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Pray for the family of Ernie Dawson

Written by Staff on July 26, 2020 – 8:12 am -

Ernie Dawson and HeirlineMany Southern gospel fans know the name of Ernie Dawson and Heirline. Ernie was a singer, songwriter, preacher, and evangelist, and had formed his group Heirline over 30 years ago. Ernie enjoyed signing with his family, his wife Linda, and sons Eric, and Landon Dawson.

Ernie’s son, Eric, posted this morning that his dad has passed to eternity. It was noted on Facebook also that Ernie, Linda, and Eric all were sick with the COVID-19 virus (not confirmed by SGNScoops at this time). Ernie had many health issues, including kidney and heart problems. He was undergoing dialysis and had suffered a stroke last fall.

Linda and Ernie Dawson

Linda and Ernie Dawson

Eric Dawson:

Please pray for my family my dad Ernie Dawson passed this morning. This is a man who loved everyone . He touched so many lives and gave God all the glory and now I know he’s hugging his mom and praising god I love you dad for ever . You were all ways there for me as my boss, my dad, and my best friend I love you

Ernie Dawson and Heirline

Ernie Dawson and Heirline

Please pray for Linda, Eric, Landon and all of Ernie’s family at this time.

SGNScoops joins our readers in prayer for this family.




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Ernie Dawson needs our prayers

Written by Staff on October 20, 2019 – 9:08 am -

HeirlineErnie Dawson of Heirline is in need of prayer after suffering a medical emergency. Please pray for this singer and evangelist. He wrote the following on his Facebook page earlier today:

Ernie Dawson of theI wanted to let everyone know what’s going on with me. I had a stroke and had to be airlifted to Erlanger, I went through a series of tests, then it was determined that I needed surgery on my carotid artery to fix the problem, so I had surgery, I was sent to ICU. There is where other problems crept up. My blood pressure won’t come up, they told me that I went into full blown heart failure, so I’m on a lot of different iv fluid medicine which is not good for a dialysis patient on fluid restrictions. One day so much happened I thought it was the end, so here I am in intensive care praying that everyday will be better than the last. I want to be home to book singing dates and keep my home afloat. Our bills are (huge). I shouldn’t be in here worrying about it all but I can’t help it. I’m human and the dad. So, how long will I be here, I don’t know. I really need my friends right now. I need my singing friends to rally around me. Pray for me and my family, help me, if you’d like to book us for a singing call us, if I can’t make it my boys will. I’ll try when I get better. I

Ernie Dawson of Heirline

Ernie Dawson

just need to heal.i love you all. From the bottom of my heart I love you all. God Bless you. Ernie.

Please pray for Ernie and his family.

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Ernie Dawson & Heirline Hosts 2014 Homecoming May 3

Written by SGN Scoops on May 2, 2014 – 7:47 am -

Heirline Anniversary{Chattanooga, TN, May 2, 2014}  Ernie Dawson and Heirline is set to kick off their anniversary celebration tomorrow afternoon in Whitwell, Tennessee.  Joining Heirline in concert will be, Ken Hicks and Testimony, Tony Gore, The Primitive Quartet and Rhonda Frye and Riverside.  Along with great music, there will be plenty of great food and fellowship.  Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door.  Tickets are available at all Marion County Citizens Tri County Bank locations.  For more information, visit or call 423-658-2947.  The concert starts at 5:30 CST and will be held at the Whitwell Middle School, 1 Butterfly Lane, Whitwell, Tennessee 37397.

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Written by SGN Scoops on February 10, 2012 – 9:08 am -

CHATTANOOGA, TN- Ernie Dawson, lead singer of Heirline, announced that he was released from ICU at Park Ridge Hospital in Chattanooga early this morning and will be undergoing surgery today. 
Dawson was placed in Intensive Care after suffering from a light heart attack over the weekend. 
“Finally out of ICU, having surgery this morning on my foot, say a prayer for me,” Dawson said.  To leave a prayer or comment on Heirline’s Facebook page, visit:  Heirline’s Facebook Page. 
Originating from Jasper, TN, Heirline has been ‘Pressing On,’ in the gospel music industry and blessing audiences across the country.  The group members:  Ernie Dawson (lead), Eric Dawson (Baritone), Jackie Lamb (tenor), with special appearances from Ernie’s wife and son, Linda and Landon.  Their new Homeland recording “25 Years And Pressing On” was released in May 2011, with the radio single, “Press On (Morning’s Coming).”
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HisSong Announces Michael Frost As New Baritone Vocalist

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 3, 2011 – 11:09 am -

Dove Award nominated HisSong is proud to announce as their new Baritone singer/songwriter Michael Frost. Michael has a long history in southern gospel music.

HisSong owner/manager Dennis Humphries states, “We are very excited to have Michael a part of this ministry and team. I have known Michael for several years and have always loved his singing, songwriting and his spirit. I’m excited to see what God has in store for this ministry.”

Michael Jason Frost grew up singing gospel music with his family in upper East Tennessee. By the time he was a teenager, he was harmonizing with his cousins and traveling on weekends across the southeast with a family band, The Frost Family. That band evolved into a vocal trio, The Frosts, that did well in the southern gospel music industry with widespread radio airplay and charting singles. The trio enjoyed success from 2002 – 2005 and earned a Singing News Fan Award nomination in 2005.

As a songwriter, Michael has had cuts by several of gospel music’s most popular artists, including a new release on Ivan Parker’s latest project HisSong, The Wilburns, Heirline and more. Many of his songs have climbed The Singing News Top 40 chart. Michael was named “Songwriter of the Year” in 2007 by the Eddie Crook Company.

In 2006, Michael was cast in an original musical production about the life of Christ called “The Miracle” at The Miracle Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN. Michael signed on for every season of The Miracle, where he played various roles from John the Baptist to Judas, and as an understudy to the role of Jesus. He also served as host and pre-show soloist. Michael appeared in more than 2,000 performances of The Miracle until the show ended its run in October 2011. Michael also appeared in the theater’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” starring alongside American Idol’s Melinda Doolittle.

After The Miracle ended it’s run, Michael officially joined popular southern gospel trio, HisSong in October 2011 as their full-time baritone singer.

“I’m amazed by God’s timing. Just when The Miracle closed after six years, God opened the door for me to sing with HisSong. I’ve known these guys for years, and I’ve always loved their sound and their songs. It’s an honor to join their ministry and I’m excited to see where God will take us from here,” Michael said.
Michael and his wife Jen have one daughter, Jael Esther Frost. They reside in Sevierville, TN.

HisSong is currently working on a brand new project with multi Dove Award winning producer Wayne Haun on the Vine/Crossroads label. This will be the 4th project with Wayne. This is HisSong’s 10 year anniversary and the new record will be called “Decade.”

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Prayer Needed For Ernie Dawson of Heirline

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 26, 2011 – 1:27 pm -

Nashville, TN- Homeland Inspiration Group is asking for everyone to remember to pray for Ernie Dawson of Heirline.

Due to recent struggles with diabetes, Ernie recently underwent surgery on one of his feet. Complications set in after completion of the surgery and the doctors have had Ernie hospitalized this week with staph infection. The physicians have stated that Ernie may be released today, but will be following up under physicians care early next week.

Ernie will not be present for this weekend’s concerts in Westmoreland TN, Palmer TN and Tullahoma, TN. Heirline will however proceed with keeping all of their commitments for this weekend with Ernie’s 13 year old son Landon filling in at lead vocals for Ernie. Ernie wants to thank all of the fans and Southern Gospel Music Industry personnel for their prayers during this difficult time.

Homeland Inspiration Group will announce more information about Ernie’s condition in the coming days. If you would like to send Ernie a note, card, or donation to assist with costly medical expenses, the mailing address is Heirline, P.O. Box 2176, Jasper, TN 37347.

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Written by Rhonda on August 20, 2010 – 8:15 am -

Nashville, TN- Homeland Entertainment Group announces the signing of one of Southern Gospel Music’s most loved trios: Heirline of Jasper, TN.  For the past 15 years this trio has blessed the hearts of Gospel Music fans everywhere with such Top 40 hits as “My Mama’s Prayer”, “She’s Not Crying Anymore”,  “Gardens of Stone”, “That’s God” and their number one single “You’ll Never Run Out Of The Blood”.  The current lineup of the group consists of Lead Singer Ernie Dawson,  Baritone Vocalist Eric Dawson, and tenor Sandi Templeton with special appearances from Ernie’s wife Linda and their youngest son Landon.
Ernie Dawson stated ” I am very excited about our new venture with Homeland, I always pray long and hard about decisions concerning our ministry, and I feel at peace about the decision to sign with this great company. I am looking forward to a long lasting relationship. There are some good men that are at the helm, and I feel they have our best interest at heart, and I believe everyone is going to be pleased with the outcome.”
Homeland Director of A/R Eric Melton said” I first met Ernie in the mid 90s after their first single “More Than Enough” was released and I was ecstatic about their ministry and how they connect with their audiences.  Heirline is a welcome addition to our roster at Homeland and I know they will remain an encouragement to fans everywhere with their anointed music and will be a valued enhancement that will continue to carry the legacy of our label”.
Heirline is currently reviewing material for their first recording on the Homeland label with the title released at later date and is set to release on Tuesday November 2.  You can find more information at or

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Testimonial Song from the Pen of The Dotsons’ John Dotson Hits #1

Written by Scoops Staff on April 22, 2010 – 11:53 am -

Heirline Takes “Not the Man I Used to Be” to #1 on Christian Voice Magazine’s Top 100 Southern Gospel Chart

SILVER LAKE, Ind. – A testimonial song written by John Dotson (of The Dotsons) reached the #1 spot this month on Christian Voice Magazine’s Top 100 Southern Gospel chart.  The song, titled “Not the Man I Used to Be,” was recorded and released as a single to Southern Gospel radio by hit-makers Heirline.

“Not the Man I Used To Be” is the second #1 hit for Heirline on this specific chart from their latest recording The Reason That I Sing. The Dotsons have also recorded the song, and it continues to be one of the group’s most requested tunes.

“I am continually amazed at how God uses this song,” mentioned John Dotson. “People relate to this song so well. We were excited when Ernie Dawson & Heirline decided to record it – and now to see that people are connecting with it on a national level means even more to us!”

Heirline’s version of “Not the Man I Used To Be” reached the #1 spot on Christian Voice Magazine’s Top 100 Southern Gospel chart this month (April 2010 issue).

The Dotsons’ Still Small Voice released last summer.  Still Small Voice features production work from Eddie Crook (tracks) and Adrian Payne (vocals). Seven of the project’s 12 tracks were written by John Dotson, including the title cut “Still Small Voice.”  The duo also put their touch on classics like “Rise Again,” “Soul Fillin’ Station,” “God Delivers Again,” “He Broke the Chains,” and “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow.”

For more information on The Dotsons, visit .  Fans are also encouraged to visit the group’s MySpace at .

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