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Butler Music Group Artists Shine At Dollywood’s Fall Harvest Celebration

Written by Staff on November 12, 2017 – 2:14 pm -

Butler Music Group Artists Shine At Dollywood's Fall Harvest Celebration

Butler Music Group Artists Shine At
Dollywood’s Fall Harvest Celebration

Nashville, TN (November 6, 2017) Pigeon Forge Tennessee has become a destination for Southern Gospel Fans. The Smoky Mountain town hosts several major events throughout the year including the National Quartet Convention, Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Gatlinburg Gathering and the Fall Harvest Celebration at Dollywood. During the month of October, several Butler Music Group artists appeared at Dollywood as part of their month-long concert series.

Butler Music Group Artists Shine At Dollywood's Fall Harvest CelebrationThe Showstreet Palace in Dollywood played host to four Butler Music Group artists. The Williamsons are staples on the largest stages Gospel Music has to offer. They performed many of their hit songs including their Singing News #1 song, “Shout.” Also appearing at Showstreet were the Old Time Preachers Quartet, Heaven’s Mountain Band, and Jason Davidson. The Old Time Preachers Quartet, fresh off their debut appearance at NQC, received an enthusiastic welcome from 5 standing room only crowds. Heavens Mountain Band is often mentioned alongside groups such as the Issacs and Primitive Quartet. They appeared on multiple days and their theater was also standing room only for each show. The 2018 Harvest Festival marked the first appearance for breakout soloist, Jason Davidson. “In addition to singing and playing with my own quartet, I thoroughly enjoyed playing mandolin with Heaven’s Mountain Band and piano with Jason Davidson. It was a special treat to play along-side my son, Matt who played bass for Jason. My daughter was emcee for this series. What a proud moment,” states BMG owner, Les Butler.

Butler Music Group Artists Shine At Dollywood's Fall Harvest CelebrationOne of the many great things that makes the Fall Harvest Celebration so great is being able to see so many groups at one time spread out across the park. The Coffmans and Sacred Harmony were invited to perform this year at Dollywood with the Coffmans appearing at the Back Porch Theater and Sacred Harmony at the Valley Theater. Both groups performed to packed out crowds.

Fans are encouraged to make plans now to attend the 2018 Fall Harvest Celebration to see these incredible Butler Music Groups artists and more. For more information, go to www.dollywood.com.

About Butler Music Group

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Butler Music Group provides professional management and consulting services to Southern Gospel and Bluegrass artists including Dunaways, Heaven’s Mountain Band, Williamson’s, Old Time Preachers Quartet, Sacred Harmony, Coffmans, and Jason Davidson.

Butler Music Group Artists Shine At Dollywood's Fall Harvest CelebrationBMG subsidiary, Family Music Group, is the label and radio promotion division of BMG. Label artists include Dunaways, Williamsons, Old Time Preachers Quartet and Jason Davidson. Radio Promotion artists include Canton Junction, David Phelps, Goodman Revival, Ivan Parker, Guy Penrod, Hagees, Jimmy Fortune, Oak Ridge Boys, Booth Brothers, Larry Gatlin, and many others.

Les Butler has been actively involved in Southern Gospel Music for 39 years as a musician, producer, manager, former publisher of the Singing News, and as a nationally syndicated radio host. Butler started Butler Music Group in 1978, and purchased Family Music Group in 2003. He is a past March of Dimes AIR award, as well as winner of the Paul Heil Broadcasting Award in 2011. Butler’s syndicated radio show, Les Butler and Friends, is heard across America and abroad. Butler’s playing and production credits include Palmetto State Quartet, Darryl Worley, Richard Sterban, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Fairfield Four, Steeles, Dunaways, Crabb Family, Easter Brothers, Marksmen Quartet, Earl Scruggs, Bowling Family, Jimmy Fortune, Marty Raybon, Larry Gatlin and many more. Butler’s publishing companies are Hurry-Up Publishing/BMI and Hush Jean/ASCAP. He continues to host a daily Southern and Bluegrass Gospel video blog at southerngospel365.com.

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BIG NIGHT FOR BUTLER MUSIC GROUP ARTISTS AT 2017 DIAMOND AWARDS

Written by Staff on November 2, 2017 – 1:52 pm -

Butler Music Group's Winning Artists: Williamons, Old Time Preachers Quartet, Heaven's Mountain Band, Sacred Harmony and Matt Felts.

Butler Music Group’s Winning Artists: Williamons, Old Time Preachers Quartet, Heaven’s Mountain Band, Sacred Harmony and Matt Felts.

Nashville, TN (November 1, 2017) Butler Music Group works with many of the top artists in Southern Gospel Music and the 2017 Diamond Awards honored many BMG artists last night. BMG entered the night with seven artists nominated in eleven categories and walked away winning six.

The Williamsons have built a reputation as the best mixed-quartet in Southern Gospel Music and last night they were awarded as Mixed Group of the Year. Sadie Williamson was also a special part of the night as she was the official “trophy girl.”

Heaven’s Mountain Band showed why they are mentioned along artists such as the Primitives and Issacs. They brought home multiple awards, Album of the Year, “This Old House of Mine,” and Song of the Year, “I’ll Ride This Ship to the Shore.” They were also nominated for Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year.

Sacred Harmony has been quickly catching the eyes

Matt Felts, Diamond Award winner

Matt Felts, Diamond Award winner

and ears of the Southern Gospel industry for their unique sound that blends traditional Gospel with more contemporary styles. They were honored with the Favorite New Trio award and was also a finalist in the Video of the Year category.

In only two years, the Old Time Preachers Quartet have established themselves as the hottest new group in Gospel Music. The quartet won Favorite New Quartet. They were also nominated for Album of the Year.

While not a new name to Southern Gospel fans, Matt Felts is charting new territories as a soloist. In his first year as a soloist, Matt was nominated for Favorite Male Vocalist and won the Sunrise Artist award. Butler Music Group was blessed to have the Coffmans and Jason Davidson also nominated in the Sunrise Artist Category.

“Wow, what a night! We are incredibly blessed and honored to work with the best of the best and the Southern Gospel fan spoke through the Diamond Awards. We want to thank Rob Patz and SGN Scoops for an incredible event,” stated Les Butler, Butler Music Group. For more pictures and a list of winners from BMG’s big night, go to the Butler Music Group Facebook page.

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Diamond Awards Bring Excitement To Butler Music Group

Written by Staff on October 25, 2017 – 7:18 am -

The Williamsons with Jerry Goff and Jan Buckner Goff at the Diamond Awards.

The Williamsons with Jerry Goff and Jan Buckner Goff at the Diamond Awards 2016

Nashville, TN (October 18, 2017) As artists from across the nation descend on Pigeon Forge, TN for the 2017 Diamond Awards,Butler Music Group and its family of artists have much for which to be excited. Seven BMG artists have accumulated 13 nominations including nominations for Favorite Mixed Group, Favorite Male Vocalist, Video of the Year and two for Album of the Year.

The Williamsons continue to secure their spot as one of Southern Gospels top groups. They have been nominated for Favorite Mixed Groupand Lisa Chesser Williamson has been nominated for the Songwriter of the Year award. BMG prides itself on introducing Gospel Music to some of the best up and coming artists and these nominations prove it. Sacred Harmony has been gaining a reputation for their unique harmonies and crossover sound. They have claimed two nominations, Sunrise Trio and Video of the Year.

2017 Diamond Award Nominations

2017 Diamond Awards Nominations

Family groups are a favorite in Gospel Music and the Coffmans are quickly catching attention at major events such as Singing In The Sun and Gatlinburg Gathering for their powerhouse vocals. This year they claimed their first Singing News Top 40. The 2017  awards brought them a Top 5 nomination in the Sunrise Artist category.

Butler Music Group Artists Honored With 15 Diamond Award Nominations

Butler Music Group Artists Honored With 15 Diamond Award Nominations

Jason Davidson’s incredible vocals have left legends such as Duane Allen, Lynda Randall and LaVerne Tripp amazed by his voice and stage presence. Jason also claimed his first Singing News Top 40 in 2017. He has been nominated for the Sunrise Artist award as well.

Even though some of its members such as Mike Holcomb and Les Butler are household names, the Old Time Preachers Quartet is a relatively new name to Gospel Music. In a short time, they have left the industry a buzz with two Singing News Top 20 songs as well as appearances at Dollywood, Blue Gate Theater, NQC Main Stage and on Guy Penrod’s Gospel Music Showcase TV show. They have been honored for their success with a nomination for  Sunrise Quartet and Album of the Year.

Matt Felts Announces Solo Ministry

Matt Felts nominated for Diamond Award

Another name that is familiar to fans of Gospel Music but is now on a new path is Matt Felts. Having branched out as a soloist this year, Matt has claimed his first Singing News Top 80 and has released a breakout album that features guests such as Larry Gatlin, Joseph Habedank and Goodman Revival. Matt has been nominated for two awards, Favorite Male Vocalist and Sunrise Artist.

In the Bluegrass Gospel side, one name dominated the award nominations. Heaven’s Mountain Band is on a hot streak that includes five consecutive Singing News #1 songs, major concert appearances and a TV appearance on Gospel Music Showcase. Fans have nominated them for three awards; Favorite Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. 

Brian Free and Assurance to perform at the 2017 Diamond Awards

Brian Free and Assurance

The Diamond Awards promise to be a memorable night with performances by Brian Free & Assurance and other top artists. Fans are encouraged to come out to the awards show. The show will be aired at a date to be announced on TV 57 in Atlanta. For more information, go to www.sgnscoops.com.

About Butler Music Group
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Butler Music Group provides professional management and consulting services to Southern Gospel and Bluegrass artists including Dunaways, Heaven’s Mountain Band, Williamson’s, Old Time Preachers Quartet, Sacred Harmony, Coffmans, and Jason Davidson. BMG subsidiary, Family Music Group, is the label and radio promotion division of BMG. Label artists include Dunaways, Williamsons, Old Time Preachers Qt and Jason Davidson.   Radio Promotion artists include Canton Junction, David Phelps, Goodman Revival, Ivan Parker, Guy Penrod, Hagees, Jimmy Fortune, Oak Ridge Boys, Booth Brothers, Larry Gatlin, and many others.Les Butler has been actively involved in Southern Gospel Music for 39 years as a musician, producer, manager, former publisher of the Singing News, and as a nationally syndicated radio host. Butler started Butler Music Group in 1978, and purchased Family Music Group in 2003. He is a past March of Dimes AIR award, as well as winner of the Paul Heil Broadcasting Award in 2011. Butler’s syndicated radio show, Les Butler and Friends, is heard across America and abroad. Butler’s playing and production credits include Palmetto State Quartet, Darryl Worley, Richard Sterban, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Fairfield Four, Steeles, Dunaways, Crabb Family, Easter Brothers, Marksmen Quartet, Earl Scruggs, Bowling Family, Jimmy Fortune, Marty Raybon, Larry Gatlin and many more. Butler’s publishing companies are Hurry-Up Publishing/BMI and Hush Jean/ASCAP. He continues to host a daily Southern and Bluegrass Gospel video blog at southerngospel365.com.For the latest issue of SGNScoops magazine click here
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Williamsons Guest Of Fox News And Kelly Wright

Written by Staff on August 29, 2017 – 3:15 pm -

Williamsons Guest Of Fox News And Kelly Wright

Williamsons Guest Of
Fox News And Kelly Wright

Nashville, TN (August 29, 2017) The Williamsons recently finished up an East coast tour that took them to New Jersey and Pennsylvania. During their trip they had a few days off between concert appearances. The award- winning group spent time sightseeing in New York City. While in NYC they visited Time Square, the 9/11 Memorial, Chinatown, Little Italy and more. But, the highlight of their time in the Big Apple was getting to be the guest at Fox News.

At the National Quartet Convention in 2016, Darin Hebert formed a friendship with Fox News anchor Kelly Wright. Known primarily for his time on Fox News, Kelly Wright is also a Gospel singer and minister. Darin told Kelly they were in NYC and Kelly said, “I work Monday night. Come on over and I’ll show you around!” Kelly showed them around the Fox News campus, including various broadcast studios. “We were able to meet a few news contributors and Jesse Waters waved to us as he was running to do “The Five,” stated Donnie Williamson.

Kelly Wright in August 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Kelly Wright in August 2017 SGNScoops

Kelly Wright’s alma mater is Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Ok, the home state of the Williamsons. “Kelly mentioned how he’d like to return to Oklahoma to minister. That was all it took and we are now planning a Williamsons/Kelly Wright week in the Sooner State – hopefully in the spring of 2018. We want to thank Kelly Wright and Fox News for being so gracious and showing us a wonderful time,” added Donnie.

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About The Williamsons

Williamsons Celebrate Successful Spring, Prepare For Kenya Missions Trip

Williamsons

With musical roots going back to 1961, the Williamsons have solidified themselves as one of Gospel Music’s premier mixed groups. They have had numerous Top 20 Singing News hit songs including a #1 song, “Shout.” The Williamsons have appeared at major events including the National Quartet Convention, Silver Dollar City, Dollywood and many more. Fans have embraced this incredible group and have honored them with multiple awards including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Mixed Group of the Year.

The Williamsons ministry has reached millions around the world. They have appeared on television shows such as Daystar’s Gospel Music Showcase and on the TBN network. They have also ministered on missions trips to Kenya.

The Williamsons are signed to the Family Music Group record label and are represented by Butler Music Group.

 

About Butler Music Group

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Butler Music Group provides professional management and consulting services to Southern Gospel and Bluegrass artists including Dunaways, Heaven’s Mountain Band, Williamson’s, Old Time Preachers Quartet, Sacred Harmony, Coffmans, and Jason Davidson.

BMG subsidiary, Family Music Group, is the label and radio promotion division of BMG. Label artists include Dunaways, Williamsons, Old Time Preachers Qt and Jason Davidson. Radio Promotion artists include Canton Junction, David Phelps, Goodman Revival, Ivan Parker, Guy Penrod, Hagees, Jimmy Fortune, Oak Ridge Boys, Booth Brothers, Larry Gatlin, and many others.

Les Butler has been actively involved in Southern Gospel Music for 39 years as a musician, producer, manager, former publisher of the Singing News, and as a nationally syndicated radio host. Butler started Butler Music Group in 1978, and purchased Family Music Group in 2003. He is a past March of Dimes AIR award, as well as winner of the Paul Heil Broadcasting Award in 2011. Butler’s syndicated radio show, Les Butler and Friends, is heard across America and abroad. Butler’s playing and production credits include Palmetto State Quartet, Darryl Worley, Richard Sterban, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Fairfield Four, Steeles, Dunaways, Crabb Family, Easter Brothers, Marksmen Quartet, Earl Scruggs, Bowling Family, Jimmy Fortune, Marty Raybon, Larry Gatlin and many more. Butler’s publishing companies are Hurry-Up Publishing/BMI and Hush Jean/ASCAP. He continues to host a daily Southern and Bluegrass Gospel video blog at southerngospel365.com.

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WLOSGMH 2017 Convention includes the Williamsons, Freedom Quartet and more

Written by Staff on March 24, 2017 – 1:59 pm -

Williamsons at Creekside 2015

Williamsons

The social media phenomenon We Love Our Southern Gospel Music History (WLOSGMH) is holding a social gathering. Commonly referred to as the Convention, the Facebook group administrators have announced the talent line up for the two day event.

Held March 27 and 28, 2017 at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center in Murfreesboro, TN the talent quartets, trios, soloists, some comedy and lots of surprises that will highlight the talent portion of the convention.

The WLOSGMH Convention begins Monday, March 27th. The evening begins with a dinner concert at 5:30 pm with7:00 pm concert following. The talent includes: Ann Downing, Williamsons, Sheltons, Collectors Quartet, Charlie Griffin, Administrators Quartet, Johnny Minick and Friends, Freedom Quartet.

Freedom Quartet

Freedom Quartet

Tuesday is a full day of activities! Beginning at 9:30 a.m. enjoy two video productions featuring some of the greatest gospel singing of all time. There will also be a short concert featuring some of the musicians who have joined us. This is always a fun time, because we never know who may decide to show up and entertain us. There will be instrumentalists, soloists, and possibly even a Scrap Iron Quartet or two. For those who have purchased the event package, lunch is provided.

 

Tuesday also features two of the convention highlights “Story Time with the Gospel Legends and Show & Tell.” During this time the collectors will also have an opportunity to show some of their classic memorabilia from the gospel singing world; while gospel music road warriors tell some of their funniest stories.

 

WLOSGMH Facebook Administrators (l to R) John Crenshaw, Hannah Kennedy, Ann Downing, Harold Timmons

WLOSGMH Facebook Administrators (l to R) John Crenshaw, Hannah Kennedy, Ann Downing, Harold Timmons

Tuesday evening show begins at 6:00 with talent to include: Matt Felts, Harold Timmons, Jordan’s Bridge, Ann Downing, McCray Dove, Jeff Stice, Williamsons, and a special tribute to some of our favorite singers by the Administrators and Collectors.Throughout the convention, various singers, collectors, and merchants will have their wares available for purchase. This is a one of a kind event to add interesting items to your gospel music collection.

 

We have listed the artist websites for your convenience. Get to know them and their music. You will find a wealth of talent, music, passion and as Granny says “just good people.” Your support of these fine artists is greatly appreciated.

 

Jordans Bridge

Jordans Bridge

ARTIST:                      WEBSITE:

Ann Downing               www.anndowning.com

Charlie Griffin              www.CharlieGriffin.net

Ellen Marsh                  www.EllenMarshMusic.com

Freedom Quartet www.freedomquartet.com

Gospel Gallery/

Harold Timmons         www.facebook.com/thegospelgallery

Jeff Stice

Jeff Stice

Jeff Stice                       www.jeffsticemusic.com

Johnny Minick             www.johnnyminick.com

Jordan’s Bridge            www.jordansbridge.com

Matt Felts                     www.facebook.com/felts3

McCray Dove               www.newdovebrothers.com

Rita Spillers                  www.facebook.com/themusiclady

The Sheltons                www.facebook.com/SheltonMusicPickensSC

The Williamsons         www.Williamsonsmusic.com

 

“This convention is an internet social gathering of friends.” Administrator Harold Timmons says, “It is not a time for preaching, nor politics. It is not a church service, nor a political rally. Friends are in for two nights of fine Christian entertainment.”

 

The Clarion Hotel is the convention headquarters. Located at 2227 Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro, TN. Contact the hotel at 615-896-2420 asking for the WE LOVE SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC HISTORY CONVENTION ROOM DISCOUNT.

 

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WLOSGMH Convention announces two-day Schedule

Written by Staff on March 17, 2017 – 12:02 pm -

WLOSGMH Facebook Administrators (l to R) John Crenshaw, Hannah Kennedy, Ann   Downing, Harold Timmons

WLOSGMH Facebook Administrators (l to R) John Crenshaw, Hannah Kennedy, Ann Downing, Harold Timmons

People have been asking a lot of questions about the We Love Our Southern Gospel Music History (WLOSGMH) Convention. The interest created has gospel music fans driving and flying from across the states and from the Netherlands. In fact over 37,000 group members are creating the stir with gospel music fans clamoring for more music and history.

 

This Facebook social media gathering has become the talk of the town as interest grows among gospel music fans to know more about the history of the music, performers and the gospel music foundation. The oral history is passed down today by those “you should have been there stories”, videos, music, and collectors who share their memorabilia. Vendor booths showcase those rare one of a kind records, photos, collectibles and do-dads making it a shoppers paradise.

Those coffee or booth conversations are truly a convention highlight.

WLOSGMH administrator John Crenshaw says, “In addition to our great artists, the WLOSGMH convention will feature some great videos featuring the groups from the past. You’ll see the Statesmen, Rebels, Blackwoods, Singing Americans, Speer Family, Happy Goodmans, Rangers Trio and so many others. Many of these videos are being shown here for the first time in more than forty years.”

WLOSGMH collectors and shoppers (l to R) Paul Conner, Gayla Fooks, Brent Joiner, Aaron Rich

WLOSGMH collectors and shoppers (l to R) Paul Conner, Gayla Fooks, Brent Joiner, Aaron Rich

One of the highlights of the convention is the show and tell session. Crenshaw states, “Many collectors will bring their prized possessions to share with the group on Tuesday afternoon. Some of the legends of gospel music will share their humorous road stories. The Tuesday evening concert will feature a tribute to some of the great voices of the past. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but you’ll laugh and cry as you enjoy this tribute.”

Activities for weekend start with members arriving early to participate in a southern gospel tradition, a Red Back Hymnal singing. “On Saturday March 25th from 6-8, many of us will be attending the 4th Annual Rutherford County Red Back Hymnal Singing at Murfreesboro Missionary Baptist Church, 316 Fortress Blvd., Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 37128.” Crenshaw continues. “Although this is not officially a part of the We Love Our Southern Gospel Music Convention, they have been very helpful to us, and we will have a special ticket offer available for those who attend the Singing. It’s a great start to the weekend!”

 

The WLOSGMH Convention begins Monday, March 27th. Here are some highlights:

The hotel atrium will be open for buyers and sellers at 10:00 a.m.

WLOSGMH ConventionCheck in and registration will be 3-4:30 with dinner served at 5:30. The Monday evening show begins at 7:00 with talent to include: Ann Downing, Williamsons, Sheltons, Collectors Quartet, Charlie Griffin, Administrators Quartet, Johnny Minick and Friends, Freedom Quartet

Tuesday is a full day of fun filled music and festivities! Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, you will have the opportunity to enjoy two video productions featuring some of the greatest gospel singing of all time. There will also be a short concert featuring some of the musicians who have joined us. This is always a fun time, because we never know who may decide to show up and entertain us. There will be instrumentalists, soloists, and possibly even a Scrap Iron Quartet or two. For those who have purchased the package, lunch will be provided.

Tuesday will also have “Story Time with the Gospel Legends”. The road warriors need to prepare some of their funniest stories for this unforgettable time of sharing. The collectors will also have an opportunity to show some of their classic memorabilia from the gospel singing world.

Come on down, the price right at the WLOSGMH vendor booths.

Come on down, the price right at the WLOSGMH vendor booths.

Tuesday evening show begins at 6:00 with talent to include: Matt Felts, Harold Timmons, Jordan’s Bridge, Ann Downing, McCray Dove, Jeff Stice, Williamsons, and a special tribute to some of our favorite singers by the Administrators and Collectors.

Come on down, the price right at the WLOSGMH vendor booths.

Throughout the convention, various singers, collectors, and merchants will have their wares available for purchase. This is a one of a kind event to add interesting items to your gospel music collection.

“This convention is an internet social gathering of friends.” Administrator Harold Timmons says, “It is not a time for preaching, nor politics. It is not a church service, nor a political rally. Friends are in for two nights of fine Christian entertainment.”

The Clarion Hotel is the convention headquarters. Located at 2227 Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro, TN. Contact the hotel at 615-896-2420 asking for the WE LOVE SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC HISTORY CONVENTION ROOM DISCOUNT.

For complete fan package, concert tickets, hotel and event information visit www.facebook.com/groups/sgmhistory/.  

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AG Publicity Artists Shine at 2016 SGNScoops Diamond Awards

Written by Staff on November 10, 2016 – 8:19 pm -

Karen Peck and New River Win at 2016 Diamond Awards

Karen Peck and New River Win at 2016 Diamond Awards

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (November 3, 2016) AG Publicity artists received some of the top honors last evening at the 2016 SGN Scoops Diamond Awards. The Annual Awards were held November 1, as a part of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Williamsons at Diamond Awards

Williamsons at 2016 Diamond Awards

Dove Award-winning family group Karen Peck & New River took home two awards last night for Trio of the Year and Mixed Group of the Year. The Williamsons also were awarded two trophies for Favorite Song of the Year and Favorite Album of the Year (for “Shout” and Tell Somebody respectively).

Karen Peck of New River stated, “We are very honored to receive these amazing Diamond Awards. We want to thank all of you who voted for us. You all have been such a blessing to us over the past 25 years as KPNR. We work very hard to keep our ministry moving forward for the Lord. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated. We also want to thank Rob Patz and his awesome team for their tireless efforts in keeping Southern Gospel Music in the forefront of the music world.”

“Such an honor to be awarded with Album of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2016 Diamond Awards! Thank you Lord for this honor and thank you all for voting for us.” an excited Donnie Williamson exclaimed.

Sarah Davison of HighRoad at 2016 Diamond Awards

Sarah Davison of HighRoad at 2016 Diamond Awards

Country/Bluegrass hybrid group HIGHROAD won the Diamond Award for Christian Country Group of the Year, while Jeff Stice won Instrumentalist of the Year.

Sarah Davison of HIGHROAD commented, “It was really inspiring to be surrounded last night by friends and artists who love Gospel music so much. We couldn’t do it without the folks who voted for us and have prayed for us while we go out and travel and sing all the time. We are humbled by this honor and it’s to God we give the Glory. I’m just thankful He gives us the songs to write and let’s us do what we love to do.”

img_0929Jeff Stice said, “The Bible says if we delight in the Lord , He will give us the desires of our hearts…. but it amazes me that when we delight in the Lord those desires change. My desire? I just want to finish well, and be a vessel that glorifies God… I truly am speechless over this Diamond Award… I am honored that the voters have chosen me as Instrumentalist of the Year. My thanks to The Beckie Simmons agency for booking me, Daywind Records for signing me as an artist, AGP for being my publicist , my family for praying for me, the Nelons for believing in me and my wife, Stacey ( my gift from God)for loving and supporting me… Psalm 130:7 says: “Hope in the Lord , for in the Lord there is mercy, and with Him there is ABUNDANT REDEMPTION ”

AGP President, Deon Unthank, stated, “We at AG Publicity are proud to represent some of the most talented artists in the Gospel Music industry. Congratulations to Karen Peck and New River, The Williamsons, HIGHROAD, and Jeff Stice. Your hard work is appreciated as indicated by these awards.”

AG Publicity represents an award-winning roster of artists including Karen Peck & New River, The Williamsons, HIGHROAD, Jeff Stice, Michael English, The Browders, Wilburn & Wilburn, Johnny Minick with Goodman Revival, 11th HOUR, Steve Ladd, The Freemans, and more.

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Williamsons Family Grows Again

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 3, 2016 – 8:35 am -

The Williamsons Family Grows Again

The Williamsons Family Grows Again

Nashville, TNFamily Music Group artist, the Williamsons, is celebrating the growth of their family. Darin Hebert, bass singer for the Williamsons, has announced the birth of a new daughter. Darin, his wife Kallie, and new big brother Patrick are excited about the addition of a beautiful baby girl to their family named Emaleigh Sue Hebert. Miss Emaleigh came into the world on July 30, weighing 7lbs and 9 ounces. She was 19 1/2″ long.

Mother and daughter are doing wonderful. Darin is expected to back on the road with the Williamsons soon, most likely with a wallet full of new pictures. Congratulations to the Hebert family.

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Williamsons Take Their Ministry to Kisumu, Kenya

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 7, 2016 – 9:33 am -

Williamsons Take Their Ministry to Kisumu, Kenya

Williamsons Take Their Ministry to Kisumu, Kenya

Nashville, TN  The Williamson’s returned to the U.S. on June 27 after spending two weeks on a missions trip in Kisumu, Kenya.  Donnie WilliamsonLisa Chesser Williamson and Karl Rice, along with Donnie and Lisa’s daughters, Sadie and Olivia, boarded a plane on June 14 in hopes of spending time with the people of Kenya and seeing lives changed through the Gospel.  Donnie and Lisa confirmed that their trip exceeded expectations.  While they were there, The Williamsons were busy daily.  They sang, preached, participated in the Pastor’s Conference, visited schools and witnessed 18,000 people make decisions for Christ.  The impact on the ministry team as well as the people of Kisumu was incredible.

The Williamsons trip to Kenya was the third missions trip they’ve taken as a family and group with the Russell Ministry World Missions Team.  Donnie Williamson says, “We rely a great deal on Mike and Jan Russell to plan things.  I’m thankful to Mike and Jan for being so sensitive to the spirit, even on the routing.  This sensitivity has always allowed us safe travel and an ability to see God’s hand in every trip.”  In the next few months, The Williamsons plan to continue celebrating the salvations they witnessed during their time there and working with the World Missions Team to try and get some Bibles sent over to many of the pastors and community members who are currently without.  When the pastors there were asked what they really needed, Bibles were the one thing they mentioned.  The Williamsons will also have the opportunity through the World Missions Team to continue to fund the pastors and the people they impacted during their time there.  The pastors will go back into the schools and hear the stories of life change that happened during those two weeks.  Donnie Williamson says, “The best stories are yet to come.”

The Williamson’s have had a big summer so far.  In the past year, The Williamsons have had three songs in the Singing News Top 40, two in the Top 5, and a Singing News #1 withShout.”  At the Absolutely Gospel Awards, the group was awarded the “Song of the Year.”  The Williamsons are currently nominated in the Top 5 for the Singing News Favorite New Artist and they have also been nominated for five awards in the SGN Scoops Diamond AwardsMixed Group of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Gospel Music Video of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year.  Soon after these nominations, The Williamsons received a nomination for the Christian Voice Magazine Southern Gospel Fan Awards for Favorite Album and Favorite Video.  The Williamsons are so thankful for the blessings the Lord has bestowed on them and are excited to see what the Lord has in store in the second half of the year.

To keep up with The Williamsons visit www.williamsonsmusic.com.


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See What God Is Doing: Williamsons Kenya Trip Update

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 17, 2016 – 5:48 pm -

Williamsons Kenya Trip Update

Williamsons Kenya Trip Update

Williamsons Kenya Trip Update: Our first full day was a success! Around 200 people accepted Jesus today!

Matthew 9:37-38

37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”


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