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Please Pray for The Beasley Family

Written by scoopsnews on November 18, 2018 – 6:42 am -


Remembering Les Beasley

Singing News posted this morning:

Les Beasley, the president of the National Quartet Convention and the longtime owner/manager/singer of The Florida Boys, has passed away at the age of 90.

Born in Crockett, Texas, in 1928, Mr. Beasley would go on to become one of Gospel music’s most influential personalities. J.G. Whitfield hired Mr. Beasley in 1953 to sing in his Gospel Melody Quartet, which was later renamed The Florida Boys. After the retirement of Mr. Whitfield, Mr. Beasley assumed part ownership (with Glen Allred and Derrell Stewart) and leadership of the quartet, and continued those roles until 2007.

During his time with The Florida Boys, Mr. Beasley became a key decisive leader in the development, promotion, and expansion of many of the entities that have provided the foundation of the modern era of Gospel music: “The Gospel Singing Jubilee” TV program, the National Quartet Convention, The Gospel Music Association, and others.

Tentative funeral plans include services Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. The family will share additional information as it is confirmed.

The Beasley family appreciates your prayers during this difficult time.

We at SGN Scoops are praying for Clarke and The Beasley Family and all our friends at the Singing News:


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Browders Land Fifth Number One From Time Machine Project

Written by Staff on September 28, 2015 – 2:27 pm -



Title Cut “Time Machine” Sixth Consecutive Number One

Hiltons, Virginia (September 25, 2015) Claiming the #1 spot on both the Absolutely Gospel Music Weekly Chart and the Singing News Monthly Chart for the title cut from their latest CD Time Machine, the Browders are living up to their name as a group who consistently produces number one songs.

Sitting at the number one spot for four consecutive weeks on the Absolutely Gospel Music Weekly Chart and landing at the number one spot for the month of November in the Singing News Monthly chart, “Time Machine” is a song straying from their usual Southern Gospel format, but still strong enough to climb to the top of both charts. Perhaps it’s because the message of the song is so strong, encouraging us to remember that we cannot go back in a time machine and we need to love our kids and family now and do what we are going to do for Jesus now, before our time runs out.

the browdersLead singer for the group, Matthew Browder commented, “The overwhelming support we have received in radio the last few years has been nothing short of miraculous. We are thankful for His favor on our lives and ministry.”

In addition to the success of their songs, the Browders are pleased to announce the addition of a live band now traveling with them. Sonya Browder has already been playing the keyboard on select song as well as Matthew, David, and Tommy Browder playing guitars on select songs now the addition of Burton Ludwig playing electric and acoustic guitar andDerek Cress on drums, they are displaying a full band and the sound is terrific.

Sonya stated, “For many years, we have had the desire to carry a full band on the road, but knew it would have to be in the Lord’s will and timing. Among the four of us, we already had acoustic lead, rhythm guitar, bass, and keyboard. So the addition of drums and electric lead is just the icing on the cake. It has given us the flexibility of playing songs completely live, and in the coming months, you will see us do even more of that.”

Burton Ludwig is 23 years old and Sonya’s brother, hailing from the great state of Maine. He started spending the summers with Matt and Sonya in Tennessee when he was just 15 years old. He would go on the road with The Browders, carrying equipment and help in any way he could. The summer he was almost 17, just before he went back home, Matt and Tommy showed him a few chords on the guitar. By the time he came back down the next summer, he had advanced tremendously and they found out he had been practicing nearly every day, teaching himself by watching YouTube videos. When he graduated high school, he joined the Browders full-time, for about 3 years. He took a year’s sabbatical to spend time with his mom and dad (who are nearly 80) back in Maine, but is now back on the road, more sure of his calling now than ever before.

Sonya Browder

Sonya Browder

Matt said “Burton joyfully did the menial tasks of loading equipment in and out and assisting us in any way he could for several years. I believe God saw his effort and heart and has gifted him and promoted him for his humble service. We’re thrilled he is part of the team.”

Derek Cress is 25 years old and has been in full-time ministry for over 5 years with an evangelistic team and Christian theater in our local area of Kingsport, TN. While the Browders were praying about adding a full-time drummer to their band, they had no idea that God was also speaking to Derek about taking his talent on the road. He contacted David Browder via Facebook stating that fact, and within a few months, he joined the group. He came highly recommended by the ministry he was formerly with and you can see why. He has a servant’s heart, and a genuine love for the Lord, as well as an undeniable calling.

Patriarch of the group, Tommy Browder added, “We are thrilled he is part of the team and it already feels like he’s one of the family.”

Matthew Browder If you would like to interview the Browders contact AG Publicity at .

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About The Browders

From their beginning traveling together as a family in a Dodge Omni car, to a successful music ministry with national hits, The Browders of Hiltons, Virginia are one of the most exciting groups to step on stage in many years. This family group consists of Tommy Browder, his sons, Matthew and David, and Matthew’s wife, Sonya. They travel year round, keeping a full concert schedule as well as holding revivals across the country. One of their most captivating qualities is that The Browders play much of their music live with Tommy on acoustic lead, David on bass, Matthew on rhythm guitar Burt on electric guitar, Derek on drums, and Sonya on piano. They also write most of their own music.

In recent years, they have been steadily expanding and improving their ministry for the glory of God. The were voted “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” in the prestigious 2013 AGM Awards. They have enjoyed Absolutely Gospel Music and Singing News #1 song charting success with their original songs.

Though things change throughout the years, their mission has remained the same—to bring hope to a lost and dying world and to encourage and challenge believers. They’re real and they’re anointed. We hope that in the near future you are able to attend or host a Browders’ concert to experience how God is working through this team.


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Dixie and Sharon Phillips each received a nomination in the Singing News Fan Awards

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 28, 2014 – 9:12 am -

Sharon and I ArkansasDixie and Sharon Phillips each received a nomination in the Singing News Fan Awards for Non-Performing Songwriter. The sisters-in-law were quite surprised when they heard the news. “The other nominees are some of our heroes and gospel music’s finest songwriters. We are humbled to have our names on that list and very thankful for the loving support of the gospel music community.” The Phillips’ song, “Hidden Heroes” was the Grand Prize winner in the 2012 Singing News/Solid Gospel Songwriters Search. The Talleys recorded “Hidden Heroes” on their newest project THE TEST OF TIME and will be releasing it as a radio single in May. The next round of voting for the Singing News Fan Awards will be in the July edition of the magazine. For more information about Phillips and Phillips Music go to

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Channing Eleton Nominated For Singing News Fan Award

Written by SGN Scoops on March 24, 2014 – 8:45 am -

channingDalton, GA (March 24, 2014) What a way to start spring as Multi-Award nominated Singer/Songwriter/Musician Channing Eleton receives a nomination from the Singing News Fan Awards for New Soloist.

Speaking of the Fan Award nomination Channing commented “For my friends to recognize and support what I’m doing these days is truly an amazing honor. Knowing that I took a huge step of faith to present this whole other side of my artistry and ministry, makes it even more special. Thank you, thank you, thank you for nominating me for NEW SOLOIST in The Singing News Fan Awards.”

First getting noticed with Phil Cross, Channing propelled to prominence as the piano player for Gold City. Since then he has established himself as one of the most respectable solo ministries in the Gospel Music world.

The next round of voting for the Singing News Awards will be in the July edition of the magazine.

For more information about Channing Eleton go to or .

To book Channing E-mail him at .

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Tim Livingston Debuts on Singing News Top 40!

Written by SGN Scoops on February 28, 2014 – 8:38 am -

Tim Livingston, well known Pastor, Singer/Songwriter,tim livingston pic2 recording
artist and DJ has hit the TOP 40 SN charts with his latest
single “Over The Next Hill”. Tim’s latest radio release
debuted on the Singing News April Top 80 at #40 after it’s first
month of airplay. Tim can be found on P.P. Vol.13

Tim also has released a music video for “Over The Next Hill” as
well that has received thousands of views on his YouTube music
channel. The video was shot on location in Jerusalem this past
November. Tim states, “It was one of the most incredible
experiences to be walking the cobblestone streets of Jerusalem
singing the words to this song. The lyrics of the song are so
timely to the last days that we are in, and recording that video
where it will all one day wrap up..WOW is all I can say”.

The music video can be viewed at and the radio single is being
played and charted on Southern Gospel and Country Gospel radio

The radio single and music video for “Over The Next Hill”
potentially could be Tim’s biggest national release yet. Tim’s
first 3 singles off of his “Here’s A Miracle” have charted on
the Singing News Top 80 as well as all three songs hit #1 in the
Christian Voice Magazine Top 100. Tim’s last single “He Gave All
He Had” became the first radio song to be #1 in both the
Southern Gospel and Country Gospel Top 100 Christian Voice
charts.  Over The Next Hill was written by Johnny Cash over 40
years ago and the message of the song is connecting with
audiences everywhere.

Pauline of Patterson Promotions states it is a honor to work
with someone of Tim’s caliber,and has a heart to work for God !

Contact Tim Livingston online at or or

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Tim Livingston Garners #1 Song in both Southern & Country Gospel

Written by SGN Scoops on December 17, 2013 – 12:45 pm -

Multi-talented Tim Livingston experiences a rare radio single achievement. His single “He Gave All That He Had” has now gone #1 in both the Christian Voice Southern Gospel Top 100 for February 2014 and Country tim livingston picGospel Top 100 in December. It also marks 3 straight #1 Songs in the CV CG Top 100 from his “Here’s A Miracle” CD.

Tim is excited about the unique crossover success of his latest single. “I’ve very thankful that my style of music has been accepted by both the Southern Gospel and Country Gospel audiences. God has blessed this song above and beyond anything I could have imagined.”

“He Gave All That He Had” also became Tim’s first Singing News Top 40 song. Landing in the SN Top 40 for November and December.  Tim is the co-writer on the song also with Ron Short. A song that Tim was inspired to write in honor about his father, Norman Livingston. Norm was a gospel promoter for 50 years, but also founded and pastored from 1958-2011 the same church Tim now pastors.
Tim states, “It’s a song from any son to his Dad. Greater still is our Heavenly Father that really did give all that He had when He gave us Jesus.”

It’s been an exciting year for Tim Livingston as he has received a Top 10 nomination for Top NEW SOLOIST in the 2013 Singing News Fan Awards.
Tim recently received 8 Top Five nominations in the Christian Voice Magazine’s Christian Country and Southern Gospel categories for 2013 as well.
He received the Male Horizon of the Year Award for CGM FanFest and Songwriter of the Year at the 2012 ICGMA.

Tim Livingston is also the President of WGNZ Radio and the L & D Digital Media Network in Dayton, Ohio.
You can learn more about Tim at .

He can be reached by E-mail at .

The music video for his #1 hit song “He Gave All He Had” can be seen at (Preview) . The video was produced by Godsey and Associates.

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Karen Peck and New River Score Another #1

Written by SGN Scoops on November 22, 2013 – 1:49 pm -

Dahlonega, GA (November 22, 2013) Multi-award winning group Karen Peck and New River have once again come upkpnrpromo with a #1 song. Titled ‘Revival‘ this song resonates with audiences and radio listeners everywhere. This has resulted in their 4thnumber 1 song across the board on all the major Southern Gospel music charts that was either written or co-written by Karen. The song hit #1 for the month of January in the Singing News chart and has been in the top spot on charts for 4 straight weeks.

The song was co-written by Karen Peck Gooch, Kenna Turner West and Don Poythress at Daywind Publishing. It was recorded at Daywind Records by the group on their latest project with the same title as the single ‘Revival’. Karen Peck and New River knew radio was playing this song, because something special was happening when they sang this song at concerts. Fans were singing along, hands were being raised and people were being blessed.

“We are so passionate about ‘Revival’. We are praying that the Lord will break out revival all over this world. More than ever we need Him.” Karen went on to say “Thanks to our precious DJ’s for believing in the song and for partnering with us in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

This is an article written by Kenna Turner West on the writing of the song ‘Revival’.


You can learn more about Karen Peck and New River at or .

You can reach Karen Peck and New River by E-mail at .

Karen Peck and New River are booked by The Harper Agency – Phone: 615-851-4500 – .

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Harmony Road Features Concept Videos

Written by SGN Scoops on August 16, 2013 – 7:34 am -

harmony roadSIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TN August 15, 2013, This weekend’s special Harmony Road television program will feature some of the best Southern Gospel  “concept” videos from top artists.  These include Phil Cross with “You Do Not Owe Me One Thing”, The Browders and “I Fall on my Knees”, Channing Eleton brings us “Up On This Ridge”, and Heaven’s Mountain Band performs “I’ll Keep on Praying” which includes Harmony Road TV Host Les Butler in the role of the preacher.

Concept videos differ from concert videos in that they present the “concept” of the song, bringing the story to life.  These are becoming more popular with Southern Gospel fans and artists alike.  This program gives a sample of the great videos that have been produced over the last couple years. There are several more of these videos and Harmony Road strives to bring some to our viewers each week. Each of the songs also has an inspirational message and is sure to touch viewers of Harmony Road TV.

Hosted by Singing News Publisher and Solid Gospel Radio host Les Butler, Harmony Road can be found weekly on TNN/The Nashville Network and other broadcast stations and cable outlets, including the WALK tv, WATC TV57 in Atlanta, in the Huntsville area and more..  More information can be found at or

Southern Gospel fans are also encouraged to “like” Harmony Road TV on Facebook to receive program updates, exclusive videos, and be entered in exciting contests.  Fans can also make requests and offer suggestions.


Other members of the Harmony Road team include Gospel musican Cody McVey with interviews and stories from the road as well as Allan Rhodes, Technical Director.

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Harmony Road TV Special Features All Quartet Videos And Guest Co-Host Ray Reese

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 10, 2013 – 8:44 am -

Signal Mountain, TN,  This week’s Harmony Road TV program features special guest co-host Ray Dean Reese of the les rayKingsmen Quartet.  This special all quartet program also features music from Gold City, The Kingsmen, Brian Free
and Assurance and a special Cathedrals Tribute featuring former members of the group. The program originates from the James D. Vaughan Museum in Lawrenceburg, TN during the recent James D. Vaughan Gospel Quartet Festival.

Hosted by Singing News Publisher and Solid Gospel Radio host, Les Butler, Harmony Road is aired every Sunday morning at 8 Eastern on TNN/The Nashville Network.  For affiliates, go to  You can also find the program on WATC-TV57 in Atlanta every Saturday afternoon at 2 Eastern.  The program is streamed online at  Other stations and outlets include theWALKtv, Saturday evenings at 7:30 Eastern (streamed online on ROKU), WMJNtv29 Saturday evenings and streamed at, and more.  Detailed info at

Harmony Road is a thirty minute program, taking Southern Gospel music into tens of millions of homes across the country every week.  Rounding out the Harmony Road broadcast team is pianist Cody McVey.  Other team members include  Allan Rhodes, technical director and Roger Spears, producer. For advertising, sponsorship information and video submissions email

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Browders Celebrate #1 Song

Written by SGN Scoops on August 8, 2013 – 2:32 pm -

BrowderCDR7Nashville, TN (August 8, 2013) Award winning artist, the Browders, celebrated three number one hits on the Singing News Charts as well as four #1 hits on the Absolutely Gospel Music Charts with a party at BMI attended by numerous industry and media personnel, including representatives from Solid Gospel Radio, Singing News, Homecoming Magazine, Daywind Records, and and Broadcasting and Digital Media Corp.

Daywind President, Ed Leonard, told the guests, “Daywind is excited to have the Browders as our newest artist and proud to help them celebrate all their number 1 songs and top ten hits from their last album ‘The Message’. Their new album ‘Time Machine’ is being released through Daywind. We expect to see more number 1 songs from this CD.”

Matthew Browder commented, “What a year this has been, and it is not even over yet. While we do not travel and sing for awards and #1 songs, we appreciate the acknowledgment from fans and the radio DJs who chart our songs. If these #1 songs and awards help us reach more people with the message of the Gospel, then we gladly accept them.”

Voted “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards in 2013, the Browders are coming off a record-setting achievement. In addition to “Praise You In This Valley,” their latest #1 song, “Message Of The Cross,” “Stepping Stones,” “Land Of No Goodbyes,” and “Fall On My Knees” were all #1 songs. All were penned by the Browders. In all, seven songs from the album “The Message” reached the top ten.

The group’s new album,”Time Machine,” was a year in the making and released to Christian retail and digital outlets on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, through Daywind Records. The album features the hit single “He Is Alive,” which debuted on the national radio charts at #34.

The Browders are also celebrating their #1 song for July on the Singing News charts “Praise You In This Valley” with an “unprecedented” move by giving away an mp3 of the song FREE on their web site to anyone who signs up on their e-list. Just go to the Browders website for more instructions on how to get that free download.

For more information on the Browders visit, or

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Daywind Records is home to such great artists as Adam Crabb, Karen Peck and New River, the Perrys, and more. Daywind is distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors ( and to the general market by Select-O-Hits.

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