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Written by scoopsnews on December 6, 2020 – 7:33 am -


Romans 8:28

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”


Hi friends,

As we look back on the year 2020, we have faced trials and obstacles that we have never seen before.
Here is a ray of Sunshine on a cloudy day….

Jerry Thompson, (Father to Amber and Autumn of The Nelons), recently went home to be with Jesus.  Jerry spent many years of his life traveling and singing about his Lord and Savior. The home-going service was yesterday.

Kelly Nelon Clark posted last night:
Here’s a great way to end a night… we just got news that a person contacted one of the preachers of the funeral today, Dennis Cagle and told him they accepted the Lord watching the live stream!!!🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻. Rest well everyone!


What a testimony that even at your last service here, another soul was saved!

Here is a video of Jerry singing Alleluia To The Lamb with The Nelons.

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 28, 2020 – 12:46 pm -



NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Grammy® Award-nominated, Dove Award-winning Gospel music family group The Nelons return October 2 with Peace At Last, their first new studio recording in two years. Comprised of Kelly Nelon Clark, Jason Clark, Amber Nelon Kistler and Autumn Nelon Clark, the Gospel Music Hall of Famers’ forthcoming 13-song collection also marks their new long-term partnership with Daywind Records.
Produced by Jason Clark and Dove Award-winner Wayne Haun, Peace At Last features nine songs co-penned by Clark and six by Haun, along with contributions from acclaimed writers Tony Wood, Joel Lindsey, Kenna West, Michael Boggs, and Reba Rambo and Dony McGuire, among others. The recording reflects the group’s influences across Gospel, country and Americana genres, while featuring the signature vocals and family harmonies that have been their trademark for more than three decades.

Highlights of Peace At Last include the new single and video, “Jordan,” an infectious barnburner featuring Autumn Nelon Clark on lead. Amber Nelon Kistler’s country-tinged vocals deliver the gentle ballads “Grace Ain’t Fair” and “If God Pulled Back The Curtain,” while Kelly Nelon Clark’s soothing alto is instantly recognizable on the anthemic title-cut, as well as the folksy “Patience of Job.” The cinematic “Still Free,” drawing from the biblical accounts of Daniel in the lion’s den, and Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego in the furnace, exhorts believers to walk in freedom and confidence. And bringing the collection full circle, “Pilgrim” reflects the group’s lauded southern gospel heritage. 

“We believe God knew these songs, these stories, the Truth they tell and the Hope they give, would need to be heard at such a time as this,” said Kelly Nelon Clark. “When I see tears of lonely people, I remember ‘Two Are Better Than One.’ When the news is filled with stories of hate and division, I relisten to ‘Wish We All Could Remember.’ And when I’m gripped with fear and doubt, I imagine ‘If God Pulled Back The Curtain’ to my heavenly home. We can know peace­—Peace At Last—because we know Him. I don’t believe we have ever recorded a more important or timely collection of songs.”

“When Tony Wood and I began to write ‘Peace At Last,’ we had no idea what 2020 would hold,” remembers Jason Clark. “For me personally, the year has included months of recuperation from both heart surgery and emergency knee surgery. Not to mention the pandemic and all the other challenges our country and world have had to face. We want these songs to remind listeners—and ourselves—that although times may be a little different, a little harder, we are going to make it! God hasn’t forgotten us, and He will never let us walk in the valley alone. ‘There’s a better day—a’ coming children—there will be peace at last.’”

“All of us at Daywind Records are absolutely thrilled to stand in partnership with our friends The Nelons as we enter into a new long-term agreement,” said Dusty Wells, Director of Artist and Label Relations, Daywind Records. “Kelly, Jason, Amber and Autumn have been treasured members of our Daywind family for years. We believe in The Nelons: their music, their ministry, what they are called to do, and all they represent. We also believe that Peace At Last is a career album for them, and will be a favorite for many years to come. This is just the beginning of wonderful new opportunities for The Nelons and Daywind Records.”

Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2016, The Nelons have been one of Gospel music’s best-loved families for nearly four decades. The group has been nominated for three Grammy® Awards; received seven Dove Awards, 14 Singing News Fan Awards, a Silver Angel Award, a People’s Choice Silver Telly Award, and a New York Film Festival Award. The Nelons have recorded more than 35 albums, amassing over 20 Top 5 southern gospel radio singles, including such classics as “We Shall Wear A Robe and Crown,” “Come Morning,” “O For A Thousand Tongues” and “Thanks.” They have frequently been featured on the best-selling Gaither Homecoming recordings and videos, and have performed on the Grand Ole Opry, among other historic venues. 
The Nelons continue the rich tradition initiated by family patriarch Rex Nelon, father of Kelly Nelon Clark, who began his legendary career when he joined Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The LeFevres in 1957. The group eventually became known as The Rex Nelon Singers before changing their name to The Nelons in 1982. Through the decades, The Nelons’ polished harmonies and performances, and their anthology of timeless songs, have helped to expand the audience for Gospel music around the world.

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Jason Clark needs our prayers

Written by Staff on March 12, 2020 – 6:15 pm -

Jason Clark needs our prayersJason Clark of the Nelons is in need of our prayers after he was hurt by a horse. He explains in a Facebook post today:

“Update for those that have been asking what happened to me tonight.

Well here’s the story. After my day was finished I called my mom to check on my dad. I was going for my evening walk and went to the barn to check on a horse that has been skid dish. He was separated in a small corral and I was walking this horse with a walking rope, talking to him softly walking him in a circle. My phone was in my jacket and the ringer sounded and it spooked the horse. He turned kicking and bucking up and landed a good shot on my right knee. I was immediately sent to the ground, hit my head on the gate and crawled out of the corral. I could not put any weight on my right leg whatsoever and just laid there waiting for help.
I was home by myself and couldn’t move until the ambulance got there and took me to the hospital. X-Rays revealed I broke my knee and cracked a rib under my arm. I’m now home and going to orthopedic doctor tomorrow. I’m grateful for Stone Carter Autumn Clark and Kelly Nelon Clark for helping me all night. The pain is excruciating but it could’ve been a whole lot worse!! I’m frustrated at this set back but many are dealing with much much worse and I’ll be back soon. There are so many things we are engaged in to get the gospel literally around the world and I know we are in a spiritual battle. The Lord will receive glory through all of this and I am praying tonight His will be done.

Kelly Nelon and Jason Clark

Kelly Nelon and Jason Clark

Thanks for the concern and all the prayers.
I appreciate your love and support more than you’ll ever know.”

Jason’s wife, Kelly Nelon Clarke, writes a short time later:

Jason Clark“Well not the news we wanted but the doctor knows best. Surgery will be next week to repair the knee. We will continue to fulfill all of our dates just like before. Nathan Kistler will be filling in and we are thankful for that. Jason Matthew Clark will be back in no time. Thank you for your continued prayer and support. You are the best!”

Please continue to pray for Jason Clark and all of the Nelons.



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Jason Clark needs prayer

Written by Staff on November 21, 2019 – 10:49 am -

The Nelons Announce Exclusive Single Release

Jason Clark and the rest of The Nelons

Kelly Nelon Clark and all members of Christian music family, the Nelons, have been posting over the last couple of days about issues being experienced by their family. The most concerning is the heart problems that Jason Clark is currently experiencing. He certainly needs our prayer as he has been in and out of the hospital.

In his most recent post on Facebook, Jason explains the seriousness of his health problem.

Jason Clark and Kelly Nelon Clark

Jason Clark and Kelly Nelon Clark

“Quick Update:
My cardiologist let me come home last night. I will return tomorrow for a check up, and Tuesday to meet with the surgeon. All the “experts” tell me after the surgery and recovery that I will be feeling like a 20 year old again. I am still praying, seeking counsel, just because I am not so eager to have open heart surgery. I feel completely fine until I have a spasm and immediately I’m reminded I have a blood flow issue around my heart. I will be on the road this weekend and I am monitoring my bpm very closely. I have extremely low BP and my heart rate stays at a very calm rate but that’s normal for me even under stressful circumstances.
My stress test yesterday only got my bpm up to 154 and they wanted to monitor it at 175. Just couldn’t get it there.
Today I’m back in my office doing some work and hanging out at the farm.

Love you all and appreciate the prayers more than anything.” — Jason Clark — Nov. 21, 2019

Please join all of us in praying for this Godly man.


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Written by Staff on August 6, 2019 – 10:19 am -



Johnson City, Tennessee – Prominent concert promotions company, IMC has announced plans to present a new Praisefest event in Branson, MO, in the fall of 2020. Eight years ago the successful promotions team conceived the idea of presenting an exciting weekend of Gospel music in the Ozark Mountains town of Branson, Missouri, a city that is famously known for its diverse entertainment theaters. That first year the event took place at the state-of-the-art Mansion Theatre.

Due to the overwhelming success of the event, which has been held annually each Spring for the past seven years, IMC Concerts has announced plans to  produce a Praisefest event that will also take place in the Fall of the year. The new Praisefest Branson Fall Retreat will take place October 26 through 28, 2020, and will also be held at the Mansion Theater.
“We think this new event will be a great choice for people who have told us their schedules simply will not allow them to come to our Spring event,” states IMC President Landon Beene. “We also believe many of the people who attend Praisefest Branson every year in March will want to come back again for the Fall Retreat because they love it so much.”
The 2020 Praisefest Branson Fall Retreat will include performances by such popular recording artists as Greater Vision, The Triumphant Quartet, The Hoppers, The Isaacs, The Whisnants, The Perrys, Brian Free & Assurance, The Nelons, The Ball Brothers, Joseph Habedank and The Erwins. Renowned speaker, Jim Cymbala, Pastor of The Brooklyn Tabernacle in Brooklyn, N.Y., will also be featured, as well as popular singer/songwriter and Christian comedian, Mark Lowry. “We’re really excited to be able to provide another opportunity for people to get together for a few days to enjoy some great Gospel music, lots of laughs, great fellowship and wonderful worship experiences in a unique atmosphere,” states Greater Vision’s Gerald Wolfe.
“This event has the potential to be the largest Gospel music event of its kind in the Midwest during the Fall season,” Beene states. “We are expecting seating to fill quickly so we are recommending people reserve their seats sooner, rather than later.” Registrations for this new event will begin Monday, October 7, 2019.
Make plans now to be a part of the first ever 2020 Praisefest Branson Fall Retreat. Complete information regarding the event is available at or

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Happy Monday From SGN Scoops -O’ Shenandoah (The Americana Sessions) The Nelons

Written by scoopsnews on June 3, 2019 – 6:27 am -



Happy Monday! Have you seen this beautiful rendition of O’ Shenandoah (The Americana Sessions) by The Nelons?

Purchase the CD: HERE



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The Nelons Announce Exclusive Single Release

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 14, 2019 – 10:08 am -

The Nelons Announce Exclusive Single Release

The Nelons Announce Exclusive Single Release

NASHVILLE, TN   – Love is in the air this week as we’re gearing up for Valentine’s Day. The Nelons are choosing to “Love All Day Long” with their exclusive single release on Spotify.

For the first time in Southern Gospel music, an artist is distributing exclusively to Spotify, one of the most well-known streaming platforms in the world.

“We are so grateful for the opportunity to debut our latest single to the world through this platform. We love everyone at Spotify and appreciate everything they do for the Nelons,” says Jason Clark.

The Nelons latest hit was written by Reba Rambo-McGuire, Adina Bowman, and Dony McGuire.

“Love All Day Long” will be available to stream on Spotify on Thursday, February 14.

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Adam Crabb, Amber Nelon Thompson, the Blackwood Brothers, the Bowling Family, Brian Free & Assurance, Greater Vision, Hoppers, Jason Crabb, Jim Brady Trio, Jonathan Wilburn, Joseph Habedank, Karen Peck & New River, Legacy Five, Mark Lowry, Michael Booth, Michael English, the Nelons, Riley Harrison Clark, and the Tribute Quartet. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors and the Orchard, covering all major physical and digital outlets.

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WayBack Wednesday…………. The Nelons

Written by scoopsnews on January 23, 2019 – 7:22 am -






It’s Way Back Wednesday! Here is a video from way back  of The Nelons. Can you name these folks?


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Written by Staff on October 3, 2018 – 8:12 am -



NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Country Faith Southern Gospel, a new collection featuring 15 timeless songs from some of the genre’s most beloved artists, is now available from Curb | Word Entertainment.  Showcasing a range of favorites, past and present, Country Faith Southern Gospel is highlighted by classics from such legends as The Happy Goodmans (“The Lighthouse”) and The Cathedrals (“Step Into The Water”), alongside Mark Lowry’s “What’s Not to Love,” The Nelons’ “Oh For A Thousand Tongues” and The Crabb Family’s career-defining hit, “Through The Fire.”

With eight albums to date and $2.5 million in retail sales, the Country Faith music line—part of a multi-faceted brand including books, jewelry and other products—unveils this debut Southern Gospel compilation following the success of Country Faith Hymns, Country Faith Love Songs and Country Faith Christmas, among other music titles. Previous releases have featured many of the format’s superstars, including Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, George Strait and Brad Paisley. 
“Southern Gospel music is one of the genres I grew up listening to, and I love it,” says Deborah Evans Price, award-winning journalist and cofounder of Country Faith, LLC. “There are so many Southern Gospel songs that have been anchors in my life, and many of them are on this project. I feel like when people hear this collection, they’re going to be moved, encouraged and comforted. These are songs that people have known and loved and made a part of their lives, and I’m honored to have them on the Country Faith Southern Gospel collection.”
“Brand New Star,” a poignant tune from multi-genre icons The Oak Ridge Boys, resonated deeply with Evans Price following her mother’s death. “That one has been such a light and comfort for me after losing Mom,” she explains. “It’s the closing song on the album, and it will always be special to me.”
Longtime Southern Gospel fans will appreciate the inclusion of Greater Vision’s toe-tapping hit “My Name is Lazarus,” while The Florida Boys, Karen Peck & New River, Legacy Five and Canton Junction are also featured on the new release. Additionally, the project includes inspired performances from favorite soloists Jason Crabb, Michael English, Joseph Habedank and Janet Paschal.
“We are thrilled to have our song ‘God’s Got a Better Plan’ included on Country Faith Southern Gospel,” says Matthew Hagee, founding member of Canton Junction. “Music from The Cathedrals, The Happy Goodmans and The Oak Ridge Boys, along with so many others, filled our home growing up, so being on the same record as these Gospel music pioneers is an honor we do not take lightly.”
A sought-after journalist and recipient of the Country Music Association’s prestigious Media Achievement Award in 2013, Deborah Evans Price has interviewed numerous luminaries, including Dolly Parton, Don Henley, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Dennis Quaid and Tim Tebow. She is the author of three books and serves as a contributing writer for Billboard, Redbook, People, Sounds Like Nashville, First for Women and Woman’s World, among other outlets. 
Country Faith, LLC partners Deborah Evans Price, Bob DeMoss and Wildfire7 launched the successful brand with Evans Prices’ acclaimed books Country Faith (2013) and Country Faith Christmas (2015). In addition to eight full-length albums, the brand’s growing catalog includes books, jewelry and other items celebrating country, Christian and Gospel music. Time Life Music features the Country Faith book on national television as a bonus product in its Faith, Hope and Country collection, while other brand partners include Curb | Word Entertainment, Regnery Faith Publications, Cracker Barrel, Bob Siemon Designs and New Day Christian Distributors. 
Country Faith Southern Gospel is available atiTunes and Amazon, among other digital retailers, as well as in select stores across the country. For further information,  

Country Faith Southern Gospel Track Listing:
1. Washed by the Water – Jason Crabb
2. The Lighthouse – The Happy Goodmans
3. Washed In The Blood Of The Lamb – Janet Paschal
4. I Bowed On My Knees And Cried Holy – Michael English
5. Step Into The Water – The Cathedrals
6. Pray Now – Karen Peck & New River
7. Christ Is Still The King – Legacy Five
8. Here He Comes – Joseph Habedank
9. Oh For A Thousand Tongues – The Nelons
10. What’s Not To Love – Mark Lowry
11. When He Was On The Cross (I Was On His Mind) – The Florida Boys
12. Through The Fire – The Crabb Family
13. My Name Is Lazarus – Greater Vision
14. God’s Got A Better Plan – Canton Junction
15. Brand New Star – The Oak Ridge Boys
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Creekside welcomes Hey Y’all Media as Sponsor

Written by Staff on October 26, 2017 – 9:27 am -

Creekside welcomes Hey Y'all Media as Sponsor

Creekside welcomes Hey Y’all Media as Sponsor

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (October 25, 2017) — Creekside Gospel Music Association is pleased to welcome Hey Y’all Media as sponsor of the VIP passes. Hey Y’all Media, owned by Vonda Easley, is a growing radio promotions company based out of Heflin, Alabama, with clients that include Southern, Country and Bluegrass Gospel music artists. This year at Creekside, attendees will find information about Hey Y’all Media on the back of every VIP badge.

Vonda Easley of Hey Y'all Media

Vonda Easley of Hey Y’all Media

“Hey Y’all Media has had a tremendous year of growth,” says Easley. “We thought it would be great to partner with an event that is experiencing the same.”

VIP passes provide Creekside attendees with preferred seating, special gift bags full of product and other perks during the event. The distinctive badges are now funded by Hey Y’all Media.

“I’m humbled every day by the amount of people who have blessed us at Creekside with sowing into the event by purchasing VIP tickets,” says Rob Patz, owner of Creekside. “That blessing continues with the sponsorship by Hey Y’all Media.”
Hey Y’all Media is also holding a giveaway during Creekside to honor the life’s blood of the gospel music industry, the DeeJay. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the business office at the event to vote for their favorite Deejay. The winner will receive a prize package that will include lodging for Creekside 2018.
Join Rob Patz at Creekside and Hey Y'all MediaCreekside Gospel Music Convention runs Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, 2017 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Daytime showcases, evening concerts and midnight prayer are all free events.
Special guests include David Ring, Eric Bennett, Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff, Brian Free and Assurance, the Nelons and much more, along with the 2017 Diamond Awards occur on Tuesday evening. Tickets are free but VIP tickets can be purchased for a nominal cost.
For more information, contact Rob Patz at 360-933-0741 or Vonda Easley at 256-310-7892.

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