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Beyond the Song: Bob Sellers sings “Wonderful Story of Love”

Written by Staff on October 16, 2020 – 2:19 pm -

Beyond the Song: Bob Sellers sings "Wonderful Story of Love"Beyond the Song with Jantina Baksteen

We all know Bob Sellers who sang with the Kingsmen. As Bob stepped down to start a solo career, I kept in contact with Bob and interviewed him about his solo career.

Jantina Baksteen: You grew up in a Christian home. Could you share a little memory of the time you got saved?

Bob Sellers: I was fortunate enough to have been raised by wonderful, Godly parents. If the church doors were open, we were there. We were there for Summer Revival 1984, when I was just eight-and-a-half years old, and although I don’t remember the sermon or the song, I very vividly remember kneeling in repentance and asking Jesus to come into my heart. My grandfather, Rev. Paul Sellers, who remains such a huge part of my testimony, was my pastor, and Rev. Jackie Adcox, was the evangelist. Before he was saved, my grandfather was an alcoholic. After he was saved, he never had the urge to drink again, and he surrendered to the call to preach the gospel just a few years later.  

JB: When did you discover your interest in singing?

BS: I don’t really remember, because I’ve been singing all my life. I grew up singing with my mother, Helen, and sister, Stephanie, in a little church trio. Mom played piano by ear, so she’d hear a song on gospel radio that she liked and she’d learn to play it and teach us our parts. Mom was a stickler, so it had to be correct. I think that played a big role in developing my ear for harmony. I hit a really shy stage in my tweens and teens however and quit singing altogether. I got back into it thanks to the urging of my late mother-in-law, Becky, once she found out I could sing a little. She was always a huge supporter of mine, and I owe a big part of my marriage and my career to her. 

Beyond the Song: Bob Sellers sings "Wonderful Story of Love"

Capstone Quartet

JB: A long time ago you started your own first group called Capstone Quartet. What age were you and who were your singing buddies?

BS: I was actually hired in that group in the early 2000s, and that was my first quartet. I had hair! It was begun in 1992, in Tuscaloosa, (home of the University of Alabama campus known as “The Capstone”) by Joe Brown and Charlie Howard. A few years later, I wound up owning the group through attrition. Joe Brown hired me, so I still give him a lot of credit for my start in gospel music and he’s still one of my best friends in the world. That first lineup consisted of myself at lead, Joe on bass, Dale Taylor at tenor and Jimmy Latham at baritone. The lineup right after that, which included Danny Scott on baritone, recorded an album at Crossroads Studios in Asheville, N. C., and really set a new bar for that quartet from a sound perspective. The final lineup that I was a part of was myself, Dave Ezell (baritone), Dave Waldrep (bass) and Kevin Hodges (tenor). I have a lot of great memories from my Capstone days and many of those guys are still some of my best friends. 

Beyond the Song: Bob Sellers sings "Wonderful Story of Love"

Bob Sellers with the Kingsmen

JB: I read your influence groups were the Cathedrals, Gold City and Kingsmen. How was it to receive that call to join the Kingsmen, the group that influenced you in your early years?

BS: Oh, it was just as surreal as one might imagine. The year after my grandfather passed away, I promoted a gospel concert called The Rev. Paul Sellers Memorial Sing, which was sponsored by my home church, and was going to help towards the down payment on a new fellowship hall (we hoped). I emailed dozens of gospel artists asking for a reduced flat for a Saturday night concert to help us with our goal, and the Kingsmen was the only group willing to come for what was probably half of their normal Saturday night flat. I certainly never forgot that, and I started to really keep up with them whenever they were in this area, and got to know some of them individually through social media. Bryan Hutson asked me to fill in for him in south Alabama one Thursday night, and I thought my life had been made. My whole church and family came down to see me get to sing one night with the Mighty Kingsmen, and it was a dream come true. Little did I know that about a year later, they would need a lead singer, and it still humbles me that I was the first call Ray Reese made. Other than my salvation, my marriage and the birth of my children, it was the greatest thing that ever happened to me. 

JB: What wise lessons did you learn traveling with Hall of Famer Ray Reese of the Kingsmen? 

BS: That is actually an easy question for me to answer. The one lesson that Ray taught me over any others, is to trust the Lord. And it wasn’t anything he ever told me, but what he showed me in his daily actions. The best example I can think of came in Westfall, Ohio. We were there singing at the high school when the transmission literally fell out of the bus. We had to be towed all the way back to Asheville from there and after it was all said and done, I think the bill for that and a new transmission was around $25,000. If I’d have owned the group and been responsible for the bus, I think I’d have had a heart attack right there, but Ray was cool, calm and collected. He said (as he often would whenever adversity came), “Boys, these things just happen. We will just trust the Lord to help us get it fixed and paid for and go from there doing what God has called us to do.” And he was just always low-key and even-keeled like than no matter what ever happened. After his wife Carolyn passed away, I’d witness him crying alone in the front lounge of the bus and calling her phone repeatedly just to hear her voicemail message, but then I’d witness him get himself together, get dressed and go do what God put him here to do, which was, sing the gospel and put a smile of other people’s faces. That made a huge impact on me, since I was (and probably still am) a lot more high strung when everything doesn’t go just right. 

JB: You experienced some shyness in your early years. How did you overcome this?

BS: All I can say is that God helped me to overcome that. There was a stage in my life when I would literally turn three shades of red if something happened like a girl approached me or someone teased me about something. I wanted to drop out of college when I found out that Public Speaking was a prerequisite and I’d have to give several speeches in front of the class throughout the semester. I couldn’t have gotten up in front of 10 people to talk without being a ball of nerves, much less sing in front of 18,000 at Freedom Hall. When I got back into singing in my 20s, I truly believe it was a calling from God, and, as the old saying goes, I believe it’s true that “He equips the called.”

JB: What advice would you give artists who deal with the same issue, to overcome stage fright?

BS: Imagine the audience in their underwear. I’m kidding. I’ve heard that one before and always thought it was ridiculous. I’d say just pray about it and try to relax. Don’t worry so much about who’s in the audience or how many are in the audience. Focus on the things you can control, and on working to be the best you can possibly be, each and every time you step on stage. When you are your biggest critic, what other people think will be secondary, and when you aren’t so worried about what all the people looking at you think, then you won’t be as nervous or shy.

Beyond the Song: Bob Sellers sings "Wonderful Story of Love"

JB: What made you resign from the Kingsmen?

BS: The Kingsmen was the first full-time singing job I’d ever had, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I loved most things about it, but found that the one thing I didn’t love about it, was being away from my family so much. After six or seven years, I realized that my kids were still babies when I started, and suddenly they were about grown and it felt like I’d missed it all. The reality is, I did miss a lot of it. I lived 480 miles from the bus, so for a typical week, I’d leave on Wednesdays about 2:00 p.m. to get to Asheville by midnight, and I’d get home sometime on Monday of that next week. The only day I could really count on being home was Tuesday, and as sure as I planned something, it seemed we’d end up being on the road even then. I had an experience with my son that last year of my tenure that really affected me. It wasn’t really a big deal; he just had this huge meltdown when I went back on the road after my summer vacation of being home a couple of weeks, and that’s really when being gone so much began to eat at me. I didn’t want to leave. I told Ray when I gave my notice that if he could slow down to about 100 dates a year and could still afford to pay us, he’d never run me off, but that’s just not a reality. It’s not his fault, it’s just the nature of the business. Groups with a bus, payroll for six or seven people, etc., in this day and time of fewer ticketed events (or “flats”), just about have to sing every opportunity they get. I prayed about it a long time and got the peace I needed one day while painting a bedroom. My line where the wall met the ceiling was shaky and I was trying different methods to help get it straight. I finally figured out that if I looked just ahead of the brush, then my line would be straight. I’d been praying that whole day and at that time, Proverbs 3:5&6 came to me: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart. Lean not unto thine own understanding, but in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Just as sure as the day I was saved, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and told me that my life was just like my painting technique. I had to quit worrying about where I was or where I’d been, and put my future in God’s hand and he’d set everything straight, just like the paint line on that wall. That’s when I decided to resign. Thankfully, I was able to leave on good terms, and I still count Ray and Brandon Reese as dear friends, as well as Randy Crawford, Chris Jenkins and everyone associated with the Kingsmen organization. 

Bob Sellers and family

JB: How did you get to join the Old Time Preacher’s Quartet?

BS: Les Butler called me about two days after my announcement to leave the Kingsmen was made on Facebook. He said that he’d just told his wife the week before, that if I ever left the Kingsmen, he was going to ask me to sing lead with the Old Time Preachers Quartet. My first thought was that I didn’t want to be one of those who left one group “to spend more time with his family,” just to jump to another group the next week. I wanted to avoid that image, but more than that, I really wanted to spend more time with my family. I also had determined at that point to try my best to establish a solo ministry. I shared all that with Les and we talked a lot after that. After more talk and praying about it, eventually it seemed like the right thing to do. After all, the plan was to sing only 50-60 dates a year (about one weekend a month). I felt like that would be a good way to scratch the quartet itch and have some weeks that I didn’t have to fill with solo dates. I did wait five or six months, but after the first of 2019, we made it official. Those are great guys, also. We had a good run and made a good album, but the dates picked up to over 100 a year and balancing both my solo schedule and the quartet’s schedule eventually became too much. 

Bob Sellers Joins Old Time Preachers Quartet

Bob Sellers

JB: For a couple of years now, you’ve traveled as a soloist and recently brought out your first solo album since leaving The Kingsmen, “Wonderful Story of Love.” Please share how this project came together?

BS: I first thought about doing an album of all original songs and then another one of songs I’ve been singing a while but had never had a chance to record, but I already had one that’s a collection of my gospel favorites, “Preludes.” In the end, I just decided to mix it up on the new album, so I put a few of those favorite songs on there and added a few originals or relatively current hits. The songs as a collection bless me, and I pray that they’ll bless others. That’s all that I what I want my music to always do. 

JB: You’ve put out a solo by the same name, “Wonderful Story of Love,” to radio. What’s the message of the song?

BS: “Wonderful Story of Love,” is a great song by Lee Black and Gina Boe. I had actually placed this song on hold when we were looking for songs for the last Kingsmen album of which I was a part. It didn’t make our final cut. (When you’re with a label, you pick a few songs and they pick the others…with publishing carrying a lot of weight. I’m independent, so I could cut whatever I wanted to!) The message in the song is pretty much my personal commitment to God to sing His praises – “The Wonderful Story of Love” – for as long as I have breath and He will equip me for it and open doors. After I cut the song, I realized the feel of it vaguely reminded me of Battle Cry (which was also a co-write of Lee Black’s), which was such a huge song and album for The Kingsmen. It’s an upbeat, feel-good song, but don’t miss the message – “I will sing of the wonderful story, I will tell of his love so great; I will shout ‘til I’m home in glory, when I’ll sing a new song of praise to the Lamb who was slain, the King who will reign, the Author of this wonderful story of love!”

JB: Have you ever tried to write your own song?

BS: Yes. I’ve tried and so far I have failed miserably. I think I have some good ideas sometimes, and come up with some pretty good hooks every now and then, but I definitely think I would make a better co-writer, if anything, than writer. I have been blessed with a pretty good ear for recognizing good songs, (I brought “Battle Cry,” among others, to the Kingsmen and had placed a hold on another song that also didn’t make our final cut called “Come Sunday Morning,” which turned out to be pretty good for The Old Paths). When listening to demos that I’m not particularly sold on, I sometimes find myself re-writing lines in my head. Who knows if that would make them better or worse, because the verdict is definitely still out on that one! 

JB: Have you ever experienced violence during a concert, and if so, how did you handle that? 

BS: Congrats! You are the first to ever ask me that question in an interview like this! (Laughing!) That’s an interesting question for a gospel music interview. As for an answer, thankfully no, I’ve not experienced any violence during a concert, at least not yet. Hopefully I can retire one day and still answer this the same way. Interestingly enough, I did get somewhat verbally assaulted one night during my record pitch for the Kingsmen when talking about the Singing At Sea gospel cruise we took every year. To this day, I don’t know what the man thought I said or what, but a guy stood up in the audience and just started railing me out over it. I finally said, “Sir, I’m trying to do a product pitch here, would you please be quiet!?” Again, I don’t have any idea what he got the bee in his bonnet about, but it took some big ole’ guys from the audience actually physically removing him from the building to settle him down. Some strange things can certainly happen. 

JB: If you’re not traveling, what do you for work, and where do we find you in your off time?

BS: If I’m not traveling working, I’m at home working so that I keep traveling. Mondays are usually office days when I do my books, go to the bank and try to return any missed emails or phone calls from the weekend. Later in the week, I’ll send off any product orders I may have, do radio liners, interviews, social media updates, website updates, DJ follow-ups, product inventory, pay bills, keep up with stats and insights on different sites, update my newsletter subscribers, etc. Then, of course, a large part of my time is spent thinking about who, from a logistics standpoint, I can contact about a specific date that I need to fill. That is a full-time job in and of itself. Whether I am eating breakfast, working around the house, watching the news, laying in the bed or whatever, the wheels are always turning. I still manage to create plenty of off-time for myself, as well. That’s when you’ll usually find me either with my family or fishing. For years, I didn’t have much off time, so now I fish a lot. Getting out and enjoying God’s creation, especially on water, is my therapy.

    Bob Sellers with Old Time Preacher’s Quartet

JB: You‘ve shared once that you had your earplugs in when you’re not traveling with a group, with the sound of white noise to fall asleep. Are you still using that?

BS: When I was on the bus, I usually put in earplugs and had some noise playing on a Bose speaker by my head. It was supposed to be the sound of an engine of some sort. We kept it cold on our side of the bus and it was usually about 58 degrees in my bunk. So I was wrapped up to the top of my head with a sheet, fleece blanket and a thick comforter had that noise going which blocked out anything, and rocking to the bus motion…that was the best sleep in the world and probably one of the things I have missed most about road life. And of course, we stayed up half the night and slept half the day, because there was nothing much else to do inside a bus. So now I usually get up when my wife and kids leave for school. And I have a fan and light blocking curtains in our bedroom, but it’s not the same. I certainly don’t sleep with earplugs and block out the world, because I’m afraid I might sleep through an emergency or something. It took me many months after coming of the bus to be able to get a decent night’s sleep!

JB: How do we get hold of you to sing at a church service or concert?

BS: I try to book every Sunday morning and every Sunday night that I can. I live in west-central Alabama, and if overnight travel is required, I try to book additional nights that week. I don’t have a set charge for any church service. Someone asked me recently how I’m able to do that and still make a living. All I can say is that’s just how I’ve done it since I started solo, and God has always met my financial needs. I also work hard to keep my overhead and expenses low. To book me for a church: I’d love to go any place that would love to have me! I can be reached by phone at (205) 331-9997 or email at office@bobsellersministries.com or through social media. On Facebook, find me at Bob Sellers Ministries. On Twitter, Instagram and YouTube – @BobSellersSings. 

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We hope you enjoy “Wonderful Story of Love” by Bob Sellers:

Thanks so much Bob for sharing  your ministry with SGNScoops.  Blessings on your ministry, as you share the good news with the ones who need encouragement, and with those who have never heard the gospel of salvation.

 

Jantina Baksteen. Beyond the Song

Jantina Baksteen

By Jantina Baksteen

Jantina Baksteen is a gospel music writer and regular contributor to SGNScoops magazine and website.

Jantina Baksteen – biography:

I live all the way overseas in the Netherlands. I’m married and I have three adult children.

I grew up in a Christian home and knew in my early years that I wanted to belong to Him. I surrendered my life to Christ was baptized one day before I turned 11 years old.

Somehow, the seed of loving gospel music was planted by the style of music my parents played at home. Around 2006/2007, I was listening to Gaither homecoming music that I found on the internet. The song, “Oh, What A Savior,” by Ernie Haase hit me with the so-called Southern gospel bug.

From there, I’ve been reading /studying all I can find. I found the digital SGNScoops Magazine.

As I was spending so much time reading and listening about this industry, I started praying for God to please give me a job in the Southern gospel industry. Sometimes, I commented to Lorraine Walker on her posts. How could she know the longing of my heart?

But last year she asked me if I wanted to do something for SGNScoops: the Wacky Wednesday posts online. Now I do the “Beyond the Song” article that really has my heart as I am reaching out to artists, asking about a current song and having a sneak peak behind the scenes.

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One Day Closer to the 2020 Diamond Award Nominations

Written by Staff on February 2, 2020 – 12:26 pm -

Diamond Awards presented by Coastal MediaThe 2020 Diamond Award Nominations open tomorrow, Monday, February 3, on SGNScoops.com. So come join us as we continue to travel down the Road to the Diamond Awards.

Jessica Horton at 2019 Diamond Awards

Jessica Horton at 2019 Diamond Awards

Today we look at several more categories, all under the heading of “Sunrise,” which can be awarded to any new or developing full-time artist who has seen major growth in their career, as evidenced in airplay or personal appearances during the past year. Nominees in this category must have released their debut single only two years prior to the eligibility date of January 1, 2020. This award is also a once-in-a-lifetime honor and can be given to any artist in the Southern,

Jordan Family Band at Diamond Awards 2018

Country or Bluegrass Christian music genres. These categories include the Sunrise Award (any artists), Sunrise Duet of the Year, Trio of the Year, and Quartet of the Year. Some past winners have included: Jessica Horton, Chronicle, Day 3, Justified Quartet, Jordan Family Band, Old Time Preachers Quartet, the Chandlers, Morgan Easter, 11th Hour, and others.

The Diamond Awards also celebrate Christian Country artists with Christian Country Group of the Year and Song of the Year. The nominees must be full-time Christian Country artists. Some past winners have included:

Sarah Davison of HighRoad at 2016 Diamond Awards

Sarah Davison of HighRoad at 2016 Diamond Awards

CHRISTIAN COUNTRY GROUP OF THE YEAR: Some winners have been HighRoad, the Freemans, The Isaacs, Jeff and Sheri Easter, the Drummond Family, and Crossfire Gospel Band. And the 2019 winners were Mark209.

CHRISTIAN COUNTRY SONG OF THE YEAR : The 2016 winner was “One Step Closer”- Arkin Terrell; and the 2019 winner was: “Hide Me Behind The Cross” by Tonja Rose.

Who will you nominate? Stay tuned to this site as we continue the countdown to the 2020 Diamond Award Nominations!

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Creekside Gospel Music Convention is held annually in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, presenting national and regional gospel music in a family-friendly environment. The last week in October is filled with Southern, Country, and Bluegrass gospel music at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Daytime showcases, evening concerts, and midnight prayer, all feature award-winning artists and speakers. The Diamond Awards are a nationally-recognized yearly award show hosted by SGNScoops Magazine and voted on by their readers and fans.  For more information please call Rob Patz at 360 – 933 – 0741.

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Les Butler- A Strong Start to 41st Year!

Written by Staff on November 5, 2018 – 5:58 pm -

Les Butler- A Strong Start to 41st Year!

Les Butler- A Strong Start to 41st Year!

Nashville, TN (October 29, 2018 )  Wow, what a start to year #41 for Les Butler!

We are pleased to announce that in the most recent four-week charting period Les Butler, Butler Music GroupFamily Music Group and the artists we represent have all done quite well!

Les and his companies have had 8 of the top 100 songs on the most recent SGN Scoops Charts and 7 of the top 80 songs on the Singing News Southern Gospel Charts!  Five of those songs were produced by Les Butler, four of those artists were BMG Managementartists with two also being on the Family Music Group label. Six of the songs were promoted by Family Music Group promotions!

The Williamsons, “Jesus, What a Wonderful Name” and “Every Moment, Every Mountain, Every Mile” & The Old Time Preachers Quartet, “When I Wake Up to Sleep No More” are both represented by the Family Music Group labeland managed by Butler Music Group; the songs were produced by Les Butler.

Les Butler- A Strong Start to 41st Year!

Les Butler at Diamond Awards

Tim Livingston, “I Want to Be the One” & The Coffmans, “If I Have To” were both promoted by Family Music Group Radio Promotion and the songs were produced by Les Butler.

Sacred Harmony “Up to Something” is managed by Butler Music Group and the song was produced by Les Butler.

The Ferguson Family, “Looking Through the Eyes of Love” is managed by Butler Music Group with Family Music Group Radio Promotion.

The Arenos, “Back to My Senses,” The Goulds, “Love Never Ends,” and The Stephens “Come Go with Me to the Well” songs were promoted by Family Music Group Radio Promotion.

Thank you to all of the fans and DJs who have made these songs and artists your favorites!

About Butler Music Group
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Butler Music Group provides professional management  services to Southern Gospel and Bluegrass artists including Heaven’s Mountain Band, Williamson’s, Old Time Preachers Quartet  and Jason Davidson. 

BMG subsidiary, Family Music Group, is the label and radio promotion division of BMG. Label artists include Williamsons, Old Time Preachers Qt and Jason Davidson.   Over the last 40 years, radio Promotion artists have included Canton Junction, David Phelps, Goodman Revival, Ivan Parker, Guy Penrod, Hagees, Jimmy Fortune, Oak Ridge Boys, Booth Brothers, Dunaways, Larry Gatlin, and many others.

Les Butler has been actively involved in Southern Gospel Music for 40 years as a musician, producer, manager, former publisher of the Singing News, and as a nationally syndicated radio host. Butler started Butler Music Group in 1978, and purchased Family Music Group in 2003. He is a past March of Dimes AIR award, as well as winner of the Paul Heil Broadcasting Award in 2011. Butler’s syndicated radio show, Les Butler and Friends, is heard across America and abroad. Butler’s playing and production credits include Palmetto State Quartet, Darryl Worley, Richard Sterban, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Fairfield Four, Steeles, Dunaways, Crabb Family, Easter Brothers, Marksmen Quartet, Earl Scruggs, Bowling Family, Jimmy Fortune, Marty Raybon, Larry Gatlin and many more. Butler’s publishing companies are Hurry-Up Publishing/BMI and Hush Jean/ASCAP. He continues to host a daily Southern and Bluegrass Gospel video blog at southerngospel365.com.

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SGNScoops’ Wacky Wednesday talks about Facebook, hobbies and writers

Written by Staff on September 19, 2018 – 2:43 pm -

Wacky Wednesday title

It’s Wacky Wednesday time!

SGNScoops’ Wacky Wednesday with gospel artists returns this month with some interesting questions for our panel. Special thanks to our friend Jantina de Haan for collecting all of these great answers.

Clayton Inman

Clayton Inman of Triumphant

As you know, Wacky Wednesday features questions that you might not find in regular artist interviews and answers that you might not see printed anywhere else…

Today we hear responses from Josh Jordan of the Jordan Family Band, Gerald Wolfe of Greater Vision, Wendy Hayes of the Mylon Hayes family, Corey Pearson of the Diplomats, Bob Sellers of the Old Time Preachers Quartet (formerly of the Kingsmen), Pat Barker of the Guardians, Clayton Inman of Triumphant, and Jaquita Lindsey of 11th Hour.

Jaquita Lindsey

Jaquita Lindsey of 11th Hour

We are giving them four questions: Favorite hobby you never have time to do; first post showing on your Facebook news feed; favorite devotional author; and favorite songwriter any genre.

Are you ready? Here we go. In no particular order…

Josh Jordan: 1. How is a it a hobby if you never get to do it? My fav hobby is fishing with my family. 2. Randa Jordan (little heart image). 3. I’ve never read a book all the way through. I’d rather go fishing. 4. (King) David, his Psalms are off the charts.

Bob Sellers Joins Old Time Preachers Quartet

Bob Sellers

Gerald Wolfe: 1. Drive through the mountains. 2. Right now, it’s happy birthday to Kimberley Allman (Chris’ wife). 3. Oswald Chambers. 4. Fanny J. Crosby.

Wendy Hayes: 1. Scrapbooking. 2. It is one from the last couple of days, where our family sang and we had so many precious kids come that love gospel music. 3. Priscilla Shirer. 4. Rebecca Peck.

Corey Pearson: 1. Fish and ride four wheelers. 2. Today it was something about the government, so I probably over looked it. 3. That’s a hard one. Most anything by Dr. Johnny Hunt. 4. Dianne Wilkinson, Sonya and Becky of the Isaacs, and Chris Tomlin.

Wendy and Mylon Hayes

Wendy and Mylon Hayes

Bob Sellers: 1. Fish, hunt, camp. Anything outdoors. 2. Lee and Rebekah Mitchell in photos with some group called Gold City. 3. Gary Larson (Far Side). 4. Merle Haggard.

Pat Barker: 1. Sleep. 2. I only do mySpace. 3. Holy Spirit. 4. Dottie Rambo.

Clayton Inman: 1. Golf. 2. A picture post. 3. Max Lucado. 4. Scotty Inman.

Jordan Family Band

Josh Jordan with the Jordan Family Band

Jaquita Lindsey: 1. Be crafty, paint. 2. I don’t ever look at any news. 3. Jentezen Franklin.  4. Jonathan Cain.

Were any of these answers surprising to you? Let us know if you liked this week’s Wacky Wednesday feature and tell us what you would ask your favorite artist.

Pat Barker

Pat Barker

Stay tuned next time for another Wacky Wednesday.

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Corey Pearson of the Diplomats

Corey Pearson of the Diplomats

Gerald Wolfe and Greater Vision

Gerald Wolfe and Greater Vision

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Old Time Preachers Quartet Announces Departure

Written by Staff on July 27, 2018 – 11:20 am -

Old Time Preachers Quartet

Old Time Preachers Quartet

Nashville, TN (July 24, 2018) The Old Time Preachers Quartet have announced that Lee McNeill has resigned as lead singer of the group but will remain with them throughout 2018 as they search for a new member.

“Lee took a great church in Mechanicsville, VA last year. As it should, this is taking all of his time and effort. Early this year Lee told me he’d give the quartet until the end of the year to find another lead singer. He simply couldn’t do it all.Adam Borden has been singing the majority of the dates that Lee couldn’t make this year. And, by the way, Adam has been knocking it out of the park and will continue to travel with us on the weekends.  We are currently praying and looking for the right man to join the group. This is a challenging position to fill. All of the members maintain their own personal preaching and singing schedules, plus, Tim and I also have businesses. We appreciate your prayers as we seek God’s will for our group. Oh, and allow me to add this, being given a 12 month notice is unheard of. This speaks to Lee’s character. We can’t thank him enough for giving us such a long notice! We wish he could stay until the horn blows, but we totally get it. We will miss his talent. We will miss his spirit. And I “think” we’ll miss his stunts! LEE MCNEILL IS CRAZY,” stated Les Butler.

Old Time Preachers Quartet

Lee McNeil

Lee McNeil said, “I’m gonna miss singing with these guys. Some of the greatest men you’ll ever meet are a part of the Old Time Preachers Quartet. Love you guys.”

The Old Time Preachers Quartet have quickly emerged as one of Gospel’s top quartets, claiming multiple Singing New Top 20 hits and appearing at major events such as Dollywood, National Quartet ConventionBluegate Theaterand others.

For more information on the Old Time Preachers Quartet, go to oldtimepreachersquartet.com. To contact the Old Time Preachers Quartet about the lead position, contact Les Butler atles@butlermusicgroup.com.

About Butler Music Group
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Butler Music Group provides professional management and consulting services to Southern Gospel and Bluegrass artists including Dunaways, Heaven’s Mountain Band, Williamson’s, Old Time Preachers Quartet, Sacred Harmony, Coffmans, and Jason Davidson. BMG subsidiary, Family Music Group, is the label and radio promotion division of BMG. Label artists include Dunaways, Williamsons, Old Time Preachers Qt and Jason Davidson.   Radio Promotion artists include Canton Junction, David Phelps, Goodman Revival, Ivan Parker, Guy Penrod, Hagees, Jimmy Fortune, Oak Ridge Boys, Booth Brothers, Larry Gatlin, and many others.Les Butler has been actively involved in Southern Gospel Music for 39 years as a musician, producer, manager, former publisher of the Singing News, and as a nationally syndicated radio host. Butler started Butler Music Group in 1978, and purchased Family Music Group in 2003. He is a past March of Dimes AIR award, as well as winner of the Paul Heil Broadcasting Award in 2011. Butler’s syndicated radio show, Les Butler and Friends, is heard across America and abroad. Butler’s playing and production credits include Palmetto State Quartet, Darryl Worley, Richard Sterban, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Fairfield Four, Steeles, Dunaways, Crabb Family, Easter Brothers, Marksmen Quartet, Earl Scruggs, Bowling Family, Jimmy Fortune, Marty Raybon, Larry Gatlin and many more. Butler’s publishing companies are Hurry-Up Publishing/BMI and Hush Jean/ASCAP. He continues to host a daily Southern and Bluegrass Gospel video blog at southerngospel365.com.Read the full SGNScoops Magazine July 2018 HERE

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Tune In Alert – Old Time Preachers Quartet

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 10, 2018 – 8:47 am -

Tune In Alert-Old Time Preachers Quartet

Tune In Alert-Old Time Preachers Quartet

Tune In Alert-Old Time Preachers Quartet

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Butler Music Group Artists Shine At Dollywood’s Fall Harvest Celebration

Written by Staff on November 12, 2017 – 2:14 pm -

Butler Music Group Artists Shine At Dollywood's Fall Harvest Celebration

Butler Music Group Artists Shine At
Dollywood’s Fall Harvest Celebration

Nashville, TN (November 6, 2017) Pigeon Forge Tennessee has become a destination for Southern Gospel Fans. The Smoky Mountain town hosts several major events throughout the year including the National Quartet Convention, Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Gatlinburg Gathering and the Fall Harvest Celebration at Dollywood. During the month of October, several Butler Music Group artists appeared at Dollywood as part of their month-long concert series.

Butler Music Group Artists Shine At Dollywood's Fall Harvest CelebrationThe Showstreet Palace in Dollywood played host to four Butler Music Group artists. The Williamsons are staples on the largest stages Gospel Music has to offer. They performed many of their hit songs including their Singing News #1 song, “Shout.” Also appearing at Showstreet were the Old Time Preachers Quartet, Heaven’s Mountain Band, and Jason Davidson. The Old Time Preachers Quartet, fresh off their debut appearance at NQC, received an enthusiastic welcome from 5 standing room only crowds. Heavens Mountain Band is often mentioned alongside groups such as the Issacs and Primitive Quartet. They appeared on multiple days and their theater was also standing room only for each show. The 2018 Harvest Festival marked the first appearance for breakout soloist, Jason Davidson. “In addition to singing and playing with my own quartet, I thoroughly enjoyed playing mandolin with Heaven’s Mountain Band and piano with Jason Davidson. It was a special treat to play along-side my son, Matt who played bass for Jason. My daughter was emcee for this series. What a proud moment,” states BMG owner, Les Butler.

Butler Music Group Artists Shine At Dollywood's Fall Harvest CelebrationOne of the many great things that makes the Fall Harvest Celebration so great is being able to see so many groups at one time spread out across the park. The Coffmans and Sacred Harmony were invited to perform this year at Dollywood with the Coffmans appearing at the Back Porch Theater and Sacred Harmony at the Valley Theater. Both groups performed to packed out crowds.

Fans are encouraged to make plans now to attend the 2018 Fall Harvest Celebration to see these incredible Butler Music Groups artists and more. For more information, go to www.dollywood.com.

About Butler Music Group

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Butler Music Group provides professional management and consulting services to Southern Gospel and Bluegrass artists including Dunaways, Heaven’s Mountain Band, Williamson’s, Old Time Preachers Quartet, Sacred Harmony, Coffmans, and Jason Davidson.

Butler Music Group Artists Shine At Dollywood's Fall Harvest CelebrationBMG subsidiary, Family Music Group, is the label and radio promotion division of BMG. Label artists include Dunaways, Williamsons, Old Time Preachers Quartet and Jason Davidson. Radio Promotion artists include Canton Junction, David Phelps, Goodman Revival, Ivan Parker, Guy Penrod, Hagees, Jimmy Fortune, Oak Ridge Boys, Booth Brothers, Larry Gatlin, and many others.

Les Butler has been actively involved in Southern Gospel Music for 39 years as a musician, producer, manager, former publisher of the Singing News, and as a nationally syndicated radio host. Butler started Butler Music Group in 1978, and purchased Family Music Group in 2003. He is a past March of Dimes AIR award, as well as winner of the Paul Heil Broadcasting Award in 2011. Butler’s syndicated radio show, Les Butler and Friends, is heard across America and abroad. Butler’s playing and production credits include Palmetto State Quartet, Darryl Worley, Richard Sterban, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Fairfield Four, Steeles, Dunaways, Crabb Family, Easter Brothers, Marksmen Quartet, Earl Scruggs, Bowling Family, Jimmy Fortune, Marty Raybon, Larry Gatlin and many more. Butler’s publishing companies are Hurry-Up Publishing/BMI and Hush Jean/ASCAP. He continues to host a daily Southern and Bluegrass Gospel video blog at southerngospel365.com.

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BIG NIGHT FOR BUTLER MUSIC GROUP ARTISTS AT 2017 DIAMOND AWARDS

Written by Staff on November 2, 2017 – 1:52 pm -

Butler Music Group's Winning Artists: Williamons, Old Time Preachers Quartet, Heaven's Mountain Band, Sacred Harmony and Matt Felts.

Butler Music Group’s Winning Artists: Williamons, Old Time Preachers Quartet, Heaven’s Mountain Band, Sacred Harmony and Matt Felts.

Nashville, TN (November 1, 2017) Butler Music Group works with many of the top artists in Southern Gospel Music and the 2017 Diamond Awards honored many BMG artists last night. BMG entered the night with seven artists nominated in eleven categories and walked away winning six.

The Williamsons have built a reputation as the best mixed-quartet in Southern Gospel Music and last night they were awarded as Mixed Group of the Year. Sadie Williamson was also a special part of the night as she was the official “trophy girl.”

Heaven’s Mountain Band showed why they are mentioned along artists such as the Primitives and Issacs. They brought home multiple awards, Album of the Year, “This Old House of Mine,” and Song of the Year, “I’ll Ride This Ship to the Shore.” They were also nominated for Bluegrass Gospel Artist of the Year.

Sacred Harmony has been quickly catching the eyes

Matt Felts, Diamond Award winner

Matt Felts, Diamond Award winner

and ears of the Southern Gospel industry for their unique sound that blends traditional Gospel with more contemporary styles. They were honored with the Favorite New Trio award and was also a finalist in the Video of the Year category.

In only two years, the Old Time Preachers Quartet have established themselves as the hottest new group in Gospel Music. The quartet won Favorite New Quartet. They were also nominated for Album of the Year.

While not a new name to Southern Gospel fans, Matt Felts is charting new territories as a soloist. In his first year as a soloist, Matt was nominated for Favorite Male Vocalist and won the Sunrise Artist award. Butler Music Group was blessed to have the Coffmans and Jason Davidson also nominated in the Sunrise Artist Category.

“Wow, what a night! We are incredibly blessed and honored to work with the best of the best and the Southern Gospel fan spoke through the Diamond Awards. We want to thank Rob Patz and SGN Scoops for an incredible event,” stated Les Butler, Butler Music Group. For more pictures and a list of winners from BMG’s big night, go to the Butler Music Group Facebook page.

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Diamond Awards Bring Excitement To Butler Music Group

Written by Staff on October 25, 2017 – 7:18 am -

The Williamsons with Jerry Goff and Jan Buckner Goff at the Diamond Awards.

The Williamsons with Jerry Goff and Jan Buckner Goff at the Diamond Awards 2016

Nashville, TN (October 18, 2017) As artists from across the nation descend on Pigeon Forge, TN for the 2017 Diamond Awards,Butler Music Group and its family of artists have much for which to be excited. Seven BMG artists have accumulated 13 nominations including nominations for Favorite Mixed Group, Favorite Male Vocalist, Video of the Year and two for Album of the Year.

The Williamsons continue to secure their spot as one of Southern Gospels top groups. They have been nominated for Favorite Mixed Groupand Lisa Chesser Williamson has been nominated for the Songwriter of the Year award. BMG prides itself on introducing Gospel Music to some of the best up and coming artists and these nominations prove it. Sacred Harmony has been gaining a reputation for their unique harmonies and crossover sound. They have claimed two nominations, Sunrise Trio and Video of the Year.

2017 Diamond Award Nominations

2017 Diamond Awards Nominations

Family groups are a favorite in Gospel Music and the Coffmans are quickly catching attention at major events such as Singing In The Sun and Gatlinburg Gathering for their powerhouse vocals. This year they claimed their first Singing News Top 40. The 2017  awards brought them a Top 5 nomination in the Sunrise Artist category.

Butler Music Group Artists Honored With 15 Diamond Award Nominations

Butler Music Group Artists Honored With 15 Diamond Award Nominations

Jason Davidson’s incredible vocals have left legends such as Duane Allen, Lynda Randall and LaVerne Tripp amazed by his voice and stage presence. Jason also claimed his first Singing News Top 40 in 2017. He has been nominated for the Sunrise Artist award as well.

Even though some of its members such as Mike Holcomb and Les Butler are household names, the Old Time Preachers Quartet is a relatively new name to Gospel Music. In a short time, they have left the industry a buzz with two Singing News Top 20 songs as well as appearances at Dollywood, Blue Gate Theater, NQC Main Stage and on Guy Penrod’s Gospel Music Showcase TV show. They have been honored for their success with a nomination for  Sunrise Quartet and Album of the Year.

Matt Felts Announces Solo Ministry

Matt Felts nominated for Diamond Award

Another name that is familiar to fans of Gospel Music but is now on a new path is Matt Felts. Having branched out as a soloist this year, Matt has claimed his first Singing News Top 80 and has released a breakout album that features guests such as Larry Gatlin, Joseph Habedank and Goodman Revival. Matt has been nominated for two awards, Favorite Male Vocalist and Sunrise Artist.

In the Bluegrass Gospel side, one name dominated the award nominations. Heaven’s Mountain Band is on a hot streak that includes five consecutive Singing News #1 songs, major concert appearances and a TV appearance on Gospel Music Showcase. Fans have nominated them for three awards; Favorite Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. 

Brian Free and Assurance to perform at the 2017 Diamond Awards

Brian Free and Assurance

The Diamond Awards promise to be a memorable night with performances by Brian Free & Assurance and other top artists. Fans are encouraged to come out to the awards show. The show will be aired at a date to be announced on TV 57 in Atlanta. For more information, go to www.sgnscoops.com.

About Butler Music Group
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Butler Music Group provides professional management and consulting services to Southern Gospel and Bluegrass artists including Dunaways, Heaven’s Mountain Band, Williamson’s, Old Time Preachers Quartet, Sacred Harmony, Coffmans, and Jason Davidson. BMG subsidiary, Family Music Group, is the label and radio promotion division of BMG. Label artists include Dunaways, Williamsons, Old Time Preachers Qt and Jason Davidson.   Radio Promotion artists include Canton Junction, David Phelps, Goodman Revival, Ivan Parker, Guy Penrod, Hagees, Jimmy Fortune, Oak Ridge Boys, Booth Brothers, Larry Gatlin, and many others.Les Butler has been actively involved in Southern Gospel Music for 39 years as a musician, producer, manager, former publisher of the Singing News, and as a nationally syndicated radio host. Butler started Butler Music Group in 1978, and purchased Family Music Group in 2003. He is a past March of Dimes AIR award, as well as winner of the Paul Heil Broadcasting Award in 2011. Butler’s syndicated radio show, Les Butler and Friends, is heard across America and abroad. Butler’s playing and production credits include Palmetto State Quartet, Darryl Worley, Richard Sterban, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Fairfield Four, Steeles, Dunaways, Crabb Family, Easter Brothers, Marksmen Quartet, Earl Scruggs, Bowling Family, Jimmy Fortune, Marty Raybon, Larry Gatlin and many more. Butler’s publishing companies are Hurry-Up Publishing/BMI and Hush Jean/ASCAP. He continues to host a daily Southern and Bluegrass Gospel video blog at southerngospel365.com.For the latest issue of SGNScoops magazine click here
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Old Time Preachers Quartet Release Video Vignettes

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 30, 2016 – 10:30 am -

Old Time Preachers Quartet

Old Time Preachers Quartet

Nashville, TN  Family Music Group artist, the Old Time Preachers Quartet, has announced they will post a new video vignette every Monday starting in May going through the end of August. To kick off this video series, the Old Time Preachers Quartet has released a special “sneak peak” video of the group singing. The first video can be found on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/oldtimepreachersquartet, and on the Butler Music Group YouTube channel.

The Old Time Preachers Quartet recently debuted their first radio single which is the title track from their first ever album, “The Old Time Way.” Although a new group to Southern Gospel Music, most of their members will be familiar faces. Six time Singing News “Bass Singer of the Year” Mike Holcomb is joined by long time Southern Gospel personality Les Butler. Butler is known for his years as Publisher of the Singing News Magazine as well as host of nationally synidcated radio and TV shows. Rounding out the group is Jeremy Ballinger and Lee McNeill, who spent time with the Brashear Family and the Lumber River Quartet respectively.

Fans are encouraged to go to the Old Time Preachers Quartet’s official Facebook page each Monday to view these special videos. To view the first video go to www.facebook.com/oldtimepreachersquartet  or  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rHCrPEnbp0.


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