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A Younger Perspective: Levi Bowman of The Isaacs

Written by Staff on October 28, 2014 – 1:54 pm -

The-Isaacs-20121By Erin Stevens

Every now and then, you encounter someone who just gets it. You know what I mean? Someone who, just by being himself, not trying to be something he isn’t, can’t help but shine with the love of Jesus. Well dear readers, this month’s someone just happens to be John and Becky (Isaacs) Bowman’s 18-year-old son, Levi. Take the next few moments to meet the fellow behind the guitar who has an interesting hobby and recently munched on some hummus in a far away land. Take it away, Mr. Bowman…

Erin: In your own words, what is it like traveling with your family?

Levi: Traveling with my family is amazing. I would not want to travel with anyone but family and close friends. To have your family surrounding you all the time is a great feeling.

Levi Bowman

Levi Bowman

Erin: When did you begin playing guitar and who inspired you?

Levi: I have played guitar for about four years. The person that really inspired me to play was my dad. Although my dad is a professional musician, he would still play in his free time, and to see his love for making music truly inspired me. My other inspirations include my mom, Brad Paisley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dan Tyminski, Vince Gill, and a newer artist named Charlie Worsham. All of these people are incredible musicians, and they have played a key role inspiring me to play guitar.


Erin: What is a unique hobby you enjoy?

Levi: I’m a collector of vinyls. I love collecting old and new albums.


Erin: Who are the top artists you would be found listening to on your iPod?

Levi: I listen to a lot of Country music. The top five artists on my iPod are Brad Paisley, Charlie Worsham, Chris Young, Bradley Walker, and George Strait. Some Gospel artists I listen to are Gordon Mote, Karen Peck & New River, Smokie Norful, J. Moss, Jason Crabb, and Mike Bowling.


Erin: Describe the impact this past trip to The Holy Land had upon your life?

Levi: Going to Israel impacted my walk with God greatly. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t want to go back. I moved closer to God in my journey through Israel. Knowing that I was walking where Jesus was – there are no words to describe it.


Erin: Favorite food you tried while in Israel?

Levi: My favorite food was definitely unleavened bread with hummus. It is spectacular!


Erin: Who have been some of your biggest inspirations in life thus far?

Levi: My mom and dad, my grandmother Lily, Uncle Ben, Aunt Sonya and Uncle Jimmy, have all greatly inspired me. The three most recent inspirations in my life are my pastor Joseph Morgan, Coach Paul Westphal, and Tony Horton. My pastor has really challenged me to become a better Christian. Every time he speaks, it impacts my life that much more, and because of him, I have become a better man. Coach Paul Westphal was an NBA player and coach, and he is a wealth of knowledge. He is someone I can talk to about anything and is one of my best friends. Tony Horton is the creator of P90x, and although I have never met him, he has inspired me and many others across the nation to become fit. He is a Christian and you can tell what a good person he is just by his videos.


Erin: How would you encourage someone your age in their walk with the Lord?

Levi: Surround yourself with good influences. Do not get involved with the wrong people. You must have a support system around you. Surrounding yourself with the wrong people can sway what path you take. I have had my fair share of bad influences, but I chose to cut ties with them. My friends, family, and girlfriend, Autumn Nelon, have been great influences upon me. If you hang with the right people and find the right church with the right pastor, that is the key to living a good and clean life. Jesus is always beside you and He will never leave you.


I pray this is what we are striving for amidst the pull of the world we all experience each and every day. Who are you when no one is looking? Who are you allowing to speak into your life? It’s a make or break decision we all must come face to face with. I, for one, am grateful for the wise ‘younger perspective’ Levi brings to the table. Today, remember to pursue goodness, kindness, pureness and righteousness – just to name a few. Thanks again to Levi for stopping by to share from his heart. Be sure to check out the Isaacs’ website for more information on Levi’s family

Until next month, Scoops fans…

And that’s my take on it.

By Erin Stevens

First published by SGN Scoops in August 2014.

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The Isaacs To Perform For The Sixth Annual “Opry Goes Pink”

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 23, 2014 – 10:36 am -

The Isaacs

The Isaacs

The award winning Isaacs will join other great artists on The Grand Ole Opry® stage for the sixth annual “Opry Goes Pink Show” in the fight against breast cancer on Tuesday, October 28.

The Isaacs are joining The Grand Ole Opry® and Women Rock For The Cure™ in the fight against breast cancer. This cause is special to the group with Lily Isaacs being a breast cancer survivor.

Rascal Flatts will flip the switch on the Opry’s signature barn backdrop, turning it pink for the night as artists perform in support of breast cancer awareness.

The special show will also include Opry members Terri Clark and Montgomery Gentry with special guests Danielle Bradbery, Sara Evans and Nashville’s Will Chase.

When fans order tickets to the night’s 7 p.m. show, $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to Women Rock For The Cure™. Tickets are available at (615) 871-OPRY and

Listen to the show live online at

To learn more about the Isaacs got to or TheIsaacs or Twitter at IsaacsMusic .

If you are interested in booking the Isaacs go to the Harper Agency at or .

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Beyond The Ashes Performs At Kentucky Governor’s Mansion

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 6, 2014 – 3:59 pm -

Beyond The Ashes

Tyler Vestal, Anthony Facello, Governor Steve Beshear and Dustin Doyle

Franklin, KY The Dove-nominated and Absolutely Gospel Music Award winning Gospel trio, Beyond the Ashes, was a part of the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion 100 year celebration. The State of Kentucky has been having events for the last year to celebrate the rich heritage of the Governor’s Mansion and to raise money for the Governor’s Mansion Endowment fund that will be for the upkeep of the Mansion and grounds.

Beyond The Ashes had the privilege of performing alongside The Isaacs, The Sneed Family, Larnelle Harris , Kenny Bishop and His Heart Quartet. All of the artists performing had some tie to Kentucky.

Beyond The Ashes performed “Oh The Thought That Jesus Loves Me”, “Coming Of The King”, “He Touched Me”, “I Will Glory In The Cross”, and “Too Near Home”.

Anthony Facello stated “What a privilege it was for Beyond the Ashes to be a part of such a special day. Governor and Mrs. Beshear opened their home and welcomed us with great Kentucky hospitality.”

Beyond The Ashes also took part in the dinner that was served at the Governors Mansion. The event was held Sunday September 28th and was free to the public.

Beyond The Ashes is a young group which is crossing barriers to get Gospel music to all generations.

Their unique style of music will reach and be enjoyed by the gray haired senior citizens as well as the young teenage crowd and all those in-between. Beyond The Ashes is set to make am impression on all genres of music.

To learn more about Beyond the Ashes go to or . Reach them by Twitter at .

To book Beyond The Ashes at your church, concert or contact or call 615-823-1557 .


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Getting To Know The Diamond Award Nominees

Written by Staff on October 1, 2014 – 7:28 am -

Diamond Awards 2014

Diamond Awards 2014

The annual Diamond Awards recognize the best in Southern, Country and Bluegrass Christian music and are hosted by SGNScoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group.

This year’s Diamond Awards will be held at Creekside Gospel Music Convention at Pigeon Forge on November 3rd through 6th.

JP Miller, Lou Hildreth, Sheri Easter and Jeff Easter at the Diamond Awards 2012

JP Miller, Lou Hildreth, Sheri Easter and Jeff Easter at the Diamond Awards 2012

This year we again welcome Channel 57 WATC Atlanta as they cover the Diamond Awards for airing on both TV and internet at a later date. We also welcome Meagan Pledger who will be doing extensive Social Media coverage for the entire Creekside event.

Be sure to get your free tickets to the 2014 Creekside Gospel Music Convention 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 2014 Mixed Group Of The Year, which entails a group of any number with both male and female members. Last year’s winner was The Isaacs.

2014 Diamond Award Top Five Nominees for Mixed Group Of The Year are:

Jeff and Sheri Easter

Karen Peck and New River

The Hoppers

The Collingsworth Family

The Perrys

Join us for the 2014 Diamond Awards and the entire Creekside event. For more information and for tickets, click here

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A Message From Lily Isaacs of The Isaacs

Written by Staff on September 29, 2014 – 10:11 am -

isaacsNashville, TN (September 29, 2014) To all of our dear friends,

First I’d love to thank everyone for your prayers. The passing of my mother has been very emotional and sad. I know many of you have lost loved ones……parents, spouses, children, good friends and it’s a very lonely feeling because it’s final. Although we do believe in an after life, just the fact that you will never get to hear their voice or hug your loved one ever again here on earth , leaves you with such a void in your heart. Seems like its hard to take a deep breath! I’m so grateful that I got to keep my sweet Yiddish Mamma till age 95 and I was with her when she took her final breath. She truly was a survivor. She was a very strong spirited woman. My entire family is thankful for the legacy she has left behind.

So many of you have asked us about funeral arrangements. Many of you wanted to send flowers and special gifts to honor Mom. I wanted to take this time to explain a little about our beautiful Jewish traditions when we loose someone in death.

Before I get into the explanation I will tell you that we tentatively have the funeral scheduled for Wednesday morning….Oct 1st. Mom passed away on Friday Sept 26th and it is currently in the middle if a very Holy holiday, Rosh Hashanah (9/24-9/26) and Yom Kippur (10 days later) so it is hard to make final arrangements with the Rabbi, especially since Friday night started the Sabbath. We will know more Monday morning.

We have chosen to give Mom a traditional Jewish funeral. Our father had the same and this is what she would want. A Jew must be buried within a day or two of death and we do no embalm the body so it must stay refrigerated until burial. Of course with family far away it’s acceptable to wait until all gather together. The coffin must be a plain pine box and the deceased is clothed in a shroud…..white pure linen called a Tachrichim . The reason is because we are all equal in death and we can’t take anything with us when we leave this world. God judges our merits and deeds ,not our material wealth. Once the casket is lowered into the ground, the final act we do is to shovel dirt on top of it. Basically the family will cover the casket with dirt. The reason for this is the deceased cannot do it for themselves. In a way it also acts as a gesture of love and gives family closure. We never see flowers at a Jewish funeral. Tradition says that flowers are unnecessary and die too quickly. Instead of flowers we place stones on the casket or grave site. There are many speculations about the reason for this custom but the one that makes most sense to me is that stones were the only way a grave was marked before headstone were made. It also leaves a sign that the person had a visitor and they’re not left without being remembered . We will then sit shiva (means 7)…..The mourning period which actually lasts 7 days. Family will rent a garment and gather in the home to receive guests.

This is the way we do it and we plan to put Mom away in this manner. She deserves this honorable final gesture from us.
For those of you who wanted to honor our mother, I’ve thought of a beautiful way do this. This seems like a gesture if love and would carry on our Jewish tradition.

Instead of gifts and flowers we will set up a fund in my mothers name and receive donations to help purchase her a headstone! We cannot put the headstone up for one year at which time we have an ” unveiling “. This way you can be a part of putting a stone on her grave. We can all participate in giving her a loving departure together. We have so many friends far away and we can join together in this gesture.

If you want to do this, you can just make a check out to us…. The Isaacs and put on bottom of the check, for “Faye Fishman Headstone Fund”. When the time comes for the purchase of the headstone we will post a photo and you will all know that you were a part of our mothers home going.

Please remember our family as everyone is trying to get our here in the next day or so.

Send any donations to:

The Isaacs
PO BOX 370
Goodlettsville, TN 37070

Blessings to you all and again thank you for your prayers and support.

With love,

Lily Isaacs

To learn more about the Isaacs got to or or Twitter at .

If you are interested in booking the Isaacs go to the Harper Agency at or .

About The Isaacs

The Isaacs, a multi-award winning family group who began singing 30 years ago, are based out of Nashville, TN . The vocalists are Lily Isaacs, Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs have a unique style that blends tight, family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation that appeals to a variety of audiences. Their musical influences emerge from all genres of music including bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, and country, contemporary acoustic and southern gospel. Zak Shumate is on percussion and is the only non family member in the group.

Family also just recently sang anthem at Indiana Pacers game and got a standing ovation. They perform frequently at the Grand Ole Opry, are active members on the Gaither Homecoming Videos and Concert Series and travel throughout the year performing internationally. Concert venues include civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, parks, churches and other locations. They have performed the National Anthem for many sporting events, including a Cincinnati Bengal’s football game, several Nashville Predators Hockey games, an Astros/ Braves pre-season baseball game as well as various political gatherings. They also received a standing ovation for their patriotic performance at Carnegie Hall.

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SGN Scoops at NQC – Thursday

Written by Staff on September 26, 2014 – 9:21 am -

Singing News' Fan Awards Choir

Singing News’ Fan Awards Choir

Photographs by Craig Harris

Lauren Talley Alvey, Brian Free

Lauren Talley Alvey, Brian Free

The Isaacs

The Isaacs

Once again, SGN Scoops’ reporter Craig Harris gives us a look at the evening performances during the National Quartet Convention. Thursday’s events also included the Singing News’ Fan Awards.

Bill Shivers, Mike Rogers, Jeremy Lile-Brian Free and Assurance

Bill Shivers, Mike Rogers, Jeremy Lile-Brian Free and Assurance

The Taylors

The Taylors


Ed O'Neal of the Dixie Melody Boys

Ed O’Neal of the Dixie Melody Boys


Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision

Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision

Randy Shelnut Sr., George Shelton Jr. of the Dixie Echoes

Randy Shelnut Sr., George Shelton Jr. of the Dixie Echoes

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Gould Family Releases New Song To Radio

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 16, 2014 – 9:34 am -

The Goulds

The Goulds

(Nashville, TN) The Gould Family a releases new hit song to radio from their new recording “Love Beyond Measure.” Tim and his daughters Christa and Kelsey are the new up and coming artists with their tight family harmony that touches the hearts of the young and old alike.

Their song “Lord, I’m Ready to Fly” is what they believe got them on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention and is the song they think will get them on the charts.
“We love this song because of the message it tells. No matter how old you are God has a plan for your life and if you are willing to trust Him and let Him guide you, you can soar to new heights. Before you can soar you must first be ‘Ready to Fly’” Tim said.

Penned by Amber Maxwell, “Lord, I’m Ready To Fly” is and uptempo song that radio is sure to enjoy.

The Goulds are a family who enjoy spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ through song. They are based out of Joplin, Mo. and travel the country wherever God opens doors. The Goulds have sung alongside many groups including The Lesters, The Mark Trammell Quartet, The Isaacs, The Blackwood Brothers, the Kingsmen, the Crist Family and many others.
Be looking in the near future for new music and dates from The Gould Family.

To learn more about the Gould Family visit their website or .

If you are interested in booking the Gould Family contact them at Signature Artist Agency / Duane Garren (417) 236-9090 .

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Gospel Music Today On

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 17, 2014 – 8:37 am -

The members of The Isaacs are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of March 16. Ken and Jean Grady host Isaacssouthern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Arenos, and Jean reviews a new recording by The Beelers.  An article about Stuart Hamblen is the subject of this week’s Singing News Notes. The Hyssongs and The Whisnants sing, and the show includes exclusive  video of  Living Water Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at The Midwest Quartet Convention, in Altoona, Iowa, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Lesters.
The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TVMonday 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,

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Gospel Music Today On

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 30, 2013 – 10:02 am -

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Tune-In Alert – Isaacs Family Christmas Special On TBN

Written by SGN Scoops on December 17, 2013 – 6:09 pm -

imageNashville, TN (December 16, 2013) Gospel Music’s most popular family group, the Isaacs, will be featured in their Isaacs Family Christmas Special with three separate showings on America’s most popular religious television network TBN.

This special features songs from their latest Christmas CD “The Isaacs Christmas“ as well as impromptu performances by the Isaacs and their families. You’ll get to know each of their personalities as they tell stories, read scriptures, go shopping, cook Christmas dinner and share their annual traditions for both Christmas and Hanukkah.

Also joining them for live performances is their dear friend Brandon Heath, and the incredible Miss Jamie Grace and her sister Morgan as the duet …Harper Still. They all share their favorite Christmas memories and traditions together and enjoy holiday stories.

Viewing times are as follows:

Tuesday – December 17th – 11:30AM Central Time

Monday – December 23rd – 4:30AM Central Time

Tuesday – December 24th – 1:00AM Central Time

You can learn more about the Isaacs at or .

You can book the Isaacs through the Harper Agency at – 615 851 4500 .

Here’s a link to one of  the song they will be performing:


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