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A Christmas Feast

Written by Staff on December 16, 2014 – 3:02 pm -

sgnscoopschristmasheader3From SGN Scoops December 2012 – Compiled by Lorraine Walker

Christmas time for many is a time of being with family and friends, socializing, singing and enjoying treats we may have only once a year. We have gathered a sampling of favorite recipes from our SGN Scoops friends, fans and family. Special thanks to all who contributed their recipes and pictures, and to all of our readers who will enjoy making and eating these culinary concoctions. Have a Merry Christmas…and happy feasting!

Appetizers

Sandi Duncan Clark

Sandi Duncan Clark

Sandi Duncan-Clark – Features Editor, writer, SGN Scoops http://www.sgnscoops.com/
My favorite Christmas Recipe is one that we enjoy from the first of November through the New Year Holidays. This delight is good as an appetizer with dip, and as a snack with eggnog and Hot Apple Cider. And it’s great just to munch! I always make two batches in the beginning, since I know they will disappear quickly. Merry Christmas Everyone. May your Holiday be the best ever.
SANDI’S ZESTY CHEESE STRAWS
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, at room temperature
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less, according to your taste preference).
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
In a food processor, add the butter, cheese, flour, salt and cayenne.
Process until a smooth dough is formed. Scoop it into your cookie press, fitted with a flat ridged tip. Pipe the dough in 2-inch strips onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.
(Alternatively, refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes and roll on a lightly floured surface into a 1/4 inch rectangle. Cut into smaller rectangles, about 2 by 3- inches, with a pizza wheel or sharp knife.) Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to racks to cool.

Main Dishes

joan

Joan Walker

Joan Walker – proof reader, SGN Scoops http://www.sgnscoops.com/
JOAN’S WARM–YOU-UP CHRISTMAS CHILI
1 1/2 pound ground beef
2 cans beans
2 cups salsa
1 can tomato sauce
2 tbsp chili powder
1 chopped onion
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup shredded cheese
Brown meat and drain. Add meat and remaining ingredients in slow cooker, except cheese. Heat on LOW 5-6 hrs, or HIGH 3-4 hours, add shredded cheese before serving.
Add fresh green peppers for a festive look!

Channing Eleton – artist, musician http://channingeleton.com/
My family started a tradition several years ago. After a month of turkey and dressing, sometimes you just want to do something different. One year, I suggested that we do a Mexican dinner for Christmas. Everyone loved it and we’ve been doing it ever since.
The most popular dish of these Christmas get-togethers has been Christina’s Chili Mexico. It’s easy

Channing Eleton

Channing Eleton

and quick to make and after one taste, you’ll see why the Eleton family loves it. Christina’s dish had become popular at Christmas-time; she was getting recipe requests and questions about what she called it. Up until that point, she didn’t have a name for it. I kept encouraging her to give it a name. Neither she or I had any original ideas that we liked, so I turned to my little girl for wisdom. I asked, “Chanler, what would you call Mommy’s dish that we love?”
Without hesitation, Chanler replies in her cute little five-year-old voice, “Chili Mexico”.
We smiled…it stuck…and that’s what we’ve called it ever since.
ELETON’S CHILI MEXICO
2 – 8 oz. packets cream cheese
1 1/2 cups salsa
2 cups chili
2 cups shredded cheese
In a baking dish, spread out cream cheese first. Next, comes the layer of salsa, spread evenly. The third layer will be 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Now, pour in all of chili and spread evenly. Lastly, top it with remaining cup of shredded cheese – spread evenly of course. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. Enjoy with your choice of nacho chips! Read more »


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Bill Bailey’s 2015 Winter Gospel Music Convention returns to Palmetto, FL!

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 11, 2014 – 10:04 am -

Bill Bailey's 2015 Winter Gospel Music Convention returns to Palmetto, FL!

Bill Bailey’s 2015 Winter Gospel Music Convention returns to Palmetto, FL!

“Bill Bailey’s 2015 Winter Gospel Music Convention” will be held Monday-Saturday, February 2-7, 2015 in Palmetto, Florida at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.  Over 40 of gospel music’s top artists will be appearing throughout the week – including award-winning artists, MARK LOWRY, ERNIE HAAASE & SIGNATURE SOUND, BOOTH BROTHERS, GREATER VISION, TRIUMPHANT QUARTET, COLLINGSWORTH FAMILY, ISAACS, plus a special GOLD CITY “Reunion”.  This event is recognized as the largest southern gospel concert event in the nation during the winter.  This year’s event also marks Bill Bailey’s 29th anniversary promoting southern gospel concerts throughout the southeast.

Monday, February 2nd  7pm

Mark Lowry, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Martins, Browns

Tuesday, February 3rd  1:30pm

Nelons, Wilburn & Wilburn, Jay Parrack

Tuesday, February 3rd  7pm

Gold City, Kingsmen, Brian Free & Assurance, Mark Trammell Quartet,
plus a Gold City “Classic Reunion”
(featuring Tim Riley, Jonathan Wilburn, Mark Trammell, and Jay Parrack)

Wednesday, February 4th  1:30pm

Tony Gore, Hoskins Family, Southern Raised

Wednesday, February 4th   7pm

Collingsworth Family, Triumphant Quartet, Taranda Greene, Freemans

Thursday, February 5th  1:30pm

Gerald Wolfe’s Gospel Music Hymn Sing!

Thursday, February 5th  7pm

“Jubilee Night!” with the Booth Brothers, Legacy Five, and Greater Vision

Friday, February 6th  1:30pm

Exclusively….the Booth Brothers

Friday, February 6th  7pm

Booth Brothers, Hoppers, Ivan Parker, Primitive Quartet, Guardians

Saturday, February 7th  1:30pm

Harvesters Quartet, Songfellows Quartet

Saturday, February 7th  7pm

Isaacs, McKameys, Perrys, Tribute Quartet, Soul’d Out Quartet

 

VIP Reserved tickets are $135, and include a reserved seat for all six nightly concerts and all five matinee concerts.  General admission tickets are $18 per night or $95 for a six-night pass.  Children ages 3-11 are $5 per night at the door only.  Advance tickets go on sale after January 2nd at Family Christian Store and the Happy Gospel Church office – BRADENTON; and Yoder’s Restaurant & Gift Shop – SARASOTA.  Tickets are not required for the 1:30pm matinee concerts – love offerings received.  Doors open at 12:30pm for the matinees, and at 5:30pm for the evening concerts.

The Bradenton Area Convention Center is located at One Haben Blvd in Palmetto, just off US Hwy 301/41.  For more information, call (941) 756-6942.


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Voices Won Celebrates 13th Anniversary

Written by Staff on November 21, 2014 – 11:17 am -

Voices Won

Voices Won

By Robert York

Voices Won celebrated their 13th Anniversary with a weekend of great Southern Gospel music. Voices Won is a trio from Dalton, GA consisting of three brothers; Jaron who is the oldest and writes most of the songs they sing; Shantell who is the middle brother and also their military man having served in the Air Force, and Staclynn, who is the youngest and mom’s favorite. They opened the concert each evening which was held at Crosspoint Christian Center in Dalton, GA​.

Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River

Opening night included the story-telling Mark Bishop who shared a lot of his story songs, pleasing the audience. He even sang a few that he had not written. Winners of five 2014 Diamond Awards, Karen Peck and New River took the stage singing from their Revival CD and a few all-time favorites, ending their program with “Four Days Late.”

Saturday night, Voices Won took a few requests from the audience after they had sung. Then, on to the stage popped the group that has a record of having number-one songs, The McKameys. They made up different singing groups out of their stage personnel. As usual, The McKameys came away pleasing the crowd.

Up next was another fan favorite, Triumphant Quartet. Of course, during their set, Clayton had to have his way and sing “The Old White Flag.”

McKameys

McKameys

Tissues, napkins, hankies and even toilet paper came out of women’s purses when he sang. With both these groups performing, it was a sold out show. Folks had to make room for the standing crowd as very few seats were left

Danny Jones emceed the two-night event. Voices Won’s mother, Regina and father, Aaron did a great job preparing meals both nights for folks to enjoy before the concert. If you didn’t want a full meal they also had hot dogs and barbeque sandwiches as well as pinto beans and cornbread.

Voices Won is already preparing for their 14th Anniversary, which is always held the second Friday and Saturday night in November. For more information visit

Triumphant Quartet

Triumphant Quartet

http://voiceswon.com/.

Thanks to Robert York for this concert review.

For more concert reviews and artist features, read the SGN Scoops digital magazine found at http://www.sgnscoops.com/

 


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Triumphant Quartet In Concert October 31 At 7pm

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 17, 2014 – 2:31 pm -

Triumphant Quartet

Triumphant Quartet

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New Jim Brady Trio and New Booth Brothers debut at Legacy Five’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 17, 2014 – 12:45 pm -

Jim Brady Trio

Jim Brady Trio

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 17, 2014) – The debut of the Jim Brady Trio and the Booth Brothers first concert with new group member Paul Lancaster will highlight Legacy Five’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, which will be held at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

Brady has spent the last 12 years as the baritone singer of the award-winning Booth Brothers trio, but he will now be singing with his wife Melissa and former Legacy Five pianist Tim Parton as the Jim Brady Trio debuts on Thursday morning, Jan. 1.

Paul Lancaster is joining the Booth Brothers, and he will make his debut with the group on Wednesday evening, Dec. 31. That will also be Brady’s last concert with the group.

“It’s extraordinarily rare that you get to witness this much Southern Gospel Music history in one place at one time, ”says Legacy Five group manager and lead singer Scott Fowler. “To see and hear the Booth Brothers for the last time with Jim Brady, and to hear the new Jim Brady Trio and to hear the new Booth Brothers lineup all at the same event is really exciting. What better way than to ring out the old year and sing in the new year … the end of a season and the start of a new one.”

There will be four sessions of this year’s New Year’s Eve Celebration event, beginning at 7 p.m. on Dec. 30 with a lineup that includes the Collingsworth Family, the Burchfield Brothers, Triumphant Quartet and Tim Lovelace. The Collingsworth Family will be back for a 10 a.m. session on Wednesday morning, Dec. 31, along with the Freedom Singers and Rick White.

In addition to performances by both the new and existing configuration of the Booth Brothers, the 8 p.m. session on Dec. 31 will also include Greater Vision and a Jubilee performance that includes the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision and Legacy Five. Legacy Five will be performing at each session. Then, the event will conclude with a 10 a.m. concert on Jan. 1 that will include Cal Reichnor in addition to the host group and the Jim Brady Trio.

Tickets are available by calling 931-379-7262, and registration for full weekend packages – which include lodging at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel – can be done by visiting www.celebrationnye.com.


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Memorial Day 2014: Somebody Died For Me

Written by Staff on May 23, 2014 – 9:01 am -

Memorial-DayAs we look toward the Memorial Day weekend, we think of those that have given their lives to give us a peaceful land in which to live. Award-winning artists Triumphant Quartet had a hit song entitled, “Somebody Died For Me”, from their “Everyday” project released in 2009. From a feature story published by SGN Scoops magazine in September 2010, one of the co-writers of “Somebody Died For Me” discussed the creation of this ballad. Excerpts from the article are below:

Triumphant Quartet

Triumphant Quartet

The song was written by Christy Sutherland and tells the story of soldier who lived through battle because another soldier, his best friend, died in his place. From a similar feature published in USA Today, Sutherland talks about the song’s concept and creation. “I remember when I read the article thinking ‘What would I do if a friend were to give their life for me?’ In that moment it was as if the Lord said, ‘Somebody did die for you and He is your Friend.’ I was just overwhelmed with a sense of God’s great love for me, that He would send His Son to die for me. I knew I had to write a song. I called my friend and co-writer Kyle Matthews and we wrote the song over a period of a few weeks.”

Christy Sutherland

Christy Sutherland

Sutherland continues, “Triumphant actually heard me perform the song at a charity event in East Tennessee. They asked if they could record the song and I told them I would love for them to record it, but I was planning on releasing my recording to radio as a single. They said that was fine with them and they would not release it as a single before I did. So, I released the song and it became my first Singing News charting single. I am even more excited that it is now climbing the charts with the guys singing it. The highest honor a songwriter can receive is to have other artists wanting to record their songs.”

Triumphant Quartet has received a lot of response from the performance of “Somebody Died For Me”, and will no doubt see that response continue with the release of their next recording, “Love Came Calling”. Vocalists Clayton Inman, David Sutton, Eric Bennet and Scott Inman put their heart and souls into every new release and this latest recording continues with that tradition.

 

AP Photo/Francois Mori

AP Photo/Francois Mori

Somebody Died For Me

He was a troubled kid in and out of jail
When his daddy said this is the last time I’ll pay bail
He enlisted in the army and they sent him to Iraq
He was a different man when he came back
Somebody said the army must’ve whipped you into shape
But he said that’s not the reason that I’ve changed

Somebody died for me (before I even asked for help)
Gave his life for me (when I couldn’t save myself)
I cannot live the way I lived or be the way I was
Every day’s a gift to me because (somebody died for me)

Now they fold the flag and attach a silver star
While the grieving mother leans against his arm
Then he stands before the family and does his best to tell
How he survived the night his best friend fell
He says no one who knew him was surprised he died that way
He tried to live for Jesus oh he always used to say

And I don’t wanna waste a moment
Of the time I have left
With every breath I’m given
God help me not forget

 

“Somebody Died For Me” was written by Christy Sutherland and Kyle Matthews, recorded by Triumphant Quartet in 2009 on their album Everyday.

 

 


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Jeff Stice Exits Triumphant Quartet

Written by SGN Scoops on May 9, 2014 – 12:15 pm -

imageWaynesville, NC (May 9, 2014) – After taking a personal leave of absence to reflect on God’s best for his life and the life of his family, Jeff Stice has made a decision to end his tenure with the Triumphant Quartet. He will be focusing his energies on joining his sisters in helping to care for their parents. While he may pursue other interests in the future, he feels his family and their needs must be the priority in this season of life.

Eric Bennett shares, “I speak for all the guys in the group when I say that we wish Jeff well in his future endeavors. He and his family will definitely remain in our prayers.”

The decision to hire a piano player for the group remains uncertain at this time. Triumphant, their extended support staff, and their families want to be careful to take time to pray and trust God’s leading in that area of their ministry.

The quartet’s booking agency, the Dominion Agency (a division of Michael Davis & Associates), remains confident that the strong musical presentation, as well as the powerful ministry of the Triumphant Quartet, will remain as excellent as ever. Michael Davis expresses, “We, at the Dominion Agency, love and appreciate Eric, David, Clayton and Scotty. We are so honored to exclusively represent Triumphant Quartet as they continue serving God and blessing audiences with their great music.”

To learn more about the Triumphant Quartet, visit triumphantquartet.com.

To schedule the Triumphant Quartet and other wonderful artists of the Dominion Agency, call 828-454-5900 or email michael@michaeldavisandassociates.com.

To learn more about all of the artists who call the Dominion Agency home, visit dominionagency.com and michaeldavisandassociates.com.

The Dominion Agency is part of a family of stellar talent agencies of Michael Davis & Associates including-
* Dominion Agency
* Adoration Agency
* Mountain Top Talent
* Blue Ridge Artist Agency

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1277
Waynesville, NC 28786
Phone:
828-454-5900
828-454-5917


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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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GREAT DAY RELEASES SINGLE TO RADIO!

Written by SGN Scoops on January 5, 2014 – 7:55 pm -

great dayGREAT DAY releases their latest single to radio.  “FOURTH MAN,” written by Tammie and Sarah Herring, from their latest project UNTIL THE DAY, landed at cut #1 on Patterson Promotions VOL 13.
Called into the ministry in 2005, Great Day has been traveling and ministering throughout the Southeast for the past 8 years.  Based in Central Florida, the group is made up of husband and wife Bill & Brenda Ferguson and their children, Lisa Ann, Sara Lynn, and Steven.
Chosen as a Top 20 artist at the NQC Regional stage, GREAT DAY sang their new single, FOURTH MAN, and made their NQC Main Stage this past year in Louisville KY. They have also been chosen as a Featured Artist to perform at NQC in Pigeon Forge, TN, 2014.
Their latest project is produced by the Multi-award-winning, Jeff Stice, pianist for Triumphant Quartet.  He comments, “Honestly, there is no better feeling than to hear a group sing and just know they’re special! To hear them and think to yourself, “I’d love to hear them try this, or sing that, or do that this way,” then actually get the opportunity to produce them. Such is the case with GREAT DAY! Bill and Brenda have such a wonderful blessing in their daughter Lisa. Never have I seen a young lady, her age, understand music the way she does. As a family, there is no better blend anywhere. Want some advice? Listen to this CD, Embrace this family, Tell people about them and a word to the really “wise” promoters out there, BOOK THEM!”
Great Day shares, “We hope that our ministry will not only reach the lost who do not know Jesus, but that it will also encourage those who are struggling, uplift those who are down, and create a joyful heart in all those we encounter.”
Pauline, owner of Patterson Promotions, states, “I’m so proud to have this awesome group on our Vol.13 compilation, released to national and international radio this month.  I believe this song will bless the nation!”
For booking info, contact Bill Ferguson at 407-733-6165 or email to bookinginfo@greatdaygospel.com
Website: www.greatdaymusic.com  Also check us out on Facebook: Great Day

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HARMONY ROAD CHRISTMAS SPECIALS FEATURE COLLINGSWORTH FAMILY AND TRIUMPHANT QUARTET Co-Hosted by Scotty Inman

Written by SGN Scoops on December 5, 2013 – 1:15 pm -

harmony roadSignal mountain, TN December 5, 2013:

Harmony Road is pleased to present special Christmas programs, airing the next two weekends on The Heartland Network, theWALKtv, WATC57 Atlanta, www.wmjn29.com and other outlets.  These programs are co-hosted by Scotty Inman and feature the music of The Collingsworth Family, and the Triumphant Quartet. Harmony Road is hosted by Singing News Publisher and Solid Gospel radio host, Les Butler.

Music includes “Mary Did You Know” by the Triumphant Quartet, and a powerful rendition of “Oh Holy Night” performed by Kim Collingsworth on the piano as well as classics including “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, “Winter Wonderland” and “Mary Did You Know”.  Harmony Road will feature Christmas music the first three weeks in December. This week’s program originates from the beautiful lobby of the Music Road Hotel in Pigeon Forge, TN.  You can find more info at www.musicroadresort.com.

More information on Harmony Road and its growing list of affiliates can be found at www.watchheartlandtv.com , www.harmonyroadtv.com or www.facebook.com/harmonyroadtv, or www.thewalktv.com.

Other team members include musician Cody McVey providing special interviews and insights, as well as Roger Spears, Producer and Allan Rhodes, Technical Director


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