.

Their latest project, Count Me In, was released earlier this year and contains 11 songs including “I Wish We’d All Been Ready’ to which they recorded a concept video. (CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO)

Connect with The Hoppers:
• www.TheHoppers.com
• www.Facebook.com/TheHoppersOfficial
• www.Twitter.com/HoppersMusic
• www.YouTube.com/HoppersOfficialUtube


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LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR INAUGURAL LORETTA LYNN GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 28-29, 2013

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 18, 2013 – 1:47 pm -

LorettaLynnGingham(Nashville, Tenn.) – A limited number of tickets are still available for the inaugural Loretta Lynn’s Gospel Music Festival set to be held September 28 – 29, 2013 at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in historic Hurricane Mills, TN. Organizers report the event is nearing SOLD OUT status!

Scheduled to appear during the two-day event are Mark Lowry, The Hoppers, The Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, Gold City, Rambo-McGuire, The Singing Cookes, The Freemans, Brian Free & Assurance, Michael Combs, Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion, and The Sneed Family.
Loretta Lynn will appear on Saturday, September 28, 2013 performing a rare set of Gospel music flavored with some of her biggest hits. The hills will ring with the glorious sounds during the two-day inspirational event as music lovers converge onto the ranch.

For those arriving early on Friday night, September 27, 2013, there will be a special bon-fire and sing-a-long beginning at 8:00 PM.

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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2013 National Quartet Convention – A Celebration of Two Decades of Memories

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 18, 2013 – 10:28 am -

Louisville, KY – The 56th Annual National Quartet Convention is now in the history books. For seven 2013 NQCconsecutive days, Southern Gospel Music fans from more than 40 states and at least a half dozen countries experienced the city of Louisville, KY, one more time. The week-long event officially concluded on Saturday, September 14, as production trucks were packed, exhibit booths disassembled, cars, vans and buses loaded, and the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center silent once again, marking the end of an era – the end of the National Quartet Convention in Louisville.

Southern Gospel Music’s premier event first moved to Louisville from the city of Nashville in 1994. There were those who were not in favor of the move from Music City USA. Even Convention Board members admitted that the move was quite bold. Louisville’s Freedom Hall held twice as many seats as the Muncipal Auditorim in Nashville, TN, which had been the NQC home for more than a decade. Fortunately, for the NQC Board, fans, artists and industry members, the move proved to be the right one, as the 1994 NQC set record attendance figures, with evening concert attendance more than doubling and the exhibit area nearly quadrupling. Since arriving in Louisville, the Convention has experienced unprecedented growth, with many special events taking place over the past two decades.

Many Convention attendees, including artists and fans have enjoyed all 20 years in Louisville. While bittersweet sentiments could be felt throughout the 2013 NQC, an air of excitement was also present. Memories of Louisville will forever remain in hearts; nevertheless, eager anticipation awaits for those who make preparations to converge upon the city that will soon be the NQC’s new home. According to Clarke Beasley, NQC Executive Director, the final year in Louisville was a great success. “This year many nights had greater attendance than last year, and our subscriber based webcast set an all-time record,” Beasley stated. “Fans attending enjoyed another wonderful year in Louisville, but there is obviously eager anticipation for next year in Pigeon Forge, as advances for next year’s seating and hotel reservations set advance sales records. So we are very excited as the NQC begins a new era.”

The 2013 Convention provided many special memories during it’s final year in Louisville. Many of Gospel music’s most popular recording artists were featured at this year’s event, including multi-award winning recording artists like The Gaither Vocal Band, The Gatlins, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jason Crabb, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Isaacs, Gordon Mote, The Booth Brothers, The Kingdom Heirs, The Hoppers, Greater Vision and The Mark Trammel Quartet. Additionally, the event featured noted speakers such as Ken Davis, Dr David Jeremiah, Dr Johnny Hunt and Dennis Swanberg. As attendees reminisced about the past 20 years in Louisville, they look forward to making many new memories in Pigeon Forge. “I am really excited,” one long-time Convention attendee stated. “I’ve been to Louisville every year, and I attended the Convention in Nashville before Louisville. In fact, I haven’t missed a year since 1983, and I don’t plan to miss being in Pigeon Forge in 2014. Wherever the music is, I plan to go!”

The 2014 National Quartet Convention will take place at the Leconte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN, as Gospel Music’s premier annual event will take place the week of September 21-27, 2013. Visit www.nqconline.com, or call 1-800-845-8499 for complete information.


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SGN Scoops On Location at NQC 2013

Written by Lorraine Walker on September 12, 2013 – 12:50 pm -

imagejpeg_2SGN Scoops is on location at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville Kentucky all this week. Rob Patz and Rhonda Frye invite all attendees to visit their booth at number 247, talk to them about the magazine and see who is being interviewed for a live Scoops TV taping or the next magazine issue.

 

 

Rob Patz and Guy Penrod

Rob Patz and Guy Penrod

 

Already this week, the Scoops booth has been home to a visit from Guy Penrod, Karen Peck and New River, The Hoppers, The Nelons, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Greater Vision, Brian Free and Assurance, and many others.

 

 

 

Rob Patz and Rhonda Frye

Rob Patz and Rhonda Frye

 

The National Quartet Convention 2013 is the place to be for everyone who loves Gospel music to hear and see their favorite artists, purchase all the latest recordings and meet the industry movers and shakers. SGN Scoops is proud to be a part of this event and invites all attendees to drop by the booth to meet the Scoops staff. We would love to meet you all!

 


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Leaving Louisville: SGN Scoops Staff Share NQC Memories

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

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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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Hoppers Enjoy Record-Breaking, Sold Out Crowds!

Written by SGN Scoops on September 7, 2013 – 5:53 am -

hopper crowd(NASHVILLE, TN) – The Hoppers, America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music, has been delighting audiences for over 55 years and show no signs of slowing down. Recently the talented family group broke the record for the largest crowd ever at Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic concert series held at Echo Hollow Theatre. With a crowd of over 5900 the Hoppers concert was the most attended ever during the series.

Brad Thomas, Senior Vice-President of Silver Dollar City said: “Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic continues to grow. Guests enjoy daytime and nighttime performances for 11 days. Over the years, our Echo Hollow amphitheater has grown into one of the most popular venues for southern gospel fans. The Hoppers’ performance this week had an audience of 5900+ guests, topping previous southern gospel records for the theater. Our guests love southern gospel, and we all love The Hoppers and their heart for ministry.”

With no time for the bus tires to get cold, the Hoppers traveled to Dallas, TX for the first ever Gospel Fest at First Baptist. Birthed from an idea by Dean Hopper, this event was met with great anticipation! The event SOLD OUT several days before the first note was ever hoppersboothssung. With guest artists Mark Lowry, TaRanda Greene, The Booth Brothers and The Hoppers, audience members enjoyed a glorious night of Gospel music.

The Hoppers will pull into Louisville, KY for the final Louisville, KY edition of the NQC/National Quartet Convention on Monday, September 9, 2013 for a full week long of Southern Gospel music.

More photos can be found online at www.Facebook.com/TheHoppersOfficial. For all tour dates, visit www.TheHoppers.com


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LORETTA LYNN TO HOST INAUGURAL GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Written by SGN Scoops on July 9, 2013 – 1:54 pm -

Nashville, TN – The hills will ring with the glorious sounds of Gospel music as Loretta Lynn welcomes fans to the inaugural “LorettaLoretta-Lynn-Gingham Lynn’s Gospel Music Festival” to be held at her Hurricane Mills, TN ranch September 28-29, 2013.

The Country music icon has a well-documented love of Gospel music and has consistently shared music of faith in her concerts and recordings. Now, for the first time, she welcomes the music to her home as the top acts in Gospel music plan to perform during the two-day inspirational event.

“Its kind of like an old-time “all-day singing and dinner on the ground,” says Ms. Lynn. “I got to thinking. I have a big ranch where I live so I decided to throw a good ole Gospel weekend here! I want family and friends to bring a blanket, set up a picnic and then enjoy some of my favorite Gospel music singers! I may even come down and sing a song myself! I hope it will be something we can keep going every year. I already have a big campground and cabins where people can stay. We also have a big stage – we have concerts all summer and have done so since 1974.”

Scheduled to appear during the two-day event are Mark Lowry, The Hoppers, The Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, Gold City, Rambo-McGuire, The Singing Cookes, The Freemans, Brian Free & Assurance, Michael Combs, Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion, and The Sneed Family.

For those arriving early on Friday night, September 27, 2013, there will be a special bon-fire and sing-a-long beginning at 8:00 PM.

“I should have started this years ago,” comments Lynn. “But, it’s never too late – I am inviting everyone to my ranch to have a great ole Gospel time! It’ll be a fun time for the whole family. Speaking of family, I want to thank Jeff Sneed and The Sneed Family for helping me plan and promote this Gospel Music Festival. We sure are looking forward to this special time!”

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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