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Goodman Revival Sings “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now”

Written by scoopsnews on November 10, 2018 – 2:38 pm -

Goodman Revival: STILL HAPPY As They Release Sophomore Recording

Goodman Revival

Happy Saturday! Here’s a Happy song by Goodman Revival. Tune in Monday, November 12th and catch them on the “Monday’s With Mark Show..

 In the world of southern gospel music few names carry a more substantial legacy than Goodman.  Creativity, authenticity and a passion for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ have long been the cornerstones of the family’s sound and messages. They remain the foundation for the next chapter in the group’s illustrious history with the launch of Goodman Revival.

   Tanya Goodman Sykes, her husband, acclaimed producer Michael Sykes, and friend Johnny Minick, a gospel music veteran who performed for years with the Goodmans, once again propel the family name into the spotlight with the release of their debut album and DVD Songs in the Key of Happy (Gaither Music Group). The trio revives such Goodman classics as “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now,” “Until You’ve Known the Love of God” and “Who Am I,” breathing fresh life into songs that have defined the genre for decades.

   The decision to contribute a new chapter to the Goodman legacy evolved from a Sunday morning on stage at Minick’s church. “Michael and I moved to Texas a few years ago; and when we moved back in 2012, we actually stayed with Johnny and his wife, Sherry, for three weeks while we were looking for a place. They were so generous to open up their beautiful home to us,” Goodman Sykes recalls.  Minick pastors the River of Life Assembly of God Church in Smyrna, Tenn., and the three friends took the stage to sing one Sunday morning in a pivotal moment that would change their lives.

   “We had worked up ‘Until You’ve Known the Love of God,’ which is a song that my dad wrote in the 60s,” Goodman Sykes says of her father, the legendary Rusty Goodman. “We sang it on Sunday morning and the clip of it ended up on YouTube. Unbeknownst to us, it started getting a lot of attention. The phone started ringing and people were wanting to book us. We went out and did a couple of concerts. We had a lot of fun. There was a groundswell of interest for us to do something to revisit this music that we grew up with that was so much a part of our heritage. It was just really organic the way it happened. One thing led to another and somebody said, ‘You guys need to make a record.’”

   And so they did. The result is a finely crafted effort that is both a loving homage to the musical legacy that inspired each of them and a powerful look at a promising new trio’s future. Goodman Sykes, a GRAMMY winner, has long been known as one of southern gospel’s most compelling female vocalists. Her career began as a teenager performing with her father, Rusty, and her Aunt Vestal and Uncle Howard as part of the Happy Goodman Family. She graduated to a successful solo career and also spent time as a member of the female group Heirloom.

   Producing Heirloom’s album won Michael the first of many GMA DOVE Awards as a producer. The North Carolina native had begun his career as a piano player.  He had met Tanya when he was playing for the Goodmans, and the couple married in 1983. Sykes has become one of the industry’s most successful producers, working with the Oak Ridge Boys, the Gaither Vocal Band, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Russ Taff, the Martins and others. As a vocalist, he recorded with the trio Ponder, Sykes and Wright and released his first solo album in 2013.

    A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Minick began his career performing in his father’s gospel group, The Majestic Sounds. Rusty Goodman heard Minick and offered him a job playing piano with the Happy Goodman Family. He joined in 1975. Though he left a few years later to launch his own music ministry, Minick returned to performing with the Goodmans in 1990 when he, Howard and Vestal sang as a trio and became one of the most popular groups featured on Bill Gaither’s successful Homecoming Series. Teaming with Tanya and Michael to launch Goodman Revival feels like a homecoming to Minick, and it’s been a labor of love.

   “The Goodmans were a very powerful brand of gospel music,” he says. “They were very unique and innovative and not to be duplicated. That was not our intention anyway. We just wanted to pay honor to the music that really has become the fabric of our lives. There are so many things that I’ve done subsequent from the time that I worked with them as a family group, and I’ve just built on that throughout my ministry.”

   Minick is not the only one to continually feel the impact of this family’s musical legacy.  The group traces its roots back to the 1940s when Howard Goodman and his sisters founded the fledgling ensemble.  Despite their meager lifestyle as children there was no shortage of joy and laughter, no matter the circumstance.  As a result, early on, friends and neighbors dubbed them the “happy” Goodman family. Later, brothers Sam, Bobby and Rusty joined in, as well as Howard’s wife, Vestal. This lineup became firmly cemented in Gospel Music History as, “The Happy Goodman Family.”

   The Goodmans’ popularity grew; and in 1964, they became featured performers on “The Gospel Singing Jubilee,” a groundbreaking television show that would run for more than two decades. After 10 years with “Jubilee,” they launched their own successful TV show “The Happy Goodman Family Hour” and became a household name.

   In 1968, they won the very first GRAMMY® Award for Gospel Album by a Group for The Happy Gospel of the Happy Goodmans.  Widely considered pioneers in the southern gospel genre, the Goodmans scored 15 No. 1 hits and are known for such enduring classics as “Had It Not Been,” “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now,” “Who Am I” and numerous others many of which were penned by Rusty. They were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1998.

   In recording Songs in the Key of Happy, the members of Goodman Revival honor that legacy and inspiration. “When we got around to picking out the music that we wanted to record, we went back to the very first of their recordings and found a group of songs there that we felt like we could put our fingerprints on and make them ours,” Minick says.

   There was an excitement as the trio began imagining how they could put their own creative stamp on songs that held such precious memories for each of them. “We got together over at Johnny’s house, and he has the entire discography of the Goodman family,” Goodman Sykes recalls with a smile. “We just started making a list. Somebody would say, ‘Well, I really like that one!’ We’d add that one to the list. Somebody else would go, ‘I really like that one!’ We came up with a list of about twenty-something songs and we whittled on that.”

   Nestled amongst such Goodman family gems as “I Hold a Clear Title to a Mansion,” “Sweetest Song I Know,” “What a Happy Time” and Tanya’s stirring vocal on “What Heaven Means to Me,” there’s a new song that fits comfortably among some of the most compelling southern gospel songs of our generation. Minick was inspired to write “Settle the Score” after listening to a guest pastor at his church. “She discussed how sometimes believers settle for a little less than what they could hold out for,” he explains. “The idea came to me, instead of settling for less, we need to settle the score. I thought about David and Goliath. I was sitting around talking to a friend of mine Tim Hill, who has been a very successful songwriter in gospel music and a preacher. We were sitting around talking, the way preachers usually do, about sermons and things like that and started to write this song. We finished it up in about an hour or so. It had that old, Goodman three-quarter time feel to it. I thought it might be a song we could do.”

   Sykes admits it was fun yet challenging to reinvent the foot stomping “Sweetest Song I Know.” “With all those moving parts, I was afraid I was going to end up in the fetal position over in the corner somewhere,” he grins. “It freaked me out, but it was probably one of the most fun things we did on the album.”

   Working together the threesome brought out the best in each other and in the songs. “There’s a great balance here,” Minick says. “One of the greatest things about Michael’s ability is that he makes you want to do things. I probably sang some things that I might not have wanted to sing if I had been doing what I wanted to do, but he just pulls things out you wouldn’t normally do. He wants you to try things that you wouldn’t normally try. That worked to our advantage on this. We got a lot more energy out of it.”

   When Tanya, Michael and Johnny performed at Minick’s church that fateful Sunday morning they had no idea God was about to send them on an exciting new adventure—one that would both revive cherished memories and challenge them to write a new chapter in an already distinguished musical dynasty. They were definitely up to the task; and with one listen to Songs in the Key of Happy, it is obvious that this trio has honored a legacy with their immense talents and handled their heritage with care. “There is trust between the three of us,” Goodman Sykes shares. “There is friendship. There is a wealth of shared experience. We all grew up in church 24-7, and this music has been a big part of all three of our lives. None of us planned this, but we’re in a place in our lives where we walk through doors as they open.”

   “We’ve not put our hand on the wheel,” adds Minick. “Everything that has happened has happened because God has used other people to make it happen. This has been one of the most exciting things on a spiritual level.  I’ve always heard about God opening these doors, and He’s done that for me all my life; but to see Him do something from the very beginning to where we are right now, knowing that we’ve done absolutely nothing to push any buttons or open any doors, has been an amazing ride. That’s why I’m excited to be here because we don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. That’s a neat place to be.”

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Written by Staff on October 3, 2018 – 8:12 am -



NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Country Faith Southern Gospel, a new collection featuring 15 timeless songs from some of the genre’s most beloved artists, is now available from Curb | Word Entertainment.  Showcasing a range of favorites, past and present, Country Faith Southern Gospel is highlighted by classics from such legends as The Happy Goodmans (“The Lighthouse”) and The Cathedrals (“Step Into The Water”), alongside Mark Lowry’s “What’s Not to Love,” The Nelons’ “Oh For A Thousand Tongues” and The Crabb Family’s career-defining hit, “Through The Fire.”

With eight albums to date and $2.5 million in retail sales, the Country Faith music line—part of a multi-faceted brand including books, jewelry and other products—unveils this debut Southern Gospel compilation following the success of Country Faith Hymns, Country Faith Love Songs and Country Faith Christmas, among other music titles. Previous releases have featured many of the format’s superstars, including Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, George Strait and Brad Paisley. 
“Southern Gospel music is one of the genres I grew up listening to, and I love it,” says Deborah Evans Price, award-winning journalist and cofounder of Country Faith, LLC. “There are so many Southern Gospel songs that have been anchors in my life, and many of them are on this project. I feel like when people hear this collection, they’re going to be moved, encouraged and comforted. These are songs that people have known and loved and made a part of their lives, and I’m honored to have them on the Country Faith Southern Gospel collection.”
“Brand New Star,” a poignant tune from multi-genre icons The Oak Ridge Boys, resonated deeply with Evans Price following her mother’s death. “That one has been such a light and comfort for me after losing Mom,” she explains. “It’s the closing song on the album, and it will always be special to me.”
Longtime Southern Gospel fans will appreciate the inclusion of Greater Vision’s toe-tapping hit “My Name is Lazarus,” while The Florida Boys, Karen Peck & New River, Legacy Five and Canton Junction are also featured on the new release. Additionally, the project includes inspired performances from favorite soloists Jason Crabb, Michael English, Joseph Habedank and Janet Paschal.
“We are thrilled to have our song ‘God’s Got a Better Plan’ included on Country Faith Southern Gospel,” says Matthew Hagee, founding member of Canton Junction. “Music from The Cathedrals, The Happy Goodmans and The Oak Ridge Boys, along with so many others, filled our home growing up, so being on the same record as these Gospel music pioneers is an honor we do not take lightly.”
A sought-after journalist and recipient of the Country Music Association’s prestigious Media Achievement Award in 2013, Deborah Evans Price has interviewed numerous luminaries, including Dolly Parton, Don Henley, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Dennis Quaid and Tim Tebow. She is the author of three books and serves as a contributing writer for Billboard, Redbook, People, Sounds Like Nashville, First for Women and Woman’s World, among other outlets. 
Country Faith, LLC partners Deborah Evans Price, Bob DeMoss and Wildfire7 launched the successful brand with Evans Prices’ acclaimed books Country Faith (2013) and Country Faith Christmas (2015). In addition to eight full-length albums, the brand’s growing catalog includes books, jewelry and other items celebrating country, Christian and Gospel music. Time Life Music features the Country Faith book on national television as a bonus product in its Faith, Hope and Country collection, while other brand partners include Curb | Word Entertainment, Regnery Faith Publications, Cracker Barrel, Bob Siemon Designs and New Day Christian Distributors. 
Country Faith Southern Gospel is available atiTunes and Amazon, among other digital retailers, as well as in select stores across the country. For further information,  

Country Faith Southern Gospel Track Listing:
1. Washed by the Water – Jason Crabb
2. The Lighthouse – The Happy Goodmans
3. Washed In The Blood Of The Lamb – Janet Paschal
4. I Bowed On My Knees And Cried Holy – Michael English
5. Step Into The Water – The Cathedrals
6. Pray Now – Karen Peck & New River
7. Christ Is Still The King – Legacy Five
8. Here He Comes – Joseph Habedank
9. Oh For A Thousand Tongues – The Nelons
10. What’s Not To Love – Mark Lowry
11. When He Was On The Cross (I Was On His Mind) – The Florida Boys
12. Through The Fire – The Crabb Family
13. My Name Is Lazarus – Greater Vision
14. God’s Got A Better Plan – Canton Junction
15. Brand New Star – The Oak Ridge Boys
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Big day for Mark Lowry

Written by Staff on June 24, 2018 – 10:28 am -

Mark Lowry Signs with Daywind Records

Mark Lowry

Today is a big day of celebration for Mark Lowry! The forever young comedian, singer, songwriter and author turns 60 today!!

From all of us at SGNScoops, a very blessed, happy and exciting 60th birthday Mark!

Mark Lowry

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Mark Lowry- Attitude of Gratitude

Written by scoopsnews on February 6, 2018 – 8:37 am -

Check this out from Mark Lowry!

Do you have an Attitude of Gratitude?

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What’s Going on With Mark? Check out this video….

Written by scoopsnews on December 28, 2017 – 2:59 pm -

Mark Lowry Signs with Daywind Records

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Written by Staff on November 7, 2017 – 1:23 pm -



What does it take to get this Canadian girl to go to some place called Bell Buckle, Tennessee? Well for starters, a getaway weekend simply titled: Russ and Tori Taff’s weekend in Bell Buckle, consisting of some of the best Gospel music there is today. Throw in some of the best southern cooking, hospitality, and charm. Think it is hard to fit all of this into a charming hamlet of 500+ inhabitants? Well, it is possible because that’s exactly what happened. To quote our weekend host Tori Taff, “A joyful oasis from your daily routine,” and that’s what this amazing weekend delivered.

What I am referring to? The 2nd Annual Russ and Tori Taff ‘s Weekend in Bell Buckle, Tenn., on Oct. 7 and 8. From the moment I stepped into the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall on the Friday for early registration, I was greeted with open arms, which quickly got filled with the warmest and most sincere hug from our greeter

Russ and Tori Taff

Tori Taff

Tori herself. As a guest, you get treated to a registration bag filled with goodies; name tag/badge, lovely commemorative mug, a professional and gorgeous autographed 8×10 picture of Russ Taff, yummy moon pie samples, Bell Buckle bumper sticker, and an exclusive CD by Russ of never before released songs. In addition, a list of shops indicating their discounts especially for the weekend guests, all packed into a nice yellow tote bag. Tori is definitely in her wheelhouse, hosting, greeting and scheduling this annual event. Leaving Russ, who has been called “the introvert in an extroverts career,” to do what he does best: sing. And that he did, in spades.

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Mark Lowry’s New Music Video Goes Viral

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 17, 2017 – 12:15 pm -

Mark Lowry's New Music Video Goes Viral

Mark Lowry’s New Music Video Goes Viral

Hendersonville, TN  – Platinum-selling recording artist, Mark Lowry, has once again made waves across social media with his brand new music video, ‘What’s Not To Love?’ The fun, upbeat video, featuring the GRAMMY-Award winning Gaither Vocal Band, made its Facebook debut on July 24th and reached over a million views just a week later.  ‘What’s Not To Love?’ is the title cut on Lowry’s new Daywind Records project, available August 18th, as well as his current radio single.

“I had such a blast shooting this video, and the reaction online has been amazing!” shares Mark Lowry. “These songs that I’ve been writing with my friends, Reba Rambo-McGuire & Dony McGuire, and some they wrote with Chip Davis, are saying the things that I’ve been saying in my shows for years, but condenses it into a 3 minute nugget.”

Anchored by songs co-written by Lowry, Reba Rambo-McGuire and Dony McGuire, What’s Not To Love? embodies the messages of grace, compassion and the love of Christ predominately featured at Lowry’s live events.  Songs such as ‘Love Is The Golden Rule’ and ‘No Room For Hate’ carry messages of love and extending grace, ‘Feels Like I’m Already There’ reaches those going through a valley, while ‘Mama Prayed’ resonates with those who had a praying mother of their own.

To view the music video for ‘What’s Not To Love?’ visit

What’s Not To Love? is available to the Christian marketplace exclusively through New Day Christian. Mainstream and digital distribution are provided by Sony RED.

Mark Lowry is known and loved around the world as a trusted voice in the realm of gospel music and beyond. He started making music at age 11 and now, more than four decades later, his legacy is forever sealed as an innately entertaining communicator who can, at once, make audiences laugh, cry, and think. Mark is a platinum-selling singer, storyteller, humorist, author and songwriter, whose lyrics to ‘Mary, Did You Know?’ resulted in one of the most loved modern Christmas songs of this century. Mark spent more than 20 collective years as the baritone singer for the GRAMMY-Award winning Gaither Vocal Band, and served as the sidesplitting comedic sidekick for Bill Gaither through live concert tours and the best-selling Gaither Homecoming video and television series.

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The Music City Show Announces Season 6 Live Tapings in Nashville, TN 

Written by Staff on July 14, 2017 – 4:16 pm -

The Nelons to appear at Music City Show?

The Nelons to appear at Music City Show.

Limited Tickets Available for Music City Show Studio Audience on July 24 & 25, 2017

BJ Thomas, Mark Lowry, Nelons, T. Graham Brown, Michael English, Perrys, Cody McCarver, Tribute Quartet and More Set to Appear
Mark Lowry to appear at Music City Show

Mark Lowry

Nashville, TN (July 14, 2017) – It’s THE MUSIC CITY SHOWlive from Nashville, TN and YOU can be a part of it. Today, Godsey & Associates, producers of the hit tv series, announced season six tapings to take place in Nashville, TN July 24 and July 25, 2017. Less than 100 seats are available for the studio audience and will go “first-come, first-serve,” to those who email their request

Michael English to appear at Music City Show

Michael English

BJ Thomas, Mark Lowry, the Nelons, T. Graham Brown, Michael English, the Perrys, Tribute Quartet, Cody McCarver and many more will be featured during the LIVE TV tapings with host Tim Lovelace, and featuring the Positive Cowboy, Jim Sheldon, both returning to the series.

Due to security measures, NO WALK-UPS WILL BE ACCEPTED! You MUST email for admission. All details will be explained in email correspondence.

Perrys to appear at Music City Show

The Perrys

Taped in front of a live studio audience, The Music City Show, has welcomed a diverse range of talent including The Oak Ridge Boys, The Crabb Family, Don Moen, Aaron Tippin, Ray Stevens, Greater Vision, The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, Restless Heart, The Booth Brothers and more. The show is hosted by award-winning comedian / singer / musician Tim Lovelace and Jim Sheldon, The “Positive Cowboy.”

July 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

Tribute Quarte

Season five of The Music City Show will air nationally on  NRBTV, FamilyNet, Heartland, TCT and UPLIFTV.

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Mark Lowry Invites You TONIGHT!

Written by scoopsnews on May 9, 2017 – 1:03 pm -

A Message from Mark:

Tuesday night, May 9 at 6:30pm CST, join me and Reba Rambo-McGuire at her house where we will sing some of the new songs from my new project, “What’s Not To Love?” (Releasing in August on Daywind Records.)

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Mark Lowry Signs with Daywind Records

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 20, 2017 – 4:02 pm -

Mark Lowry Signs with Daywind Records

Mark Lowry Signs with Daywind Records

Hendersonville, TN –Daywind Records is pleased to announce the addition of Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, Mark Lowry. In a video released on social media earlier today, Mark Lowry shared his excitement about his upcoming project, entitled What’s Not To Love, and his new partnership with the award-winning record label.

Anchored by songs co-written by Lowry, Reba Rambo-McGuire and Dony McGuire, What’s Not To Love embodies the messages of grace, compassion and the love of Christ predominately featured at Lowry’s live events. The album is in the final stages of production and is slated for an August release through Daywind Records.

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