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SGNScoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten: Vacation Time!

Written by Staff on June 10, 2015 – 11:57 am -

wackywednesdayWelcome to another edition of Wacky Wednesday. SGN Scoops has polled about 18 or so artists about various things and received their answers. We have used this (not so great) scientific process to tabulate the Wacky Wednesday Top Ten (more or less)!

SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten

SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten

Today our subject is: Where do your favorite artists like to spend their vacations?

Our panel of expert artists gave us the following answers. These are not in any particular order.

It’s obvious that several on our artist panel are preparing to break out their Speedos! These include:

Joseph Habedank: “Rosemary Beach.” (soloist)

Karen Peck: “Destin, Florida.” (Karen Peck and New River)

Karen Peck & New River Hosts Online Prayer Meeting

Karen Peck & New River

Greg Bentley: “Any sunny beach!” (Crossroads Studios)

Billy Blackwood: “Gulf Coast.” (Blackwood Brothers Quartet)

Clayton Inman: “Anywhere with a beach.” (Triumphant)

Gary Casto: “Hawaii!” (Tribute)

**Booth Brother 1: “Warm, sunny

June 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

June 2015 SGNScoops Magazine

Florida!” (Booth Brothers)

Chris Jenkins: “Top Regular Destination: Beach; Favorite Of all Time: Jamaica!” (Kingsmen) PS. Don’t miss the Kingsmen feature in the June 2015 edition of SGN Scoops!

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2015 SGNScoops Magazine

And then there is the lure of the lake…

Michaela Brown: “Lake Okoboji, Iowa.” (The Browns)

David Sutton: “The lake.” (Triumphant)

This might be the lake…or a nearby river…or stream…

Shannon Smith: “Any place that I can fish, read, and eat.” (Three Bridges)

 

We also have some fans of the beauty of North Carolina…

**Booth Brother 2: “Cabin in the North Carolina woods.”

Hannah Webb: “North Carolina mountains.” (The Rick Webb Family)

 

Other artists are going to be flying to their favorite vacation destinations:

talleys539Phil Collingsworth Sr.: “London ?” (Collingsworth Family)

Scott Inman: “  Australia!” (Triumphant)

Lauren Talley Alvey: “Honestly, after traveling all the time, when I have some time off, I love to just stay home. If we’re going somewhere, we like Las Vegas a lot for the shopping and shows. (We take Jesus to Sin City.)” (The Talleys)

Donna King: “Southern California because I have two daughters, a son-in-law and two grandsons there!” (Zane and Donna King)

 

And we are really surprised that only one person said…

Booth Brothers

Booth Brothers

**Booth Brother 3: “Home.” (Booth Brothers)

 

Thanks for joining us for Wacky Wednesday. Do you have a suggestion for a question we can ask our artist panel? Write to us at sgnscoops@gmail.com

 

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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Candi’s Catch-ups: Greenbrier Quartet Festival

Written by Staff on June 2, 2015 – 10:49 am -

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Greenbrier

By Candi Combs

Daywind Music Group Hosts Greenbrier Quartet Festival 2015

Amongst the snow-topped mountains of White Sulphar Springs,West Virginia, Daywind Music Group held the first Greenbrier Quartet Festival at the extraordinary Greenbrier Resort. The event drew attendees from New Jersey to Florida and even a few Canadians. This endeavor marked an inaugural attempt by Scott Godsey and Daywind to host a multi-day event at a luxury resort. This geographic location is very different from the typical Southern Gospel venues that fans are accustomed to attending.

Artists panel

Artists panel

The Greenbrier welcomed each person with a smile and a large sweet tea! From that point forward, everything was presented on a whole new level. Even the seats in the concert hall were velvet covered while multiple stations in the room held pitchers of ice-chilled water.

Tribute Quartet, led by Gary Casto, started off the first night with their usual flair and energetic music. The lively group performed many charting songs and favorites, including, “Homesick Angel” and “Good News From Jerusalem,” featuring Josh Singletary. Read more »


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SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday: What Can An SG Newbie Expect At A Concert?

Written by Staff on May 20, 2015 – 8:10 am -

wackywednesdayWelcome to another edition of Wacky Wednesday. SGN Scoops has polled about 18 artists about various things and received their answers. We have used this (not so much) scientific process to tabulate the Wacky Wednesday Top Ten (more or less)!

 

Today our subject is: What can someone new to Southern Gospel expect at a concert?

SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten

SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday Top Ten

Our panel of expert artists gave us the following answers. These are not in any particular order. Do you agree/disagree?

 

Our first set of artists all gave very positive responses….

Billy Blackwood…It’s supposed to be fun!

Michaela Brown…You’ll leave feeling good!

Karen Peck…It’s very uplifting

Gary Casto

Gary Casto

Gary Casto…Best music in the world

David Sutton…You will be blessed

Greg Bentley…It’s life changing!

Booth Brothers1*…Be ready to clap your hands and have a good time!

Booth Brothers 3*…You’ll have a hand-clapping, foot-stomping time!

 

And then there were very specific comments…

Joseph Habedank…Christian artists are much more accessible than secular artists.

Booth Brothers

Booth Brothers

Lauren Talley Alvey…Our genre offers something for everyone, regardless of age or background. Most artists I know really care about people and ministry, and we aim to deliver a message each time we step on stage.

Phil Collingsworth Sr. …Our songwriters are highly esteemed

 

Don’t worry about the concerts being Age Appropriate…

Shannon Smith…The genre is VERY diverse and you’ll like it a lot more than you think you will (especially if you’re young and have been biased against the genre). Give it a chance – there’s a lot to love!

The Browns

The Browns

Chris Jenkins…Yes, individuals under 40 love Southern Gospel too!

Donna King…It’s NOT old people music. It’s for EVERYBODY!

 

Have you heard these comments before?

Booth Brothers2*…Someone will think it’s too loud

Clayton Inman…Could get a little loud

 

Rick Webb Family

Rick Webb Family

I hope you go to concerts to hear the singing because…

Scott Inman…There will a lot of singing

Hannah Webb…Be prepared for at least five encores by the end of the concert 🙂

 

 

Thanks for joining us for Wacky Wednesday. Do you have a suggestion for a question we can ask our artist panel? Write to us at sgnscoops@gmail.com

 

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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Kingdom Heirs Announce New Baritone

Written by Staff on April 15, 2015 – 12:46 pm -

Kingdom Heirs with Brian Alvey

Kingdom Heirs with Brian Alvey

April 15, 2015 – Arden, NC -The Kingdom Heirs are very happy to announce the hiring of Brian Alvey as their new baritone singer. Kries French, owner/manger of the Kingdom Heirs states “A lot of prayer and consideration went into our decision and we are thrilled to welcome Brian and his family, into our family.”  


French continues, “During our time on the road this winter, we had the privilege to audition close to 60 men who traveled many miles for this chance and we thank each of you so much. We feel that God has led us to the man He wants for us.”

Brian Alvey

Brian Alvey

“We are honored to have entered our 30th year of partnership with The Kingdom Heirs”, states Sonlite records President Chris White. “We are excited to continue this relationship with a new recording the group is already working on for an October release.”

The Kingdom Heirs ask you to please help us in welcoming Brian and his family to the Kingdom Heir family. Brian will start his tenure with the group at Dollywood immediately. The Kingdom Heirs would like to invite everyone to come and experience this new era of music and ministry.


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Greenbrier Quartet Festival: Daywind Music Group brings Quartet Music to the prestigious Greenbrier Resort

Written by Staff on March 6, 2015 – 8:22 am -

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Hendersonville, Tenn. (March 5,2015) Daywind Music Group brings quartet music to the prestigious Greenbrier Resort on March 9th-11th, 2015. Quartet fans from across North America will gather in White Sulphur Springs, WV to take part of this three-day event.  The inaugural DMG Concerts event will feature performances from Legacy Five, Brian Free & Assurance, Tribute, and the Blackwood Brothers, as well as Gold City, Kingsmen, Triumphant Quartet and Guardians, and special appearances by Gene McDonald, Jay Parrack and Paul Heil from the Gospel Greats radio show. Fans will enjoy quartet music from the most awarded quartets on the road today, as well as impromptu scrap iron quartets, and the premier of Quartet Night Across America.​
The Greenbrier is an award-winning resort located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. As a National Historic landmark, The Greenbrier’s classic architecture, exquisite interior design, carefully sculpted landscape, impeccable service and outstanding amenities have hosted distinguished guests from around the world since 1778.For more information, call 1.800.635.9581 or visit dmgconcerts.com, or click on the picture above.


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Tribute rings in the holiday season with the release of their first Christmas recording

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 18, 2014 – 12:11 am -

Tribute Quartet

Tribute Quartet

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 17, 2014) – The Tribute Quartet is excited to announce the release of their first Christmas project, “The Thought of Christmas,” for tomorrow Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

Tribute – a male quartet comprised of group manager and lead singer Gary Casto, baritone singer and pianist Josh Singletary, tenor singer Riley Harrison Clark and bass singer Anthony Davis – released its debut project as a Daywind recording artist in August, “Journey of Hope.”

The group’s long-time producer – Roger Talley – was the architect for both “The Thought of Christmas” and “Journey of Hope.”

“I am truly excited about this Christmas project,” emphasizes Casto. “I can honestly say that this could be one of our best projects to date. Once again, teaming up with Roger Talley and working with the staff at Daywind Records has helped Tribute Quartet create a project that we can be proud of for many years to come.”

The group’s first Christmas recording is an 11-song project that includes timeless classics such as “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Jesus, What a Wonderful Child,” “Come On, Ring Those Bells,” “Silent Night,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Mary Did You Know?”

“I had a great time working with Tribute on this new Christmas project,” explains Talley. “They sang better than I have ever heard them. This project sounds like the Christmas music that I have loved for years, and I am so proud to have been a part of it.”

Tribute joined the Daywind family earlier this year. The group has produced top-charting songs such as “Homecoming Day,” “Homesick Angel” and “Good News from Jerusalem,” a No. 1 song. Tribute’s latest radio release – “I Am a Soldier” – has risen to No. 49 on the Singing News Top 80 Chart for the month of December.

“We have been so excited about the release of ‘Journey of Hope,’ and now, Tribute has followed that up with yet another outstanding project,’” says Daywind president Ed Leonard. “The group continues to hold itself to such a high standard, and the exceptional quality of these top-notch recordings are evidence of that. The response to ‘Journey of Hope’ has been overwhelming so far, and Tribute fans – and the legions of people who love classic Christmas music – are going to adore this project as well.”

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Greater Vision, the Nelons, Legacy Five, the Blackwood Brothers, the Bowling Family, Joseph Habedank, the Hoskins Family and Wilburn & Wilburn. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Select-O-Hits, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes. For more information, visit www.daywindrecords.com  or contact Amanda Martin at publicity@daywind.com.

For more information on the group, visit Tribute Quartet’s web site at www.tributequartet.com.


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TBN’s Trinity Music City USA to host Quartet Night Across America taping

Written by Staff on November 7, 2014 – 9:53 am -

unnamed (1)(Hendersonville, TN – Nov. 4, 2014) Four award-winning artists will join together this Monday evening, Nov. 10, at Trinity Music City USA for the taping of Quartet Night Across America – Through The Decades.
The classic cadence of the legendary Blackwood Brothers, the dynamic vocal stylings of Brian Free and Assurance, the smooth sounds of Legacy Five and the infectious energy of Tribute Quartet will be on display as the audience is taken on a musical journey from 1910 through the present day, enjoying a unique brand of four-part harmony that was birthed through the church.

All four of the quartets are Daywind recording artists and will perform their hits. There will also be new configurations of quartets formed to perform songs that have become standards in Gospel Music through the decades.

The free event is open to the public, which is invited to be a part of the live studio audience. The doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert starts at 7 p.m.

For more information on the event, call 615-822-8333.

Information on each of the quartets involved can be obtained by visiting www.daywindrecords.com.

Daywind Records represents great artists like Brian Free and Assurance, Legacy Five, Greater Vision, the Hoskins Family, the Blackwood Brothers, Wilburn and Wilburn, the Browders, Adam Crabb, the Bowling Family, Karen Peck and New River, Amber Thompson, Joseph Habedank, the Nelons, Tribute Quartet, and Watts, Rowsey, & Bean. Daywind recordings are distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors (newdaychristian.com) and to the general market by Select O Hits.

For more information on Daywind Records, visit daywindrecords.com or contact Amanda Martin at 1-800-635-9581.

Daywind Records represents great artists like Brian Free and Assurance, Legacy Five, Greater Vision, the Hoskins Family, the Blackwood Brothers, Wilburn and Wilburn, the Browders, Adam Crabb, the Bowling Family, Karen Peck and New River, Amber Thompson, Joseph Habedank, the Nelons, Tribute Quartet, and Watts, Rowsey, & Bean.  Daywind recordings are distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors (newdaychristian.com) and to the general market by Select O Hits.

For more information on Daywind Records, visit daywindrecords.com or contact Amanda Martin at 1-800-635-9581.


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2014 Diamond Awards Nominees For Song Of The Year

Written by Staff on October 13, 2014 – 10:17 am -

Diamond Awards 2014

Diamond Awards 2014

The Diamond Awards recognize the best in Southern, Country and Bluegrass Christian music and are hosted by SGNScoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group. The 2014 Diamond Awards are being held at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, from November 3rd to 6th . Tim Lovelace returns as the lively host for the Awards show, so you know it will be blast!

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 Song Of The Year. Last year, the award went to Brian Free and Assurance for “I Want To Be That Man.”

Rob Patz with Brian Free and Assurance

Rob Patz with Brian Free and Assurance

The 2014 Nominees for Song Of The Year are:

“Revival” – Karen Peck and New River

“But God” – The Steeles

“Come And See” – The LeFevre Quartet

“Good News From Jerusalem” – Tribute Quartet

“Calvary’s Cry” – Brian Free And Assurance

The Diamond Awards are swiftly approaching. Reserve your free tickets today!


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SGN Scoops at the National Quartet Convention

Written by Staff on September 25, 2014 – 3:02 pm -

Clarke Beasley

Clarke Beasley

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Casto-Tribute Quartet

Gary Casto of Tribute Quartet

Pictures by Craig Harris of SGN Scoops…one of our roving reporters on the scene at the National Quartet Convention!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connie Hopper of The Hoppers

Connie Hopper of The Hoppers

 

Bryan Walker of The Perrys

Bryan Walker of The Perrys

 

Legacy Five

Legacy Five

Ray Dean Reese and The Kingsmen

Ray Dean Reese and The Kingsmen

 

The Whisnants

The Whisnants


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Younger Perspective – Riley Harrison Clark

Written by Staff on September 2, 2014 – 12:51 pm -

Riley Harrison Clark

Riley Harrison Clark

 

By Erin Stevens

No matter where you grow up, what job you have, or what music you listen to, when God puts a calling on your life, nothing and no one can stand in your way. That is just the case with powerhouse tenor, Riley Harrison Clark of Tribute Quartet. Take a few moments to hear straight from this tenderhearted man of God. Take it away, Riley…

Erin: For the readers who don’t know your background, why don’t you tell about how you came to be Tribute’s tenor?

Riley: I’ve been singing since I was 12; at that age, I began vocal coaching with Steve Hurst. At 13, I attended his music school; it was there I met the Tribute guys. I had a few lessons with the guys and when Brian Alvey (their former tenor) came off the road, my name was brought to them. On a Wednesday I was on my face at 2:00am pouring my heart out to God, trying to plead with Him to move me forward in the area He was calling me. At 10:00am that same day, Gary Casto gave me a call and asked if I would be interested in joining Tribute. It was one of those God moments that, even if I wanted to say no, it would have been impossible. June 25th 2014 will be four years since I first sang with Tribute.

Tribute Quartet

Tribute Quartet

Erin: When you came into the industry, you were the consummate newbie. What were some key things that took a lot of getting used to?

Riley: 1. Sleeping in. Working back home, I was always up early. When I got on the bus, I quickly realized that everyone sleeps in. I’m still getting used to that, and generally with no success. 2. At first, when we would walk into events, I was taken back that I was not only in the same place with people I looked up to, but that I was actually doing the same thing.

Erin: While still being in that newlywed stage of life, and recently becoming a daddy, along with traveling full-time, how do you juggle all three roles?

riley harrison clarkRiley: It begins with constantly reminding yourself that God has called you at this time, for this season, to be where you are at because He wants to use you. It also takes an incredibly loving, supportive wife that understands the call of God, and wants her husband to be in the center of God’s will. Can I say that it’s easy? Not at all. There are times I want to stay home because of how I miss Megan and Colbin, but it goes back to the first point I made. I am called to sing, and I know I am where I am for a purpose. As for the little guy, it is rather tough to miss out on his everyday adventures; but thank goodness for technology that allows me to see him, even though I may be in a different state or country.

Erin: What is the most peculiar thing a fan has ever said to you?

Riley: (This is for you, Morgan Easter) One year during Singing In the Sun, a sweet lady walked up to me, and just said, “I really like your ears.” Surprising, since they were red and peeling from sunburn. Besides that, I didn’t realize ears were a feature that got much attention!

tribute cdErin: Favorite aspect of road life, and least favorite? (double whammy question – go.)

Riley: Favorite: waking up at Wal-Mart and being in a different part of the country every morning. Least favorite: waking up at Wal-Mart and being in a different part of the country every morning.

Erin: Which song do you sing each night that you consider your testimony and why?

Riley: Recently we put “God on the Mountain” on our Hit Replay Again album. If there is something I could say to anyone, it is that no matter what is going on, where you have been, where you are at, or where you are headed, God is always faithful. If you believe in what the word of God says, then find rest in the assurance that He will always be God, and that He will always be faithful.

Erin: A must-ask question among all Gospel singers: what’s your hands down, can’t live without, favorite food?

Riley: Hot dogs, pot roast and Ranch dressing. Anthony will make a pot roast on the bus, and there is no doubt that I will eat 70% of what is in that crock-pot. As for restaurants, hands down, IN-N-OUT BURGER.

Erin: How would you encourage those looking up to you as a role model in these crazy, mixed up days we are living in?

Riley: Get planted in the Word of God. Stay focused on what it says. Never think you are too small to be used by God. Do your best to know what it is that He wants with you and for your life. Don’t stop until you reach your goals and once you get there, never let the devil discourage you because it is God that called you. And if He has called you, then you are carrying out His plan, and that one needs to be carried out ’til the end.

Riley would also like me to add that he has made it thus far largely due to the guidance he has received from his parents. What an outstanding privilege and blessing to have such a strong support system within the family unit. Needless to say, the Clarks raised a great man to carry out the message of the Gospel. Thank you, Riley for sharing from your heart with the readers today. Until next month, Scoops fans…

And that’s my take on it.

By Erin Stevens

First published by SGN Scoops digital magazine in July 2014.

For current SGN Scoops issues, visit http://www.sgnscoops.com/


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