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8th Annual USAGEM Awards A Huge Success

Written by SGN Scoops on November 26, 2011 – 2:00 pm -

 EHA-Nashville, TN –The televised 8th Annual USAGEM Awards Show was held on Saturday November 19, 2011 at the historic Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville , Tennessee .  The three hour show was filmed by Fresh Well Media for future television broadcasts on the Family Friendly Entertainment Network.
Appropriately, Melanie Walker opened the show with a flawless performance of her upbeat, hand-clapping song, “Walking In Jerusalem”.   
The Fox Brothers were the hosts of the show and kept the show moving with introductions of performers and presenters by means of their own brand of humor and wit.  They garnered three awards including the Gospel Entertainer Of The Year, Vocal Group Of The Year, and the Christian Country Crown Jewel Award.  Group member and funnyman, Roy Fox received the Comedian Of The Year award.  The Fox Brothers closed the show with their popular rendition of an American patriotic favorite, “God Bless The USA”.
Members of the popular southern gospel singing group, The Gardners accepted three awards including the Song Of The Year accolades for their song “Sign Me Up”. They also received the Southern Gospel Crown Jewel Award. Group member Regina Gardner was the recipient of the coveted Female Vocalist Of The Year Award. 
One emotional highlight of the show was the awarding of the organization’s most prestigious honor, The Diamond Award to USAGEM’s past president and Pearly Gates members, Daniel and Teresa Johnson.  This award is a lifetime achievement honor presented to USAGEM members who show a great commitment to God, Christian service, and dedication to USAGEM.  A further emotional highlight was the presentation of the Sapphire Award to Don Inks for his behind the scenes work and devotion to the USAGEM organization.  Don is the husband and manager of Christian country artist, Peggy Inks. The Emerald Award was presented to Kent Smith Family member and founder, Kent Smith; and the Ruby Award went to television producer and radio host, Tommie Lewis. 
The Male Vocalist Of The Year Award was presented to one of the organization’s perennial favorites, Rene Jones.  He and his wife, Edie Jones presented an impeccable performance of their brand new Christian Country chart single, “Bible By Her Bed”. 
Danny Jones did a superb performance of his self-penned song “Dream Giver”, a song featured in the upcoming faith-based movie “Secrets In The Snow”.  Jones also garnered the Contemporary Christian Crown Jewel Award, his very first USAGEM trophy.
Newcomer, Russ Murphy had the enthusiastic crowd on their feet as he performed his hit single and patriotic song “My America” and comedian nominee Cheryl Jackson performed a very impressive stand-up comedy routine which had everyone laughing with her side-splitting, hilarious wit.
The Duo Of The Year Award was presented for the second time to Lewis & Lewis; The Musician Of The Year accolades went to Nashville producer and pianist, John Rees; The Accoustic Singer/Songwriter Of The Year was awarded to Christian country singer and songwriter, Ann Hartmann; The New Artist Of The Year honors went to new southern gospel group, The Davis Family; The Black Gospel Crown Jewel was awarded to television host and singer, Dewitt Johnson; and bluegrass group Leipers Fork Bluegrass were first time recipients of the Bluegrass Crown Jewel Award.
Charlene Harrison’s very stirring presentation of “How Great Thou Art”, and For Heaven’s Sake’s very powerful performance of “God’s Still Faithful” left the crowd wanting more.  Sandi Kay & New Hickory once again brought the house down with their intricate bluegrass picking and singing as they performed “I Can See Clearly Now”.
More performance highlights included several featured special performances.  New Artist nominees Allison Speer, Mark Brown, David Smith, Paul Sparks, Sunday Edition, and The Davis Family received a standing ovation for their moving and powerful performance of “Because He Lives”, a song made famous by the legendary Speer Family.  Song Of The Year nominees Glenn Tubb, The Pearly Gates, Tank Tackett, Joe Arview and Thunder, and The Gardners each proudly and flawlessly performed a portion of their top five nominated songs.  Musician nominees Shelton Bissell, Jim Frable, John Rees, and Jay Shupe performed an upbeat “I’ll Fly Away” while young USAGEM members Summer & Autumn Ryan performed their clogging routine, a bonus delight to audience members.
As a special highlight this year, in order to commemorate the addition of the Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Of The Year Award, a special songwriter’s round was featured and included performances by the top five nominees.  Ann Hartmann, Daniel Johnson, Glenn Tubb, Tammy Vice, and Jimmy Jack Whitaker each performed a portion of one of their favorite self-penned songs.  During this performance, a surprise special guest appearance by Nashville songwriter, Wood Newton added a special flavor to this already great songwriter’s collaboration.  Wood has written many hit songs including “Bobbie Sue” made famous by The Oak Ridge Boys.
Bev McCann performed a very touching tribute to respected USAGEM member and award winner Amanda Fessant, who passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer.  She was only 34 years old.  Bev performed a medley of songs of Amanda’s favorite gospel hymns including “Amazing Grace”, “I Surrender All”, and “This World Is Not My Home”.
Special segment hosts were Rev. Harry Yates, Joanne Cash Yates, Peggy Inks, and Melanie Walker. Some award presenters were Brian & Allison Speer; media representative, Evie Hawkins; Mona Faith and Rev. Gene Fant; Don and Sandra Lee Burdick; Last Chance members James Burns and Mark Fuqua; and David Smith of the duo, David & Carrie Smith.  Other presenters included Stephen Fryar; Marty Merchant; Darlene Chapman; Tommie Lewis; Roger Revette; Sheila Berry; Jim Babcock; Laura Mathy; Kent Smith; Ray Lewis; Dottie Tubb; and The Toneys.
The USAGEM Awards Show is a production of the United States Association Of Gospel Entertainers & Musicians, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  For more information please visit or 
Below is a full list of 2011 USAGEM award winners.
Gospel Entertainer Of The Year: The Fox Brothers
Male Vocalist Of The Year: Rene Jones
Female Vocalist Of The Year: Regina Gardner
Duo Of The Year: Lewis & Lewis
Group Of The Year: The Fox Brothers
Song Of The Year: “Sign Me Up” by The Gardners
Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Of The Year: Ann Hartmann
New Artist Of The Year: The Davis Family
Musician Of The Year: John Rees
Comedian Of The Year: Roy Fox
Diamond Award: Daniel & Teresa Johnson
Emerald Award: Tommie Lewis
Ruby Award: Kent Smith
Sapphire Award: Don Inks
Southern Gospel Crown Jewel Award: The Gardners
Contemporary Christian Crown Jewel Award: Danny Jones
Christian Country Crown Jewel Award: The Fox BrothersBlack Gospel Crown Jewel Award: Dewitt Johnson
Bluegrass Crown Jewel Award: Leipers Fork Bluegrass

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Chuck Wagon Gang to Celebrate 75 Years!

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 29, 2011 – 3:48 pm -

Nashville, TN –   The Chuck Wagon Gang will celebrate 75 years of recording and performing on November 25, 2011.   A special 75 Year Celebration Concert will take place on Saturday, November 26, from 3:00-4:30 PM at the historic Ernest Tubb Record Shop, 417 Broadway, Nashville, TN.  Several presentations are expected and the Celebration will be broadcast live over WSM, 650 on the AM Dial.  Later that night, the Gang will perform on the Midnight Jamboree at the Texas Troubadour Theater in Nashville.  On Monday night, November 28m The Chuck Wagon Gang will be special guests on the Eddie Stubbs Show to be held at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall Of Fame from 7:00-9:00 PM.  Both the Midnite Jamboree and Eddie Stubbs Show will be broadcast on WSM, and the Midnight Jamboree will be webcast.

On November 25 and 26, 1936, The Chuck Wagon Gang recorded their first recordings in a small studio set up in a hotel room at the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.  This was the beginning of a 39-year association with Columbia Records (now Sony Music) where 39 Million records were sold.  Their 1948 recording of the Albert E. Brumley classic, “I’ll Fly Away,” is believed to be the first million seller by a Southern Gospel group.  Today, the Chuck Wagon Gang is the oldest mixed recording gospel group, still recording and performing, with ties to the original founding.

Congratulatory cards and letters may be emailed to or mailed to The Chuck Wagon Gang, PO Box 140416, Nashville, TN  37214-0416.

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Tank Tackett & Bev McCann to Host God & Country Jubilee Show 9/23

Written by SGN Scoops on September 23, 2011 – 7:59 am -

{EHA-Nashville, TN} Friday, September 23 is the next God & Country Jubilee show at the Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville TN. The show will begin at 7 p.m and tickets will be $10 at the door. Appearing will be Allison Speer, T. Jae Christian, Jay Shupe & Band, and David & Carrie Smith.
Tank Tackett and Bev McCann will be hosting the concert. Tank, a Pathway Records artist, has traveled with the legendary Statesmen Quartet, Jerry & the Singing Goffs, and many more. Bev McCann is a soloist and A & R for Homeland Entertainment Group. Mike Gardner, of the Gardners, is President of the organization and notes, “We are really looking forward to a great concert Friday night. We have a good line-up and we invite everyone to come out and enjoy some great Gospel Music!” The venue is located on Music Valley Drive near the Opryland Hotel.
The USAGEM (United States Association of Gospel Entertainers & Musicians) is a non-profit 501c3 organization geared to bring more awareness to Gospel Music and its associated members’ music ministries. For more info on USAGEM: Mike Gardner 931-703-9185

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USAGEM Awards Nominees

Written by SGN Scoops on August 22, 2011 – 5:03 am -

{EHA-Nashville, TN} The 8th Annual USAGEM Awards Nominees were announced August 15, 2011 at the association’s “Birthday Bash” Celebration at the Musicians Union on Music Row, Nashville. During the event, President, Mike Gardner, welcomed new members with fellowship and food. Lynn Fox of the Fox Brothers, and Sandi Shupe of Sandi Kay & New Hickory assisted in co-hosting the event with artists performing to a packed crowd. Winners will be announced at the USAGEM Awards Show & Convention to take place at the Texas Troubadour Theater in Nashville, TN, November 18 & 19.
Top nominees are as follows:
Vocal Group of the Year: For Heaven’s Sake, Fox Brothers, Gardners, Joe Arview & Thunder, Leipers Fork Bluegrass, Sonshiners Quartet
Female Vocalist of the Year: Regina Gardner, Charlene Harrison, Ann Hartmann, Bev McCann, Sandi Kay Shupe
Male Vocalist of the Year: Larrice Byrd, T. Jae Christian, Dewitt Johnson, Rene Jones, Tank Tackett, Chris Unthank
Duo of the Year: Hemphills, Lewis & Lewis, Pearly Gates, David & Carrie Smith, Southern Faith, Glenn & Dottie Tubb
Musician of the Year: Shelton Bissell, Jim Frable, Dewitt Johnson, John Reese, Jay Shupe
Song of the Year: “Heartbroken, Forsaken, and Alone”-Glen Tubb
“Heaven’s Streets of Gold”-Pearly Gates
“Sign Me Up”-Gardners
“Wayfaring Stranger” Joe Arview & Thunder
“When God Dips His Pen”-Tank Tackett
Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Award: Ann Hartmann, Daniel Johnson, Glenn Tubb, Tammy Vice, Jimmy Jack Whitaker
Southern Gospel Crown Jewel Award: For Heaven’s Sake, Gardners, Hemphills, Kent Smith Family, Sonshiners Quartet
Black Gospel Crown Jewel Award: Larrice Byrd, Clarksville Soul Stirrers, Dynamic Dixie Travelers, Charlene Harrison, Dewitt Johnson
Christian Country Crown Jewel Award: Tommy Brandt, Fox Brothers, Joe Arview & Thunder, Southern Faith, Glenn Tubb, Jimmy Jack Whitaker, Joanne Cash-Yates
Contemporary Christian Crown Jewel Award: Danny Jones, Ransom Heart, Roger Revette & UR1, Chele Sterban, Lynn Royce Taylor
Bluegrass Gospel Crown Jewel Award: Leipers Fork Bluegrass, New Jerusalem, Sandi Kay & New Hickory, Toneys, Waymasters
New Artist of the Year: Mark Brown, Emily Carey, Davis Family, David Smith, Paul Sparks, Allison Speer, Sunday Edition
Gospel Entertainer of the Year: Tommy Brandt, Fox Brothers, Mystery Men, Sandi Kay & New Hickory, Sonshiners Quartet, Sunday Edition, Jimmy Jack Whitaker
Comedian of the Year: David L. Cook, Roy Fox, Peggy Inks, Cheryl Jackson
For more info on USAGEM:

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USAGEM Announces 8th Annual Convention and Award Show

Written by SGN Scoops on July 15, 2011 – 4:31 am -

{EHA-Nashville, TN} Mike Gardner, President of USAGEM, (United States Association of Gospel Entertainers & Musicians) announces the 8th Annual Convention and Awards Show to take place at the Texas Troubadour Theater in Nashville, TN, November 18 & 19. Gardner notes that more information will be announced within the next few weeks. The next upcoming “God and Country Jubilee” concert will be held at the theatre Friday, July 22, 6:30 p.m. and features several music ministries, including the Manor House/Mansion Entertainment recording artists, The Davis Family of Washington, MO.
For more info on USAGEM: or contact USAGEM Publicist:

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