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Where is Vernon?

Written by scoopsnews on September 1, 2018 – 1:49 pm -

Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend: Where is Vernon?

By Leslie McKay

Through social media, folks have seen the fun we have at Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend and they say, “Hey, I want to come to Vernon” but then they follow it up with, “Where is Vernon?” I just have to laugh. Every time I describe where Vernon is located, I always find myself thinking about the things I have come to love about Vernon, Alabama.  Itis a wonderful town with southern charm and a down home feeling of community that is just part of the South. It is the kind of town where everyone is your neighbor. It’s the kind of town that is perfect for an event like Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend which will be held this year on September 7th and 8th. We are excited to host several gospel artist from all over the country for two days of great concerts, fun, and fellowship that can only be found in a community like Vernon…it’s like magic.

Vernon is steeped in history and I did a little checking to see just how far back the city of Vernon goes. Vernon is the county seat of Lamar County, but the county hasn’t always been called Lamar. It started out as Jones County and was abolished in 1867. Then, in 1868 it was established again as Sanford County but that was done away with and finally in 1877 the county was named Lamar County. Just like the county, Vernon wasn’t always the name of the town. It started out as Swayne but was changed to Vernon in 1868 in honor of Edmond Vernon who also served as the first mayor. I found copies of old newspapers online with news and happenings for Vernon and it has always been a thriving town with lots of life.

Fast forward to today and the same holds true. The town square and historical courthouse dating back to the early 1900s is something straight out of a movie that is surrounded by wonderfully quaint shops where you will find unique items both old and new. You will find historical bed-n-breakfasts in the area and a number of restaurants with great food where “everybody knows your name”. There is the local radio station that broadcasts Bulldog high school football as well as the beloved Alabama (and Auburn) football. On Saturday morning you can find the Mayor hosting the beloved “Party Line” where folks call in to sell all kinds of items, wish people happy birthday, announce events, tell about yard sales, share stories, and you never know who might stop by for a guest appearance.

Leslie and Dennis McKay of McKay Project and M.A.C. Records

Leslie and Dennis McKay of McKay Project and M.A.C. Records

Vernon has a personal connection for us because it is Dennis’ home town. He graduated from Lamar County High School which is located in Vernon. When he went to high school in Vernon, it was located in the middle of town at the intersection of highways 17 and 18. However, 2002 was the last year that a class graduated from Lamar County High School in that location. Shortly after, a renovation project began on the Old Lamar County High School to restore it to its original architectural glory – a project that took about 11 years. The Old Lamar County High School is now the Vernon City Complex where Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend is held.

The Vernon City Complex houses City Hall (the Mayor’s office), the police department, a small museum with a collection of historical items, a small art department, the city library, a genealogy department with family history dating back to the 1700s, and a beautifully restored auditorium and stage for events like Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend. The Vernon City Complex is a beautiful facility. I think the best way I know how to describe it is warm and comfortable. That also describes the support we have from the community. We work closely with Mayor Glenn Crawford and the City of Vernon. Their support and enthusiasm is much appreciated. They always make us feel so welcome to their town.

“We are excited about Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend. It is a great event for our community and we are thankful for what it means to the city. We are happy to welcome all the artists and visitors to Vernon for this weekend of fun. If you like gospel music, we hope to see you in September”, commented Glenn Crawford, Vernon Mayor.

We want to echo Mayor Glenn’s invitation and invite everyone to join us for Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend on September 7th and 8that the Vernon City Auditorium. There will be a concert each night starting at 6:00 on Friday and 5:30 on Saturday. Admission is $5 at the door.

For more information on Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend 2018, contact:

M.A.C. Records or SGN Scoops:

Phone: 662.889.2829​​​​​

Phone: 360.933.0741

Email:info@macrecords.net ​​​​Facebook: Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend

(www.facebook.com/macnightofworship)

 

Sources:

WCBI.Com: http://www.wcbi.com/video-vernon-city-complex-project/

Ancestry.com: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kithandkin2000/vernonedmondhistoryofvernonal.htm

Barb Carruth: https://walabamahistory.com/west-alabama-counties/lamar/lamar-county-alabama-history/; Repost with permission from The Alabama Lawyer


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Special Guests On The Strictly Southern Show!

Written by scoopsnews on August 23, 2018 – 4:03 am -

Strictly Southern Show Friday 8/24/18

9-11 am CST

Vonda’s special guests will be Dennis and Leslie McKay. The show will be featuring Artists you will hear at the upcoming Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend which is hosted by The McKays and MAC Records.

You can tune in HERE

 

WPIL 91.7 FM is the home of The Strictly Southern and Strictly Country Show hosted by Vonda Easley and is located in Heflin, Alabama.

The Show will also be videoed on Facebook Live where you can view and participate on “The Strictly Southern With Vonda Easley Page.”

Don’t forget to tune in and join in the fun….


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Mark This One On Your Calendar! Vernon’s Gospel Music Weekend

Written by scoopsnews on August 14, 2018 – 2:42 pm -

Looking for gospel music events to put on your 2018 calendar? Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend 2018 is going to be one of those “don’t miss events” to add to your list. The dates are September 7th and 8th at the Vernon City Auditorium in Vernon, Alabama.

“We look forward to the Vernon event each year and appreciate all the support for gospel music from the city of Vernon and the surrounding community. We want the community to come out and enjoy two evenings of gospel music without wearing them out and at the same time give the artists the opportunity to share their music and ministry,” commented Dennis McKay of M.A.C. Records

Board members for event, Rob Patz, Vonda Easley, Leslie McKay, Dennis McKay

Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend started out several years ago as a M.A.C. Records event (M.A.C. Night of Worship) hosted by Dennis and Leslie McKay that featured just the artists of M.A.C. Records. The M.A.C. artists remain central to Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend and the 2018 event will continue the tradition of featuring those talented artists. This year’s event will feature the following: Kenny Gardner, Carol Barham, Day Three, Jesse Reece, Danny Figgins, Eagle’s Wings, The Riders, Zion’s Way, Chronicle, and McKay Project.

To keep up with the latest news and info, check out the Facebook page: Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend. We hope to see you in September in Alabama!


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Jessica Horton Signs with MAC

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 6, 2018 – 4:27 pm -

Jessica Horton Signs with MAC

Jessica Horton Signs with MAC

 

M.A.C. Records is proud to announce the addition of their newest artist, Jessica Horton, to the Route 82 Records division.

Jessica is an Americana/Gospel artist with a classic Country Roots style. She will be appearing at Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend in September and making her first appearance at Creekside Gospel Music Convention in October, during the daytime showcase.

M.A.C. Records owner, Dennis McKay, says, “When I first heard her sing, I thought, ‘who is this,’ because she doesn’t sound like anyone else. Jessica has a unique sound that separates her from everyone else. She isn’t interested in trying to imitate anyone and she has a sound that is recognizable as Jessica Horton.

“She is easy to work with, has her head on straight and knows what she wants for her musical career, while being open to direction. I expect great things for her and we are pleased to be a part of helping her take things to another level.”

Jessica’s newest song, “Love Wins,” has been released to radio and is available online. New Journey Radio owner, Bobby Richardson, debuted “Love Wins” on his “3rd Cup of Joe” morning show last week. He described Jessica’s sound by saying, “Her voice is like silk.”

Leslie and Dennis McKay of McKay Project and M.A.C. Records

Leslie and Dennis McKay of McKay Project and M.A.C. Records

Leslie McKay sat down with Jessica recently to interview  her, so everyone can get to know this new artist.

LM: Where are you from?

JH: I’m originally from Eupora, Mississippi. I’ve been living in Columbus, Miss., since 2007, when I started school at the W (Mississippi University for Women). When I graduated in 2012 with my Music Education degree, I worked on my M. Div. (Masters of Divinity) through Asbury Seminary until 2014. At that time, I moved to Hawaii where I lived for three years. I just returned home this past year to follow my dreams as a musician from my home in the south.

LM: Tell us about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids or pets?

JH: I’m married to my college sweetheart, David. We got married in 2010, and we have two fur-babies that we adopted in Hawaii, Bear and Snickers. (Jessica reminds readers to #spayandneuter #adoptdontshop)

LM: What do you do for fun?

JH: I like to surround myself with people and activities that I enjoy, so I’m having fun pretty much all the time. Currently, I’m the youth minister at my church – Shaeffer’s Chapel UMC. A lot of my free time is spent with the youth or planning for them. I really enjoy working with our students at Shaeffer’s Chapel UMC and being a part of their faith journey. I am also the contemporary worship leader.
As far as other fun things…when I’m not working or doing chores, I like to write, or watch Netflix, or spend time
playing with my pups. I love all:animals and I pretty much just love any opportunity to pet them, or watch YouTube videos about them, or look up cat memes. If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you’ll know that every other post is a cat meme or a dog video. Have you seen the one  where the dog misses the food like a
hundred times?

LM: When did you start singing? Do you play any instruments?

JH: I started singing when I was a baby. My grandparents took a special interest in me and would teach me all the old country songs and hymns. By the time I was three, I was traveling with them to various old schoolhouses and community events to perform. My favorite memories are at the Sparta Opry in Woodland, Miss., and the old
Blackhawk School in Carroll County. I also remember getting to meet Miss Kitty Wells herself when I was about 12 years old. My grandpa got me the most amazing opportunity to visit with Mr. Johnnie Wright (Kitty Wells’ husband) at their home and sing some of Kitty’s songs for him. My grandpa also taught me how to play basic guitar and piano – I could learn a bit more.

LM: Do you write your own songs?

JH: I have been writing songs about Jesus since I was a teenager but I never played them for anyone. I stopped writing for a long time and recently picked it up again. I figure l’ve just now got some good stories to tell.

LM: Who are your musical influences?

JH: Vocally, I have always been drawn to Patsy Cline. Her songs have permeated every year of my life. When I’m especially missing my grandfather (he passed in 2011) and I’m craving the music that makes a memory come to life, I listen to her. As a songwriter, I am in awe of Norah Jones, Emmy Lou Harris, and Loretta Lynn. Nobody writes a song like these ladies.

LM:How would you describe your musical style?

Jessica Horton and her husband David

Jessica and David Horton

JH: I’m an Americana artist through and through. My style keeps a Root-sy core and a positive message. I love to keep the classic Country sound alive by including acoustic guitar, dobro, mandolin, steel guitar, and fiddle into my projects.

LM: How do you feel about working with M.A.C. Records?

JH: I’m so excited to be working with M.A.C. Records. I couldn’t have dreamed of a more supportive, knowledgeable, and proactive label. I am just so proud to be added to the family.

LM: What do you hope people remember about you when they leave your concert or service?

JH: I hope people leave my concerts with a smile. I write my stories and I’m full of hope. With all the negative messages the world is sending, I want my stories and thoughts to make us feel clean and simple and happy. I hope, most of all, that people will hear my stories and feel as if I’m telling their’s. I hope that my music speaks to you in some way and makes you feel connected and known. We all need that.

LM: When did you start following Jesus? Tell us about that.

JH: I have known God since I was a child. God speaks to children in a different way, and even though I didn’t grow up in a Christian home, I heard his voice through the hymns my grandparents would teach me and I felt his presence when I was lonely. When I was about nine, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and I have followed him ever since.

Every day is a journey, but my hope is to learn to trust him more and more every day and to be the best representation of his love that I possibly can be.

LM: How can folks contact you?

JH: You can follow me on Facebook at Jessica Horton Music or you can friend me personally. You can contact me via Messenger or you can email me at jesshortonmusic@gmail.com. I look forward to meeting all of you down the road.

 

Watch and listen for Jessica Horton in the coming days and months. Check out “Love Wins” online and on your local radio station. Her first original project is in the works, so stay tuned for the release information.

Again, Horton will be appearing at Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend in September and she will be making her first appearance in the daytime showcase at Creekside Gospel Music Convention in October.

For information about M.A.C. Records, contact Dennis McKay at 662.889.2829, or on Facebook @musicstudio115a or email info@macrecords.net.

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Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend

Written by scoopsnews on July 11, 2018 – 4:09 am -

2018 Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend!

Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend will be held September 7th and 8th (2018) at the City Auditorium in downtown Vernon, Alabama.

Everyone is invited! Bring your friends, family, kids, church groups, and anyone else that loves good gospel music. The weekend will feature multi-talented gospel artists showcasing a variety of musical styles including Southern Gospel, Christian Country, and Bluegrass. We will kick off the fun each evening at 6:00 p.m. No ticket required for the concerts but we are asking for a $5 donation at the door. There will be a concession stand. Great music and good food at a great price!

The lineup includes the artists of M.A.C. Records:

 

Kenny Gardner from Columbus, MS – Southern gospel and Christian country singer signed with M.A.C. Records. Known to many as “Kenny G” and that happens to be the name of his latest project – “They Call Me Kenny G”. Kenny is a powerhouse singer that has been around southern gospel music all of his life. His style reminds many of the late Kenny Hinson who was a dear friend to Kenny Gardner. Check him out on Facebook: Kenny Gardner (kenny.gardner.334)

McKay Project from Columbus, MS – Award winning Americana & Christian country duet signed with M.A.C. Records (they actually own M.A.C. Records and Studio 115A in Columbus, MS). McKay Project recently had their first #1 song on the SGN Scoops Christian Country chart with “Taking Me Home”. They are currently nominated for a prestigious Diamond Award in the category of Christian Country Group of the Year. Check them out on Facebook @mckayproject.

Carol Barham from Vernon, AL – Christian country singer/songwriter signed with M.A.C. Records. Carol was recently nominated in the category of ICGMA Female Horizon Artist of the year. She has written a number of songs that have appeared in both the Christian Country and Southern Gospel charts. Currently, her song “I Can’t Praise Him Enough” can be found in the Christian Voice Country Gospel chart at #20 and in the Christian Voice Southern Gospel chart at #66. Check her out on Facebook: Carol Barham (carol.barham.37)

Jesse Reece from Ethelsville, AL – Christian country singer/songwriter signed with M.A.C. Records. Jesse was recently nominated in the category of ICGMA Male Horizon Artist of the year. His newest self-titled project, “Jesse Reece”, has been released and features all original songs written by Jesse with one song being co-written with Gerald Crabb. Check him out on Facebook: Jesse Reece (jesse.reece.7)

Additional guest artists include:

 

The Riders from Lumberton, MS – Award winning Southern gospel trio. The Riders are a powerhouse of talent when it comes to Southern gospel music. They have a long and rich musical heritage. You may recognize them for songs like “Jerusalem” or “One Holy Morning”. Check them out at www.theridersministries.com

Day Three from Mobile, AL – This amazing Southern gospel trio is currently nominated for the prestigiousDiamond Awards in the category of Sunrise Trio of the Year. Their newest single, “Not A Failure”, is climbing the charts in the Southern gospel world. Check them out at www.day3trio.com

Eagle’s Wings from Jasper, AL – Award winning Bluegrass gospel group. Currently nominated in 4 categories for the prestigious Diamond Awards: 1) Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year; 2) Bluegrass Gospel Song of the Year for “A Rugged Cross and an Empty Grave”; 3) Bluegrass Gospel Male Artist of the Year – Matthew Wilson; 4) Bluegrass Gospel Female Artist of the Year – Debra Wilson. Check them out at www.eagleswingsband.com

Zion’s Way from Brookhaven, MS – Award winning Southern gospel male quartet. Recently awarded 2018 Quartet of the Year at the 19th Annual Mississippi Quartet Convention. Check them out at www.zionswayqt.com

Danny Figgins from Front Royal, VA – This incredibly talented gospel singer and comedian is known to many as “the singing policeman” and for his amazing impersonation of Willie Nelson. He can often be found performing at Cooter’s Garage in Luray, VA, in a church, at a park or festival, or wherever the Lord opens a door. And…you never know what kind of bright, crazy jacket he may decide to wear. Check him out on Facebook: Danny L Figgins (dlfiggins)

Chronicle from Denham Springs, LA – Award winning husband and wife duet. Currently nominated for the prestigious Diamond Awards in 2 categories: Sunrise Duet of the Year and Sunrise Song of the Year for “Where Did The Wind Go”. Tim is also nominated in the category of Anthony Burger Instrumentalist of the Year for his amazing talent on the saxophone. Check them out at www.chroniclegospelgroup.com

“We love this event and look forward to it every year! This is the 6th year that M.A.C. Records has done this event in Vernon. It is the third year that we have partnered with the City of Vernon and Coastal Media and called it Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend. We have been welcomed by the Vernon community and the outpouring of support has been fantastic. We have an amazing group of talented artists that we consider our friends who will be traveling to Vernon this year. We can’t wait for folks to meet them and hear their wonderful music. We hope everyone will make plans to join us at some point during the weekend,” said Dennis McKay – Owner of M.A.C. Records.

For more information about the artists, sponsors, hotel accommodations, restaurants, the concert schedule, etc be sure to check out the Facebook page – Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend (@macnightofworship). We will be posting information over the next several weeks as the event gets closer. Special thanks to our corporate sponsors: The City of Vernon, Exceed Technologies, Coastal Media Group, and M.A.C. Records.


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Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend 2018

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 9, 2018 – 1:34 pm -

Looking for gospel music events to put on your 2018 calendar? Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend 2018 is going to be one of those “don’t miss events” to add to your list. The dates are September 7th and 8th at the Vernon City Auditorium in Vernon, Alabama.

“We look forward to the Vernon event each year and appreciate all the support for gospel music from the city of Vernon and the surrounding community. We want the community to come out and enjoy two evenings of gospel music without wearing them out and at the same time give the artists the opportunity to share their music and ministry,” commented Dennis McKay of M.A.C. Records.

Rob Patz,Vonda Easley, Leslie McKay, Dennis McKay (board members for event)

Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend started out several years ago as a M.A.C. Records event (M.A.C. Night of Worship) hosted by Dennis and Leslie McKay that featured just the artists of M.A.C. Records. The M.A.C. artists remain central to Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend and the 2018 event will continue the tradition of featuring those talented artists. This year’s event will feature the following: Kenny Gardner, Carol Barham, Day Three, Jesse Reece, Danny Figgins, Eagle’s Wings, The Riders, Zion’s Way, Chronicle, and McKay Project.

To keep up with the latest news and info, check out the Facebook page: Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend. We hope to see you in September in Alabama! HERE


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Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend: Where is Vernon?

Written by Staff on August 26, 2017 – 9:49 am -

McKay Project to appear at Vernon Alabama's Southern Gospel Weekend

McKay Project to appear at Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend

Through social media, folks have seen the fun we have at Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend, and they say, “Hey, I want to come to Vernon.”

However, then, they follow it up with, “Where is Vernon?” I just have to laugh.

Every time I describe where Vernon is located, I always find myself thinking about the things I have come to love about Vernon. It is a wonderful town with southern charm and a down-home feeling of community that is just part of the South. It is the kind of town where everyone is your neighbor. It’s the kind of town that is perfect for an event like Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend, which will be held from Sept. 8-9. We are excited to host more than 20 Gospel artists from across the country for two days of great concerts, fun, and fellowship that can only be found in a community like Vernon. It’s like magic.

Vernon is steeped in history, and I did a little checking to see just how far back the city of Vernon goes. Vernon is the county seat of Lamar County, but the county hasn’t always been called Lamar. It started out as Jones County and was abolished in 1867. Then, in 1868, it was established again as Sanford County, but that was done away with. Finally, in 1877, the county was named Lamar County. Just like the county, Vernon wasn’t always the name of the town. It started out as Swayne but was changed to Vernon in 1868 in honor of Edmond Vernon, who also served as the first mayor. I found copies of old newspapers online with news and happenings for Vernon, and it has always been a thriving town with lots of life.

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Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 16, 2017 – 9:23 am -

Vernon Alabama's Gospel Music Weekend

Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend

There’s an excitement in the air about Gospel Music Weekend!
Check out the artist lineup and events that will take place in Vernon, Alabama on September 8th and 9th below.
“We are excited about the songwriting class that will be taught by Dr. Jeff Steele, states Vonda Easley, board member for the event. I have co-written several songs with Brother Jeff and I believe this class will be a tremendous asset to many attendees.”

For information:  info@macrecords.net or contact Dennis McKay at 662-889-2829 or Rob Patz at 360-933-0741. Find us on facebook HERE

Check out the video below of Dennis and Leslie McKay, founders of Gospel Music Weekend and owners of M.A.C. Records, as they talk about the upcoming event.


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