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SGN Scoops Top 100 for April 2015

Written by Staff on April 15, 2015 – 1:12 pm -

SGNScoops Top 100

SGNScoops Top 100

1 Bowling Family That’s What I Miss The Most
2 Williamsons It Was The Word
3 Shellem Cline That Saving Song
4 Browders He Took The Nails
5 Zane and Donna King No One Like God
6 McKameys Pure Satisfaction
7 Hyssongs Still Blessed
8 Bev McCann Smile
9 Wards Coming Out Of Bondage
10 Whisnants Glorybound
11 Dennis Cook One Pair Of Hands
12 Caleb’s Crossing Isn’t The Love Of Jesus Something Wonderful
13 Lore Family It Shall Be Well
14 Greater Vision The Blood Hasn’t Ever Changed
15 Kingsmen Battle Cry
16 Kingdom Heirs Joys Of Heaven
17 Jim Brady Trio Steppin’ Out In Faith
18 Clyde Felton Jr. Lord Forgive Me
19 Kevin N Jennifer He’s Still Doing Miracles Today
20 Valor 3 Hallelujah He Has Risen
21 Tammy Jones Robinette I Like Life
22 Taylors Measure Of Grace
23 Spiritual Voices There’s Still My Joy
24 Goodman Revival What A Happy Time
25 Dunaways Mercy Built A Bridge
26 East Ridge Boys Pray Pray Pray
27 South Of Heaven When I Crossed That River
28 Mark Bishop Pray On The Little Days
29 Rod Truman I’m Gonna Make It
30 Tony Burchette Better Hurry Up
31 Georgians Quartet Back In The Day
32 Sounds Of Victory How Good God’s Been To Me
33 New Vision That’s What Love Looks Like
34 11th Hour Picture This
35 Dunaways Church In The Kitchen
36 Ivan Parker Til The Shackles Fall Off
37 Karen Peck/New River Everybody’s Going Through Something
38 Barry Rowland/Deliverance Somebody Go Get God
39 Allegiance Lighten Up
40 Heavenly Sunrise He Died A Savior
40 Mercy’s Reflection Oh What A Difference
42 Rochesters God’s Been Good
43 Greater Vision Put Out The Fire
44 Mylon Hayes Family There’s Still A Refuge
45 Cornerstone Stormy Seas
46 Sunday Drive This I Know
47 Legacy Five Christ Is Still The King
48 Pauline Patterson One Prayer Away
49 Brian Free/Assurance Unashamed
50 Lori Jonathan Trio It’s Always Darkest Before The Dawn
51 Steve Hess/Southern Salvation Living Proof
52 Karen Peck and New River Pray Now
53 Campbell and Rowley It’s Not About You
54 Sweetwater Revival A Hallelujah Homecoming
55 Booth Brothers Touch Of The Master’s Hand
56 Jim Sheldon Life’s Railway To Heaven
57 Keith Barkley/Family Tradition An Old Stone The Lord Rolled Away
58 Shellem Cline Dinner With Jesus
59 Tim Livingston I Just Miss You
60 Ernie Penley Power Surge
61 Mark Trammell Quartet God’s Been Faithful
62 11th Hour How Will You Plead
63 Talleys What You Leave Behind
64 Debra Perry/Jaidyn’s Call Bottom Of The Hill
65 Watts, Rowsey and Bean Don’t Give A Rock A Chance
66 Troy Burns Family By The Blood Of The Lamb
67 McCray Dove Band They Wouldn’t Forgive Me
68 Kingsmen Oh Yes I Am
69 Joni Eareckson Tada Alone Yet Not Alone
69 Doug Hudson If They Could See Us Now
71 Josh and Ashley Franks He Promised Me
72 Mark Trammell Quartet Don’t Stop Running
73 Conners I Need To Hear From Heaven
74 Jack Strong Mama Said Read The Bible
74 His Heart Quartet Sailing Safely In
76 Hoskins Family Land Of Endless Tomorrows
77 Legacy Five Who Is This Man
78 Charlie May One Last Stand
79 Dean Hickman Forever King
80 Horn Family Rise Above The Fall
81 Exodus Tell Me Oh Tell Me Again
82 Bruce Hedrick Better Man
82 John Bowman Have Your Way
84 Scotts Grace And Mercy
85 Mercy’s Well I Wanna Hear The Gospel
86 Barry Rowland and Deliverance He’s Still God
87 Poet Voices He Saw Me
88 Linda Foster That Day Is Almost Here
89 Partons No More Chains
90 Kingdom Heirs Just Preach Jesus
91 Evident Call I Love My Master
92 Inspirations I’ve Found A Faithful Friend
93 Wisecarvers One Prayer At A Time
94 Joseph Habedank Never No Never
95 Doug Hudson Help Me Find My Way Home
96 Mercy’s Reign All The Way
96 Bontrager Family God Can
96 Singing Cookes The Greatest Gift Of All
96 Perrys When He Comes Walking On The Water
100 Michael Combs Jesus Loves Me
100 Wilburn and Wilburn Nobody Like Jesus

For more information on Southern, Country and Bluegrass Gospel music, open the April 2015 edition of SGN Scoops digital magazine HERE.


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Ozark Gospel Music Convention 2015 Coming to Branson MO

Written by Staff on March 17, 2015 – 12:32 pm -

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Ozark Gospel Music Convention

The Ozark Gospel Music Convention 2015 in Branson, Missouri, will be held at the Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center on May 4th through 6th.

Some of the artists that will be appearing include: The Williamsons, His Love, Ava Kasich, Faith’s Journey, Majesty III, Lindsay Huggins, The Ascension Quartet, Broken Vessels, Hope’s Journey, Lineage of David and many more.

For more information visit the OGMC Website HERE or call (417) 425-7856


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Williamsons Score #2 Spot For February In SGNScoops Top 100

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 2, 2015 – 11:42 am -

Williamsons

Williamsons

I am completely overwhelmed at the response we are getting to our song, “It Was The Word.” We are so excited to have our very first top 20 song in the Singing News, and to see it climb to number two in the SGN Scoops Top 100 chart is just awesome! I really think listeners and deejays love to be reminded of what it was that brought all of us to our knees. It takes the Word of God and the sweet conviction of the Holy Spirit to change a life and that’s exactly what this song talks about! Lisa Williamson Of The Williamsons

“I knew, as I produced the new album for the Williamsons that they were about to enter a new season.  Their heart for ministry, well, that was a strong as ever, but I knew that the whole world would soon be as aware that The Williamsons are the COMPLETE package; amazing hearts, awesome talent, real servants, and, they’d also find out that LISA is a singing and songwriting machine! I am so HAPPY for them and their #2!!!! Very deserved!” Donna King

 

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SGNScoops Top 100

SGNScoops Top 100

 


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Butler Music Group and Family Music Group Artists Make The Top 100

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 21, 2015 – 3:47 pm -

Williamsons and Butler Music Group

Williamsons and Butler Music Group

Nashville, TN  Les Butler, Family Music Group and Butler Music Group are pleased to announce that four of their artists were represented in the SGNSCOOPS Top 100 of 2014. 
 
Tim Livingston came into the rankings with the number 8 song, “I Just Miss You.”  Tim, who has won numerous awards such as the 2012 ICGMA Songwriter of the Year, 2013 CGM Horizon Male Vocalist of the Year, 2014 Gospel Music FanFair “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Song of the Year,” has also reached the Top 20 in the Singing News chart for his single, “Over the Next Hill.”  Tim’s SGN SCOOPS Top 100 song, “I Just Miss You,” is a tribute to his late father and Gospel Music pioneerNorm Livingston.  Tim Livingston’s heritage, heart and hope for the future is establishing him as a mainstay top artist for years to come. Family Music Group is thankful to be part of the ministry of Tim Livingston and extends congratulations to him on this well deserved top honor.
 

The Dunaways

The Dunaways

Over the past two decades The Dunaways have enjoyed the success of playing on the most prominent stages, filling the airwaves with chart topping radio singles like the Singing News #1 song, “When There’s No Hope, There Is Grace,” and earning the support of die-hard fans all over America.  Randall, Tammy and Kanah Dunaway have recorded hit song after hit song not with the intention of making ‘hit songs’ but with the purpose of encouraging the saints, helping the hurting and speaking to sinners.  In the year 2014 their song, “Church In The Kitchen,” settled into the SGNSCOOPS Top 100 at number 17.  This ‘real life’ Gospel message will be another benchmark in the career of The Dunaways.  Les Butler of Family Music Group has enjoyed a long association with the Dunaways and looks forward to many more years of working together.  
 
The newest member of the Butler Music Group family is The Williamsons.  This Oklahoma based group consists of husband and wife, Donnie and Lisa Williamson, Darin Hebert and Karl Rice.  Their single, “It Was The Word,” made the number 18 spot in the SCOOPS Top 100 of 2014 rankings.  The impeccable production, bedrock lyrical content and the Spirit in which the Williamsons sing are the main reasons this song and this group are climbing steadily toward the top of Southern Gospel music.  Butler Music Group is excited about promoting more music with the Williamsons. 

Super talented Southern Gospel trio, Masters Voice, broke into the SCOOPS Top 100 with their number 40 ranked song, “He Saved Me Anyway.” The evangelistic focus of Masters Voice keeps the Church as a major focus of their ministry efforts.  Their commitment to choosing songs of the highest caliber has positioned Masters Voice to bring their music to more people and take their ministry to a higher level.  Butler Music Group is honored to be a part of the music ministry that is Masters Voice.
 
Butler Music Group provides professional management and consulting services to Southern Gospel and Bluegrass artists such as The Williamsons, Masters Voice, The Troy Burns Family, Tammy Jones Robinette, Heaven’s Mountain Band and Eighth Day.  For more information look for Les Butler and Butler Music Group on Facebook.
 
Family Music Group is the radio home to some of the finest artists in Southern and Bluegrass Gospel Music including, but not limited to Tim Livingston, Dunaways, Williamsons and many more.


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Gospel Music Today For December 15 On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 15, 2014 – 8:21 am -

Gospel Music Today December 15

Gospel Music Today December 15

Deon and Pamela Unthank of AbsolutelyGospel.com are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of December 14. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Broken Vessels, and Jean reviews new recordings by Undivided and The Williamsons.  An article from Southern Gospel Update is the subject of this week’s News Notes. The show features singing by Tim Livingston, exclusive video of The Pine Ridge Boys Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Pigeon Forge,TN, at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of 7 Mile Road at The Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK.  News Headlines include Aaron Crabb, the Blackwood Brothers plus exciting concert updates from Mark209 and the Crabb Family Revival.

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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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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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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Candi’s Catch-ups: The Williamsons

Written by Staff on October 30, 2014 – 12:30 pm -

The Williamsons

The Williamsons

By Candi Combs

The colorful Virginia mountains in October seem to cry out the glory of God’s creation. Out of a desire to bring folks home, a small Virginia church asked The Williamsons to lead them in an old-fashioned Homecoming. The Williamsons came all the way from Oklahoma to the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains to share their special family style sound of Gospel music.

2014-10-19 18.31.27Donnie Williamson is the group’s leader both on and off the platform, and sings baritone. His lovely and talented wife, Lisa, joins him by carrying the soprano vocals. Karl Rice, who stands beside Darin Hebert singing bass, shares lead and tenor parts alternatively with Lisa.

The program opened with the new single, “I’ve Got to Tell Somebody.” This tune focused the attention of everyone in the room with the clear message that everything sung would be focused on salvation in Jesus. Donnie introduced the next song as a brand new selection, written by Lisa and titled “It Was the Word” from the latest release, Tell Somebody.

2014-10-19 18.30.57After sharing the new music, Lisa demonstrated the group’s versatility when she began singing the classic, “We Shall Behold Him.” Each member of the group took a verse and gave this special song a full range of delivery.

A concert with The Williamsons is truly a family affair. Daughters Olivia, age five, and Sadie, aged nine, also had an opportunity to sing with Mom and Dad. Sadie harmonized with Donnie in a tender arrangement of “Minute by Minute.” These girls have their parents’ ear for tight harmony and no doubt they will be participating in the ministry on a much greater level in the future.

Further demonstrating the mixed talent of the group, Rice was featured on the harmonica with Donnie providing the keyboard accompaniment on the song “Blood Stained Banner.”

2014-10-19 19.24.09The Gospel still works”, said Donnie. This is such a simple statement to one of today’s truths. Demonstrating the point, the Williamsons sang a Dawn Moss classic, “I Need You More Today.” Moss was in the house and was completely flattered that Donnie included her song in the program.

Hebert was featured on “Way Down Deep in My Soul” with emphasis on ‘deep’! He has no problem laying down the deepest of tones. The floors as well as the pews were picking up the reverberation. From new music to old, and from young to elderly, the Williamsons had now included everyone in the concert. Other engaging tunes included “Searching” and “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow.”

2014-10-19 18.43.09Rice shared the testimony of his youth when he surrendered his life to following Jesus. Speaking from the depth of his soul, the altar began to fill with people. Yes, it was an old-fashioned, soul-searching, altar invitation!

And now the Williamsons had shown why the latest chapter of their ministry is called, “Tell Somebody.” In a recent interview, Donnie stated, “I believe this is the most powerful music we have ever recorded. The music is filled with the message of Christ that will uplift those who listen and touch them no matter where they are in life.” On this day in Virginia, they had certainly done that!

For the Williamsons’ tour schedule, visit www.williamsonsmusic.com . All pictures courtesy of Candi Combs.

For more concert reviews and artist features, see the latest SGN Scoops magazine. Visit www.sgnscoops.com


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Gospel Music Today For September 15th On SGNScoops.com

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 15, 2014 – 8:32 am -

Gospel Music Today For Sept 15

Gospel Music Today For Sept 15

The members of Beyond the Ashes and Adelaide Callaway are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of September 14. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Alversons, and Jean reviews recordings by The Missourians, the Diplomats, Revelation and Faith’s Journey.  An article about The Booth Brothers is the subject of this week’s Singing News Notes. The show features singing by Gold City Quartet from the 1980’s, exclusive video of  New Road, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at Crossway Baptist Church, in Springfield, MO, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Williamsons at The Creekside Gospel Music Convention, in Pigeon Forge, TN.  In the news are The Goulds, Three Bridges and Ray Stevens.

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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Ozark Gospel Music Convention 2014

Written by Staff on August 12, 2014 – 8:14 am -

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The Abundance Quartet of Branson

By Joshua Heston – Special to SGN Scoops

“Precious memories how they linger / How they ever flood my soul / In the stillness, of the midnight / Precious sacred scenes unfold.” — J.B.F. Wright, 1925

Branson, MO —Traditional gospel music and Ozark Mountain culture go together mighty well. From brush arbor singing schools to pine-enshrouded churches where country folks sang from well-worn hymnals every Sunday morning, the sweet sounds of gospel music form an emotional basis for many of us; reminders of childhood, dinners on the ground, exciting tent revivals, and for some, simple evening singings as the family would gather together and let their voices ring.

But times change. People change. The world, it seems, simply picked up its pace and recordings, radio, TV, internet, and job and family responsibilities removed the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. The chance to leave an industrious world outside — even for just a few hours — was lost. Tattered hymnbooks were replaced by projection screens and four-part harmony swapped for an endless stream of praise and worship songs. Families didn’t gather around a piano anymore and besides, the music on the radio, then the entertainment on TV, then the library of digital music, was all more professional, more polished, and never required practice but simply the touch of a button.

The Williamsons of Wetumka, Oklahoma

The Williamsons of Wetumka, Oklahoma

Gone for most was the shape note singing, the tent revivals, and the conventions. Conventions? No, not Tupperware conventions. A generation or two ago, gospel music conventions, specifically quartet conventions, were commonplace. Small and large, these gatherings originated from 19th century songbook companies’ efforts to sell books. This was after the Civil War and the population was ready to embrace music that spoke of hope and peace.

Professional quartets traveled from church to church, then from convention to convention, stunning largely rural audiences with the now-trademark sounds of a powerful, rumbling bass, soaring tenor, lead and baritone vocals. As quartets polished their skills and styles, white Southern gospel music was born. With it, of course, came those singing conventions, the largest of which ultimately became the National Quartet Convention, an event that packed out the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis for many years. Here was the equivalent of a rock concert arena. Thousands of fans pouring into the venue to see gospel music greats like J.D. Sumner, James Blackwood of the Blackwood Brothers, and more.

The Ascension Quartet of Lebanon, Missouri

The Ascension Quartet of Lebanon, Missouri

“When we’ve been there ten thousand years / Bright shining as the sun / We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise / Than when we’ve first begun.” — John Newton, Amazing Grace

Like many other elements of our rural population, Southern gospel conventions became fewer and farther between in the last generation. Now, the words “singing convention” are typically met with a bit of bewilderment. Southern gospel is still a small but powerful genre of music but many of the artists now travel from church to church, not from convention to convention.

The National Quartet Convention is still going strong, moving this year from Louisville to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, but Southern gospel singing west of the Mississippi? Western region groups have struggled for years, honing their styles, their harmonies, their ministries, but laboring largely in the shadow of “top tier” groups with more convention affiliation in the east. Now, the efforts of Branson-based Jonathan Edwards (of Faith’s Journey), Donnie Williamson (of Wetumka, Oklahoma-based The Williamsons), Ava Kasich (Texas-born Beacon award winning soloist) and Rob Patz (of the Seattle-based SGN Scoops Digital gospel music magazine) teamed up to create a heartland Southern gospel convention here in Branson.

Jonathan Edwards holds a framed proclamation from the State of the Missouri, honoring The Lesters for 89 years of distinguished service in gospel music.

Jonathan Edwards holds a framed proclamation from the State of the Missouri, honoring The Lesters for 89 years of distinguished service in gospel music.

“For most of us who do gospel music, the goal is to see lives changed. But we can’t do that if we don’t have people to sing to. One of the goals of the convention is to expose more groups of the Midwest to an audience,” says Williamson. “That’s why we honored The Lesters during the first night of the convention. We want to highlight the quality of groups from this area.”

“Near the cross I’ll watch and wait / Hoping, trusting ever / Till I reach the golden strand / Just beyond the river.” — Fanny Crosby, Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross Read more »


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SGNScoops Magazine Presents Today’s Gospel Music Volume One

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 4, 2014 – 12:40 pm -

scoopscovercd2forwebSGN Scoops, your destination for the latest in Gospel music news and information, is pleased to present SGNScoops Magazine Volume One…great new music from some of your favorite artists. Hear cuts from Creekside Gospel Music Convention artists like Ava Kasich, Clayton Watson, Faith’s Journey, Hope’s Journey, Lindsay Huggins, Omega Quartet, Page Trio, The Steeles, The Williamsons and Tina Wakefield. You will be blessed and your heart will be touched by the music on this album. Get your copy today!





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