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Ricky Atkinson Shares a Special Memory

Written by scoopsnews on June 16, 2017 – 6:48 pm -

“The memories of special times between me and my father are too many to count…Marion Atkinson is still preaching after 51 years, but most importantly to me is that he is still a powerful prayer warrior.
This is my favorite photo of me and my dad, doing what we love to do…anything I accomplish in this life, is based on the path he laid before me.
This is all the reasons why.”

Ricky Atkinson

Thank you Ricky for sharing with us!


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Christmas Prayers

Written by Staff on December 24, 2015 – 6:53 am -

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Christmas Prayers from SGN Scoops and friends

For a different look at Christmas, we asked artists what their prayer would be this Holy season. Here is what a few of them had to say:


Terry Blackwood

Terry Blackwood

“Heavenly Father, thank You for all You have done for us and for all You mean to us. Without You, we would have no hope; but because You sent Your Son, Jesus, as the perfect sacrifice for our transgressions, we can be reconciled to You. The Baby in the manger will soon come back as the conquering King to rule and reign over the whole world. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.” – Terry Blackwood, artist


“My Christmas prayer would be that the world would know Jesus in a personal way, that there would be no hungry people, no sickness and no dying.  Also, that this world would always be a happy place to live and raise our families. Sounds like Heaven!” – Kelly Nelon Clark, The Nelons


The Nelons

The Nelons

“My Christmas wish is for people to stop including the wise men in the nativity. THEY WEREN’T THERE! Seriously, my prayer is for my kids to see the love of Christ in everything I do this season. That I can help them realize the truest meaning of the season.” – Pat Barker, artist


“Funny you should write. Just a few days ago, I was digging out books to

Pat Barker

Pat Barker

read about the stories behind Christmas carols in preparation for Christmas 2015. I came across a really old book of prayers by Peter Marshall who was Chaplain of the U.S. Senate from 1947 until his death in 1949 This is Peter Marshall’s prayer for world peace: ‘We pray for our troubled world. Impress upon the minds and hearts of our leaders that until we are at peace with Thee, we can be at peace with no one else, that freedom can exist nowhere unless it exists everywhere, that the strength of this nation does not lie in armies or navies but in the

Larry Ford

Larry Ford

integrity of her people, that peace is born out of righteousness and nothing else, that the trouble with our world is still people, that peace is not possible until men’s hearts, our hearts, and the direction of our wills, are changed. Make us willing to be changed, whatever the cost to our self-sufficiency, whatever the price to our insistence on having our own way.’ Amen. The world events of November 2015 are nothing new to God. Human beings still suffer from the same sin-sickness that began with the first man and woman. Hosanna; save us now, Lord. We look for the return of the Prince of Peace.” – Larry Ford [Editor’s notes: The Prayers of Peter Marshall by Catherine Marshall; Hardcover, Published January 1st 1954 by McGraw-Hill Book Company, In; original title The Prayers of Peter Marshall; ISBN 00070405980 (ISBN13: 9780070405981)]


Robert York

Robert York

“Dear God, thanks for sending Your Son to earth as a baby so many years ago. Thank You that He paid the price for our sins by dying on the cross and that He rose again proving that death was defeated. Thanks for family and friends during the time we celebrate His birth and for our freedom to worship.” – Robert York of SGN Scoops


“My prayer is that we would always remember the true reason for the Christmas season. It’s so easy to be consumed with all of the commercialism, the store sales, the gift giving.

LeFevre Quartet

LeFevre Quartet

Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy all that goes with the season but may we not forget JESUS!” – Mike LeFevre, The LeFevre Quartet


“My Christmas prayers, and Christmas wishes, have changed many times over the years. As a child, of course my wishes and prayers were for something

Ricky Atkinson

Ricky Atkinson

special under the tree. Then, in later years, as a young father, my Christmas wishes and prayers all became about my children; their well being, their aspirations, their dreams and hopes. Now many years later, they are all grown and gone. I sit here on Thanksgiving evening 2015, looking ahead to the Christmas season. At this time in life, my Christmas wishes and Christmas prayers are solely about the hurting people around me. The older I get, the more people around me, including my loved ones and family, are dealing with spiritual struggles, physical health issues, emotional problems, financial struggles, and even death. My prayers and wishes this Christmas are for those who need help that only the Lord can give.” – Ricky Atkinson of Ricky Atkinson and Compassion.


Mark Bishop and Forget The Sea

Mark Bishop and Forget The Sea

“My Christmas prayer for the season would be for a time of peace around our world and nation. I am a bit of a news junkie and sometimes I just sigh in disbelief at the things going on in our country. I would pray for peace among the different beliefs and races. I would pray for peace and love in broken families. I would ask God to give us a glimpse of His love for us, so that we would remember His love for us is not contingent on how we feel about ourselves. He loves us anyway! Merry Christmas everyone!” – Mark Bishop, artist, Forget The Sea


“My Christmas wish this year is that I will be able to put a smile on at least one person’s face. I have really caught the holiday bug and the Christmas spirit this year, doing more decorating of my small residence than usual and going all-out on gifts. I even bought a random ladies purchase at the dollar store. I really can’t say why or how I caught it, but this season has already been fun and if somebody gets a smile out of something I do this year, that’ll be worth it for me!” – Justin McLeod, blogger, writer for SGN Scoops


Sherry Anne

Sherry Anne

“This holiday season I think of the song I just released on my new Christmas CD: ‘Let There Be Peace on Earth.’ While I realize that complete peace is not possible as we enter the last days, I pray that people would find true peace in Jesus Christ, the One who came to bring peace, not as the world gives, but rather a peace that surpasses our own understanding and brings comfort to a lost, hurting world. (John 14:27)” – Sherry Anne, soloist, writer for SGN Scoops


Kingdom Heirs

Kingdom Heirs

“It may sound cliche but I wish what the multitude of angels proclaimed that first Christmas night: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward man.’” – Arthur Rice, Kingdom Heirs


“My wish for this Christmas is that the Church will put off its despondency and

Freedom Quartet

Freedom Quartet

reflect Christ to an increasingly desperate world. It’s time for Christians to unite. All Christians, not just the Baptists or the Methodists, the Lutherans or Presbyterians, but everyone who is called by the name Christian. We have allowed worldly attitudes and ideas to separate and segregate the Church and it has taken a toll. There’s no better time for the Church to arise and boldly proclaim ‘I Am A Christian’ than right here at Christmas!” – John Rulapaugh, Freedom Quartet


Sylvia Greene

Sylvia Greene

“The truth of the Christmas story is that on that long ago night, a Savior was born to save the world from their sins! This message of salvation and forgiveness, no matter who we are or how far in sin we’ve gone, is timeless in its beauty! But my Christmas Prayer for you this year, is that you will fully realize in the midst of your daily struggle, in your time of grief, when feeling hurt or betrayed, while experiencing sheer terror because you don’t know what tomorrow holds and you simply don’t know what to do….you have a Hope! That beautiful, starry, Christmas night, in the form of a tiny baby Boy named Jesus…Hope was born! I don’t know where you are in your life right now, you may have run out of answers, but I pray that you’ll realize that when you’re right in the middle of hopelessness…that’s when real Hope is the closest to you. What a wonderful gift to us all, I pray you will unwrap yours this Christmas! Merry Christmas!” — Sylvia M. Green, The Bradys


Amber Eppinette, 11th Hour

Amber Eppinette, 11th Hour

Selena Day

Selena Day

Yvonne and Bryan Hutson. Rescue Me Ministries

Yvonne and Bryan Hutson. Rescue Me Ministries

“Our Christmas Prayer is that we be a light in a dark world and help those in need this season, whether it be by helping the poor, comforting the widows, or sharing the greatest Gift of all: Jesus!” — Amber Eppinette, 11th Hour


“My Christmas Prayer would be that people would begin to see themselves as Christ sees them; to know that Jesus IS the Hope of the world. ‘Christ in us – the Hope of Glory.’ (Col. 1:27)” – Selena Day, motivational speaker, writer at SGN Scoops


“Our prayer is that for the next year it wouldn’t take a holiday to remind us that no day is guaranteed, life is short and loved ones are to be cherished.” — Bryan and Y Hutson, Rescue Me Ministries





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SGN Scoops Friday Favorite: Ricky Atkinson

Written by Staff on June 26, 2015 – 7:34 am -

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Ricky Atkinson

At SGN Scoops, we love to ask artists questions! On Fridays, they tell us what their favorites are and we get to tell you, our readers.

For today’s Friday Favorite, we asked Ricky Atkinson of Ricky Atkinson and Compassion, “What is your favorite hymn and why?”

Ricky’s response:

“‘How Firm A Foundation’ because it was often the hymn of choice when my mother sang in church, while I was still a very young boy…

It means alot to me personally knowing everything we do is all based on the foundation of our faith.

Also, as a writer, I appreciate not only the blessed message, but the depth of lyric by the writer, Robert Keene.
The words, melody, and chord progressions create a beautiful masterpiece.”

What is your favorite hymn? Tell us today on SGN Scoops Facebook page!

Ricky Atkinson and compassion

Ricky Atkinson and compassion

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The Jordan Family Band attends the SESGMC

Written by Staff on April 21, 2015 – 10:50 am -


Randa Jordan of the Jordan Family Band tells SGN Scoops…

imageThis weekend was our first time being a part of the SESGMC (South Eastern Southern Gospel Music Conference) in Tifton, GA. What a fun, two-day event with so much great talent. Over 40 groups performed and each did an outstanding job!

imageMy family and I sang on the Friday afternoon showcase and the Spirit of the Lord was truly there in the midst! We won a spot to sing on main stage and once again enjoyed the spirit of the people and their warm reception. We also enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.

Every soloist, duo, trio and group had a great time at this event hosted by Ricky Atkinson of Ricky Atkinson and Compassion. It is growing and imagebecoming something special in the South Georgia area. Make plans to attend this two-day event in April of 2016! You will be blessed and have a great experience in Southern Gospel music!

For more information on the Jordan Family Band click HERE.

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Victoria Shirey Releases New Solo Project

Written by SGN Scoops on May 20, 2013 – 5:39 am -

victoriacdcoverVictoria Shirey has just released her new solo album,WHO I AM TODAY.  This project features 7 out of 12 original songs that Victoria has written. Guest singers and pickers on this CD include, Kim Hopper, Joseph Habedank, Logan Smith, Bill Shivers, Eric Bennett, Steven Cooper, Wesley Smith, Adam Crabb, Micah Schweinsburg, Corey Pearson, and Kenny Clark. You will love the variety on this project, and be encouraged by each song. Victoria’s prayer is that people will be ministered to by the songs and feel the anointing as they listen. The title song on the project, “Who I Am Today” has just been released to radio on Ricky Atkinson’s compilation disc. Be listening for it, and call in to request to hear it played on your local Southern Gospel station. You can order Victoria’s new project from her website,

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Ricky Atkinson Special Guest on Daniel Britt & Friends Broadcast

Written by SGN Scoops on August 20, 2012 – 7:34 pm -

Coming up on the next Daniel Britt & Friends, broadcast the week of 08/20/12: The terms faithful, friendly, and funny sum up Daniel’s next guest. Ricky Atkinson’s sense of humor is contagious, his songwriting is profound, and to retrace his history & faithful service through the years is admirable. From the Wilburns, to Compassion, to countless hit lyrics that bear his name:
Singer/Songwriter Ricky Atkinson is here for the hour!

About Daniel Britt & Friends

Daniel Britt & Friends is a one-hour Gospel music radio show, available each week to nearly 30 million satellite subscribers*throughout the U.S. and Canada on SIRIUS XM SATELLiTE RADiO’s enLighten (Sirius XM Channel 18)Mondays at 7PM ET, Thursdays at 10PM ET, and Saturdays at 12 Noon ET. You can also catch the show online at, Smartphone devices, or with Dish Network on channel 6018. After the broadcast, you can download the extended interview from Connect on Twitter @BrittAndFriends and on Facebook at

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The Bridgemans Win 2012 “Duet of the Year” award presented by the Southeastern Southern Gospel Music Conference

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 14, 2012 – 11:01 am -

Travis and Alecia Bridgeman, a Southern Gospel duet known as “The Bridgemans”, were recently awarded the 2012 “Duet of the Year” award presented by the “Southeastern Southern Gospel Music Conference” in Valdosta, Georgia.  The second-annual conference featured Ann Downing, “The Nelons”, “Namoi and the Segos”, and Ricky Atkinson.
“The Bridgemans” live in Cumming, Georgia, where Travis is the pastor of Antioch Baptist Church.  They have been singing for ten years, and have one son, Lee.  For more information on “The Bridgemans”, go to their website,

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Ricky Atkinson Releases New Solo Project

Written by SGN Scoops on July 22, 2011 – 7:25 pm -

Resting Place Music and Ricky Atkinson announces the release of a brand new solo project.The album is entitled, “STAND.” Each song is written or co-written by Ricky, and features his unique style and award winning vocal ability. Ricky States:”In these last days when many are falling away or choose to go another direction, the most important thing that needs to be seen and heard is Christians taking a STAND!  I am determined more than ever that no matter what happens, I am gonna take a STAND!” Ricky has teamed up with some of the very best writers in America to present a variety of styles nd arrangements, with strong lyrical content, that sure to bless everyone! Jeff Steele, Jonathan Montgomery, Dianne Wilkinson, just to name a few… The album will be sold as a cd/soundtracks combo, as are all Ricky Atkinson SOLO CDs, giving the purchaser free performance soundtracks, with and without BGVs. The release date was JULY 18, and it is NOW AVAILABLE online, at and also through New Day Christian Distributors, Hendersonville,TN.  

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Executive Board announces: the SGMC! (Southern Gospel Music Conference)

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 3, 2011 – 1:43 pm -

After many years of prayer and planning The SGMC Executive Board is pleased to announce the first major ‘nqc-style’ Southern Gospel music event ever organized in the Deep South.

This event, has already been green-lighted to take place in the state-of-the-art Turner Civic Center in Ashburn, GA. It will be structured similarly to other major events held in Louisville, Ky and Branson, MO and will feature some of the best major artists from the southeast United States including: The Nelons, Naomi & The Segos, Ricky Atkinson & Compassion, Logan Smith and more.

The artist roster is still incomplete for this exciting event and the executive board is considering other artists and soloists for several prime time slots. For any Gospel artist that would like to be reviewed to participate in this event please e-mail Rhonda Pillow at as soon as possible for consideration.

Slated to begin on April 1st , The SGMC will also feature a multitude of coordinated events to include: A special Ladies conference hosted by Kelly Nelon Clark, golf tournament, solo & group talent competition, and full catering.

There will also be an awards presentation where artists will win awards solely based on fan votes.

For more detailed information a new website has been launched

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