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Coastal Media Group President, Rob Patz, Announces Purchase of Nashville-based,

Written by Scoops Staff on April 12, 2010 – 9:30 pm -

{Nashville, TN-Rob Patz, President of Coastal Media Group in Bellingham, WA (parent company of SGN Scoops Digital), announces today the purchase of, Nashville, TN, adding it to the company’s growing conglomerate of media outlets.

Patz has been involved in the Gospel music industry for several decades and offers innovative television and radio media for recording artists and fans through interviews and production of original programming. In 2009, Patz purchased the SGN Scoops magazine, along with the Diamond Awards from Dr. Allen Smith, and continues to grow his business with creative additions, including today’s purchase of

Dempsey Howard, Nashville, TN, has been a professional recording artist and supporter of Southern Gospel music for most of his life. He is a published author, and recognized among his peers as an accomplished musician and businessman.

Rob Patz, President of Coastal Media, Inc, says, “Dempsey Howard has created an excellent resource site for Southern Gospel artists’ videos. From vintage to current, fans can find their favorite videos online at their fingertips. I am excited about acquiring this business and adding it to what we already offer at Coastal Media. Our mission is to get the word out by continuing to grow this ministry. I want to continue the growth that Dempsey has already established and  make him proud that he entrusted his creation to me. I invite everyone to check out the website at and see what we offer artists and fans alike.”

Dempsey Howard commented, “I am pleased with the exchange of into the hands of Coastal Media. With my other business ventures, including, I feel Coastal Media is an excellent company to carry out my original mission with the video site and allow me to devote more time to my other ventures. I have worked deligently to create this place for Southern Gospel music videos to be viewed and enjoyed. This music is my passion and heritage and I feel confident that Rob Patz will continue my original vision. This has been a blessing and privilege that the Lord allowed me to create. We have seen tremendous growth with and I believe Rob and his staff will continue to grow this business, as we share the same love for Southern Gospel music. I hope everyone will continue to frequent the site and utilize the excellent services that Coastal Media will offer.”

Coastal Media has contracted with Howard to remain on staff as the website Production Director for the next 2 years.

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Written by Scoops Staff on February 26, 2010 – 12:57 pm -

(February 23, 2010) PLANO, TX –, the world’s largest Christian online community, today announced a multi-year licensing agreement with Christian recorded music, distribution, and music publishing company EMI Christian Music Group (EMI CMG) for audio and video streaming, giving users of the world’s largest online Christian community unlimited access to some of the biggest names in gospel music – including TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Jeremy Camp, Newsboys, Underoath, David Crowder*Band, Thousand Foot Krutch, Matthew West and Bill & Gloria Gaither.

The partnership brings together’s average of 2.5 million unique monthly visitors and nearly a million registered users with the digital distribution leader in Christian music¹.  Under the agreement EMI CMG gives users access to authorized videos and recordings, including user-generated content, of all EMI CMG and digitally distributed label artists. will provide content aggregation, distribution and syndication, including ongoing promotions that will feature EMI CMG artists in highly visible positioning. CEO Trey Bowles said, “Music has become fundamental to tangle’s social networking community and with more than 50 percent of our searches looking to connect to music related content, it is one of the most important content elements on  We sought a partnership specifically with EMI CMG because of the quality, creativity and integrity of the EMI roster and we look forward to helping them build meaningful interactions with their fans.”
“Our new partnership with is niche marketing at its most powerful.  EMI CMG can expand the impact of our artists by exposing their music directly to millions of Christian music fans who have chosen as their preferred choice for social networking and online sharing.  We see it as a great opportunity to create deeper engagement between artists and fans,” said Bill Hearn, president and CEO of EMI CMG.
As this agreement is announced, TobyMac is featured prominently on for his new CD Tonight which hit the Billboard Top 200 chart at #6 last week.  Positioning on will assure every visitor to the site will see the promotion for TobyMac’s new CD and is typical of those that EMI CMG will continue to work with tangle. Promotions may include featured videos and music downloads, full-length album stream parties, artist devotionals, retail banner ads, homepage positioning, contests and sweepstakes and more.

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Written by Scoops Staff on February 10, 2010 – 9:22 am -

Two New Gaither Vocal Band DVDs Just Released

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – February 10, 2010 – EMI CMG Distribution and Gaither Music Group have agreed to extend their 16-year relationship that has already generated sales of more than 22 million albums and videos.  The  new, long-term agreement extends

EMI CMG’s distribution rights in all markets worldwide for all Gaither Music Group audio and video products, including the popular Homecoming series and music from artists such as The Gaither Vocal Band, Bill & Gloria Gaither, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Lynda Randle, The Isaacs, Mark Lowry and more.

The deal also encompasses distribution for Gaither Music Group labels: Spring Hill Music, Coming Home, Slanted Records and Green Hill Music, whose rosters include Jason Crabb who just won his first GRAMMY Award for Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel Album for his solo debut CD. Other artists featured on the labels are DecembeRadio, Beegie Adair, John Tesh, Jim Brickman, Jaimee Paul, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jeff & Sheri Easter and The Martins.
Gaither and EMI CMG have launched the newest chapter of their partnership with the release of two new projects from Gaither Vocal Band – the DVD releases “Reunited” and “Better Day.”
“EMI CMG and Gaither Music Group have enjoyed a rewarding relationship for more than a decade.  We are grateful for the confidence Barry Jennings and the Gaither team have expressed with this distribution agreement extension and look forward to many more years of success together,” said Bill Hearn, President and CEO of EMI Christian Music Group (EMI CMG).
“We do not take for granted the value of the long-standing business relationship we enjoy with EMI CMG.  It is exciting to begin another season working together with Bill Hearn and his talented staff,” said Barry Jennings, president of Gaither Music Group and Spring Hill Music.

Gaither Music Group and EMI CMG have enjoyed one of the longest and most prolific distribution relationships in Christian music.  Together they have sold more than 15 million albums and 6.8 million videos since the two companies partnered in 1994.  The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has awarded 112 gold and 70 platinum certifications for Homecoming videos, including multi-platinum certifications for “Billy Graham Homecoming, Vol. 1,” “Precious Memories,” “Old Friends,” “Ryman Gospel Reunion,” “Cathedrals Farewell” and “Turn Your Radio On.”

The new DVDs released from Gaither Vocal Band are “Reunited” and “Better Day.” Both DVDs were filmed before live audiences at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas and feature the debut of the new all-star GVB all-star line-up of Michael English, Wes Hampton, Mark Lowry, David Phelps and Bill Gaither.  With signature sterling vocals and breathtaking harmonies, “Reunited” delivers 15 fresh, captivating performances that breathe new energy into classic favorites making the DVD an invaluable treasury of Gaither performances featuring special guest appearances by Jason Crabb and The Isaacs.
The 15 performances in the “Better Day” DVD includes new songs that made their public debut on that very special sold-out performance at San Antonio’s Majestic.  Both DVDs are quintessential Gaither with all the excellence and spirit that has defined the group’s legacy for more than a quarter-century.  The Better Day CD is also available.

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LeFevre Quartet Reclaims Name & Signs with the Beckie Simmons Agency

Written by Scoops Staff on January 24, 2010 – 9:12 pm -

There is much to be said about the heritage of a name.  When thinking of Southern Gospel Music, some of the first family names that come to mind are The Speer Family, The Goodmans, The Nelons and The LeFevres, all legendary in our Industry.

Mike LeFevre, nephew of Eva Mae LeFevre, has been involved in Southern Gospel Music since his days with the legendary Gold City. In 2005, Mike LeFevre, along with five other incredibly talented young men, brought forth a new quartet sound called The LeFevre Quaret.  Just one year after forming The LeFevre Quartet, fans voted them the 2006 Horizon Group of the Year at the Singing News Fan Awards.  In 2007, they were voted “Breakthrough Artist Of The Year” at the SGN Awards.  Their hit song, “Big Mighty God” was nominated for Southern Gospel Song of The Year at the 2009 Dove Awards.

The question has been asked, “So why would a group who has had such an impact on the Gospel Music scene with such wide acceptance change their name?”  The answer:  With the passing of Eva Mae LeFevre, members of the LeFevre family expressed their desire to retire their legendary name in Gospel Music, so The LeFevre Quartet quietly became Priority.

Since signing with BSA, Beckie Simmons, along with encouragement from their peers, began the process of reconsidering going back to their original family name.  Maurice LeFevre addresses the issue with his statement, “I didn’t realize until Mom’s passing last May how quickly new generations forget, as some of my own children came to me and said they had no idea that their grandparents had accomplished so much in life.  Mylon and I are absolutely and completely supportive of Mike and his group and the work they are doing for our Lord and Savior.  Our initial reservations concerned quality; however, after hearing the group we could not be more in tune.  What a great sound!” Thus, the decision was confirmed to continue the legacy of the Le Fevre name. Priority is now being retired and The LeFevre Quartet reborn.

BSA/Beckie Simmons Agency has entered into an exclusive booking agreement with The LeFevre Quartet.  Beckie Simmons adds, “We are excited about adding The LeFevre Quartet to the BSA family!  The sound of this group is superb plus having a live band represents some of the best in Southern Gospel Music.  I am so happy to be part of their future and keeping the LeFevre heritage alive.”

The Beckie Simmons Agency exclusively handles LeFevre Quartet’s appearance dates.  For more information on scheduling The LeFevre Quartet please contact BSA at 615.595.7500 or  For more information on LeFevre please visist

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Joseph T. Lee Renews Contract with Southern Spin Entertainment

Written by Scoops Staff on November 13, 2009 – 11:36 am -

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. – Heartwarming Records recording artist Joseph T. Lee has just renewed his contract with Southern Spin Entertainment.  The up and coming soloist has signed on for another year of exclusive publicity from Southern Spin Entertainment.  Joseph will continue to have access to all media publications serviced by Southern Spin Entertainment, as well as marketing possibilities with the organization.

“I’ve been very pleased with the work that SSE has provided for me this past year,” mentioned Joseph T. Lee.  “So many times, new artists can fall in the trap of investing their money into something that has no return.  SSE was a great investment for my ministry!”

Chris Unthank of SSE Group, Inc. said, “We’ve seen some really great things happen from Joseph this year, and we are so happy that we were a small part of that.  Joseph has a great big heart and a super talent to match it!  We are so excited about working with him again this year!”

Joseph has had a tremendous year in 2009.  He released his debut recording, signed a recording contract with the highly respected Heartwarming Records, and saw his first ever single chart on several industry radio reports all in 2009.

Joseph is currently preparing to record his debut album with Heartwarming Records.  More details on that will be released at a later date.

More information on Joseph T. Lee can be found at his website – located at .  Contact and booking information can be found at the site.

Fans are also encouraged to visit Joseph on ShoutLife by heading to .

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Men of Music Sign Publicity and Web Publishing Agreement with Southern Spin Entertainment

Written by Scoops Staff on November 7, 2009 – 10:18 am -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Southern Gospel favorites the Men of Music have reached a publicity and web publishing agreement with SSE Group, Inc.  Through this agreement, the talented trio has gained exclusive access to all media outlets serviced by Southern Spin Entertainment, in addition to advertising and marketing possibilities through this new partnership.  The Men of Music will also receive a newly designed webpage and media kit through this agreement.

The Men of Music have recently returned full time to the Southern Gospel community after a three-year absence from the road.  The group currently consists of Greg Colburn, Rodney Tyson, and Chris Walton.  The group is currently preparing for the release of their first mainline recording since coming off the road.

“The Men of Music name has a long history in the Southern Gospel industry,” mentioned Amy Marie Unthank of SSE Group, Inc.  “We are so excited to be partnering with such an established and credible name!”

Greg Colburn of the Men of Music said, “SSE has been a great force in this industry for establishing new artists and giving artists the momentum needed to go to the next level in their ministry.  Partnering with them was an easy decision for us to make as we are in this state of re-branding the Men of Music name.”

Southern Spin Entertainment is one of three divisions of the 501c non-profit organization SSE Group, Inc.  The company is operated by siblings Amy Marie Unthank and Chris D. Unthank.  The company currently represents artists, companies, and organizations in all genres of Gospel music – including the Dove Brothers, The Freemans, The Nelons,, HisSong, Blackwood Gospel Quartet, Misty Freeman, Driven Quartet, the Diamond Awards, Branson Gospel Music Convention, Eighth Day, The Glovers, David Hill Trio, Sharron Kay King, Wendy Word + forgiven, Heavens Highway, The Pathfinders, 2nd Generation, Brothers Forever, Vertical Praise, and many more.

The Men of Music are currently booking dates and touring as a trio.  Churches, promoters, and individuals interested in scheduling the Men of Music for their ministry event can call the ministry office at (615) 562-5394 or (601) 573-4602.

The group is currently preparing to record their new release.  More information on that will be forthcoming.

The new Men of Music webpage is currently under construction and will be unveiled in the next few weeks.

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Indie Connect To Launch Christian Musicians Club

Written by Scoops Staff on October 28, 2009 – 7:28 pm -

October 2009  Nashville TN Indie Connect, a company that offers live and online training and networking for unsigned singers, musicians and songwriters, has announced the formation of a new Christian Musician Club. The club meetings will consist of music industry networking, along with a guest speaker discussing a topic relevant to artists and songwriters who have a music ministry.
The club will be led by music industry veteran, Tom Sabella, whose podcast. “The Business Side Of Music”, reaches 100,000 listeners every month. The meetings will be held at 7 PM on the 2nd Thursday of each month, beginning November 12, at Corky’s Ribs and BBQ in Brentwood. The cost is only five dollars.
The guest speaker for the inaugural meeting will be Royce Taylor, a tenor who has sung with the famous Stamps Quartet, a legendary Gospel quartet and one of the backup quartets for Elvis Presley. He also sang with the Vogues, whose hits like ‘My Special Angel’ and ‘Turn Around, Look At Me’ shaped vocal music of the late 70s. He will be speaking on “Communicating With Your Audience: Balancing Showmanship and Message”. All attendees are welcome to join Tom and Royce for a no-host dinner at Corky’s at 6 PM before the meeting.
Indie Connect runs several music industry networking events in Middle TN every week to teach artists how to use their talents to make money, and to connect them with the music industry professionals who can help them. More information can be found at

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Grand Master Fiddler Championship crowns new champion

Written by Scoops Staff on October 21, 2009 – 11:35 am -

The Grand Master Fiddler Champion for 2009 is Alex Hargreaves of Corvallis, Oregon. Tashina Clarridge of Rosedale, Mass., previously of Redding, Calif. placed second. The two-day 38th annual Grand Master Fiddler Championship is the nation’s championship event held at the International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville, Tenn.
“This year’s event brought together some of the most talented fiddlers we have ever seen,” said Howard Harris, GMFC president. “Fiddlers came from across the U.S., Canada, the Czech Republic, and Japan.”
The Grand Master Fiddler Championship. Inc. is a Tennessee non-profit and a U.S. IRS 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, formed to educate about and perpetuate fiddling as an art form and cultural treasure. Fiddlers competed for over $14,000 in prizes.
Hargreaves took home $2,000 in cash, the bronze Grand Master Fiddler statuette and appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. This was his first Grand Master championship.
Tashina received $1,500 and a plaque. This was her fifth consecutive second place showing.
Competitors showed their talents amongst some of the leading performers in acoustic music including Mark O’Connor and his Appalachian Trio, Grand Ole Opry star Buck White with Roland White, Quebe Sisters Band, Sierra Hull and Highway 111, Alex DePue and Miguel De Hoyos, Billy Contreras, The All Star Campers and Buddy Spicher, Cathy Roberts and U.S. Streamliners, Fiddle Frenzy, Ashanti Floyd “The Mad Violinist,” Matt Barrett, Chris Morgan, and Matthew Davenport.
In honor of its founder, the organization presented the Dr. Perry F. Harris Award to Dolly Parton for her work in support of the traditional art of fiddling.
Actor/entertainer Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” served as celebrity host for both days of the event with a special appearance by WSM announcer Eddie Stubbs and Stuart Fryer, who hosted the accompanist contest.

“What wonderful shoes I am being allowed to walk in – Roy Acuff and Porter Wagoner,” he said. “Fiddling who has been so good to me, its an honor to be able to give back by encouraging another generation of fiddlers. The organizers Ed, Howard and Crystal deserve great praise for keeping a vital part of our musical experience growing.”
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Written by Scoops Staff on October 7, 2009 – 1:01 pm -

Debut Artist Unhindered Releases First Album on Oct. 20

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – October 5, 2009 — Teen Mania Ministries’ recently launched label, Ee-Taow Records, has called upon EMI CMG to provide distribution and publishing for the new worship label which introduces its flagship artist, Unhindered, with the release of Be on Oct. 20, 2009.

Under the agreements, EMI CMG Distribution will provide worldwide distribution, including all physical and digital product sales in both Christian and mainstream retail markets and digital and international sales, according to Greg Bays, Sr. Vice President, Sales and Marketing for EMI CMG Distribution.

Eddie DeGarmo, president of EMI CMG Publishing also announced a joint publishing venture with Ee-Taow that includes all writers and songs signed by the new label, starting with Unhindered. EMI CMG Publishing will administer all copyrights, include exploitation for music, gaming, advertising and TV.

International youth outreach organization Teen Mania Ministries created EE-Taow Records to develop the next generation of worship musicians and songwriters. Teen Mania’s founder and president Ron Luce heads up the new label along with veteran manager Tony Patoto (delirious). EE-Taow aims to provide its young audience with an authentic, relevant worship experience. Unhindered, the Atlanta-based band that has already developed a passionate following because of its participation in Teen Mania’s Acquire the Fire events, Battle Cry gatherings, Xtreme conferences and Student Life camps is the label’s first signing.

“EMI CMG Distribution is known for its support of relevant musicians and ministries with the goal of positively impacting today’s culture,” says President and Founder of Teen Mania Ministries and EE-Taow Records, Ron Luce. “EE-Taow Records is excited to build on the momentum of their live events by making EE-Taow records available everywhere music is sold around the world,”

“Teen Mania is one of America’s most influential youth ministries and music plays a pivotal role in their mission. EMI CMG is honored to be their distribution partner to help Ee-Taow Records take its music ministry from stadiums to retail and digital outlets everywhere. We look forward to working with our retail and digital customers to get the music into the hands of youth all over the world,” said Bays.

“Unhindered knows how to create worship music that fuels a passion for God among youth and has already connected with a big audience thanks to Teen Mania and Acquire the Fire. We intend to work tirelessly to find even more opportunities for their music and are truly honored that Ron Luce and Tony Patoto have entrusted us to handle their publishing,” said DeGarmo.

Rock worship band Unhindered comprises Ben Smith (keyboards, vocals), Pat Barrett (guitar, vocals), J.R. Collins (bass), Christian Paschall (drums), and Ashley Dasher (guitar). Hailing from Atlanta, Unhindered’s independent release, City Streets (2005), sold more than 30,000 copies, creating a buzz among industry circles and garnering the attention of Teen Mania Ministries, where they soon became a fixture on the Acquire the Fire circuit and other Teen Mania events.

Produced by Scotty Willbanks (NewSong, Third Day, DecembeRadio), Unhindered’s debut album Be delivers compelling melodies, prominent hooks, energetic performances, and lyrics that are full-to-bursting with honest expressions of worship and adoration.

“We want our music to bring people into an encounter with God,” says keyboardist and co-frontman Ben Smith. “One of the biggest obstacles to worship is believers who are self-conscious. We hope that Be will encourage listeners to really feel free to worship.”

Despite being a debut artist for the label, Unhindered, with its relationship to Teen Mania, brings a sophisticated grassroots effort that means awareness among the potential consumer audience is higher than your typical new artist. According to Bays, this gives EMI CMG Distribution an established platform from which to introduce the band to retailers and consumers. The band, having already performed at almost every Acquire the Fire event in the US for the last three years, will play to more than 200,000 people at events in the coming year and a TV documentary on the band’s rising through the ranks of Acquire the Fire and the Teen Mania ministry is in production.

EMI CMG Distribution has included Unhindered in its NOW HEAR THIS CAMPAIGN and will promote the record with an aggressive $7.99 suggested retail price.

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Faithful Crossings Renews Contract with Southern Spin Entertainment

Written by Scoops Staff on October 7, 2009 – 12:58 pm -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Florida-based family group Faithful Crossings has just renewed their contract with Southern Spin Entertainment. The group has signed on for another year of exclusive publicity from Southern Spin Entertainment. The group will continue to have access to all media publications serviced by Southern Spin Entertainment, as well as marketing possibilities with the organization.

Tammy Sumner of Faithful Crossings said, “We have enjoyed working with Chris and Amy over the past year and believe that Southern Spin has been an asset to our ministry. We look forward to the coming year and working with them again!”

“Faithful Crossings has been a real breath of fresh air for our company,” mentioned Amy Marie Unthank of SSE Group, Inc. ”This is a group that has their act together, and we are so excited about working with them again this coming year!”

Faithful Crossings is still seeking musicians for the group. Faithful Crossings is looking for individuals who live in Central Florida and have a close relationship with Christ. Faithful Crossings currently does light traveling with the occasional extended trip. More information on the group’s traveling expenses and arrangements can be found out through direct communication with the group.

Faithful Crossings is currently accepting biographies, demos, and photos. The group is accepting them through email or regular postal mail. For more information, please email or call (352) 988-5611 or visit the group’s website at . (All applicants are required to fill out an application in addition to providing references prior to scheduling an interview).

Parties interested in mailing a demo can send any packages to Faithful Crossings, 15443 Markham Drive, Clermont, FL 34714 – though phone or email inquiries preferred.

More information on Faithful Crossings can be found at their webpage – You can also visit their MySpace at

For more information on Southern Spin Entertainment, go to .

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