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Jimmy Reno reviews Three Bridges new CD, “Hymns and Classics Renewed”

Written by Staff on August 17, 2017 – 2:18 pm -

Three Bridges

Three Bridges

Three Bridges released “Soldiers,” their critically-acclaimed debut album, in 2002. It may be surprizing to some to realize that after the past 15 years of their ministry going strong and enjoying numerous album releases, this current CD marks the first time they have released a hymns project.


“Hymns and Classics Renewed” is the title of the debut hymns project from the group. The album contains well-known hymns done in the soulful stylings Three Bridges has become known for. The album features the current lineup of Jeremie Hudson, Shannon Smith and Elliott McCoy.


Three Bridges release "Hymns and Classics Renewed"

Three Bridges release “Hymns and Classics Renewed”

This new project kicks things off with “There’s Power in the Blood.” The arrangement is upbeat and employs an edgy, soulful feel. It’s definitely a fresh arrangement for the familiar hymn. The next cut is “The Old Rugged Cross.” This is a straightforward, mellow arrangement of the well-known ballad, featuring solid vocals with tight harmonies. Baritone Elliott McCoy and Shannon Smith do a nice job on this one.


“The Love of God,” which features tenor Jeremie Hudson, is a ballad that is both well-orchestrated and delivers emotional vocals. This is a solid contribution to the project.


The Dallas Holm classic, “Rise Again,” which won a Dove Award in 1977 as Song of The Year, has been included, with the trio putting their own style on the popular tune. Lead singer Shannon Smith is featured on this one, and he delivers a solid vocal performance. This is a powerful arrangement of the song that audiences and fans are sure to love.


Three BridgesThe popular gospel classic penned by Mylon Lefevre in 1970, “Old Gospel Ship,” is another highlight from the project. The song is upbeat, and you will find yourself singing along in no time.


The group has re-cut a fan-favorite song from their debut mainline album in 2002 called, “The Captain.” This is a moving ballad with tight harmonies that fans of the group are already well familiar with.


Overall, this first hymns offering from the group is a solid effort. The album Three Bridgescontains both lively, upbeat tunes and ballads that stir emotion. The trio infuses their blend of soulful, edgy Gospel into well-known timeless classics. It produces a sound that Southern Gospel fans are sure to enjoy.

By Jimmy Reno

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Three Bridges Perform On Harmony Honors

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 4, 2016 – 10:48 pm -

Three Bridges Perform On Harmony Honors

Three Bridges Perform
On Harmony Honors

Nashville, TN Award winning trio, Three Bridges performed on the Harmony Honors show, presented by the Southern Gospel Music Guild on June 7 in honor of Gospel legend, Les Beasley and the Gospel Singing Jubilee TV Show.  Members Elliott McCoy, Shannon Smith and Jeremie Hudson sang, “He Touched Me,” written by Bill Gaither in commemoration of the original songs that were a part of the Gospel Singing Jubilee.  Adding their talents to this spectacular show were Jason CrabbRonny HinsonFreedom QuartetInspirations and Karen Peck & New River and others.  Trinity Music City  was the perfect venue to host this gala event. 

The Harmony Honors, hosted by the Southern Gospel Music Guild, annually honors a legend in the Gospel music industry.  The Southern Gospel Music Guild exists as an organization to honor members of the industry, preserve Southern Gospel Music and its roots, while educating others on the industry and genre itself.  This year, Les Beasley was chosen as their honoree.  Les Beasley, one of Gospel Music’s pioneers, is known for his role as lead singer and manager for the Florida Boys as well as producing the Gospel Singing Jubilee.

Beasley was at the forefront of Gospel Music TV in the 70’s, producing the Gospel Singing Jubilee, a nationally syndicated program that aired for over two decades.  Many well-known, longstanding Gospel music groups such as the Inspirations, Rambos, and Happy Goodmans credit the Gospel Singing Jubilee for providing them this platform which helped to introduce them to the world.  Elliott McCoy says of Les Beasley’s success in the Southern Gospel music industry, “He is what we in the music business would consider a legend…a living legend.  To me the highlight of the evening was just to honor Les and to hang out with him.”

Three Bridges was honored to be a part of this incredible night.  In the past several months Three Bridges has signed with Butler Music Group’s management division, released their newest album, Jesus Saves, as well as releasing their current radio single, “Made Up Mind,” made which landed on the Singing News Top New Release chart in its first month of being on the radio.  Three Bridges continues to engage fans with their unique sound, commanding stage presence and genuine hearts for ministry.  Three Bridges is currently in the studio working on their new Hymns and Classics album.  With new projects on the horizon, Three Bridges can’t wait to see where the Lord leads them next.

The Harmony Honors show is set to air on July 15 on Trinity Broadcast Network.  For more information on the Southern Gospel Music Guild and Harmony Honorsvisit

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Written by Staff on June 13, 2016 – 1:41 pm -

All-Star Salute to Air on TBN July 15, 2016

Les Beasley accepts the SGMG Harmony Honor in celebration of the Gospel Singing Jubilee on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Trinity Music City (TBN) in Nashville, TN. Photo by Chip Woods
(Nashville, TN) – The Southern Gospel Music Guild (SGMG) paid homage to Les Beasley and the Gospel Singing Jubilee at the 2016 SGMG Harmony Honors during an all-star salute on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
The event, held at Trinity Music City in Hendersonville, TN, was hosted by Jason Crabb and Gerald Wolfe. Musical guests for the evening included Goodman Revival, The Nelons, Karen Peck & New River, LeFevre Quartet, Rambo McGuire, Ronny Hinson, Freedom Quartet, Three Bridges, Second-Half Quartet, Tribute Quartet, and the Inspirations. Additionally, Duane Allen (Oak Ridge Boys) and Willie Wynn (former tenor, Oak Ridge Boys) honored Beasley recounting personal stories and tributes.
Beasley, known for being the lead singer and manager for The Florida Boys, was also a pioneer in Gospel Music TV. Beasley produced the Gospel Singing Jubilee for over two decades. Under Beasley’s direction, the popular television program aired on Sunday mornings in every major television market in the United States. Millions viewed the show every Sunday where the careers of many of Gospel Music’s most loved artists were launched and some of the most beloved Gospel songs were introduced for the first time.
TBN – Trinity Broadcasting Network – will air the SGMG Harmony Honors during a special television broadcast on July 15, 2016.
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Three Bridges Sign With Butler Music Group Management

Written by Staff on May 10, 2016 – 4:39 pm -

Three Bidges and Butler Music Group

Three Bidges and Butler Music Group

Nashville, TN (May 1, 2016) Award winning trio, Three Bridges, recently signed with Butler Music Group’s management division. Three Bridges music is rooted in traditional Southern Gospel and Black Gospel music. This blended style has made Three Bridges an internationally-acclaimed Gospel group — one that is known for tight harmonies, a unique vocal style, an exciting and energy packed stage presence and, most importantly, for spreading the joy of the Good News of Christ. They have entertained and ministered to millions through their recordings, TV appearances and live shows — which is why they have quickly become one of the most prominent Gospel groups in Christian music today.

“Three Bridges are very excited to have the Butler Music Group not only promoting our radio singles but also promoting our monthly activity…We feel very blessed to have the professionalism of Les Butler and Matt Felts on our side promoting our music, and our ministry. What a delight it is to work with these wonderful Christian men,” stated Elliot McCoy.

For well over a decade, Three Bridges has packed out auditoriums, churches, business conventions, and charitable relief events all across the nation. They have appeared on numerous Gaither Homecoming videos and live concerts. Their powerful music has even made its way onto Air Force One, where then President George W Bush played their CD and then sent them a personal note to tell them how it impacted him personally. Their ministry has touched lives around the world, made evident by their inclusion as special guests on a United Nation video.

“We are excited to work with a group of this caliber. When I think of Three Bridges, I think of three sticks of Gospel dynamite. Let’s just say, when they’re in the house; you know it,” stated Les Butler, President of Butler Music Group.

Three Bridges

Three Bridges

With the release of their newest album, “Jesus Saves,” Three Bridges continues to build on past success. Their current radio single, “Made Up Mind,” debuted on the Singing News Top New Release Chart in its first month on the radio. “There are many exciting things on the horizon for Three Bridges. Special events, new music, and incredible ministry opportunities are just a few of the reasons why fans will want to keep their eyes fixed on this ground-breaking trio,” added Matt Felts. To keep up with Three Bridges, go to

About Butler Music Group

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Butler Music Group provides professional management and consulting services to Southern Gospel and Bluegrass artists including Heaven’s Mountain Band, Tammy Jones Robinette, Three Bridges, Williamson’s, Coffmans, and Sacred Harmony.

BMG subsidiary, Family Music Group, is the label and radio promotion division of BMG. Label or Radio Promotion artists include the Williamsons, Canton Junction, Hagees, Matt Hagee, Jimmy Fortune, Oak Ridge Boys, Dunaways, and many others.

Les Butler has been actively involved in Southern Gospel Music for over 37 years as a musician, producer, manager, former publisher of the Singing News, and as a nationally syndicated radio host. Butler started Butler Music Group in 1978, and purchased Family Music Group in 2003. He is a past March of Dimes AIR award, as well as winner of the Paul Heil Broadcasting Award in 2011. Butler’s syndicated radio show, Les Butler and Friends, is heard across America and abroad. Butler’s playing and production credits include Palmetto State Quartet, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Steeles, Dunaways, Crabb Family, Easter Brothers, Marksmen Quartet, Earl Scruggs, Bowling Family, Jimmy Fortune, Marty Raybon, and many more. Butler’s publishing companies are Hurry-Up Publishing/BMI and Hush Jean/ASCAP. He continues to host Harmony Road TV, a nationally televised Southern Gospel TV show, and he has recently started hosting a daily Southern and Bluegrass Gospel video blog at

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Three Bridges and Heritage of Gold Reunion coming to Georgia

Written by Staff on April 28, 2016 – 9:16 am -

Three Bridges

Three Bridges


A little about the group…………Founder of the group is Elliott McCoy who is an actual descendant  of the real McCoy’s of the Hatfield & McCoy Feud.  Elliott being from Kentucky thought he would try to settle the feud.  He knew he couldn’t do it by himself so he goes out and gets a couple of ole Imperials, Jeremie Hudson and Shannon Smith to help him.  Well the first time they got together to discuss settling things Elliott thought and said I feel “A Little Song Coming On”.  Jeremie replied, “Make Up Your Mind”, but “Grandma & Satan” came along so Grandma had to tame Satan with a little “Cooling Water”.  That was “The House of Good News” between “Grandma & Satan”.  They all found out that “The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow”.  That’s a little story from some of their song titles about the group.  I know you will have a lot of fun May 29 at 6:00 pm. This is a generous love offing event.
Heritage of Gold reunion tour

Heritage of Gold reunion tour

JUNE 116:00 PM AT SHILOH HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH, 75 HAWKINS STORE ROAD, KENNESAW, GA WE WILL HAVE THE HERITAGE OF GOLD REUNION FEATURING GOLD CITY, LEFERVE QUARTET, WILBURN & WILBURN AND STEVE LADD.  This event has been performed in very large venues and is usually a sell out.  They will bring together a lot of the old Gold City Songs.  You have the current line up of Gold City, Mike LeFevre former baritone, Steve Ladd former tenor and Jonathan Wilburn former lead.  This is a great opportunity for us to be able to host them in a smaller venue.  Tickets are $25.00 advance and $30.00 at the door.


For Tickets to the June 11, 2016 concert, contact: Robert L. York 4030 EBENEZER DRIVE MARIETTA, GA  30066

    PHONE (CONCERT INFO) 770-926-6021                  (CELL)  770-617-0359
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Three Bridges Completes Successful Multi-State Tour

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 21, 2016 – 11:09 pm -

Three Bridges Completes Successful Multi-State Tour

Three Bridges Completes Successful
Multi-State Tour

Nashville, TN – Award winning trio, Three Bridges, has just completed a successful 12 day tour that took them to Georgia, Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina. The trip had it’s share of obstacles but God blessed them with some surprises along the way.

The tour contained a wide variety of events ranging from annual concerts to live TV. Three Bridges made their way to Waldo, Florida to appear with Gold City and others.  While in the Sunshine State, they were invited by Dr. Charles Kirby to visit Lake Gibson Church of the Nazarene and have one last concert with the “snow-birds” before they headed north for the summer.

After a stop at historic Zion Baptist Church in Orange, Virgina for their “Jubliee” event, the group turned the bus towards North Carolina where they received an unexpected blessing. At the last minute, Three Bridges was invited to come to First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Pastor D.A. Leonards church turned out to be right where God wanted them to be. That night they saw 20 people come forward to be born again!

On the ride from North Carolina to Georgia, the group’s bus had mechanical issues and they found themselves broken down. Once again, God was there with a blessing. With the help of Jeff Easter and his drummer, Joshua Phillips, they were back on the road in less than 4 hours with minor financial expense and were able to make their next date. The group wrapped up their tour with WATC-TV57 in Atlanta, Georgia and performed live on the air for the station’s 20th anniversary event.

Three Bridges has long been one of Gospel music’s most popular artists and have appeared on numerous Gaither Homecoming video and live events. Their most recent single, “Made Up Mind,” was just released to radio on the Family Music Group Radio Compilation Volume 2. For more information on Three Bridges, go to

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Triumphant coming to Kennesaw GA

Written by Staff on February 15, 2016 – 10:35 am -

Triumphant Quartet

Triumphant Quartet

Once again Triumphant Quartet won the Favorite Traditional Male Quartet for 2015. They also won Favorite Album of the Year “Awesome God” and Eric Bennett took home the Favorite Bass award again.




They will be returning to Shiloh Hills Baptist Church, 75 Hawkins Store Road, Kennesaw, GA along with Soul’d Out Quartet and a great up and coming trio from Gadsden, AL, Exodus. Tickets are on sale for the concert which starts at 5:30 pm with Exodus doing a pre-concert. Concert is April 9, 2016. Advance tickets are $22.00 and you can order by making check payable to Robert York, send it along with self-addressed stamped return envelope to address below.

Three Bridges

Three Bridges

Starting the last Sunday night in May we will be doing some Sunday night singings at Atlanta Street Baptist Church, 340 S. Atlanta Street, Roswell, GA. We will sing a few songs out of the Red Back Church Hymnal directed by Jeff Nunnally and have a special group doing a concert. The May 30 group will be THREE BRIDGES from Nashville, TN. There will be no tickets but we hope to take a generous love offering for the groups that appear. It’s expensive for these groups to travel.

Gold City

Gold City

June 11 is the Heritage of Gold Concert featuring Gold City, LeFevre Quartet, Wilburn anWilburn and Steve Ladd. All of these groups have former Gold City members in the group.



For more information contact: Robert L. York, 4030 EBENEZER DRIVE, MARIETTA, GA 30066, PHONE (CONCERT INFO) 770-926-6021(CELL) 770-617-0359

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Three Bridges: Connecting Lives to Christ

Written by Staff on November 28, 2015 – 7:42 am -

Three Bridges

Three Bridges

From 1863-1891 a feud began along the border of West Virginia and Kentucky around Tug Fork. The feud was between the West Virginia Hatfields and the Kentucky McCoys. The feud officially ended June 14, 2003 when about 60 descendants from the two sides gathered in Pikeville, Kentucky to sign a truce.

Elliott McCoy, an actual descendant of the McCoy family said the hatred and distrust between the families had died long ago. Elliott grew up in a musical family and his early influences included his grandparents. Later, when he was 14, the family moved to Ohio where Elliott gave his life to Christ. His career in gospel music covers more than 38 years. He has been featured in National Geographic for singing in front of over 40,000 people at an outdoor concert in West Virginia.

In July 2001 Elliott formed the group today known as Three Bridges. During the interview I posed several questions to Elliott about him and the group.

Three Bridges

Three Bridges

RY: Tell us about the early days of Three Bridges.
Elliott: The group was formed in July 2001. On July 4th of that year I heard a young lady at my home church sing a song called “Dear Captain” and I asked her where she got the song. She said her mom and step-dad co-wrote it. We got permission to record it and started to produce the track in August of that year. When 9/11 happened, I knew God had given us a song for the nation. Chris White and Sonlite Records loved the song and sent it to radio and that started our career as Three Bridges. God has blessed us with great radio success! We have had seven top 10 songs and three number one songs on the national charts, “Cooling Water,” “In The Sky” and “Feel A Little Song Coming On.”

RY: How did you come up with the name Three Bridges?
Elliott: I like the word “bridge” because I have “bridged my life to Christ”. I was putting together a trio and my thought was, Three Bridges – three men have bridged their life to Christ and want to be a bridge to Christ for others.

RY: At what time in your life did you know you had been called to sing Gospel Music?
Elliott: Back in 1969 I was very active in my home church doing everything I could, including leading the worship service, and I felt God’s calling to sing Gospel Music.

RY: Who influenced you most musically?
Elliott: At an early age The Everly Brothers, then after I got saved Glen Payne and Duane Allen.

RY:: What was your first group?
Elliott: I formed my first group in1970, we were called The Timesmen. Read more »

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Three Bridges Announces West Birmingham Homecoming Vocal Contest

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 11, 2015 – 10:29 pm -

Three Bridges

Three Bridges

Nashville, Tenn  How would you or your vocal group like to win a chance to open for Three Bridges at the West Birmingham Homecoming? What a great opportunity to gain exposure and new fans for your group or personal ministry. This type of connection doesn’t happen often so go for it now.

Here are the details:
1. Go to and post a video of you or your group singing a song. It will show up in the “VISITOR POSTS/Post to Page” section of Three Bridges’ Facebook page.
2. Share your post asking people to come to the “VISITOR POSTS/Posts to Page” section of Three Bridges’ Facebook page and “like”, “comment”, and “share” your video. Please ask them to “LIKE” Three Bridges page while they are there!
3. After posting your video, send an email with your contact information to Winners will be notified via the provided contact information.
Each “like”, “comment”, and “share” will receive one point. The soloist video and the group video with the most points by midnight, Monday, August 31, 2015 will win.
4. ONLY “likes”, “comments”, and “shares” on the “VISITOR POSTS/Post to Page” section of Three Bridges’ Facebook page will be counted! (In other words, if you share the video to your page or your friends share it to their page, we will not come to your page or your friend’s page to count up “likes”, “comments”, and “shares” from your page.)
5. The contest will run from Monday, August 10, 2015 through Monday, August 31, 2015

. One soloist and one group will be chosen to open the West Birmingham Homecoming concert on Saturday, September 12, 2015 to be held at Adamsville Church of God in Adamsville, AL. The winning soloist will perform 2 songs and the winning group will perform 3 songs.

6. Winners will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations. This contest only gives the winners the opportunity to perform at the West Birmingham Homecoming to be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015.
7. This should be FUN! We look forward to seeing/hearing your video performances. They do not need to be professional quality – just something that showcases your talent. REMEMBER, no one is judging your video! Whoever gets the most “likes”, “comments”, and “shares” from Three Bridges’ Facebook page will win. Its that simple!
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SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten: Watches Male Artists Wear

Written by Staff on June 17, 2015 – 9:24 am -

wackywednesdayThanks for joining us for another Wacky Wednesday on SGN Scoops. Today we ask the deeply spiritual question, “What kind of watches do male artists wear?” SGN Scoops polled about 18 or so artists about various things and tabulated their answers. We have used this (not so great) scientific process to create today’s Wacky Wednesday Top Ten (more or less)!

Our panel of expert classy male Southern Gospel artists gave us the following answers.


Chris Jenkins, The Kingsmen

Chris Jenkins, The Kingsmen

We’ll start with the fashionable answers… J

Chris Jenkins (Kingsmen): “I tend to wear Fossil and Michael Kors” Don’t miss Chris and all the Kingsmen in the latest edition of SGN Scoops, found on our SGN Scoops mainpage.

Greg Bentley (Crossroads): “Fossil

Booth Brothers2 (Booth Brothers): “Gotta be any watch with the Fossil brand”


Then we move to the classic answers…

Scott Inman (Triumphant): “Rolex”

Joseph Habedank (Soloist): “Rolex?”

Billy Blackwood (Blackwood Brothers Quartet): “Bulova”

Joseph Habedank

Joseph Habedank

David Sutton (Triumphant): “Have no clue… I wear a Belair from Alan Sutton Jewelry, my brother’s Jewelry store!”

Gary Casto (Tribute): “Dress watch”


And then there is…well…the rest of them!

Clayton Inman (Triumphant): “No idea”

Booth Brothers 3: “Any that costs less than $200 with a few exceptions”

Phil Collingsworth Sr. (Collingsworth Family): “My cell phone!”

Clayton Inman

Clayton Inman

Shannon Smith (Three Bridges): “I rarely wear one”

Booth Brothers 1: “Cheapest one they can find”



Our Female Correspondents gave these responses:

Karen Peck (Karen Peck and New River): “LOL They don’t wear watches, they use their iPhones!”

Booth Brothers

Booth Brothers

Donna King (Zane and Donna King): “Over 40: TIMEX. Under 40: Fossil HA!”

Hannah Webb (The Rick Webb Family): “Tag Heuer or Fossil”

Michaela Brown (The Browns): “Rolex”

Lauren Talley Alvey (The Talleys): “I’m probably not the best person to ask; I’ve never noticed!”


SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten

SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten

We are sure you have come away from this feature feeling more educated about the accessories used by male Southern Gospel artists. Or perhaps…just entertained. If so, we have accomplished our goal.

Stay tuned for more of these indepth polls right here on SGN Scoops!


**Note: The Booth Brothers each answered each question but wouldn’t say whose answer it was…therefore we are leaving it up to you, dear reader, to guess whether the pithy answer comes from Michael Booth, Ronnie Booth or Paul Lancaster!


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