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Written by scoopsnews on August 7, 2017 – 4:37 pm -


HEFLIN, AL – Vonda Easley, President of Hey Y’all Media, announces she will be working with MARK209 on their new Southern Gospel release, ”I Can Call Jesus Anytime” off of their brand new project entitled Grassroots III.


Vonda shares, “I was blessed to meet MARK209 a couple years ago at Creekside Gospel Music Convention. I had heard about their hard work ethic and stage presence but it was a pleasant surprise to visit with them and see their heart for ministry. I am very excited to be working with them on this new radio single and I can not wait for the DJs to hear this new release.”


Jym Howe, lead singer for MARK209 adds, “After being introduced to Vonda at Creekside, we have admired her love for Southern Gospel and her passion for the music. After meeting with her, there was no doubt she was the perfect person to be part of our team. We look forward to a long future with Hey Y’all Media.”


This announcement comes during MARK209’s Annual New England Tour and prior to their first West Coast Tour in September.


About Hey Y’all Media:

Hey Y’all Media was formed in January 2015 by Vonda Easley of Hope’s Journey. She has promoted such artists as Jay Parrack and Vocal Event, The Steeles, Higher Hope, Josh and Ashley Franks and others.


About MARK209:

MARK209 is based out of Nashville, TN. The group takes their name from Mile Marker 209 in Nashville, which leads to Music Row, The Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Ryman Auditorium. MARK209 entertains audiences all across the United States with their brand of Gospel, their Family Friendly Country Concert, and their popular holiday show “Christmas from the Heart of Nashville.” MARK209 is managed and booked exclusively by the April Potter Agency. For more information about MARK209, visit them at For booking or management inquiries visit or call 615-479-0954.

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2014 Diamond Award Nominees for Christian Country Group Of The Year

Written by Staff on October 16, 2014 – 2:06 pm -


Why should you make plans to attend the Diamond Awards in Pigeon Forge on November 4?

First of all, the tickets are FREE.

Also, the Diamond Awards have a long history of being a gala event with surprise guests, great music and an evening of worship.

These Awards are being held at Creekside Gospel Music Convention at Pigeon Forge on November 3rd through 6th. They recognize the best in Southern, Country and Bluegrass Christian music and are hosted by SGNScoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group. We urge you to reserve your FREE tickets for Creekside Gospel Music Convention and the Diamond Awards  HERE.

SGN Scoops would like you to meet our top-five finalists for each category of the 2014 Diamond Awards. Today’s category is the Christian Country Group Of The Year, awarded last year to Jeff and Sheri Easter.

downloadThe 2014 Nominees for Christian Country Group Of The Year are:

Mark 209

Weston and Christy Hinson

Red Roots

Jeff and Sheri Easter

The Freemans

The Diamond Awards are swiftly approaching. Reserve your free tickets today!

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Gospel Music Today On

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 11, 2013 – 11:02 am -

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Written by SGN Scoops on October 7, 2013 – 7:19 am -

redroots colonadeRinggold, GA – October 5, 2013  The GME Showcase Awards were presented October 5th in the beautiful Colonade Theater in Ringgold, GA to an enthusiastic crowd that gathered as some 24shar artist took to the stage.  Many of the artist appeared in the afternoon showcase which featured those who have appeared in previous GME events such as winners of the Gospel Star Talent Search held throughout the year in various cities across the southeast.  One of those artist was the lovely Erica Dalton who recently stepped out in a solo ministry as well as continuing to sing with her family as dates present.  She was the recent winner of the Talent Search held in Hazel Green, Alabama.

Since March of this year, fans have had the opportunity to nominate and vote on favorites in 14 different categories in which awards were given.  The list was narrowed to the top ten voted in each category and then to the top five.  Last night’s award show was the culmination of nearly 70,000 votes cast in the past 60 days alone.




And The Winners Are:

Broadcast Personality  of The Year- Re Nay Lee (Host of Music City Gospel Review)

Radio DJ  of The Year- Larry Flegle

Artist Web Site – The Jamersons

Industry Web Site of The Year – Southern Gospel Today (

Male Vocalist of The Year – Jonathan Bond

Female Vocalist of The Year – Donnita Rozzell

Duet of The Year – The Schofields

Trio of The Year – The Sounds Of Victory

Quartet of The Year – Mark209

Song of The Year – It Takes Faith, Mark209

Songwriter of The Year – Donnita Rozzell

Instrumentalist of The Year – Anthony Jamerson

New Artist of The Year – Megan Allen

Showcase Artist of The Year – Susan Guerin

There were other awards for Recognition of Excellence which were given to Rhonda Mitchell Frye (SGNSCOOPS), Sharron Kay King, Sheri Thrower, Red Roots, and others.rhonda gme

After the awards show, the stage was quickly reset for the evening concert in which was nothing more than fantastic.  The Boynton Choir took to the stage and wowed the audience under the direction of Sheri Thrower.  The voices of over 100 elementary school students filled the auditorium and finished with a climactic applause.

Mark209 was introduced and the mood for the rest of the evening was set.  Their high energy music and vocal styling’s were very well received throughout the evening and at one point people were literally DANCING along the front of the stage.  Their rendition of “Oh Holy Night” brought the crowd to their feet.

Immediately after the stage was filled with banjo’s, fiddles, guitars, drums…. As the recipients of the Singing News New Trio of The Year award, RED ROOTS took to the stage.  Singing hits from their releases such as Double Wide Church, Christian Country Girl and more.  Truly these girls won the hearts of many this evening as they do in all their concerts.

dempseyPlans are underway for next year’s event and it promises to be bigger and better.


Shelia Reed founded Harvest Outreach Center in 1986, which is a non-profit facility to help the homeless and needy of the North Georgia Communities. Thousands of Men and women have been helped through her ministry over these years, and are still recipients of this work. Shelia also is the recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Award from Washington, DC, for her commitment to her communities without desiring a salary for her endeavors.

As an award winning gospel artist, her style of singing has become a fan favorite. Shelia has received numerous industry awards including, State & International such as “Female Vocalist Of The Year” Female Entertainer Of The Year” performing in such prestigious venues as The Country Tonight Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and the” North American Country and Gospel Music Association International” gme

markShelia Reed founded “Gospel Music Express” (GME) and has devoted years to helping up and coming artists. She has guided their careers and shown them the best way to get a good start in the music industry. She continues to reach out to artist within twenty states unifying people across barriers and helping folk’s to excel in their quest to achieve in their talents. / and speaks for itself to the work Shelia does to encourage and help others along the way.

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MARK209 Releases New Radio Single

Written by SGN Scoops on June 7, 2013 – 6:48 am -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (June 6, 2013) – Gospel music mainstay MARK209 celebrates the release of their new radio single “It Takes Faith.”

MARK209 has been referred to by some music business insiders as “The best group you have probably never heard.”  With the release of “It Takes Faith,” they hope to change that.  “It Takes Faith” was written by Kenna Turner West who is one of the most prolific gospel songwriters of today.

The apostle James said in James 2:17, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”  In “It Takes Faith” we feel Kenna has done a wonderful job putting the theme of this scripture to song.

Not only has MARK209 gotten a great song from a great writer, but they have utilized some of the best musicians in Nashville.  The rhythm section is comprised mostly of the band members of country legend, Ronnie Millsap.  The musicians playing on this song consist of on Guitars: Bruce Dees (played on over 70 #1 country records), Jamie Brantley (Ronnie Millsap’s lead guitar player, bandleader, and music director), Kerry Marx (member of the staff band at the Grand Ole Opry, and was guitar player on the TV show, Nashville Now); Bass Guitar: Steve Brantley (played with James Brown, Dave Loggins and Gary Morris); Piano and B3 Organ: Adam Hampton (keyboard player for Ronnie Milsap); Drums: Rodney Edmondson (drummer for Ronnie Milsap); Harmonica and Fiddle: David Johnson.  Recording Engineers are Jamie Brantley and Kerry West (Ronnie Millsap’s sound engineer) and the project is co-produced by Billy Coren and Jamie Brantley.

This first radio single comes from their CD entitled “On A Roll”, which is soon-to-be released.

2012 was a banner year for this electrifying quartet, highlighted by appearances at the 35th Anniversary of ELVIS WEEK at Graceland mark 209on the main stage, an appearance on the main stage at the North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville, NC, and with Ronnie Milsap.  Later this year the group is scheduled to perform at the legendary Wheeling Jamboree in Wheeling, WV during the Jamboree’s 80th year celebration.

The brand new MARK209 website was recently launched which includes a “Kids Corner” that features puzzles and coloring pages for children 12 and under. You can visit MARK209 online at  You can also find the group on any number of social networks, including Facebook (, Twitter (, and YouTube (

About Mark209
MARK209 is the most exciting Gospel quartet touring the country today. The intricate harmonies, detailed arrangements, energy, and versatility place this group in a league of its own. In a time when mediocrity is widely accepted, this group has raised the bar and exceeds everyone’s expectations.  As Mark Bishop said when describing MARK209, “this isn’t your granny’s music.”  MARK209 consists of Nathaniel Justice, Jym Howe, Bryan James Hatton, and Ray Woconish. 

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Dates and Featured Performers Announced For 13th Annual Absolutely Gospel Music Fest

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 13, 2012 – 3:52 pm -

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (June 13, 2012) – The administrators of are proud to announce the dates and talent line-up for the 13th Annual Absolutely Gospel Music Fest.

“Once again, we are so excited about bringing in some of the biggest artists in our industry to the area for a weeklong festival of Gospel music! Every year we get more and more artists who ask to be a part of the Music Fest, and this year is no different! We know that everyone is going to love the talent line up we have this year!”

This year’s Music Fest is set to run from Monday, July 16, 2012 through Friday, July 20, 2012. The event will again be held at the River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee and is absolutely free to the public.

Performers scheduled to appear at this year’s Music Fest include Gold City, Karen Peck & New River, Buddy Jewell, The Bowling Family, Tribute Quartet, Three Bridges, HisSong, Adam Crabb, Wilburn & Wilburn, Beyond the Ashes, Eighth Day, John’s Call, The Hemphills, Freedom, Southern Sound, Crystal River, Sharron Kay King, Mark 209, Tim Hill, The Beelers, Jim Sheldon, Jeff & Sue Duffield, and Sunday Edition.

The artist listing is subject to change without notice.

As in years past, this year’s convention will remain free to the public. A love offering will be taken each night.

For more information, feel free to email the site at . More details can be found at .

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Buddy Jewel to Headline Country Gospel Tonight at War Memorial CMA Week

Written by SGN Scoops on May 23, 2012 – 4:02 am -

{EHA-Nashville, TN} While thousands of Country Music fans fill the streets of Nashville next month during CMA Week, the War Memorial Auditorium will be filled with great Gospel music, as Country Gospel Tonight takes place for Southern Gospel and Christian Country fans. Slated to perform in the concert on Friday night, June 8: Adolfo Lee Mayo, Donna Frost and Friends, Wendy Word + Forgiven, Diamond Award nominated; Mark 209; that includes popular, Jym Howe, formerly with the Mystery Men. Featured during the concert will be the USA Network’s “Nashville Star,” Buddy Jewell. Buddy, a fan of great Gospel Music, released, “I Surrender All,” in honor of his mother, won “Cross Over Artist of the Year” and “Entertainer of the Year in the ICGA. His Country, “Sweet Southern Comfort” and “Help Pour Out the Rain” (Lacey’s Song) firmly placed him in the hearts of Country Music fans, and with his Gold status on his debut album, fans around the corner at LP stadium might want to join the crowd at War Memorial, as Buddy is sure to rock the building. Country Gospel Tonight, hosted by: Southern Gospel Today, is an HHMC Entertainment Production. For more info visit:


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Mark 209 Special guest on Gospel Music Today

Written by SGN Scoops on May 21, 2012 – 8:07 am -

The members of southern gospel quartet Mark 209 are the guests on the current edition of Gospel Music Today. The Feature Group is The Drummond Family, and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. Gospel Music Today visits Christ’s Church, in Owasso, OK, to hear The Nelons sing. Jean reviews a new CD by The Williamsons, and the show features singing by Brian Free and Assurance and a vintage video by The McKameys. The latest edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website,

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Mark209 Shares the Stage with Country Music Icon Ronnie Milsap

Written by SGN Scoops on March 7, 2012 – 4:04 am -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (March 5, 2012) – Gospel music mainstays Mark209 had the distinct privilege of performing onstage with Country music icon Ronnie Milsap at a recent concert event.

At Ronnie Milsap’s request, Mark209 accompanied The Milsap Show to Palmetto, Florida to perform as a part of Bill Bailey’s Winter Gospel Music Convention, the largest winter gospel music festival in the United States.

Mark209 opened for The Milsap Show, and Ronnie asked the quartet to join him on stage to sing some selections, which included “Peace In The Valley” from his gospel CD, Then Sings My Soul.

Ronnie said from stage, “If you’ve got such a quality quartet as Mark209, you just have to do an Elvis song just like he did it.”

The group then backed him on Elvis’ “Love Me.” Also on the evening’s program in Palmetto, Florida were Karen Peck & New River, the Collingsworth Family, and Wilburn & Wilburn.

Dominic Korzecki was in attendance and posted on Ronnie Milsap’s Facebook page: “These guys [Mark209] have to be one of the best Southern Gospel groups I’ve heard since The Stamps.”

Jym Howe of Mark209 states, “We have had people ask us what it is like to sing with Ronnie Milsap and to be honest, Kenny Rogers said it best, ‘There is no greater thrill, and at the same time no greater fear, than singing with Ronnie Milsap.  He is, quite simply, as good as he has to be to be better than the person he is singing with.’  It is an honor to share Ronnie’s stage and a thrill to sing with him.  Each time we have performed with him, his band and crew has actually treated us like we were somebody.” Read more »

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