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Dianne Wilkinson Celebrates 15 Years with Daywind Publishing

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 26, 2020 – 9:13 am -

Dianne Wilkinson Celebrates 15 Years with Daywind Publishing

Dianne Wilkinson Celebrates 15 Years with Daywind Publishing

Daywind Music Publishing is proud to announce the re-signing of multi award-winning songwriter, Dianne Wilkinson on her 15th anniversary with Daywind. Wilkinson has penned numerous #1 songs including “God Fights on My Side” performed by The Guardians and “Rolled Back Stone” performed by Daywind Recording artist Greater Vision.

 

Wilkinson has been sharing the message of the Gospel through inspired lyrics and memorable music for more than 40 years. Her songs have been recorded by virtually all of the top Southern Gospel quartets and many other artists during the span of her long songwriting career, which has been blessed with many, many #1 songs. Her songs have received numerous nominations and awards including Singing News Fan Awards, BMI Awards and IBMA Awards. The Cathedrals’ classic hit song, “We Shall See Jesus,” penned by Dianne was honored at the 1984 GMA Dove Awards for Southern Song of the Year. Wilkinson was recognized by the Southern Gospel Music Guild in 2013 for lifetime achievement. Most recently, Wilkinson was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame along with Dottie Leonard Miller, CEO of Daywind Music Group and New Day Christian Distributors.

 

“Dianne Wilkinson’s songs serve recording artists and fans with expertly crafted lyrics, compelling rhythms and memorable melodies, says Rick Shelton, vice president of Daywind Music Publishing. “We are honored that she has given us the opportunity to continue to serve her and her songs. I am so excited to hear the hits to come.”


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StowTown Records Announces New Release From The Guardians

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 23, 2020 – 9:51 am -

StowTown Records Announces New Release From The Guardians

StowTown Records Announces New Release From The Guardians

Nashville, TN  – StowTown Records has announced the release of a brand new recording from popular quartet, The GuardiansIt’s Still Good News marks the group’s third recording under the StowTown label. The recording was produced by songwriter and group member John Darin Rowsey and multi-award winning producer/arranger Wayne Haun.

With two Dove Award nominations from the Gospel Music Association, as well as multiple Singing News Fan Award nominations, The Guardians have risen to the forefront of Southern Gospel Music. Dean Hickman, John Darin Rowsey, Pat Barker and Scott Mullins present tight four-part harmony and are committed to sharing the message of the Gospel through their music.
Formerly known as a trio, this latest recording effort marks the group’s second recording since adding bass singer Pat Barker in March of 2018. With this latest effort, The Guardians reach new heights with musical diversity and moving orchestrations, as well as lyrical content that shares the good news of God’s love, salvation and grace.
The commitment of sharing the Gospel message shines brightly through the songs included on It’s Still Good News. The recording features 12 cuts, including seven written by longtime group member John Darin Rowsey. “What an honor to have our own John Darin Rowsey write and arrange most of the songs on our new project,” group owner Dean Hickman states. “John’s talents, coupled with the unparalleled talents of producer Wayne Haun, resulted in another Guardians’ project that we believe God will use to minister to the hearts of Southern Gospel Music fans.”
Producer Wayne Haun shares, “I enjoy working with the Guardians for so many reasons. The musical brilliance of each individual obviously comes to mind, but honestly, I just love hanging out with these guys. It feels like a band of brothers coming together. It’s always a holiday of sorts. We talk about everything from music of the 1940s to complicated Bible trivia to who makes the best biscuits in the South. Working alongside John Darin Rowsey from start to finish is always a highlight of my year.”
From the classic “You’re Home to Stay (Where We Ever Shall Be)” delivered with a modern flare, complete with electric guitar and lower brass lines, to the moving “From Now On,” a musical number featured in the 2017 film The Greatest Showman, as well as the worshipful “Holy Is Thy Name,” It’s Still Good News features The Guardians at their very best and offers hours of musical enjoyment for any traditional Southern Gospel Music lover.
It’s Still Good News is distributed by Provident/Sony and is available on all digital platforms worldwide, and wherever fine Christian music is sold, including christianbook.combarnesandnoble.com, and amazon.com.
It’s Still Good News Track List:
1. Holy Is Thy Name (with Lift Up Holy Hands)
2. I Wish I Could Tell You
3. Just To Know
4. You’re Home to Stay (Where We Ever Shall Be)
5. It’s Still Good News
6. Someone To Care
7. Breathe In, Breathe Out
8. One Pair of Hands
9. Make My Heart Your Dwelling Place
10. God Is Listening
11. That’s What Makes Grace Amazing
12.  From Now On
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The Chitans to release debut album with Horizon Records

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 21, 2020 – 2:35 pm -

The Chitans to release debut album with Horizon Records

The Chitans to release debut album
with Horizon Records

Arden, North Carolina (October 20, 2020) —  At a time when the ravages of a new disease are circling the globe, we are reminded once again that the message of the Gospel is a force that crosses every border and transcends every difference. The same truth can be seen in the international spread of Southern Gospel music, especially when it is carried by a group such as The Chitans, who now bring their devotion and their talent to the fore with their Horizon Records debut collection, Set Apartnow available for pre-order ahead of its November 20 release.

Indeed, until circumstances forced them to reorient their musical ministry away from live appearances, The ChitansKaiziah, Kayandra, Jesse, Jayden, Karlainah Chitan and their parents, Layne and Karen — had traveled the world from their Canadian home, bringing their unique take on the Southern Gospel style to churches, hospitals, nursing homes, senior homes, community centers, prisons and more. Now, with Set Apart, they are bringing a new dimension to their work through a collection that shines with a joyous, yet reverent spirit that can touch listeners’ hearts even without their physical presence.

“The first time I heard The Chitans sing, I was struck by how the audience responded to them. They made an instant connection that rarely happens,” says Roger Talley, who produced the album. “I knew then that they have the potential to minister to people of every race and culture with their angelic voices and pure hearts. I’m excited about helping them broaden their ministry by partnering with them and Crossroads on this new release.”

Following the release of three singles — “Running To Jesus,” “Jesus Is Moving” and the glistening title track — that amply demonstrated the young singers’ talents, Set Apart confirms just how deeply the family has absorbed not just the message, but the distinctive sounds of Southern Gospel. Even so, the project has, in their words, “everything from Southern Gospel to Progressive Southern Gospel, from a touch of Black Gospel to a pinch of Caribbean Flavor — there’s something on it for everyone!”

“We each tried to think of which song is our favorite, but after we started listing them…well…the whole album ended up being listed,” they add. “All the songs have been a blessing and encouragement to our family. We are elated to be able to share it and we are hoping that it will bring peace, comfort, and encouragement through the Holy Spirit. We also pray it serves as an inspiration and a reminder that you are ‘Chosen.’”

“We are really excited about releasing Set Apart!”

Made by a family from one country, now living in another, and released in partnership with a label based in still another, Set Apart is truly an example of an international project to spread the Word — and Southern Gospel music — around the world.

Pre-order, add or save Set Apart HERE.


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We Need Revival

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 20, 2020 – 10:23 am -

Rob Patz Publisher Of SGN Scoops:  An Email To Our Subscribers
As I sit here writing this email to you, I look at the mess that our world is currently in and realize that the words my father used to say, “revival is the only thing that will change the world” rings so true today.
As a pastor’s kid, that was instilled within me, and I want more than anything to be a part of a revival fire that sweeps over this country. It is something we desperately need.
That is why I’m excited to announce a new event for Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, March 24-27, 2021, called Creekside Revival. It will be four days of preaching, prayer, and praise.
I would love for you to join us March 24-27, 2021, at the Evergreen Smoky Mountain Convention Center. For hotel reservations or VIP passes, please call me at 360-933-0741 or email me at rob@sgnscoops.com.
If you are an artist interested in being a part of this event please email me at rob@sgnscoops.com.
Revival is not the discovery of some new truth. It’s the rediscovery of the grand old truth of God’s power in and through the Cross.
            Sammy Tippit

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Harper Agency Announces Plans For Michael Booth To Expand Music Ministry

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 20, 2020 – 8:57 am -

Harper Agency Announces Plans For Michael Booth To Expand Music Ministry

Harper Agency Announces Plans For Michael Booth To Expand Music Ministry

Goodlettesville, TN – One of Christian’s music’s leading booking agencies, The Harper Agency has announced plans to coordinate solo tour dates for popular male vocalist, Michael Booth. The agency has enjoyed a close relationship with multi-award winning vocal group, The Booth Brothers, for nearly two decades, and according to Ed Harper, President of The Harper Agency, Michael’s decision to schedule solo concerts, in addition to the dates he will continue to work with The Booth Brothers is a natural extension to what has been a very successful career. “We first began representing The Booth Brothers back in the fall of 2003.  They have always been a vital part of our agency’s family of Christian artists.  Our agency has been honored to assist  in  taking their music to all corners of the US and other countries. It’s been a great journey for many years to be a part of the growth of their music ministry, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Michael as he embarks upon his solo career.”

Harper states that his Agency will begin to schedule solo dates for 2021 and that the decision comes on the heels of Michael’s solo recording, “Dear Yesterday,” released by Daywind Music Group. “Beginning in 2021, The Booth Brothers will be traveling a couple weekends each month, which allows us the opportunity to schedule Michael during the weekends The Booth Brothers are off,” Harper explains.
“Once The Booth Brothers’ schedule was mapped out,” Michael Booth states, “I asked The Harper Agency to fill the remaining opportunities with solo programs.  I am grateful for The Harper Agency’s ability to keep The Booth Brothers schedule and my solo schedule balanced and purposeful.”
Since bursting onto the Gospel music scene nearly three decades ago, The Booth Brothers have enjoyed tremendous success. Awards and hit songs have flowed their way in bunches, including honors for Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Trio of the Year and Male Group of the Year, just to name a few. Michael has become a fan favorite over the years, delighting audiences night after night with rich tenor vocals and delightful, quirky humor.
In addition to scheduling solo events for Michael, Harper is also excited to announce that a select number of events will be packaged with the musical husband/wife team of Jim and Melissa Brady, long-time friends of Michael, who were a part of the Booth Brothers’ ministry for 14 years. “An added bonus to my solo dates is the opportunity to share the stage again with my friend and former Booth Brother, Jim Brady, and his wife Melissa,” Michael says. “We will each present our program on the first half and come together and collaborate for the second half of the program. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
“These three share such a great friendship and The Harper Agency is thrilled that we will be able to offer this package to churches and promoters who will be able to have Michael, as well as Jim and Melissa. ” Harper shares. “We feel this will be a truly special evening.”
The Harper Agency may be reached by calling 615-851-4500, via email at info@harperagency.com or visiting www.harperagency.com. Additional information regarding Michael Booth is available online at www.theboothbrothers.com.

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Diamond Awards Show To Be Rescheduled….

Written by scoopsnews on October 18, 2020 – 12:26 pm -

Diamond Awards presented by Coastal Media

The Diamond Awards Show set for October 29th, 2020 in Savannah, Tennessee has been cancelled due to Covid concerns.

“We have been watching the numbers close of cases and they have been rising most everywhere. I am concerned with the gathering of people from different areas of the world together, states Rob Patz, owner of Creekside Gospel Music Convention and The Diamond Awards.”

The Diamond Awards will be re-scheduled but at this time no final plans have been made. Please continue to watch for an announcement.

God Bless You all and stay safe.

Rob Patz

You Can Email Me At rob@sgnscoops.com

 

 

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Prayers Requested for Michael Davis

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 17, 2020 – 11:38 am -

Prayers Requested for Michael Davis

Prayers Requested for Michael Davis

Michael Davis (President/Owner) of The Dominion Agency has been admitted to Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC, after being taken via ambulance. He is currently in the Pulmonary Unit.

After testing positive for COVID-19 the week of October 5th, 2020, he was seemingly on the mend and regaining his strength. However, he began experiencing shortness of breath. After consulting with his physician, he was instructed to go directly to the hospital. He is being treated for both COVID-19 and double pneumonia.
Michael said, “I am receiving incredible care and so grateful for these amazing caretakers. They are administering the newest prescriptions and following protocols that provide the greatest results.”
Please keep Michael, Martha and their family in your prayers. During this pandemic, it is quite difficult not being together. As Michael heals, the qualified staff at The Dominion Agency remains readily available to handle your booking needs.
The Dominion Agency
P.O. Box 1277
Waynesville, NC 28786
828-454-5900

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Daywind Music Group Celebrates SGMA Hall of Fame Inductees, Dottie Leonard Miller and Dianne Wilkinson

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 16, 2020 – 8:52 am -

Daywind Music Group Celebrates SGMA Hall of Fame Inductees, Dottie Leonard Miller and Dianne Wilkinson

Daywind Music Group Celebrates SGMA Hall of Fame Inductees, Dottie Leonard Miller and Dianne Wilkinson

The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) Hall of Fame inducted its 2020 class during this year’s NQC Fall Festival. Dottie Leonard Miller, founder, president, and chief executive officer of New Day Christian Distributors and Daywind Music Group; and Dianne Wilkinson, Daywind’s renowned, award-winning songwriter, were among those inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame on Tuesday, September 29.

 

Daywind artists Karen Peck & New River, Greater Vision, Nelons, Legacy Five, Joseph Habedank, Tribute Quartet, LeFevre Quartet, and Scott Fowler of Legacy Five performed fan-favorite songs to celebrate the occasion.

Dottie Leonard Miller launched New Day Christian Distributors March 1, 1981, with a background of sales and promotion at Calvary Records and Windchime Records. She started by selling Gospel music to Christian retailers across the United States from the garage of her home. Her distribution business developed rapidly and contributed in a significant way to the growth of sheet music, accompaniment tracks, Southern Gospel  music, and unique Christian products.  With New Day firmly established, Dottie expanded in 1987 by creating, with partner Ronnie Drake, Daywind Music Group, the multi-faceted recording, publishing, production, marketing, and distribution company that has become a vital part of the Christian products industry. Countless singers have used Daywind Soundtracks as a ministry tool to share the latest Christian song or standard of the church, and millions more have been touched through the ministries of Daywind’s family of artists and songwriters.  Miller belongs to a small group of pioneering female independent business owners or executives to be so honored at this level in any genre of the music industry.

 

“I am incredibly honored to be included among these wonderful inductees, including the multi-talented songwriter, Dianne Wilkinson,” said Miller. “I accept this honor as a vessel through whom God has performed His works.”

 

Dianne Wilkinson has been sharing the message of the Gospel through inspired lyrics and memorable music for more than 40 years. Her songs have been recorded by virtually all of the top Southern Gospel quartets and many other artists during the span of her long songwriting career, which has been blessed with many, many #1 songs. Her songs have received numerous nominations and awards including Singing News Fan Awards, BMI Awards and IBMA Awards. The Cathedrals’ classic hit song, “We Shall See Jesus,” penned by Dianne was honored at the 1984 GMA Dove Awards for Southern Song of the Year. Wilkinson was recognized by the Southern Gospel Music Guild in 2013 for lifetime achievement, a designation she also shares with Miller.

Both ladies continue to build their legacies in Southern Gospel music as they remain active in the ministry.  Their best is yet to come.


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New Legacy Project Announces Retirement of Lead Singer, Hunter Sparkman

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 12, 2020 – 9:45 am -

New Legacy Project Announces Retirement of Lead Singer, Hunter Sparkman

New Legacy Project Announces Retirement of Lead Singer, Hunter Sparkman

Nashville, Tenn – Popular Southern Gospel group, New Legacy Project, have announced that Hunter Sparkman, their long time lead singer, will be leaving the group at the end of this year.

 

While the group is sorry to see Hunter leave, they are celebrating with him over the upcoming addition to his family.  He and wife, Stacey, are expecting their first child in January.  It is with great joy that the group support his decision to spend more time with his newly growing family.

 

Hunter stated “I am so grateful to Rick Price and New Legacy Project for taking a chance on me.  Traveling and singing with my best friends has made me into the man I am now, and that man is so excited to be a father and even more of a husband!  While I am looking forward to the new memories ahead with my family, those made with NLP will not be forgotten.”

 

Hunter has been an integral part of NLP for the past six years.  His incredibly powerful vocal ability and unique sound has helped shape the group into the powerhouse quartet that they are.  He’s also been a contributing writer and arranger on many of the group’s releases.

 

Of Hunter’s departure, group owner and leader Rick Price says, “it’s always a loss when someone leaves the group, especially when they have been part of our lives and ministry for so long.  But we are more than just a group, we are a family.  We know that God has an amazing and awe-inspiring next chapter for both Hunter and for NLP.  It’s always exciting to see what He will do.”

 

The group will be auditioning singers over the December/January break, with the intent of bringing a new member on board for the January tour.  Those interested should email a performance video or demo mp3 and headshot to kingdomartistsmedia@gmail.com.  Relocation will not be required for the full-time position.


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The Bledsoes Win 2020 Favorite Christian Music Group Award

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 8, 2020 – 1:05 pm -

Mt. Airy, NC  – 65 South recording artist, The Bledsoes were recently presented with the prestigious Favorite Christian Music Group Award by The Good News Journal. Readers of the journal, which covers a multi-county area across North Carolina and Virginia, selected the group to receive this year’s honor.

The Good News Journal, which has a circulation of approximately 25,000, has been presenting the Favorite Awards for over 25 years, which includes categories such as Favorite Pastor, Church, and Restaurant, just to name a few.

 

Rodney Bledsoe, owner and manger of The Bledsoes, stated, “It is truly an honor and privilege to receive The Good News Journal’s Favorite Christian Music Group award for 2020. For years I remember picking up a copy and enjoying it from cover to cover, so to be included in this year’s award line-up of favorites is a wonderful blessing. Our ministry has been heard and received all over the country so to have been chosen by readers in our home area, we are truly grateful and humbled. We wish to thank each and every one of you who thought enough of The Bledsoes to choose us as your favorite Christian group. We desire your prayers as we continue to fulfill our calling.”

 

The Bledsoes’ new single, Somebody’s Praying For Me, from the project Renewed, is at Southern Gospel radio now.


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