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The Old Paths are Returning!

Written by scoopsnews on January 17, 2017 – 6:58 am -

Arden, NC. (January 17, 2017) – Crossroads Entertainment and Marketing is excited to announce the return of The Old Paths. After the success of their previous recordings with Sonlite Records and their incredible standing in the industry, we are looking forward with anticipation of continuing with them in this future endeavor. With former members Tim Rackley, Doug Roark and Daniel Ashmore and the addition of Steve Ladd on tenor, the group is poised to retain and even surpass their previous level of success.

From Tim Rackley
“When extenuating family circumstances warranted our departure from the road last December, we didn’t know exactly what God had planned. After much prayer and with our families faring much better—along with their support—we have made the decision to come back on the road for select dates as a group. We are thankful that God has opened this door for us, and we are honored to be able to minister as The Old Paths once again. We appreciate the continuing support of the Crossroads family and Harper Agency that has helped make this return happen. We feel very blessed to share this new phase of The Old Paths with Steve and are excited to see so many of our friends back on the road.“

From Steve Ladd
“I was excited when approached to be a part of The Old Paths return to Gospel music. I have always loved four-part harmony, and these guys are some of the best! I am so thankful for what God has done in my solo ministry. So, to be able to have a solo career still AND sing with these guys on select dates was a no-brainer for me.”

From Ed Harper
“The Old Paths had many fans, churches, and promoters who were disappointed but understanding of their reasons for having to take a break from touring last year. Now being able to record new music and tour select dates will excite their fan base. The Harper Agency is glad that the Lord has allowed this door to reopen for Tim, Doug and all The Old Paths. ”

From Chris White
“What a wonderful opportunity it is to re-unite with The Old Paths. Sonlite Records has had a great relationship with them and certainly look forward to continuing our partnership with them. With the addition of one of the industry’s most prolific tenor singers Steve Ladd, we feel the group will be stronger than ever. We can’t wait to get started and be able to service their loyal fan base once again with more great music and performances.”

New music will be available summer 2017 on Sonlite Records.

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Behind The Scenes At Gospel Music USA

Written by Staff on January 23, 2015 – 12:50 pm -


Karen Peck, Danny Jones, Mike LeFevre

By Robert York


Old Paths Quartet

Gospel Music USA, a TV program aired on WATC-TV in Atlanta, GA and also available on the internet, recently had a two-day taping of the programs in high definition (HD). The station will be totally HD in February when these programs begin to air. Danny Jones, Singing News Editor; Karen Peck of Karen Peck and New River and Mike LeFevre of the LeFevre Quartet are the hosts of the program.

I had the privilege of having breakfast before the first day of taping with Danny, Karen and Mike. Danny and Mike were discussing the most asked question about Mike’s group. Mike responded about how he was related to Eva Mae LeFevre. Mike said his Dad and Eva Mae’s husband

Interview With Old Paths

Interview With Old Paths

Uncle Urias were brothers. He went on to talk a little about the family saying that they were five brothers and two sisters in the family. Sister Maude started singing with Uncle Urias and Alf. After Maude left the group, Sister Omega sang with them. The marriage took place and Eva Mae started playing the piano and singing alto with the group.

It was over to the studio for taping the program. There were six groups

Freedom Quartet

Freedom Quartet

scheduled to tape in the two-day session. The first day bought The Old Paths Quartet, Freedom Quartet and Lauren Talley in front of the four cameras and on the new set for the program. Day two was Jeff Stice, Ivan Parker and Archie Watkins. When you put those three hosts together you never know exactly what to expect from them. I would go into some funny details about the introduction of Freedom Quartet but I think it best to let you wait and watch the program.

Lauren Talley

Lauren Talley

Patricia Mathis, Vice President of WATC-TV and Greg West produce the program which is aired at 2:30 pm eastern time on Saturdays on both TV and the internet. The original show was taped August 13, 2013 and started airing in September of that year. It has been on the air weekly since then. WATC-TV also filmed the SGN Scoops 2014 Diamond Awards and the Lou Hildreth Honors featuring Willie Wynn this past year in Pigeon Forge, TN and aired the programs

Patricia Mathis and Ivan Parker

Patricia Mathis and Ivan Parker

on their station. For more information including programming details, visit  www.watc.tv

Pictures courtesy of Robert York.

Mike LeFevre, Danny Jones, Jeff Stice

Mike LeFevre, Danny Jones, Jeff Stice

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Old Paths Quartet Announce New Pianist

Written by Staff on September 20, 2014 – 12:33 pm -

Josh Townsend Press Release PhotoThe Old Paths Quartet are thrilled to officially announce Josh Townsend as their pianist.

Josh previously had been flying from his home in Dallas Texas to play select dates, but after he and his mother made the move to Atlanta Georgia, he accepted the position on a full time basis.

At the age of 16, Josh is not only a prodigy at his gift but is a testimony to the Lord’s healing power and touch on his life. Shortly after birth, doctors informed his family that Josh had suffered a devastating stroke which would impact his ability to walk and speak correctly. The doctors said Josh would never be able to fully use his left hand, but today Josh is doing more than just proving the doctors wrong, he is using both hands to glorify God with the gift of music.

Be sure to come by and visit us at our booth at NQC to meet Josh and see the rest of the guys!

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This week’s Harmony Road TV program features Family Groups

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 20, 2014 – 12:28 pm -

signal mountain, TN June 20, 2014 nrbHarmony_RoadThis weekend’s special Harmony Road TV program honors family groups and their part of the heritage of Southern Gospel Music. The program features a range of artists from the traditional sounds of the Speer Family to the fresh sounds of Southern Raised, a sibling gospel bluegrass group. Other music is from the Booth Brothers, Jeff and Sheri Easter and the Hoppers, all successful family centered artists for several years.

Harmony Road TV has offered several program specials since the program’s inception in 2012. These have included programs featuring all quartets, concept videos, NQC specials, co hosts including Scotty Inman, Phil Cross, Ray Dean Reese and the Old Paths Quartet, and other all family specials.

The program is now available to over 80 million homes across the country via several networks and stations. It’s also seen on formats such as DirectTV, mobile app, online streaming, ROKU and Google Play. Information on stations and networks can be found at

Harmony Road is a weekly Southern Gospel TV program hosted by “Singing News” veteran and Solid Gospel Radio host Les Butler. Harmony Road can be found each week on The Heartland Network Sunday mornings at 8:00 Eastern as well as Saturday afternoons on WATC57 in Atlanta. You can watch Harmony Road on the NRB Network each Saturday evening at 8:30 Eastern. Also find the program on the WALKtv network (including ROKU) www.wmjn29 and others.

Other team members include Roger Spears, Producer and Allan Rhodes, Technical Director.

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 24, 2014 – 1:43 pm -

hrtvlogobweditedSIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TN JANUARY 25, 2014- This weekend’s Harmony Road features “God’s Great” the chart topping hit by the Old Paths Quartet, “Pile of Crowns” from Greater Vision, classic Collingsworth Family music with “Light From Heaven”, “Mighty Deep Well” from the Kingdom Heirs and Mark Bishop with ‘You Can’t Ask too Much of God”.

The mix of new and classic hits along with artists including a soloist, trio, family group and quartets gives the viewers a distinct mix Southern Gospel sounds and performances.

This week’s program originates from Dugger Mountain Music Hall near Piedmont, Alabama. Dugger Mountain Music Hall hosts regular concerts and produces a television program that airs on many of the same stations as Harmony Road. Dugger Mountain Music Hall part of “Our Father’s Arms”, an outreach ministry based in the area. More information can be found at

Harmony Road is a weekly Southern Gospel TV program hosted by “Singing News” publisher and Solid Gospel Radio host Les Butler. The program features the best in Southern Gospel music and video.Harmony Road can be found each week on The Heartland Network Sunday mornings at 8:00 Eastern as well as Saturday afternoons on WATC57 in Atlanta. Also the WALKtv network (including ROKU) and For more information on these and other affiliates you can visit , and
Other team members include Southern Gospel Musician Cody McVey providing interviews, as well as Roger Spears, Producer and Allan Rhodes, Technical Director.

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Southern Gospel News January 2014 Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 12, 2014 – 10:17 pm -


Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2014 right with the one and only David Phelps on the cover! Also in this issue, enjoy articles on Donna King, the Old Paths Quartet, Chris Allman, Page Trio, Carolina Quartet, Suzanne Hise and Mike Manuel. Don’t miss who topped the SGNScoops radio chart for January and don’t miss the latest update on our Creekside Gospel Music Convention. We are thrilled to welcome David Staton to our writing staff! David unveils his new column, “Can You Handle The Truth?” Catch the latest devotions from Sherry Anne and Jeff Steele as well as tips from Laurette Willis on Christian Fitness. Legendary Lou Wills Hildreth’s articles are always great. You don’t want to miss “Life, Love and Legends.” It’s a special treat to share an article on Edna Wright, the newly elected Southern Gospel Music Promoters President! Check out January’s music reviews as well as Publisher, Rob Patz and editor, Rhonda’s Frye’s expectations for the New Year. Remember, SGNScoops is absolutely free. Read. Enjoy. Share!

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December 2013 SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on December 11, 2013 – 8:35 pm -


Our gift to you…. December’s Issue of SGNScoops Magazine! Our Christmas edition is stuffed with Christmas goodies! Enjoy the cover story on the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and also enjoy reading about the ministries of the Old Paths Quartet, Hope’s Journey and Gold City Quartet. Christmas is about giving, so don’t miss special guest writer, Kelly Nelon’s story about the Nelons latest mission trip. Also don’t miss the story about Steve Ladd’s sharing! This issue includes Christmas Music Reviews as well as Christmas Inspirational articles on Unopened Gifts and Christmas Traditions. Check out concert stories in the Isaacs and the Lesters and don’t miss Ben Wolfe’s younger perspective on things. Get caught up with Christian Country News, enjoy Life, Love and Legends with Lou Hildreth and read about plans for 2014 Creekside Gospel Music Convention and Diamond Awards. To make this Christmas Season special for our readers, we have surveyed many of your Southern Gospel Favorites and collected their favorite lines of Christmas carols and songs. December’s issue is most definitely a joyful one! Please read and share with your friends, families and fans and also let our staff know how much they are appreciated! Merry Christmas from the SGNScoops Family!

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