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Zach Williams: Singer, Songwriter, Grammy winner

Written by Staff on April 16, 2018 – 12:27 pm -

Zach Williams: Singer, Songwriter, Grammy winner

Zach Williams: Singer, Songwriter, Grammy winner

When Zach Williams’ hit “Chain Breaker” was announced as the winner of the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at this year’s Grammy Awards, it was the latest and greatest honor in Williams’ meteoric rise to the top of the Christian

music genre.

 

A native of Jonesboro, Ark., Williams was not even signed to a record label when he co-wrote “Chain Breaker,” the international hit that held the No. 1 position on charts for 15 consecutive weeks and achieved official Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) gold certification.

 

“I had been in Nashville for a week, writing,” Williams said. “I wasn’t signed to a label. I was just coming over as a guest to write songs. It was at the end of a week. I was ready to go home. I was ready to see my family. I was tired. I had nothing that I honestly was bringing in at that point.

 

March 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

March 2018 SGNScoops Magazine

“Then, I met Mia (Fieldes, co-writer of “Chain Breaker”) for the first time. She had this super strong personality. She was just on fire when she came in, and we got to talking. I was sharing my story and my testimony with her. My wife and I were involved in a prison ministry at that time, so we were really excited about where we were then. Jonathan Smith, (“Chain Breaker” co-writer) turned around to the piano and just played a little something, and I went ‘play that again.’

And when he did, the words to ‘Chain Breaker’ just started coming. ‘If you’ve been walking the same old road for miles and miles. If you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies.’ That was one of those songs that was literally almost written in 15 minutes.

 

It was on Williams’ mind after the writing session.

 

Zach Williams: Singer, Songwriter, Grammy winner“All the way home to Arkansas, I was just praying that God would just use that song and that people all over the world would be able to hear it,” Williams shared. “And a few months later, the label heard that song and offered me a record deal.”

 

After the song was written, Williams said that he wasn’t sure how it would be received by Christian audiences.

 

“I thought maybe it was too rock or too country to resonate with Christian music audiences,” he said. “I didn’t think it would get played on Christian radio. Nobody knew who I was. I didn’t know how people were going to react to it.”

 

After the song’s mega success on the contemporary Christian charts, the song was later covered by several Southern gospel artists, including Triumphant, the Gaither Vocal Band and soloist Steve Ladd.

 

The song also speaks to Williams’ own story of redemption. After using drugs and alcohol for years, he was known as a partier. In 2012, God intervened, and he quit the rock band that he was a part of it, instead electing to begin a new Christ-centered life off the road. But the way that Christian songs had helped him in his journey continued to stoke the desire to sing.

 

Zach Williams: Singer, Songwriter, Grammy winnerIn the release of “Chain Breaker,” Williams said that one of his chief hopes is that the song ministers to non-believers, as well are those who are already saved.

 

“Obviously, I hope it can inspire people who are already believers,” he said. “But for anyone who isn’t saved, they need to know that there is someone out there who can break their chains and help them with these problems that they have in their life and completely make them brand new.

 

“For Christians, for believers, I think we get in our day-to-day routine where we’re just checking it (items) off our list. We’re going to church on Sunday, because it is good for our business … it’s good for the other people around to see. It becomes just like doing the laundry. Going to church, leaving, going home … and completely not having a relationship with the Lord. You’re coming out of church with the same mess that you Zach Williams: Singer, Songwriter, Grammy winnerwent in with. So, I think a lot of believers have just forgotten what it was like the day they got their chains broken.”

 

Though Williams says he can’t define his music under just one genre – “maybe some Southern roots gospel,” he says – he hopes that his music appeals to listeners of Southern gospel, contemporary Christian, and other genres equally.

 

“I want these songs to have the opportunity to minister to everyone,” he said.

 

Although “Chain Breaker” was a hard act to follow, Williams’ second single off of his debut album, “Old Church Choir,” also ascended to No. 1 on the charts, where it stayed for 20 weeks. With his recent successes, Williams became the first debut artist to have back-to-back singles reach No. 1.

 

“All glory to God,” he said. “It’s just incredible.”

By Justin McLeod

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in March 2018.

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SGNScoops Announces Top Ten Diamond Award Nominees

Written by Staff on March 3, 2018 – 1:25 pm -

Diamond Awards

Diamond Awards

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (March 3, 2018) – SGNScoops Magazine announces the unveiling of the 2018 Diamond Awards Top Ten nominees. During the nomination period, the fans of the digital magazine chose the top nominees in each category. These names have been tabulated to produce a list of the Top Ten favorite nominees for each area.

with 2017 Diamond Award

Kelly Nelon Clark with 2017 Diamond Award

SGNScoops Magazine now invites all Gospel music fans, friends, artists and industry personnel to visit the SGNScoops website to view the Top Ten and vote on their favorites to produce the Top Five here.

The Diamond Awards are presented each year during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention.

Triumphant Quartet accept 2017 Diamond Award

Triumphant Quartet accepts 2017 Diamond Award

The Diamond Awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at Pigeon Forge. This gala evening is one of the most exciting evenings in Gospel music, with surprise guests, great music and special presentations.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention is offering a VIP wristband for those fans who want a more up-close and personal experience. For $25, the wearer will receive VIP seating, special gifts, and an invitation to a VIP party. This wristband is valid for the entire Convention, October 28 through November 1, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Fans are urged to order their wristbands early to avoid disappointment.

Gold City at 2016 Diamond Awards

Gold City at 2016 Diamond Awards

Vote today for your favorite of the Top Ten nominees for the 2018 Diamond Awards. Find out more about Creekside Gospel Music Convention online or on Facebook Here. To order your VIP wristband or to learn more about VIP lodging packages, phone Rob Patz at 360-933-0741.

 

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Clayton and Scotty Inman: A Triumphant tandem

Written by Staff on September 4, 2017 – 9:48 am -

Clayton and Scotty Inman. (Craig Harris)

Clayton and Scotty Inman. (Craig Harris)

Father/son duo is in 15th year alongside each other on stage

 

Clayton Inman was your typical baseball dad. He was president of the Sevier County (Tenn.) High School baseball program’s booster club. His son was a left-handed first baseman who appeared to be destined to play at the collegiate level. However, a detour altered that path.

 

Clayton and Scotty Inman. (Craig Harris)

Clayton and Scotty Inman. (Craig Harris)

Now, the Inmans have been playing on the same team for the past 15 years. “It’s been awesome,” Clayton emphasizes. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

 

However, for that to happen, Scotty Inman had to don a different type of uniform … trading his jersey and cleats for a coat and tie.

 

Clayton and Scotty Inman. (Craig Harris)

Clayton and Scotty Inman. (Craig Harris)

“Growing up, his love for this music was always there,” Clayton points out. “He was a pretty talented athlete. I never pushed him to do this.”

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Triumphant turns back the clock

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 6, 2017 – 3:51 pm -

Triumphant turns back the clock

Triumphant turns back the clock

Triumphant turns back the clock on Saturday evening at NQC Spring Break in Louisville. #nqcsb17

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StowTown Records Announces Two New Releases from the Collingsworth Family and Triumphant

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 14, 2016 – 12:44 pm -

StowTown Records Announces Two New Releases from the Collingsworth Family and Triumphant

StowTown Records Announces Two New Releases from the Collingsworth Family and Triumphant

(Nashville, TN)… StowTown Records is thrilled to announce the release of brand new exciting projects by two of the top groups in Southern Gospel music.

With almost two decades on the road in its full-time ministry, The Collingsworth Family is releasing its first comprehensive collection of The Best of the Collingsworth Family Volume 1 & 2.

The award-winning family has re-recorded up-to-date vocals while utilizing the original tracks of many of its all-time hits.

The fan-favorite group is set to release The Best of the Collingsworth Family Volume 1 & 2 of its all-time hits that includes 26 popular songs like: “I Know”, “Show A Little Bit of Love and Kindness”, “The Blood of Jesus”, “Tell The Mountain”, “Fear Not Tomorrow”, “He Already Sees”, “The Healer Is Here”, “Bottom of The Barrel”, “I Can Trust Jesus”, “At Calvary”…and many more longtime family classics.

“What a fun stroll down ‘Memory Lane’ as we revisited the most requested songs across our 17 years of touring,” said Phil Collingsworth. “All new vocals with the original tracks digitally enhanced, and a whole bunch of smiles!!”

Meanwhile, Southern Gospel’s multi-award winning Favorite Traditional Quartet, Triumphant, is releasing a very special Christmas project, simply titled He Is Christmas.

StowTown Records co-founder Wayne Haun along with Steve Mauldin, Roger Talley, Jason Webb, and David Clydesdale produced and arranged the entire project.

The seasonal album includes classics like “Mary Did You Know” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, along with two heart-warming Christmas medleys titled “Medley of Fun” and “Celebration Medley”. A brand new song, “Repeat the Sounding Joy”, leads off the album and will be released to radio later this month.

“Christmas truly is the ‘Most Wonderful Time of the Year’. This album is full of lyrics that paint a picture of the season,” said Triumphant baritone Scott Inman. “It’s a 12-song celebration focusing on the birth of Jesus Christ. HE IS CHRISTMAS!”

Each of these new StowTown albums, The Best of the Collingsworth Family Volume 1 and Volume 2 and He Is Christmas, are now available online and at Christian bookstores everywhere.


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Triumphant Quartet personnel changes

Written by Staff on August 16, 2016 – 7:11 pm -

Triumphant Quartet by Craig Harris

Triumphant Quartet With GW Southard

Triumphant Quartet has announced the departure of GW Southard, their pianist of two years. GW responded this evening on Facebook: “I like to thank everyone for the countless messages. I would also like to thank Triumphant Quartet for giving me the opportunity to pursue a passion of mine and Eric Bennett for being a great Boss and leader! Thank everyone for the memories!!”

Dixie Melody Boys with Aaron Dishman (2nd from left)

Dixie Melody Boys with Aaron Dishman (2nd from left)

The group’s new pianist is Aaron Dishman, formerly of the Dixie Melody Boys. According to the Singing News website, Triumphant is thrilled to welcome Aaron to their quartet. “‘We’ve know Aaron for many years and always loved his kind heart and sweet spirit. But, he is also a very talented musician and singer. Former pianist GW Southard left the group in late June to serve on a church staff. We are very thankful for the two years GW was here and we wish him the best. We are extremely excited for the addition of Aaron on our team,’ says Eric Bennett.”

About Triumphant Quartet

According to the Quartet’s website: “Triumphant Quartet has had four #1 songs and several others have climbed the Top 40 music charts, which has also contributed to their popularity. Gospel music fans agree that the triumphant sound is distinctive, solid quartet singing. But Triumphant excels in diversity, and also expands their musical borders to a wide variety of styles, that is enjoyed by church audiences and music lovers. When Triumphant takes the stage, the audience is entertained by the musical variety, the engaging personalities and a bond that is brought together by years of friendship. Audiences will find themselves smiling, laughing, crying, encouraged and uplifted. And most of all, they will walk away having had the Gospel Message presented to them in a powerful way, with a hope that many will receive Christ as their Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ is the focus of Triumphant. He is the reason they sing, and these four gentlemen stay consistent and steadfast in their goal of giving their very best in all they do and every song sung.” See more on Triumphant’s website.

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Legacy Five, Triumphant, Jim Brady Trio take stage at NQC Spring Break

Written by Staff on April 15, 2016 – 5:55 pm -

Legacy Five - photo by Craig Harris

Legacy Five – photo by Craig Harris

The NQC Spring Break is happening this weekend in Louisville, Kentucky, and SGN Scoops’ photojournalist Craig Harris is giving us a front row seat. Featured during this two day event is Greater Vision, Legacy Five, Jim Brady Trio, Triumphant, Booth Brothers, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Hoppers, Jason Crabb, Sneed Family and the Mark Trammell Quartet.

Watch for the May issue of SGN Scoops magazine for more pictures of this exciting event.

Jim Brady - photo by Craig Harris

Jim Brady – photo by Craig Harris

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Jason Crabb by Craig Harris

Jason Crabb by Craig Harris

Hoppers by Craig Harris

Hoppers by Craig Harris

Mark Trammell Quartet by Craig Harris

Mark Trammell Quartet by Craig Harris

Triumphant Quartet by Craig Harris

Triumphant Quartet by Craig Harris


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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.

 

Triumphant

Triumphant

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.

A SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THAT ATTENDED THE BOOTH BROTHERS CONCERT FEB. 6. WE HAD A GREAT CROWD BUT REALLY MISSED SOME OF YOU. HOPE YOU CAN MAKE FUTURE CONCERTS AS WE SINCERELY MISS THOSE OF YOU THAT WE HAVE MET AT PREVIOUS CONCERTS. TO THOSE OF YOU WHO ATTENDED A CONCERT AT SHILOH HILLS FOR THE FIRST TIME WELCOME AND HOPE TO SEE YOU OFTEN.

BELL SOUTH IS BAD ABOUT SENDING E-MAILS TO THE TRASH/JUNK BOX INSTEAD OF YOUR REGULAR BOX. BE SURE TO ADD OUR E-MAIL TO AVOID MISSING OUT.

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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SGN Scoops’ Special NQC Wacky Wednesday: Super Singing Scotts!

Written by Staff on September 30, 2015 – 9:20 am -

Legacy Five

Legacy Five

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Thanks for joining us for another Wacky Wednesday on SGN Scoops. In honor of NQC week in Pigeon Forge, today we ask the insightful question, “Who is your favorite Gospel singer named Scott?”

Triumphant

Triumphant

 

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)!

On our initial tabulation of results, we have a tie of five answers each:

Chris, Clayton, Phil, David and Michaela voted for Scotty Inman. Joseph, Greg, Gary, Karen and Donna chose Scott Fowler.

Lorraine Walker interviews Scott Fowler

Lorraine Walker interviews Scott Fowler

Of course, you will notice from the list that there is a prevalence of Triumphant members who contributed to our poll!

Other answers received included:

 

Hannah Webb: “Scott Fowler.”

Lauren Talley Alvey: “This question could cause some friction on the Legacy

Scotty Inman. Pic by Candi Combs

Scotty Inman. Pic by Candi Combs

Five bus….”

Billy Blackwood: “Wow, that’s a hard one! Ha!”

Shannon Smith: “Scott Johnson, former Three Bridges lead singer.”

Scotty Inman: “LOL.”

 

And of course, the usual ambiguous responses from the Three… Musketeers, The Booth Brothers:

 

Booth Brothers 1: “I’ve heard of some singer named Fowler but I’m not sure what his first name is.”

Scott Howard courtesy of Legacy Five

Scott Howard courtesy of Legacy Five

Booth Brothers 2: “Great Scott! There are a lot of great Scotts!”

Booth Brothers 3: No response (napping).

 

**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!

 

So now you know! The answers may be a little odd, but that is how we roll on the SGN Scoops Wacky Wednesday!

 

Booth Brothers

Booth Brothers

Thanks again to all of our participants. Be watching SGN Scoops mainpage for more Wacky Wednesdays in the weeks to come. Do you want to suggest a subject or an artist? Email us at sgnscoops@gmail.com

 

Meet our fabulous Wacky Wednesday panel of artists:

 

Who What Where
Chris Jenkins The Kingsmen http://kingsmenquartet.musiccitynetworks.com/
Joseph Habedank Soloist http://www.josephhabedank.com/
Clayton Inman The Triumphant Quartet http://www.triumphantquartet.com/
Lauren Talley Alvey The Talleys http://thetalleys.com/
Phil Collingsworth Sr. The Collingsworth Family http://www.thecollingsworthfamily.com/
David Sutton The Triumphant Quartet http://www.triumphantquartet.com/
Greg Bentley Crossroads Records, Soloist http://crossroadslabelgroup.com/
Gary Casto The Tribute Quartet http://tributequartet.com/
Billy Blackwood The Blackwood Brothers Quartet http://www.blackwoodbrothers.com/
Shannon Smith Three Bridges http://threebridgesgospel.com/
Michaela Brown The Browns http://thebrownsmusic.com/
Booth Brothers The Booth Brothers http://boothbrothers.com/
Scott Inman The Triumphant Quartet http://www.triumphantquartet.com/
Karen Peck Karen Peck and New River http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com/
Donna King Zane and Donna King http://www.zaneanddonnaking.com/
Hannah Webb The Rick Webb Family http://rickwebbfamilymusic.com/

 

 

 


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SGN Scoops attends the Gatlinburg Gathering of Abraham Productions

Written by Staff on September 10, 2015 – 1:47 pm -

Photographs by Erin Stevens, Photos For Keeps

Hoppers

Hoppers

Booth Brothers and the Collingsworth Family

Booth Brothers and the Collingsworth Family

The Gatlinburg Gathering was held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in downtown Gatlinburg on the weekend of August 19-22. Erin Stevens was there to photograph the event and she shared these pictures with us! Some of the artists that Erin captured on stage included: The Hoppers, Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, Triumphant, Tribute, Talleys, Brian Free and Assurance, The Collingsworth Family, Jason Crabb,

Karen and Rickey Gooch

Karen and Rickey Gooch

Erwins, Ivan Parker, Karen Peck and New River, Mark Trammell Quartet, and the Primitive Quartet.

Booth Brothers

Booth Brothers

 

Be sure to make your plans to attend the Gatlinburg Gathering next year.

 

For more information on Abraham Productions various events throughout the year, visit them online. 

Brian Free and Assurance

Brian Free and Assurance

Collingsworth Family

Collingsworth Family

Erwins

Erwins

For all the news, scoops and artist features, keep your browser on SGN Scoops mainpage. 

 

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