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September 2014 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 16, 2014 – 11:30 am -

SGNScoops Magazine For September 2014

SGNScoops Magazine For September 2014

Welcome to the Fifth Anniversary edition of SGN Scoops digital magazine. We have a lot of great stories to share with you this month and we are thrilled to have Jeff and Sheri Easter as our cover artists for September. Their story is told by Dixie Phillips who also tells the story of Kenna Turner West and the Write About Jesus seminars.

In celebration of our Fifth Anniversary we have a special feature written by Sandy Duncan Clark about five years of SGN Scoops history. New staff members Chris Clay and Dean Adkins have special features for us on the Steeles and the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion.

Rob Patz tells us what America Wants To Know About Donna King and Vonda Easley shines the DJ Spotlight on Rodney Baucom. Melissa Wright shares about the filming of the Cathedral Family Reunion and the DVD just released.

Lorraine Walker addresses the subject of Christians and Addictions with guests Rusty Golden and Joseph Habedank. Marketing Gospel Music features Dusty Wells of Word Records. Other great features by Lynn Mills, David Staton, Erin Stevens and Laurette Willis will keep you glued to our pages.

Our brand-new News Makers section this month includes the Crabb Platinum Tour by Angela Griffin, the Music and Madness Tour by Candace Combs and much more.

We know you love the monthly devotions by our writers; Dr. Jeff Steele, Sherry Anne, Kelly Nelon Clark and Jennifer Campbell. We hope their words will encourage you and strengthen your heart.

All this and so much more as you look inside the September 2014 edition of SGNScoops! Read it and share it today!


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“WRITE ABOUT JESUS” – TAKE YOUR SONGWRITING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 10, 2014 – 9:39 am -

Write About Jesus

Write About Jesus

For the past 15 years, the Write About Jesus Workshop has been fulfilling its mission to “Inspire and Equip the Community of Christian Songwriters.” Each year, at its annual 3-day event in St. Charles, MO, songwriters from around the country gather for an intense and fun time of learning and motivation.

Sue C. Smith, the workshop’s founder and director says, “We like to say the workshop is part conference, part obstacle course, and part family reunion! Over the years, our registrants and faculty have developed a strong bond with each other. It’s always fun for me to see new registrants arrive on Thursday evening a little uncertain of what to expect, but by the time the first few classes are over, they have jumped in with both feet and are part of the WAJ family.”

Sue is a long-time staff writer with Capitol CMG and has written 9 #1 songs over the years, as well as over 50 musicals that are performed in churches around the world. Each year she brings other writers, publishers, and producers to Write About Jesus to devote 3 days to helping each registrants go to the next level in their writing. These include many Dove-Award winning songwriters who have over 100 #1 songs to their credit.

Over the years, dozens of registrants have used the workshop as a springboard to starting to land cuts on albums, publishing deals, and award nominations. One registrant says, “I came to learn about songwriting, which I did. But I took away so much more. The worship, teaching, songs, and all the people I met filled a drained soul with hope and a renewed realization of Gods amazing love.

The weekend also includes a songwriting competition. The Grand Prize winner receives a prize package that is worth well over $1000, but the real prize is the chance to co-write with Christian music veteran writers and meet with major publishers. Previous Grand Prize winners are now writing musicals for top publishing houses as well as getting cuts with major label artists.

This year for the first time, a track for kids 9-14 years old is being launched. It’s called “Kids Write About Jesus” and is being hosted by WAJ veterans Nick and Allie Lapointe. Sue says the kids’ track is nearly filled ,and she is incredibly excited about the chance to raise up the next generation of Christian songwriters.

Whether you are just beginning on your songwriting journey or you’re a seasoned writer, you will be encouraged, inspired and motivated by attending the Write About Jesus Workshop.

Several discounts are available and are described on the Workshop link. For more information or to register on line and pay through the site’s secure shopping cart go to www.writeabout.jesus.com.


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Sue C Smith Talks With Rhonda Frye Of SGNScoops.com

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December 2012 Edition Of SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 4, 2012 – 5:52 pm -

From the staff of SGNScoops Magazine, Merry Christmas! We pray the December edition warms your heart this holiday season. On the cover this month is the sensational Annie Moses Band. Also we highlight the latest happenings in the ministries of Gordon Mote, Cross Music Group, Soul’d Out Quartet, Randy and Sherri Miller, Kevin Mills, C S & K, and Micah Watkins. Rhonda Frye share the highlights of the recent Write About Jesus songwriter’s conference, Jennifer Campbell shares a recent Women of Faith experience and Rob Patz shares a media minute with Patricia Mathis. We urge you to give the gift of Gospel Music! Sandi Duncan Clark reviews the latest albums from the Littles, the Hoppers, The Easters, the Blackwood Brothers, and the Hinshaw Trio. Also included in this edition, Laurrette Willis encourages Christian Fitness during the holidays, John Mathis gives a word of encouragement and Lou Hildreth shares wonderful memories. For this special holiday issue, we’ve gathered many tasty recipes from our staff, readers and many artists. We urge you to put these recipes to the test! We’ve had a great 2012 at SGNScoops and are looking forward to great things in 2013. Remember, SGNScoops All Digital Magazine is absolutely free, so please share with your family, fans and friends! Merry Christmas!!

 

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Two New Faces Coming To Write About Jesus…

Written by SGN Scoops on September 10, 2012 – 6:01 am -

Write About Jesus, a workshop for Christian Songwriters, announces two new faces for this year’s conference:

Jennie Lee Riddle and Michael Farren

Jennie Lee Riddle is a passionate worship leader, team trainer, songwriter, and conference speaker. She is honored as a three-time Dove award winner, top five CCLI songwriter, and BMI award winner for top 25 radio. Jennie is best known for authoring “Revelation Song” which had a 17 week run at #1 and current radio hit, “When The Stars Burn Down.” Numerous artists have covered Jennie’s songs, including, Kari Jobe, Gateway Worship, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Selah, Newsboys, Travis Cotrell, and many others. We’re thrilled that Jennie will be coming to Write About Jesus this year!

Michael Farren is the other new face at Write About Jesus. Texas native Michael Farren was lead vocalist of the worship band Pocket Full Rocks for 16 years. He’s received Dove award nominations for Worship Album of the year, for both Song to the King and Manifesto, and for New Artist of The Year.

As a songwriter, Michael’s work has been recorded by  Michael W Smith, Jackie Velazquez, Big Daddy Weave, Phillips Craig and Dean and many others. “Let It Rain” (Michael W. Smith) and “Let the Worshipers Arise” (Phillips Craig and Dean), are used in congregations worldwide. WAJ registrants will love Michael!

Returning this year:  Belinda Smith, Tony Wood and Joel Lindsey  

Belinda Smith is a Dove Award winning songwriter who has been part of Write About Jesus since the beginning! In addition to being a successful songwriter, she owns a BMI Award winning publishing company, teaches songwriting, and is a creativity mentor.

The world famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Mountain Stage, and the TN Young Writer Workshop are just a few places she is proud to have been recently.

Belinda is a sought after presenter at workshops and festivals all over the country. Through Belinda Smith Creative courses, she is now able to work with the best aspiring writers from around the world and guide them to their absolute best.

Tony Wood, a 2009 Dove Award nominee for Songwriter of the Year and the writer of 22 #1 songs,  has had over 400 songs recorded in the CCM market, including singles by Francesca Battistelli (“This Is The Stuff”), Hawk Nelson (“Crazy Love”), Mandisa (“My Deliverer”), Royal Tailor (“Hold Me Together”), and the Martins (“Unredeemed”).

He is a two-time Dove Award winner for Inspirational Song of the Year: “Find Your Wings” by Mark Harris and “Joseph” by Jason Crabb. Other artists recording his songs include Selah, Michael W. Smith, Point of Grace, 4-HIM, Avalon, Phillips, Craig and Dean, Sandi Patty, Larnelle Harris, Gaither Vocal Band, Booth Brothers, and many others. Tony is a staff writer for SONY Music Publishing.

Joel Lindsey is one of Christian music’s most prolific and enduring songwriters, having over 800 songs recorded in the last 20 years by artists in nearly every genre, including over 20 #1 Songs.

A ten-time Dove Award winner, he has been nominated for Songwriter Of The Year twice. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Point of Grace, Sandi Patti, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Ty Herndon, Avalon, Joy Williams, The Perrys, Gaither Vocal Band, Michael English and many others.

Some of his song titles include “Celebrate Me Home,” “Gather At The River,” “Orphans of God,” “Reason Enough,” “Life, Love & Other Mysteries, “Born To Climb,” and “He Made A Change.”

Early Registration:

Register before Wednesday, September 12, and receive a $25 discount.  Check the website for various other discounts.  The conference is scheduled for October 11-13 in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information and registration, visit http://www.writeaboutjesus.com/


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WRITE ABOUT JESUS WORKSHOP, October 11-13, 2012

Written by SGN Scoops on September 3, 2012 – 9:29 am -

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned songwriter, you’ll be equipped, encouraged, and inspired at Write About Jesus, a workshop for Christian songwriters, held each October in the St. Louis, MO area. This year’s workshop is October 11-13 at First Baptist Church, Harvester, MO.

The workshop was founded and is hosted each year by 5-time Dove Award winning songwriter Sue C. Smith and her husband John. Sue is the writer of 8 number one songs and more than 50 musicals sung at churches all over the world.

Write About Jesus is 3 days of learning, opportunity, and fun. Registrants from throughout the United States gather to attend classes, network with other songwriters and publishers, and get advice from music business professionals. Registration for the workshop includes all the classes, taught by many of today’s top writers and publishers, meals on Friday and Saturday, a workshop t-shirt, the WAJ notebook, the Friday evening Writers in the Round concert, and one song entered in the songwriting competition. The grand prize winner of the competition receives a prize package worth more than $1000.

Now in its 13th year, Write About Jesus receive high praise from registrants and industry professionals alike:

“This conference is amazing. I thought it was going to be good but I was unprepared. It was so much more than I could have imagined. I felt God’s presence here and have a renewed sense of purpose with my ministry. Thank you. I will take the tools you have given me and go write great songs. See you next year!”

“Most bang for my buck I’ve ever known! Expectations exceeded in so many golden comments presented by seasoned writers and their free friendship both in and out of sessions. It’s so good to be within a group where everyone present values you.”

This is family. These are my people. Even the clinicians make you feel like family. Everyone is so kind and encouraging. WAJ will always be on my calendar.”

“There is nothing that can compare with the WAJ experience! It is a must for all Christian songwriters. It changes everything. A part of my heart has opened like never before.”

For more information and to register, go to: www.writeaboutjesus.com, or email: sue@writeaboutjesus.com.

 

 


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