Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Torchmen Nominated for 2010 Gospel Music Awards Canada

The Torchmen have just been nominated in three catagories for the 2010 Gospel Music Awards Canada. "Enjoy the Journey" has been nominated for Album of the Year and the song "Gonna Get My Feet Wet" written by Dave Randall, has been nominated for Song of the Year. "The Torchmen Quartet 40th Anniversary" has also been nominated for DVD of the Year.

The Torchmen are based in St. Catharines, Ontario Canada.
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Freedom Embarks On First West Coast Tour

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – (September 28, 2010) – Freedom, one of the most exciting new names in Christian music, are set to embark on their first West Coast tour. Starting this weekend on October 1, 2010, Freedom will begin their 11-day tour of the West Coast in Pomona, California. From there, the group will hit up such cities and locations as the Kern County Fair (outside Bakersfield, California), Fresno, and Fair Oaks, California before heading north where they will appearing in multiple venues in Oregon and Washington state.

John Rulapaugh of Freedom said, "I'm really excited to be headed west to sing in California, Oregon, and Washington. It's been a few years since the last time I was there with Palmetto State Quartet, and I've missed it! My first trip west was with the Dove Brothers back in 1999 or 2000, and I was privileged to travel there every year until I left the road in 2008. I'm excited to be bringing Freedom to the West! I look forward to seeing old friends, and hope to make a lot of new friends along the way."

The tour will run October 1st through October 10th, 2010 – the last stop being at Forth Plain Church in Vancouver, Washington. Several of the West Coast’s most popular Gospel artists will be appearing in concert with Freedom, including RSV Quartet, Cross Road Quartet, and Solid Ground.

Concert dates for Freedom’s West Coast Tour are as follows:

10-1-2010 – Central Baptist Church, Pomona, CA **with special guest Cross Road Quartet**
10-2-2010 – Kern County Fair, Bakersfield, CA **with special guest RSV Quartet**
10-3-2010 – Northwest Church, Fresno, CA (AM)
10-3-2010 – New Life Community Church, Fair Oaks, CA (PM) **with special guest Solid Ground**
10-7-2010 – Church of God 7th Day, Harrisburg, OR
10-8-2010 – Berean Baptist Church, Seattle, WA
10-9-2010 – West Valley Church of the Nazarene, Yakima, WA
10-10-2010 – Forth Plain Church of the Nazarene, Vancouver, WA (AM)

This West Coast tour comes on the heels of the group’s first appearance at the National Quartet Convention where the group was asked to perform on the Main Stage as a stand out performer from the event’s day showcases.

Freedom’s schedule has already filled up this year including recent performances at industry events like the Suwanee River Jubilee, Branson Gospel Music Convention, 11th Annual SGN Music Fest, Grand Ole Gospel Reunion, and World Premier Gospel Event in Pigeon Forge, TN. The group records for Homeland Entertainment’s Riversong Records and just released their debut recording – Freedom – earlier this year.

Fans are encouraged to call and request Freedom’s brand new single, “Come On In,” at radio all across the country!

Until Freedom’s new site is unveiled – you can find out more information on the group by visiting or by visiting them on Facebook at .

About Freedom
Freedom is comprised of Gospel Music veterans, Josh Garner, John Rulapaugh, and Joel Trimble. These three gentlemen make up an elite and refreshing blend of voices and personalities that focus on varying harmonies. They are a cohesive unit of men dedicated to a God driven cause to sing the message of the Gospel. The group’s debut album, Freedom, has spawned off the hit single “Come On In.”

Tony Greene Passes Away

Tony Greene of the Greenes passed away on Tuesday September 28 around 4:25pm. Tony was admitted to the hospital last week where he eventually lost the battle to an aggressive infection. He leaves behind his wife, TaRanda and two daughters, Isabella and Jocelyn; his mother Carolyn; brother Tim Greene, sister Kim Greene Hopper and families.

Tony Greene was 41 years old.

Monday Oct. 4th Visitation 4pm-7pm with Funeral Service at 7pm
GRAVESIDE SERVICE at 1pm at Tuesday Oct 3rd at
In Lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to TONY GREENE MEDICAL FUND


NASHVILLE, TENN. (September 27, 2010)—Dailey & Vincent, currently on the road on the Dailey & Vincent Front Porch Tour supported by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®, will be in Nashville this week for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) World of Bluegrass business conference, IBMA Awards and Bluegrass Fan Fest.

The reigning two-time IBMA Entertainers of the Year, who currently grace the cover of Bluegrass Music Profiles’ September/October issue, have ten nominations heading into the 21st Annual IBMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, and Album of the Year (Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers on Cracker Barrel/Rounder Records). Other nominations for the Rounder Records act include Song of the Year for “Elizabeth,” from the Statler Brothers tribute disc; Male Vocalist of the Year (Jamie Dailey); Bass Player of the Year (Darrin Vincent); Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for “Don’t You Wanna Go to Heaven” from the duo’s a cappella CD, Singing From the Heart; and Recorded Event of the Year for “Give This Message to Your Heart,” from Larry Stephenson’s 20th Anniversary CD. Additionally, Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers received a nod for Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project, while Singing From the Heart was honored with a nomination for Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project.

Dailey & Vincent will perform on the IBMA Awards show, hosted by Jerry Douglas and Sharon and Cheryl White, which will take place at the Ryman Auditorium on September 30 at 7:30 p.m. They will also perform during Bluegrass Fan Fest at the Nashville Convention Center on Friday, October 1, at 7:20 p.m. IBMA Awards show tickets are available by calling the Ryman box office at 615-889-3060. Tickets for Bluegrass Fan Fest, scheduled for October 1-3 and featuring over 60 acts, are available at the convention center entrance on Commerce Street beginning Friday morning.

On Friday, October 1, Jamie and Darrin will meet fans and sign copies of their CD’s in the store at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum® at 11:00 a.m. as part of the museum’s festivities tied in with IBMA week.

On Tuesday, September 28, Jamie and Darrin, along with their manager, publicist, attorney and Rounder Records executive Ken Irwin, will participate in a panel during the World of Bluegrass business conference to discuss the importance of team-building to an artist’s career development.

Wednesday, September 29, will find Dailey & Vincent in Granville, Ohio, for a concert at Denison University’s Swasey Chapel.

The week wraps up with Dailey & Vincent’s inaugural Homecoming Concert at the Jackson County High School Football Field in Gainesboro, Tennessee, on Saturday, October 2, at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $15, and all proceeds go toward the newly formed Dailey & Vincent Helping Hands Fund, administered through the Cookeville Regional Medical Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. The fund benefits underprivileged children in Jackson and DeKalb Counties in Tennessee. For tickets and information about the concert, visit


NASHVILLE, TENN. (September 27, 2010)—Just in time for the holidays, Steve Wariner and SelecTone Records will make his Guitar Christmas album available in stores and through iTunes and beginning October 12. Originally released in 2003, the instrumental collection of Christmas standards arranged, recorded, and produced by Wariner was previously available only through his Web site. Allegro Media Group, one of the largest independent distributors of music in North America, will handle distribution for this project.

“I absolutely loved recording this album,” Wariner says. “The initial idea came about as I was thinking of the wonderful gatherings that Chet Atkins would host in his office around the holidays. Everyone would sing and play and remember those beautiful melodies from our childhood.

“I wanted the album to convey the warmth and intimacy of those picking parties, so the listener will feel as if I’m sitting in their living room playing for them. That’s the reason I left some imperfections in there, because I wanted it to be real.”

Among the holiday standards included on the CD are “White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Winter Wonderland” and “The Christmas Song.” Wariner, who was born on Christmas Day, previously released one Christmas album on MCA Records, but this is his first all-instrumental holiday collection.

A Grammy®-winning guitarist, Wariner played several different guitars on the CD, matching certain guitars with particular songs and musical styles to create a broad landscape of aural textures and colors. Among the guitars he used are a handmade Hascal Haile classical guitar, the Gibson Chet Atkins Country Gentleman model (1989), which had belonged to Chet, an Olympia dulcimer, a Tacoma Papoose, and Wariner’s own model Takamine acoustic guitar. The package includes Wariner’s notes on the guitars selected for each track. He also created the CD cover artwork


LOUISVILLE, KY - The SGMG (Southern Gospel Music Guild) recognized industry icons and life-long friends Lou Wills Hildreth and Judy Spencer Nelon with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Honor at a special reception held during the 2010 National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY. SGMG Vice-President Beckie Simmons Bates presented the honors where a group of industry friends and colleagues gathered to share in the special occasion. The afternoon celebration opened with a welcome from NQC Executive Vice-President Clarke Beasley. The Nelons sang, "The Lord's Prayer" and host Dr. Jerry Goff, well-known for his masterful MC work, introduced the presenters who included their congratulations and numerous stories. Beckie Simmons Bates, Jimmy Blackwood, Fay Shed and a phone call from Larry Gatlin for his mentor Lou Hildreth contributed to a very heartwarming presentation. Kelly Nelon Clark headed the list of presenters for Judy Nelon followed by Sue Dodge, Lisa Abraham and Eddie DeGarmo. Aaron Crisler presented red roses to Lou Hildreth thanking her for mentoring his mentor Judy Nelon. Crisler also presented red roses to Nelon alongside a heartwarming story of his life since coming into the world of Judy Nelon. Mark Lowry spoke words of appreciation for both honorees. Lowry started with Hildreth whom he told of helping him with her booking agency at the age of 11. Mark’s mom brought him to a concert in Nashville, Tennessee dressed resembling a flag in red, white and blue. Lowry then thanked Nelon for her help in making it possible for him to perform on a showcase at the famous Christian Artists event in Estes Park, CO. He said, "It all started that day and finally landing me with the Gaithers." The afternoon celebration was sponsored by the SGMG and was attended by a list of prestigious Christian music members.

Lou Hildreth stated, “I am humbled and overwhelmed with gratitude to be the recipient of the 2010 SGMG Lifetime Achievement Award knowing that it came from my peers. The Southern Gospel Music Guild is dear to my heart, and I am thankful that I was there when this strong and growing organization was founded. The board made an excellent choice in giving Judy Nelon a Lifetime Achievement Award also. It made the celebration complete for me. Judy and I have both served the gospel music industry and fans with an equal passion and have combined our efforts on many projects, beginning with the 1971-72 GMA Board Of Directors. It has been a glorious ‘lifetime in gospel music’ and my heart overflows with love and thanks to a gracious Heavenly Father. Thank you my friends and colleagues at the SGMG.”

Judy Nelon continued, “I am grateful and blessed to be the recipient of the 2010 SGMG Lifetime Achievement Honor, especially sharing this with my dear friend Lou Hildreth and surrounded by so many I have loved and worked with for over 40 years in gospel music.

Having Lou in my life has been one of my greatest blessings. She has a soft voice and a powerful impact. Wherever she is, Lou makes a difference in the outcome of any meeting. I have learned from her, but not near enough. In a lifetime, it would be impossible to gain the ability that Lou Wills Hildreth has which seems to have been born in her. She was a legend in gospel music long before I met up with her as board members of the Gospel Music Association in Nashville. It was while we served together, the GMA founded the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1971 and had the first gospel singing and dinner on the grounds of the White House in 1978.

We have shared rooms at most of the Gaither Homecoming tapings and marveled at the wonderful way Bill and Gloria Gaither have shared gospel music with the world: the music we both love so much. We have worked diligently to make everyone in the world know about it and the wonderful gospel music artists we have served as talent agents, publishers, and many other hats we have been delighted to wear when needed.”
More photos from the event can be viewed online at
In 1986, several Southern Gospel music leaders decided the industry needed an organization to foster the growth of the Southern Gospel music genre. Through the years, the Guild has grown to include every facet of the Southern Gospel music industry, encompassing artists (full-time and part-time), record companies, radio, promoters, publishers, distributors, talent management, media representatives, and booking agents. Looking beyond the needs of today, the Southern Gospel Music Guild hopes to affect the future of the industry. Through communication and education, we hope to significantly impact the image and awareness of Southern Gospel music for generations to come. This is accomplished by a variety of means: getting Southern Gospel music introduced to new audiences and promoting quality and professionalism within the industry. By working together we can learn how to better utilize our skills. Through extensive, persistent efforts, we can increase the visibility of and appreciation for our music, thereby touching
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Monday, September 27, 2010


A call goes out for special prayer for Tony and Tranada Greene (The Greenes). Sketchy news reports indicate that Tony entered an area hospital's ICU pn the weekend, being treated for complications. Initial reports say a lung has collapsed and there may be additional health concerns as well.

More information as it becomes available.
Thanks to SG Reporter Chuck Peters and The Perrys for updates.

Beyond The Ashes Welcomes New Baritone Singer, Kellan Monroe

Nashville, TN (Sept. 24, 2010) – Beyond The Ashes (BTA) is pleased to welcome new baritone singer, Kellan Monroe to the trio. Monroe has been on the road with the group for about a month in a trial capacity. Anthony Facello, the group’s ministry leader and tenor singer, announced the decision for him to join the group, officially, just before NQC last week.

Monroe is from Easley, South Carolina, but looks forward to making Nashville, TN his new home in the coming weeks. This young man, of only 20 years of age, already has a strong resume in Christian music. He is not only a talented singer, but also, an accomplished instrumentalist, with the ability to play piano, bass guitar, and acoustic guitar, to name just a few. Monroe shared, "I am excited of be a part of BTA. God is allowing me to live out my dream with guys whose hearts are truly for the church and its people.”

He had the rare opportunity to live out that dream, during his first official week, on the National Quartet Convention’s main stage. The group was in an artist showcase earlier that day, and because of their outstanding musical ability and heart for ministry, they were invited to sing center stage that evening to the entire crowd at the Kentucky Fair & Expo’s Freedom Hall, in Louisville.

Facello expressed, “When I knew we had to fill our baritone position, I knew we needed to take our time and be careful not to just look for the next good singer. We wanted to find someone who shared our heart and vision for ministry to the church, and to those needing to hear the hope of Christ. When we met Kellan, we felt that calling from Him immediately. To add to that, he is so multi-talented. We are all constantly in awe of the ways God is working in this ministry. Lead singer, Casey Rivers, myself, and the rest of our ministry team are so thrilled to welcome Kellan to the group.”

The group’s current single, “Ready For The Ride,” has driven up the Gospel music charts all across the country. They are heading into the studio in early October to record an album of favorites. The new recording will be co-produced by Nashville producer, Donna Beauvais, along with Facello.

To learn more about Beyond the Ashes or to schedule them for your music event, visit You can also find them at

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mark Dubbeld Family Wins Radio Release- Jubilee Showcase

September 14, 2010 – The day began early for the Mark Dubbeld Family. Everyone dressed, ready to sing for Jesus? Let’s go! Together with Promoter Barbara Roach and the other Jublilee Artists, they gathered for the “Jubilee Showcase” just across from Freedom Hall in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It was evident these artists gathered with a goal in mind – for Christ to be glorified through their music.
When the Mark Dubbeld Family came to sing, they weren’t even aware this showcase contained a competition. Promoter Barbara Roach explained she wanted it that way. She wanted the artists to gather together and “have church.”
However, Jubilee Artist Promotions was also giving away two valued “radio releases.” The judges were poised and ready, carefully reviewing each entry.
After singing and praising together for over four hours, the time had come. Who would go home with the valued prize?
The envelope was sealed and ready – and then came the moment. Tearing it open, the words rang out, “Our group winner of this year’s radio release is . . . The Mark Dubbeld Family!” Little Britton Dubbeld’s face said it all! His mouth flew open, as both hands flew up to his face. “We won!” he exclaimed.
Thank you so much Jubilee for giving us this opportunity to share the music He has put on our hearts to a broader listening audience. Together may we all continue to cover the earth with the gospel of Jesus Christ

Thursday, September 23, 2010

News from Daniel Riley of Gold City

Whew! I've finally had a few minutes to stop, breathe and gather my thoughts. This past month, it seems we have been going full throttle, with little time to slow down. I'll do my best to recap what we've been up to.

National Quartet Convention 2010
Last week, we were in Louisville, KY for NQC 2010. We had a great year! We performed on the main stage Monday, Wednesday and Saturday nights. We were also honored to be asked to sing at Daywind's Fire In the Choir Showcase, as well as Bill Gaither's Homecoming Sing-A-Long. It is such a busy week, but we always enjoy getting to see our friends from all across the country, and even other countries. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth and said hello!

Welcome Bryan Elliott
I would like you to welcome Bryan Elliott to the Gold City family. Bryan is joining us as our new pianist. He has a long history in Southern Gospel music, with tenures with the Anchormen, Palmetto State Quartet and most recently, the Perrys. We've all known Bryan for many years, so it's more than bringing a pianist on board. We're adding a long-time friend. He will be playing for us starting this Thursday in Franklin, TN. Be sure to come by our table and tell Bryan how glad you are to have him a part of Gold City.

Gold City Reunion
For the first time in 18 years, the lineup of Brian Free, Ivan Parker, Mike Lefevre and Tim Riley took the stage, in Louisville, KY, at NQC, for the 100th Anniversary Celebration. As soon as the group was introduced, the entire crowd was on their feet. They remained standing through the first song. The three songs performed were, "When I Get Carried Away," "I Think I'll Read It Again," and "Midnight Cry."
I sat in the audience like a little kid. My two favorite groups have always been Gold City and the Singing Americans. Seeing these two groups on stage, really took me back to my childhood. I could have sat there and listened all day!

Brand New Music
New music has arrived!! We have released two brand new CDs over the last two weeks. The first CD is A Collection of Favorites Volume 1. We all sat down and came up with songs we loved, or that had influenced us earlier in our life. This CD includes songs such as, "We'll Soon Be Done With Troubles And Trials," "There Is A River," "Rainbow Of Love," and "He Hideth My Soul."
The second CD is Tim Riley - Lifetime of Treasures. To make this CD happen, myself and the rest of the guys had to convince my dad to do it. I'll let you in on a little secret....He honestly doesn't think anyone will buy it! You can prove him wrong. His CD includes "Under Control," "When He Reached Down His Hand For Me," "How Big Is God," and "Blessed Assurance."
To get your copies, visit the Gold City Store, email, or call 256-492-0942.

News Courtesy of Gold City Quartet


Historic Photographs, Replica Memorabilia, and Narrative Provide a Time Capsule of the Annual CMA Awards
NASHVILLE – The glamour, history, backstage stories, and memorable moments from more than 40 years of the annual CMA Awards, “Country Music’s Biggest Night,(tm)” are collected in a new, unique book, The CMA Awards Vault, now available nationwide.
Author Deborah Evans Price traces the show’s 43-year run from a one-hour, radio-only broadcast in 1967 to the glittery three-hour, network television spectacle of today. Evans Price interviewed dozens of Country Music’s biggest stars, from Sonny James, the host of the first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show,” to Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, who will host “The 44th Annual CMA Awards” for the third time in November. In the process, the author takes the reader behind the scenes and recalls the greatest performances, the famous – and sometimes infamous – fashion trends, and the art of putting together a top-rated network gala.
“As someone who grew up watching the CMA Awards, and was then privileged to go to the Awards for the past 25 years, I couldn’t think of anything that would excite me more than doing a book on the institution,” said Evans Price.

What really sets this book apart from other Country Music histories, however, is the unique “scrapbook” approach. The CMA Awards Vault contains never-before-published photographs, artwork, and memorabilia. Tucked into dozens of pockets throughout the book are replicas of such items as a program from that first CMA Awards in 1967; a note to the CMA from the Charlie Daniels Band in 1980; a ticket to “The 40th CMA Anniversary” show; and the set-design blueprint from the 2009 CMA Awards.

“I’m thankful for the wonderful journey this book provides through the history of the CMA Awards,” writes Barbara Mandrell in the book’s afterword. “Reading it makes one feel so ‘behind the scenes,’ ‘inside,’ and as though they’re having conversations with many of the great artists in Country Music.”

No Country Music fan should be without this “home archive” of the history of “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” Graced by a foreword by four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney, The CMA Awards Vault is published by Whitman Publishing, LLC, of Atlanta. The 144-page hardcover 12-inch by 10-inch book with slipcase is available for $49.95 in bookstores and online retailers. The book can also be ordered at and CMA members can purchase the book for $35 at or at the CMA office.

“The 44th Annual CMA Awards” will be broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 10 (8:00-11:00 PM ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Tickets for the 2010 CMA Awards are on sale now and can be purchased by logging on to; calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena box office, 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway), Nashville. Ticket prices begin at $110 for Upper Level. All ticket prices include sales tax, but exclude applicable service/handling fees. Purchase tickets early for best available seats. In 2009, the CMA Awards sold out in advance.

Visit for information on Awards nominees, past winners, highlights, games, merchandise, and more. Join the CMA Mob, sign up for CMA Exclusives, and visit CMA’s Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, YouTube, and other social network sites.

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 6,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards were broadcast on NBC television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The show aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005 before moving to ABC in 2006.

“The 44th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Jake Sammons and Derrick Boyd Join The Toney Brothers

Nashville TN- Homeland Recording artist The Toney Brothers announced today
that effective immediately, Jake Sammons, and Derrick Boyd, are joining
The Toney Brothers.

Jake Sammons will be singing baritone, and playing the keyboard, and
Derrick Boyd, will be singing tenor. Jake will be filling in for George
Amon Webster unitl he is able to return, after that time, Jake will remain
with the group, as a vocalist and as pianist as well.

These gentlemen are no strangers to Gospel Music Fans. Sammons spent four
years as lead vocalist with The Toney Brothers during the time when the
quartet had such Top 20 singles as “Gonna Make My Getaway” and “Mercy Came
Down”. Jake then spent several more years as Music Director and morning
drive host at WPOS Southern Gospel Radio in the Toledo Ohio market.

Boyd is one of Gospel Music Fans favorite all time tenors. He has spent
over 20 years with such groups as the Dixie Melody Boys, Heaven Bound and
The Kingsmen. Both of these men are welcome additions to the group and
they are looking forward to being back on the road seeing the fans at all
Toney Brother appearances.

Work is already underway for the new Homeland recording to be released
this fall, and the first single with this dynamite group “Just As He Is”
written by Dianne Wilkinson has just been shipped to radio. The Toney
Brothers are also regular guest artists on the new nationally syndicated
Television program “Brush Arbor Jubilee” which can be seen throughout
various markets each weekend. National Quartet Convention Fans will get
an opportunity to hear this group on Thursday afternoon at the Featured
Artist Showcase.

You can find more information at or at

Integrity Music Appoints Christian Entertainment Executive Douglas Mann to VP, Sales/Marketing

MOBILE, Ala. – September 13, 2010 – Christian entertainment executive Douglas Mann has joined Integrity Music Label Group as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, bringing a wealth of skills from his previous experience in music, book publishing and music business in both the U.S. and abroad.

At Integrity, Mann will oversee all marketing and sales-related issues for the Integrity Music Label Group, home to best-selling worship artists including Kari Jobe, Lincoln Brewster, John Mark McMillan, Jonathan Nelson, Paul Baloche, Vicky Beeching, Carlos Whittaker, and the Grammy Award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and Israel Houghton. He reports directly to John Coleman, Senior Vice President/General Manager for Integrity Label Group.

“Douglas brings a rare combination of talents and experiences to Integrity that enables him to lead from business, creative and God-centered perspective. Our team is excited to work with Douglass and we look forward to the impact he will have here in Mobile,” said Coleman.

Mann’s diverse background is reflected by his dual citizenship in the U.S. and the Republic of Ireland. He has spent time working in both countries, most recently in Colorado Springs with David C. Cook Publishing where he served as Sr. Director of Marketing – Books & Multi-Media where he worked with such best-selling authors as Francis Chan (Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God). Mann was responsible for re-branding of DCC publishing, development & implementation of marketing plans and supporting strategic partners including Integrity, EMI and Kingsway Music. Before working at David C. Cook, Mann was Director of Brand Marketing at Navpress, which is also in Colorado Springs.

Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Mann worked in Christian music, playing a key role in the formative years of Forefront Records becoming one of Christian music’s most successful labels. As Director of A&R and then Vice President of Marketing, Mann managed the development and marketing of artists like D.C. Talk, Audio Adrenaline and Rebecca St. James. After leaving Forefront, Mann continued working in Nashville as a consultant with clients ranging from Forefront Records, Ardent Records and INO Records as well as individual GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning artists.

Notable in Mann’s career was a detour to Dublin, Ireland from 2001-2005, where he consulted on Urban Balleyfermot, a training and educational initiative funded by the European Union to help disadvantaged communities. Mann specifically worked on music business training programs including songwriting, record production, marketing and promotions.

Among Mann’s achievements accolades, he is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University’s prestigious Recording Industry Management program; he also attended the Irish Film Institute for Digital Film Editing and DVD Authoring. Mann is a member of NARAS, BMI and GMA. He is a multiple Dove Award nominee for songwriting and the recipient of 26 ADDY (advertising) Awards.

“Men of Music” Sign Booking Agreement with EHA-Nashville

{EHA-Nashville, TN} The talented Men of Music came to a booking agreement with EHA-Nashville during National Quartet Convention week in Louisville, Ky. Greg Colburn, manager of the group, notes, “We are very excited about being on Evie’s roster and taking this extra step to further our ministry. The group’s latest release, How Beaufitul Heaven Must Be, has been making a big impact on the artist music community,’s charts. The song has charted in the top ten of both Christian Country and Country. The popular group comes back on the scene as strong as ever, after having a few years off and reorganizing. Colburn notes the group has another strong force on their team; Southern Spin Entertainment will be continuing their publicity, web design, and webhosting. Hawkins notes, “I’m really excited to be working with such a talented group. The Men of Music are back as strong as ever with great material and a passion for what they do best..sing!”

Leipers Fork Bluegrass to Perform in IBMA Showcase 9/29

{EHA-Nashville, TN} Wednesday, September 29 marks the day Leipers Fork Bluegrass of Columbia, TN is slated to appear in the popular International Bluegrass Music Association showcase. The group will perform at 6:00 pm. at the Nashville Renaissance Convention Center room 108. The festivities are a part of the IBMA week and notable Bluegrass groups and artists will be appearing throughout the week. For more information on the showcase, contact: Buddy Jones: 931-381-9174
For Bookings:
11 Music Circle South
Suite 106
Nashville, TN 37203
For More Info on the International Bluegrass Music Association visit:
More on Leipers Fork Bluegrass:
Leipers Fork Bluegrass recently visited EHA-Nashville offices on Music Row and signed a booking contract with Evie Hawkins. The popular group consists of five musicians who carry off the Bluegrass tradition with smooth four-part harmony and their sought-after acoustic sound. Leipers Fork Bluegrass released their first all Gospel CD entitled Rough Side of the Mountain in 2007, and the second CD, entitled My Ole Susabell, was released March 2008. Third and fourth CDs, Sign of the Times and Rise and Walk were released April of 2010. The group recently signed a recording contract with Homeland Entertainment Group and will soon have a new CD and DVD project distributed nationally through the company, as well as a Homeland Gospel cruise for the year of 2011. They are also slated to perform in an IBMA showcase in Nashville this month. The group’s, “The Farmer Song,” from their latest CD, was chosen to be aired at Six Flags Theme Parks throughout the US and Canada and will reach over 25 million listeners.
The group was organized in 2005 by Buddy Jones of Columbia, TN. Latest edition to the group is fiddle player, Zeke Dawson, who has graced the stage of the Grand Ole Opry for a number of years and performed and traveled with such artists as The Stoneman Family, Ray Price, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, and many more. The group has committed to uplifting their talents to the honor and glory of God and hope to bring a blessing to all those who hear their music.

Race Track Chaplaincy of America Visits SGNScoops at NQC

The National Quartet Convention is Gospel Music’s largest event of the year. The Louisville Kentucky Fair & Expo Center serves as “connection paradise” matching adoring fans with adoring artists or perhaps artists with industry professionals. Hundreds of artists and industry representatives work tirelessly to present their business or ministry to the passing crowds each night. Nestled among the (predominately) Gospel Music Industry booths was a ministry- the only one of its kind! Representatives from the Race Track Chaplaincy of America took advantage of the opportunities that only the National Quartet Convention can bring and presented their ministry to the mass crowds during the week. SGNScoops was privileged to meet Robert S. Barnard Jr., Ph.D, Director of Chaplain Ministries and Retired Hall of Fame Jockey and Christian evangelist, Pat Day. With much passion yet meek in spirit, both men shared the heart of God’s work taking place on 117 tracks and training/breeding centers throughout North America and around the world.

Race Track Chaplaincy of America oversees approximately 77 chaplains serving Race Track personnel. Dr. Barnard explained to SGNScoops the existing ministry opportunities at the race track. The demands and lifestyles of racetrack personnel prohibit church attendance therefore it is considered a “closed community.” Chaplains serve these race track employees by providing weekly church services, discipleship programs, worship/music as well as performing wedding and burial ceremonies. Chaplains also serve in the area of children’s ministry at several tracks where needed. Dr. Barnard Jr. made it very clear that this ministry is not about religion but about making true followers of Jesus Christ instead. Chaplains spread the love of Christ by meeting immediate and tangible needs operating health clinics, food pantries and more. Former Kentucky Derby Winner, Pat Day understands ministry well and stated ” Don’t tell them Jesus loves you until you love them yourself.”

SGNScoops applauds Pat Day for living out his calling. ” The Lord saved me to work within the horse racing industry- not to leave it.” ( Pat Day shares his testimony of how in spite of his tremendous success, including 8,803 career wins and winning numerous awards, his life was still empty without Jesus Christ. To read more of his testimony and about the great work God is doing on Horse Racing Tracks across America and beyond, visit
SGNScoops would like to say thank you to both Dr. Barnard and Pat Day for sharing their ministry story.
Photo- Eric Frye
left- Robert S. Barnard Jr, PH.D
center- Rhonda Frye- SGNScoops Online Editor
right- Retired Jockey/Christian Evangelist, Pat Day

Monday, September 13, 2010

National Quartet Convention Kicks Off With Sunday Night Bonus Concert

Louisville, KY – The 53nd Annual National Quartet Convention will officially kicked off on Sunday evening, September 12 with a bonus concert at Louisville’s Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. This special event boasted attendence in excess of 2,000 people, as Southern Gospel Music lovers arriving early for the 2010 event were treated to the sounds of multi-award winning groups, Greater Vision, Legacy Five and The Booth Brothers.

Excitement fills the air in the city of Louisville this week as Southern Gospel Music lovers from more than 40 states and at least a half dozen countries will attend 2010 Convention. Increased concert attendance, afternoon showcase attendance and exhibitor participation is expected as the event celebrates it’s 53rd year. In addition to the many popular quartets, trios, duets and soloists featured throughout the week, some of the most prominent keynote speakers in the country will be featured such as David Jeremiah, Charles Stanley and Governor Sarah Palin, who will be featured on Thursday afternoon in Freedom Hall.

The National Quartet Convention offers fans of Southern Gospel Music something no other event can…the convenience of “one stop shopping.” The NQC is the only event of the year where fans can see and hear their favorite groups at a single event, then meet group members and purchase music, videos and much more at any one of the 450 exhibit booths which span throughout 175,000 square feet. This year marks an all-time record with a sold-out exhibit hall. Southern Gospel Music lovers can enjoy their favorite music all day long, as music spectaculars begin each morning and continue until midnight each evening.

Tickets are available for all evening concert and may be purchased at the door or any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets for afternoon showcases are available at the door. Visit for a complete schedule of events

SGN Scoops - September 2010 – The Celebration Issue – is now available!

The September 2010 issue of SGN Scoops is now available for download. Click to read your issue in user-friendly .PDF format.

In our “Celebration Edition,” we speak to Triumphant Quartet, Betsy Brumley-Banier, & David Hill. We welcome 2 new columnists, including Jeff Hawes of Karen Peck & New River – did you know he is an English teacher? – and Christian comedian Ryan Bomgardner. Kelly takes us to Colombia with Compassion International, and a guest writer reviews Branson Gospel Music Convention Revival.

OH – we also have a review on new music from the Hoppers & a free download for you when you subscribe!

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The 80th Annual Missouri/Mid-South Gospel Singing Convention will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 24 and 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m. each evening, at the Malden, MO Community Center located on Business Hwy 25, just south of Walmart in front of the School. This will be the most exciting Convention ever with an awards ceremony honoring the founders; live broadcasts and interviews from KMHM Radio, 104.1 FM with radio personality, Gene Peacock serving as Master of Ceremonies for this legendary two-day event of gospel music.

Over 22 groups and soloists will be taking the stage to include the following: Heart to Heart, 2010 National GMA/IMMERSE Nashville Duet & Vocal Group of the Year and Featured Branson Artists; Tina Sadler, Double Dove Award Winner; Robert Penny of Branson, CGMA 2010 Male Vocalist of the Year; award winning area favorites Doug Thornton, Full Circle and The Bradfords; Heart and Soul; Tina Collins; Gloryland Quartet; Darrel & Kathy Hobbs; Heartland Quartet; Canaanland Gospel Singers; Dennis Baker; Eldon Wright; Mark Cave; Frank Wallace Trio; The Hutsons; Jennifer Krepps; Joyful Noise; Marvin and Karen Lawless; Southern Grace; Dayspring and Belinda (Hill) Venters.

This spectacular event is FREE and open to the public. A love offering will be accepted each evening to offset event expenses. Make plans to attend and bring your friends or church group for two evenings of gospel music shared by the Mid-West’s Premier Gospel Artists.

This event is hosted by Heart to Heart and Doug Thornton. Sound provided by Wil Thornton and stage manager, Nathan Martin. For more information, call 417-576-5188 or 573-276-5827.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Mercy Mountain Boys Sign With Manor House Music

Brentwood, TN (Mansion Entertainment) September 9th, 2010 – Manor House Music has recently signed the Mercy Mountain Boys to a long term recording agreement.

The Mercy Mountain Boys, based out of Lake City, Florida, are comprised Earl Green (lead vocal, rhythm guitar), Mitch Sands (baritone vocal, banjo, mandolin, guitar and fiddle) and Donny Weatherford (tenor vocal, drums, harmonica and percussion). All three members bring years of individual music experience to the group; including contributions to previous Southern Gospel charts songs such as ‘I Feel Like Running’ and ‘I Won’t Deal With The Devil’ as well as previously playing music for other Southern Gospel groups and notable Country artists. Rounding out their live performance and bringing to the stage a full band are Bill Jones (lead guitar) and Mitch Rogers (bass guitar).

With their definitive Christian Country sound, The Mercy Mountain Boys will be the first artist to premier on Manor House Music’s Christian Country label, Cheyenne Records. For more information regarding The Mercy Mountain Boys visit their website at For more information regarding Manor House Music, the new label development and division of Mansion Entertainment, visit

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Torchmen Quartet: A Little Country, A Little Class, Completely Canadian

Southern Gospel isn’t that easy to find in Southern Ontario, but if you look hard enough, you can find it in fairs, parks and Christian campgrounds during the summer months. Triple C Camp, on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie, hosts homegrown Canadian talent nearly every weekend during the warm season. Almost every year the camp ends their concert series with one of Canada’s most-awarded quartets, The Torchmen.

This Labour Day weekend I was privileged to be among the crowd that filled the small dining hall to laugh, sing and smile with the legendary quartet. My family and I joined the many who were filing into the hall and were welcomed by Torchmen patriarch, Mike Moran. Mike has been with the group almost from the very beginning, which was over 40 years ago. No longer a do-wop teenager, Mike takes his role as mentor and spiritual leader very seriously. The solid Christian men that make up the quartet are a testament to his faithfulness to God.

Mike Moran quickly explained that this concert would be a little different than Torchmen concerts of late. Popular lead singer, Dave Randall, was not with the group that evening as he had to escort his daughter and her horse to a University. Mike assured us that the education was for Randall’s daughter, though it was possible that her Percheron might get a small diploma. Jeff Tritton, former tenor and general utility singer for the group, was filling in at the lead position and we were excited to hear this talented gentleman once more.

Sandy MacGregor, current tenor with the Torchmen, also welcomed us to the event. Sandy is a fixture in Canadian Southern Gospel and has leant his talents to several Ontario groups over the years. He is currently on his third term with the group, as many Torchmen alumni return to sing with Moran after they have officially left. The final member, Josh Friend, is the group’s current bass singer and the youngest member at age 29. Josh’s family came out to the event and helped to encourage this talented vocalist.

The concert began on time with a short welcome from the camp administrator and a great song by the Torchmen, “I’ve Enjoyed the Journey”. Although Jeff Tritton wasn’t as familiar with the group’s newest songs, his experience shone through as the group performed a few numbers from their latest CD. Friend’s clear, melodic low bass was a treat on “Take Me to That Mountain”. MacGregor brought his soul voice out on “There’s a Testimony” and brought us to tears with “Heaven’s Joy”.

The Torchmen showed their solid quartet style from the country-flavoured “He’ll Do It Again” to the traditional “Cast All Your Care”. The crowd was silenced by the calming comfort of Friend’s “Under Control”, while Moran spoke to our hearts as he urged us to put ourselves in God’s care. From the knee-slapping “Glory Bound”, to the worshipful “How Great Thou Art”, we were invited into the courts of the Almighty.

One of the evening’s highlights was a beautiful rendition of “No Longer A Stranger” by Tritton. His strong vocals and powerful delivery brought the message of the song to each heart. It is a loss to Canadian Southern Gospel that this gentleman is no longer traveling with a group.

The Torchmen followed this beautiful song with something they’ve done since the first time I heard them: the light-hearted comedy section of the program. This time it was a return to the ‘50’s, from the traditional London Parris styles of “Zion’s Hill”, done well by Friend, to the do-wop, shade-wearing presentation of “No One But Jesus Knows”. The quartet brought humour along with the message and produced laughter within the appreciative grey-haired audience.

Ending the program with the Torchmen’s signature song, “Canada” and the familiar “Getting Ready to Leave”, Mike and his boys proved once again why this quartet has had such longevity in the Southern Gospel industry. Solid lyrics, strong vocals and a practiced presentation are only the package that allows these men to reach hearts with the message of Jesus and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

There are Christian artists on the road today who are looking toward the next gig, the bigger stage and the brighter lights they think are just ahead. They need to take a page from the Torchmen and understand what it means to present the Gospel in a simple, straightforward manner. The Torchmen have sung on the big stages, under the bright lights and are just as professional in front of 200 as they are in front of 20,000.

These Canadian gentlemen have learned to be themselves despite the venue, and are secure in the knowledge that their music, performed to the best of their ability, is the greatest gift they can offer, to the greatest Audience. It is obvious that The Torchmen perform to an audience of One. They give their best for their Lord and as a result, their audience is blessed and drawn closer to Him.

My personal thanks to The Torchmen for an uplifting and encouraging evening.

Photographs Courtesy of Colleen Brotherton

*** SGNScoops would like to express appreciation to The Torchmen for spreading the good news of Jesus Christ in song and to Lorraine Walker for sharing her concert experience! For more information about The Torchmen Quartet, vist their website at:

Fairchild Music Group Launched

HENDERSONVILLE, TN September 08, 2010 Ron Fairchild, Tommy Fairchild, and Dean Haskins have announced the formation of Fairchild Music Group, a full-service production and recording company located in the beautiful Nashville suburb of Hendersonville. After several decades of significant musical influence in Gospel and Country Music, the trio reached an agreement to join efforts in a new venture designed to offer world-class music production, mainly to Gospel Music artists, putting in reach, a level of production previously not even within the realm of possibility for many of them.

Ron Fairchild, pianist/arranger for the Oak Ridge Boys for nearly three decades, recently came off the road to offer his producing/engineering expertise to other recording artists, and opened Ron Fairchild Music in Hendersonville. Having worked closely in the studio with many top musicians and producers, like The Crabb Family and Michael Sykes, Ron is now devoting his efforts to providing artists with the absolute finest in recording engineering and production. Ron is, and will remain, the heart and soul of Fairchild Music Group.

Tommy Fairchild, a Gospel Music legend, spent many years performing and recording with such groups as The Oak Ridge Boys and The Blackwood Brothers before becoming a musical staple in shows on the Branson Strip. Having recently moved to the Nashville area, Tommy is now lending his arranging and producing talents to artists and groups seeking to hone their performance styles and techniques to the level for which he has been revered for so long. Fairchild Music Group is proud to have such an indomitable musical force available for our artists, providing his unparalleled expertise in their recordings.

Dean Haskins, a veteran composer and arranger, rounds out Fairchild Music Group, providing not only his outstanding musical skills, but also his talents in marketing and promotion. Whether called upon to lend his ear for producing, or developing marketing concepts and strategies for FMG artists, Haskins is an integral part of everything FMG does. As the head of marketing, much of FMG’s outreach to Gospel artists and groups will fall squarely into Haskins’ arena.

Ron Fairchild stated, “We are really looking forward to being able to offer a level of musical production many of these deserving artists just had no way of obtaining before. If an artist or group will just sit down and talk with us, we’re certain that we’ll be able to pleasantly surprise them. We’ll do everything we can to make a way for them to truly have the finest Nashville production, in a way that they’ll be able to handle financially.” Of working with the two Fairchilds, Haskins said, “Just being in a room with these men is awe-inspiring. When one looks at the wealth of musical memories to which they have contributed over the years, it’s just very hard to put that into words. I am looking forward to all of the new legendary musical moments we’re going to get the opportunity to influence.”

Fairchild Music Group has recently launched its new website: Designed by Dean Haskins, it contains a wealth of information for potential FMG recording artists.

Fairchild Music Group has positioned itself to be the new standard in Gospel Music production, and is committed to producing the very best recording projects for the very best artists and groups in our industry. Tommy Fairchild added, “We have a limited number of immediate slots available for new projects, and as we continue to expand, we expect to be working with several top-tier, touring acts. We believe we will be the dominant force in Gospel Music production.”

Contact Information:

Fairchild Music Group
361 W. Main Street
Hendersonville, TN 38340

Here Come The Boxcars!

September 09, 2010 – Arden, NC Mountain Home Music brings you the debut, self-titled release from the year’s most “buzzed” new artists. The Boxcars bring together some of the finest musicians, singers and writers to form a powerhouse band. The album includes 13 songs, 9 of which are originals written by band members Keith Garrett and Ron Stewart. The album will be available in stores and digital outlets October 19th. To get a taste of what is coming, here’s a link where you can listen / download the 1st cut from the album. Free.
Click link to download
The Boxcars are Adam Steffey, Keith Garrett, Ron Stewart, Harold Nixon, and John Bowman and will be performing the new release all week at IBMA:
Tuesday 10:20 pm – IBMA Official Showcase
Tuesday 11:35 pm – Mast Farm Inn Showcase NCC #213-214
Wednesday 6:00 pm – CD Release Party (invitation only) Suite #2204
Wednesday 11:45-12:15 – Class Act Showcase – Suite #2204
Friday 4:00 pm–4:30pm Jam w/ members of The Boxcars – 3rd floor
Friday 7:20 pm – FAN FEST

About Crossroads:
Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing, Inc., is based in Arden, NC and is distributed worldwide through Crossroads Distribution and Select-O-Hits. Crossroads subsidiaries also include Crossroads Distribution, Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Pinnacle Records and Crossroads Records.
Crossroads Entertainment and Marketing Inc.
PO Box 829
Arden, NC 28704


Earlier this week Tracy Stuffle (Perrys) spent a couple of nights in a Nashville area hospital for observation. We are happy to report today that Stuffle is resting at home. Libbi Stuffle told our reporter: "All tests are clear on Tracy. His recent "spell" was caused by standing in one place for too long and from taking a pain pill. Thanks for praying!!!!"

Tracy was taken the hospital.. and admitted, on Sunday after becoming ill at church.

News Item Courtesy of SG Reporter

Popular Female Vocalist, Janet Paschal To Host 2nd Annual NQC Cancer Walk

Louisville, KY – The National Quartet Convention will once again team with popular singer, songwriter, author and radio host, Janet Paschal will host the 2nd Annual NQC Cancer Walk on Saturday morning, September 18 at 8:00am on the grounds of the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. “Last year’s event was a tremendous success and we are excited to team with Janet Paschal once again to afford our attendees to give back to such a worthy cause as the American Cancer Society,” stated NQC Executive Vice President, Clarke Beasley. The National Quartet Convention kicks of Sunday, September 12 and will feature dozens of Southern Gospel Music’s most talented recording artists, as well as nationally noted speakers during afternoon showcase spectaculars and evening concerts throughout the seven-day event. The NQC Cancer Walk, hosted by Janet Paschal, is just one of the many attractions scheduled for the 40,000 fans who are expected to attend the event.

Paschal, a long-time favorite among Southern Gospel audiences nationwide, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. The North Carolina native took a year hiatus from her speaking and concert touring, while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. Since resuming her travels, she has toured nationally and internationally, sharing her message of hope and triumph. In November, 2008, she released her latest literary work, Treasures of the Snow, which chonicles her battle with cancer and recently became a best seller. In 2009, Paschal began a weekly radio series, Walking The Good Road, to better promote cancer awareness. The series airs on JOY FM’s network of radio stations, covering seven states. This week, Paschal announced plans to launch a brand new daily 2-minute radio program, which will be available to radio stations throughout the United States and Canada beginning in October. The daily program features special interview segments with Christian music artists, medical professionals, pastors, authors and individuals from all walks of life who have been impacted by cancer. Paschal views the NQC Cancer Walk as yet another way to promote cancer awareness. “I’m so thrilled the NQC shares this vision,” Paschal stated, “and I’m honored to host this event, which I believe will have a tremendous impact on many individuals, just as it did last year. Last year’s event provided us the opportunity to donate over $2000.00 to the American Cancer Society, and we’re hoping for even greater success at this year’s event.”

The 2010 NQC Cancer Walk will begin at the main entrance of Freedom Hall at 8:00am. A $10.00 registration fee is required for Walk participants. The first 300 registrants will receive a free 2010 NQC Walk t-shirt. Participants may pre-register throughout NQC Week in the North Wing Lobby of the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. On-site registration the morning of the event will begin at 7:00am at the entrance to Freedom Hall. The event is open to NQC attendees, as well as the general public. All proceeds from the 2010 NQC Cancer Walk will benefit the American Cancer Society.

A complete list of the events scheduled throughout the National Quartet Convention may be obtained online at Tickets are still available for all events and may be ordered online or during NQC Week at the Expo Center’s North Wing

Following Mickey Bell At NQC!

Popular host Mickey Bell of “This Week In Gospel Music” is stirring a lot of buzz for this year’s National Quartet Convention as he plans a week of “Following Mickey.” Mickey is known for his extraordinary personality and respected for his knowledge of the Gospel Music Industry. He has been nominated for Singing News Top 5 DJ’s, received the Paul Heil Broadcasting Diamond Award and named on 8 different Associated Press Awards while working with a CBS affiliate. Although Mickey’s knowledge of the Gospel Music Industry is appreciated, perhaps Mickey is best known for his humorous personality. Some artists claim his interviews are the “most fun” they’ve ever been a part of! ” He has the ability to make you smile at any given minute.”(Nicole Watts Jenkins formally of the Perry’s) The combination of Mickey Bell’s experience and charisma keeps audiences informed and smiling!

A video crew will be following Mickey and capturing interviews with artists such as: Signature Sound, Jason Crabb, McKameys, Tribute Quartet, Greater Vision, The Perrys, Marshall Hall, Jonathan Martin and more. Videos of the interviews and exclusive footage of “Mickey being Mickey” will be posted on . Mickey is bound to capture memorable moments at NCQ and is certain to make the week entertaining for all. The action will be taking place in Mickey’s booth- #634.

Don’t miss out on the fun- bookmark and for more information on Mickey Bell or ”This Week in Gospel Music” visit

Hoppers announce new literary series and the launch of book, “Time Spent With God”

MADISON, NC – America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music, The Hoppers, is proud to announce the establishment of the Hopper Heritage Series, a long-term family commitment to publishing extraordinary Christian book titles and materials that encourage, inspire and energize believers in Christ.
According to the group’s founder, Claude Hopper, the first of the series—Time Spent With God—will be nationally released Sept. 12th – 18th, at their booth at the National Quartet Convention (NQC), Kentucky Fair & Expo Center, Louisville, KY.
Time Spent With God is a “thoughtful and moving daily devotional,” penned by North Carolina author and speaker Sandy Blackburn. Virginia Hopper Steele, Claude Hopper’s sister, wrote the book’s foreword.
“The Lord has given Sandy Blackburn one of His most gracious gifts,” said Virginia in the foreword, “by enabling her to write about everyday happenings in life. God has taught her through the insights of everyday life experiences—and through the study of the Scriptures—and from her heart and hand flow wonderful writings that will both inspire and encourage others.”
Claude describes the book as being Biblically-sound, thought-provoking and uplifting, adding that the group’s goal, through this new literary effort, is to encourage believers, while reaching out to others with the Good News.
Current plans are to include the launch of a new book title each year, as part of the Hopper Heritage Series.
After its release at NQC, the book, Time Spent With God, will be available at the Hoppers’ appearances across the country and overseas, and for sale on their website,
All proceeds derived from Time Spent With God will be applied to the Hopper Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging, supporting and celebrating Southern Gospel music and contributing to the education of a new generation of Christian leaders.
For more info on the NQC, see

Additional information:

Time Spent With God
Author: Sandy Blackburn
Foreword by Virginia Hopper Steele, sister of Claude Hopper,
founder and manager of The Hoppers

Softcover, 232 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9824939-8-4
Retail $16.00

“A powerful collection of writings that will both encourage and inspire.”
— Connie Hopper, The Hoppers

“Time Spent With God will surely take you on an intimate spiritual journey. We encourage you to get onboard.”
— Claude Hopper, The Hoppers

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Zack Swain To Debut New Manor House Recording At NQC

Brentwood, TN (Mansion Entertainment) September 7th, 2010 – Zack Swain and Manor House Music will be hosting a CD Release Party at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky this year. This will be an evening celebration of the debut Manor House Music release of Zack Swain titled, “Fresh Anointing”.

This new project, recorded at the state of the art Mansion studio in Branson, contains such songs as: ‘We Have Come In To This House, ‘I Am Redeemed’, ‘Lord You’re Holy’, ‘Spirit Of The Living God/Fresh Anointing’, ‘I Wish I Could Have Been There’, ‘New Day Dawning/When I Get Carried Away/ We’ll Soon Be Done With Troubles And Trials’, ‘Jesus Saves’, ‘It Is Well With My Soul’, ‘Something’s Happening’ and a piano duet of ‘Power In The Blood’.

The event will begin at 7:00pm on Wednesday night, September 15th, 2010 in the Mansion Entertainment booth (#295). Each person who purchases a copy of “Fresh Anointing” will be registered to win a beautiful quilt that has been autographed by many of Southern Gospel’s top artists.

Zack’s ministry of music has taken him to many venues around the world and he is quickly rising to be one Southern Gospel Music’s top musicians. For more information regarding Zack Swain visit For more information regarding Manor House Music, the new label development and division of Mansion Entertainment, visit

Manor House Music Signs The Sojourners Quartet

Brentwood, TN (Mansion Entertainment) September 7th, 2010 – Manor House Music continues to expand its artist roster with the signing of The Sojourners Quartet to a multiple-project recording agreement.

North Carolina is known for its quartet and mixed quartet contributions to Southern Gospel music. Based out of Elizabeth City, NC, this mixed quartet is already making their mark in Southern Gospel with a Top Ten finish in the 2008 National Quartet Convention Gospel Group Talent Search. Since that time The Sojourners Quartet have two projects under their belt with a third one on the way. Comprised of group members Randy Rowsey (lead), Woodie Kitchen (bass), Gwen Music (tenor) and Richard Toms (baritone) they have already shared the stage with The Anchormen, Brian Free and Assurance, The Hoppers and others. The Sojourners Quartet may be a relatively new name in Southern Gospel but its members bring years of individual music experience to the stage.

Look for a new single from The Sojourners Quartet on the upcoming Mansion Radio Hits Volume 2 due to arrive at radio stations early this fall with plans for their debut Manor Hour Project already in the works. For more information regarding the Sojourners Quartet visit them on the web at For more information on Manor House Music, a division of Mansion Records, visit or email Executive Director Bill Dykes at

Janet Paschal Launches Daily Radio Program

Burlington, NC – Noted singer, songwriter, author and talk show host, Janet Paschal has announced plans to launch a new, daily, two-minute program that will be made available to radio stations throughout the US and Canada. Five years ago, the news that the beloved singer had been diagnosed with breast cancer stunned the Christian music world. Following a year of treatments, Paschal resumed her touring schedule with renewed fervor and passion.

In November, 2008, the gifted writer released her latest literary work, Treasures of the Snow, which chroncles her triumphant battle with cancer. The book is now among the best seller’s list and has brought encouragement to many.

In an effort to provide even more cancer awareness, Paschal teamed with JOY FM’s network of radio stations in the Spring of 2009 to produce a weekly radio program. Walking The Good Road, which airs each Wednesday during the popular Morning Joy Ride, has become a huge success. “When I was journeying through the process of cancer,” Paschal shares, “I found comfort in communicating with others who had faced like challenges. I gleaned from their experiences, and, hopefully, they from mine. With the ever-increasing occurences of cancer among people with whom I worked and met daily, we began to brainstorm for a way to share a message of hope and faith to those who needed it most. In an effort to reach as many ladies and gentlemen as possible, we naturally gravitated toward radio – that wonderfully ubiquitous medium which has been exceedingly gracious to me for more than 30 years.”

On October 4, Paschal takes an even bolder step toward educating, informing and inspiring others with her story and the story of many who have walked through similar struggles, as she launches a daily, two-minute inspirational program for radio. “We will be sharing, daily two-minute segments of interviews with people who know, firsthand, what it means to have ‘cancer’ in their everyday conversation,” Paschal explains. “We will speak with Christian artists, pastors and housewives. We will interview caregivers, sons, daughters and parents of patients. We will meet oncology physicians, nurses, radiologists, exploring the entire gamut of the treatment process. Listeners will hear it first person, from those who are on the journey and who have graciously allowed us to walk alongside them for a short while.”

According to Paschal, five episodes of the daily format of Walking The Good Road will be offered to stations each week; however, those stations have the opportunity to air each episode as frequently as they like. “It is my hope,” Paschal shares, “through this program and the wonderful medium of radio, that we will be privileged to hold up the hands of those who are battling this disease. It is my hope that listeners will be encouraged, inspired and informed, and they will be victorious as they walk their own good road.”

While the concept was originally inspired by Paschal’s battle with cancer, individuals who have served as consultants for the program admit that the messages conveyed by Paschal and her guests offer encouragement and words of wisdom for individuals dealing with any type of struggle. This possibility thrills Paschal. “We all take different roads home. Each of us is heading for the same destination, but we face our own variety of twists and turns and narrow places, as well as a few stretches that are all downhill. My prayer is that each listener will be able to identify in some way with some of the curves and crosswalks during these conversations.”

Complete information regarding the brand new daily Walking The Good Road program may be obtained on-line at Stations wishing to air the program may visit the site and click on the the Radio Broadcasters icon at the top of the home page.

Men of Music Make Strong Showing On Charts

JACKSON, Miss. – (September 7, 2010) – Southern Gospel favorites the Men of Music have been making a big impact on the artist music community’s charts recently.

The group’s brand new song, “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be,” has steadily been rising on both the Country and Christian Country charts for last two weeks. The song currently sits at #7 on the Country chart and #3 on the Christian Country chart this week.

“We are so excited to see our song doing so well on these charts,” mentioned Gregory Colburn of the Men of Music. “To know that our music is making an impact on a site with such a strong reputation really means so much to us! We can’t wait to see what happens next!”

SoundClick, established in 1997, is an originator of the social media format. SoundClick continues to be the leading free music community featuring signed and unsigned bands plus state of the art social media tools. SoundClick offers free member profile pages, mp3 downloads, streaming audio and video, music charts, custom radio stations, a proprietary music store, message boards, lyrics and music e-cards. SoundClick also offers users the ability to promote their favorite music with viral widgets. With 3.4 million members and 70+ million monthly pageviews, SoundClick is the ideal destination for original music fans and marketers who want to engage them creatively.

The song "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be" is a wonderful re-make of the old gospel classic, produced in a pure and simple style accompanied only by the Gospel music great Andrew Ishee on piano. It is truly touching, and fans are invited to review it at the following link:

The Men of Music are currently preparing for the release of two highly anticipated recordings. Both releases will be available by the end of the year.

The Men of Music announced their return to full-time touring after a three-year absence from the road last year. The Men of Music are currently booking dates and touring as a trio. Churches, promoters, and individuals interested in scheduling the Men of Music for their ministry event can call the ministry office at (615) 562-5394 or (601) 573-4602.

To visit the newly designed Men of Music website, visit

About the Men of Music
The Men of Music have recently returned full time to the Southern Gospel community after a three-year absence from the road. The group is currently preparing for the release of their first mainline recording since coming off the road.

Donnie Williamson and Forgiven Quartet on Gospel Music Today

The guests on the current edition of Gospel Music Today are Donnie Willamson of The Williamsons and all the members of Forgiven Quartet. The Feature Group is Psalm 100 and The Joyful Noise Band. The Hyssongs sing, and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. Martin Cook of The Inspirations Quartet and Christian Davis introduce new CD’s, and Ken and Jean visit The Owasso Gospel Opry, in Owasso, OK, for a concert by The Nelons, The Downing Family, and The Greenes. The latest Gospel Music Today webcast is online now at

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tracy Stuffle Back In Hospital For Observation And Testing

{September 6, 2010} According to a facebook update from Libbi Stuffle, Tracy was admitted back into the hospital yesterday afternoon for testing and observation. During the morning worship service yesterday, Tracy began to experience symptoms of blood sugar levels dropping. He was taken to the Emergency Room where blood levels checked out ok, but another bout of symptoms occured. The decision was made to keep him in the hospital for overnight observation. Earlier this morning, according to Libbi, he was taken for a CT scan of his chest and abdomen. At this time, we do not have news of test results, but are asking for prayer for healing and recovery for Tracy. Our prayers are with the Stuffle family.

LeFevre Quartet Sign With Beyond Measure Marketing

Nashville: The LeFevre Quartet is excited to announce they have signed an agreement with Beyond Measure Marketing. Adding to the rich heritage of the LeFevre name, this dynamic quartet has become one of the most exciting and popular groups on the road today. “The LeFevre name has always been an industry leader in Southern Gospel and contemporary Christian music. The current group is no exception. They have blazed their own path and have brought new fans to Southern Gospel with every song they sing. I am ecstatic to partner with these men.” stated Matt Felts, President of Beyond Measure.
The partnership of these two industry leaders is sure to produce some exciting results. “Mike, David and I have already began work on some groundbreaking events and campaigns. We are excited to finish preparing all of the details so we can make an announcement soon.” added Felts.
Fans will want to keep a watch on the groups website for exciting news as it breaks. You can keep up with the LeFevre Quartet at,

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Anchormen’s Bass Singer, Paul Harkey, Weds Jennifer Pierce

Nashville, TN (Sept. 2, 2010) – The Anchormen are pleased to announce the marriage of bass singer, Paul Harkey, to Jennifer Pierce. The couple tied the knot at First Baptist Church in Petersburg, TX this summer. They make their home near the Anchormen’s home base in Goldsboro, NC.

To send letters and cards of well wishes:

Paul and Jennifer Harkey
c/o Anchormen
PO Box 10505
Goldsboro, NC 27532

To learn more about the Anchomen or to schedule them for your church or concert event, visit Make sure you request their fastest rising single, “Everything But Time,” featuring Harkey, at your area SG radio station, today.

Karen Peck and New River’s Jeff Hawes Joins SGN Scoops Staff

Group’s New Addition Will Chronicle Life on the Road

Nashville, Tn. – Publisher Rob Patz has announced the addition of Jeff Hawes of Karen Peck and New River to the writing staff of SGN Scoops Digital Magazine.

Jeff will write from the road over the next 12 issues of the digital magazine, beginning with the September “NQC’ edition, set for a September 13, 2010 publication.

“We’re so excited to have Jeff on board,” Patz says. “His perspective, his enthusiasm, and of course, his tenure with a wonderful group like KPNR will be a great fit and a welcome addition to our magazine.”

The first article by “the singing English teacher,” a self-coined nickname, will describe one of Jeff’s first trip with the group, specifically, a Gaither Homecoming Tour in Ontario, Canada.

SGN Scoops Digital Magazine is touted as the first all-digital magazine in southern gospel music. One year ago, it was purchased by Coastal Media Group and re-launched to include Christian country and bluegrass music and Christian lifestyle content. In 2010, the magazine has reached tens of thousands of readers with features on the Brian Free and Assurance, Oak Ridge Boys, Guy Penrod, Gold City, and many more. The magazine’s content is free at.

The NEW Young Harmony

{EHA-Nashville, TN} Rick Hendrix of The Rick Hendrix Company and Johnathan Bond of Young Harmony announce the NEW YOUNG HARMONY. The group consist of Johnathan Bond, Noel Walters and Darlene Champman. Johnathan askes that you come by their booth (740) and meet Noel and Darlene. Noel and Darlene began helping out Young Harmony at the end of October 2009 and officially took the positions earlier this year.

Young Harmony has been traveling since 1994, is Multi-Dove Nominated, and travels approximately 200 singing dates per year and has recorded a total of 15 projects.

On a side note, as a gift to the fans, as well as any Radio Professionals, everyone who mentions Johnathan’s birthday (10/11) will get a free copy of the new Young Harmony cd, Still Standing Strong.

For Bookings:
Johanthan Bond
(888) 291-7161


The Quicks are proud to announce the birth of their baby granddaughter, Zoe Anne Rich, born to Rachel and Aaron on Wednesday, August 25, 2010. Zoe weighed 7 pounds and 14 ounces and was 20 inches long.

"It was wonderful to see Rachel and Aaron with their precious baby girl!" says Grammy Sally Quick. "The family has been through so much in the past year with the loss of their newborn son Braxton last October. Words can't describe the relief we felt when the call came from the lab that Zoe is perfectly healthy. We see the hand of God every time we look at her! Pappy, Tim, and I plan to spoil her for a very long time to come!"

Cards and congratulations can be sent to:
Aaron and Rachel Rich
c/o The Quicks
P.O. Box 581
Smyrna, TN 37167


News Courtesy of SG Reporter


Naomi and the Segos have reached an exclusive management agreement with C&C Music Group. Naomi states, "We are excited to be a part of C&C Music Group! And looking forward to a bright future together leading souls to Jesus Christ."

Jonathan Goodwin of C&C Music Group said: "I have been a fan of Naomi & The Segos all of my life and am privileged to be working exclusively with her now. Naomi's best days are ahead of her!"

The Segos are set to take off on a new "Tribute" tour. The tour features Naomi & The Segos performing their most requested songs including, One Day at a Time, Sorry I Never Knew You, Hallelujah Square and others.

News courtesy of SG Reporter

Steve Ladd To Perform With The Ladd Family During NQC

Rock Hill, SC (Aug 25, 2010) Acclaimed vocalist, Steve Ladd is scheduled to perform with his brother, Paul Ladd & his sister in law, Melissa Ladd, during The Ladd Family’s showcase performance at this year’s National Quartet Convention. The Ladd Family have recently found themselves with an opening in their trio & Steve has agreed to fill in with the group for their showcase performance. After NQC, the group plans to travel as a duet until the Lord provides them with a replacement for former group member, Stephanie Jacks-Taylor, says Paul. The Ladd Family is scheduled to perform on Tuesday afternoon during the Pathlight Promotions & Media Group block of the Regional Showcase along with fellow company artists, The Goodwins & The Concords. Other Pathlight artists performing in the regional showcase during this week include King’s Harmony & Faith Harmony Boys.

September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month “Friends Like Us” Raising Awareness

The month of September is officially “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.” Sadly, childhood cancer affects families all over the globe- more than 160,000 children are diagnosed each year world-wide! Cancer crosses every border affecting children of every race, age, socio-economic level and religion. The causes of most childhood cancers are not known and presently can not be prevented. Shocking statistics indicate in the US alone- approximately over 12,600 children are newly diagnosed every year. Studies show 1 in every 330 children develop cancer before age 20 and on average- 36 children and teens are diagnosed every single day. The treatments vary but may include medications, surgeries, chemotherapy and more. According to the child’s age, gender and type of cancer, on average- treatments last 2 years. With every diagnosis, pain, worry and fear is sure to accompany the news. SGNScoops applauds the efforts of non-profit organization “Friends Like Us” for actively raising awareness of the disease but also for ministering to hurting families who have been devastated by childhood cancer.

”Friends Like Us” was founded by Mark and Deloris Bailey as they went through their own battle against leukemia with their son. “Friends Like Us” began a program called “Getting Better Together” providing children, diagnosed with cancer,a teddy bear that is customized with interactable accessories. This teddy bear is called a “Chemo Bear and serves as a teaching tool, source of comfort and a way to allow children to role play thus giving the child a chance to be the “doctor.” Along with Chemo Bear comes a stethoscope, medical bag, children’s book about cancer, bandanna/chemo for the bear, an implantto fix/port with tubing in Chemo Bears Chest and more! The Chemo Bear and accessories are at no charge to the families who are going through chemotherapy.

“Friends Like Us” is solely dependent upon donations from caring and generous people in order to put Chemo Bear into the hands of these children. The cost to adopt a Chemo Bear is only $25.00. ( In addition to Chemo Bear and the ”Getting Better Together” program, “Friends Like Us” is actively raising awareness and support by participating in local parades, festivals, bake- sale fundraisers and have also launched a new gift shop on their website. Necklaces and other gifts may be purchase from the site with 100% of the profits returned to the cause.

The Baileys are passionate about ministering to families devestated by childhood cancer and are on a mission to help find a cure. In an interview with SGNScoops, Mr Bailey had this to say as to the reason why he is passionate about children with cancer: “There is purpose beyond pain! God took us through our storm of our son having cancer and almost dying to where he is in remission today, completely healed and now we are in return ministering healing to other families and children devastated by childhood cancer” It’s our heart, our purpose and our calling!” The Baileys are called to encourage and love these families and it’s their goal to have their Chemo Bear program available in all Children’s Hospitals across the USA.

The “Friends Like Us” website includes a world of helpful information for both families needing help and for those desiring to help! For more information and specific Chemo Bear Adoption instructions, visit or contact “Friends Like Us” at 1421 Lexington Ave #145 Mansfield, Ohio 44907. “Friends Like Us” has a facebook page and can be followed on twitter as well.

At, our thoughts, well wishes and prayers are extended to these children and their families as they battle cancer. With much respect and admiration, we express our appreciation to Mark and Deloris Bailey for their service to these families and to the Lord Jesus Christ. Our prayers are with the Baileys as they continue to minister through “Friends Like Us.”