Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound on Gospel Music Today

The guests on the current edition of Gospel Music Today are Royce Taylor and Ernie Haase and Signature Sound. The Feature Group is Full Circle Trio, and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. Ken and Jean visit a concert in Bartlesville, OK, to hear Jarrod Vanderslice and The Pembertons sing at the Bartlesville Gospel Opry. Jean reviews a new CD by Jericho, and the show features singing by Still Water Quartet and a special song for Memorial Day by Jericho. The latest Gospel Music Today webcast is online now at the Gospel Music Today website.

We're looking forward to another great Southern Gospel Worship Gathering at The Assembly, in Broken Arrow, OK, on June 4. Kevin Spencer and The Spencer Family will be there, along with our friends The Ministers Quartet.
The details on this concert and links to concerts everywhere can be found on the Gospel Music Today Concerts page. Check out the new video on the Concerts page. This week it's Gold City.

Every Monday at 7:00 PM in Oklahoma!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Bill Dykes Signs Recording Contract with Pathway Records

{EHA-Nashville, TN}Newly launched, Pathway Records of Franklin, TN has added Bill Dykes to its roster. Dykes has a lengthy, successful history with some of the most notable groups in the Southern Gospel genre, including The Cathedrals, The Goffs, Coy Cook & The Senators, and The Rhythm Masters. He has performed in events led by Jerry Falwell, Pat Robinson, Rex Humbard, Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, and Paul Conn. Recording and performing on four #1 songs, garnering three Dove nominations, a Gospel Music News Award, owning his own group; Chariot, opening for Mike Huckabee, and achieving Gold status with his "This is Love," is only a brief overview of his 45 years of dedication, contributions, and accolades that will be stamped in the pages of Gospel Music history.

Dykes's passion for his music led him into marketing, media, and financial consulting that would not only secure his involvement in the industry, but would change the course of many of his clients' paths to success. His expertise in banking and finance has given him the opportunity to reach out to a multitude of churches and ministries in distress. A position as Chief Marketing Officer for Christian Televison Network, Sky Angel, allowed him to design and implement its sales and marketing initiatives. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President, Business Development at Church Mortgage Acceptance Co., LLC (CMAC) where he played a key role in providing over $2 billion in financing to churches nationwide in need of refinancing, renovation, or expansion. Dykes studied finance at the University of Cincinnati and vocal performance at the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. He attended seminary at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee, received his Doctorate of Divinity from Heritage Baptist University, and serves on the Board of Trustees at Davis College in Binghamton, NY.
Dykes was brought on board by The Mansion Entertainment in 2010 to spearhead the development of Manor House Music and Cheyenne Record labels. In addition, his expertise as Executive Director has enabled him to revive Impact Records, the first Gospel label to garner Gold status, with the Gaither's "Allelujah: Praise Gathering." Bill Traylor, VP of The Mansion Entertainment, notes, "Bill and I have been friends for well over 30 years. With his heart for the ministry and his willingness to help others reach their music ministry goals, I expect great blessings for his new project with Pathway Records. I feel certain that the unique, flexible, and affordable recording options we have made available to Pathway artists will allow Bill to carry on his solo ministry with the style and class that is his trademark."

Dykes says, "I feel so blessed to be getting a top-knotch project done with Pathway Records. The beauty of this record company is that it offers so many options for artists with its 'Al a carte features, allowing them to pick and choose as little or as much as they would like to put into their project. Those unique features make the recording more feasible for the beginning artist, with a limited budget, yet it can also accommodate the most elaborate needs of any recording artist. My first and foremost carreer mission is to use the experience and tools the Lord gave me to help others fulfill their calling in the ministry; however, I don't think my own calling to sing has ended after 45 years. Having been on all sides of this business, I can relate to just about everything that is presented as a concern. This is the reason I am so excited about recommending artists to Pathway Records; because it is fitting my own needs perfectly.

Dykes continues to travel to speaking and singing engagements across the country and is frequently asked to MC concerts and events. He and wife, Jae Lynne, reside in Cincinnati, OH where they attend Landmark Baptist Church.

info on Pathway Records: www.thePathwayRecords.com
Contact/More info on Bill Dykes: www.BillDykes.org

or visit: www.EHA-Nashville.com

The Diamond Awards - Allen Smith Takes a Look Back

In 2007, Allen Smith of the SGN Scoops Magazine talked to Lorraine Walker of SGM Radio about the Diamond Awards, their history, and how they became the prestigious awards program of Southern Gospel Music. We hope you enjoy this look back!

March 2007 SGM Radio Feature: The Diamond Awards
Allen Smith: The Man Behind the Diamond Awards
By Lorraine Walker

Every year during the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, a special event occurs. In the midst of showcases, media interviews and listening parties, attendees and fans alike pause for a moment to give honour to the main influence behind Southern Gospel Music. At the Diamond Award ceremonies the Lord is honoured first, and in the middle of this afternoon of praise, those who are involved in His music are thanked for their dedication to His purpose. For the last few years, the man behind these awards has been Allen Smith.

A Pastor with over 40 years in the ministry, Rev. Allen Smith became involved in Southern Gospel music through concert promotion in the churches where he was ministering. In the mid-90’s he began to DJ in a radio station in DeSoto, Missouri. He and his church started a southern gospel magazine, which grew quickly and became the Southern Gospel News Magazine. A weekly email newsletter followed, SGN Scoops Ezine. Today the publication is known as SGN Scoops Magazine, and the daily email newsletter is SGN Scoops Today. Allen is seen as an industry innovator, a man who is finding ways to continuously promote Southern Gospel music.

Allen Smith recently talked with SGM Radio about his involvement with the prestigious Diamond Awards. “They were started about 16 years ago by the Gospel Voice Magazine”, Allen explains. “As you know, they went out of business a few years ago, and the Diamond Awards lay dormant for about two years. One day about four years ago I realized that I knew the owners of the Gospel Voice… I had been praying for some time about the possibility of our magazine having an awards program. But, I did not want to just start a new awards show that very few people knew about, and that no one would attend. Feeling the direction of the Lord in the matter, I spoke with the owner of Voice Magazine that I knew, and asked if it would be possible for us to take over the Diamond Awards. He told me he would have to talk it over with his partner, and get back to me the next month. He did get back to me, and the rest is history. They just handed the Diamond Awards over to us.”

In an industry that currently has many award ceremonies occurring throughout the year, Allen explains why the Diamonds are special. “The Diamond Awards are unique in many ways. First of all, they were resurrected from the grave, so to speak. Secondly, they are truly fan-based. The fans even select the nominees. Third, we knew that once again that we would be innovative when it came to balloting. You see we do not have a really large subscription base. So, in order to make the balloting realistic and legitimate, we made the decision to let every Southern Gospel fan vote if they wanted to. So, in addition to a printed ballot, we also made an electronic ballot available on the internet. We were the first to do this, and it has worked quite well for us.”

Allen explains that safeguards are put in place to prevent people from voting more than once, to retain the integrity of the awards. The Diamond Award ballots can be accessed online and submitted in two different ways. Artists can print off the hardcopy ballots found at www.sgnscoops.com and have them available for fans at their product tables. Fans can also vote online at www.diamondawardsonline.com.

Electronic access to voting is not the latest innovation to the Diamond Awards. Allen explains, “We introduced a category a few years ago called the Favorite Artist/Industry Website Award. This past year, we split it into two different awards. We now have the Favorite Artist Website Award and the Favorite Industry Website Award. It is interesting to note that this past year, the Singing News Fan Awards has also introduced a website award. That is not all, for we introduced a duet award four years ago. The 2007 Singing News Fan Awards will has a duet award for the first time in their history.”

There is always a lot of discussion and rumour among fans and artists about alterations in the long-running Singing News Fan Awards. Allen comments, “Many people in the industry are now talking about the changes that are being made in the Singing News Fan Awards this year. It is being said that they are dropping several of their categories. I want to make this clear, that as far as I know, they have not yet officially announced these changes. But if this information is correct, then The SGN SCOOPS DIAMOND AWARDS will still have the categories, and will still be recognizing those artists that the Fan Awards will no longer be recognizing.”

Through their commitment to recognizing the work accomplished by Southern Gospel artists and industry personnel, the Diamond Awards encompass regional groups as well as those that are nationally known. Regional groups do appear on the nominating ballets, and occasionally receive enough votes to win the award.

“We also have regional groups performing during the Diamond Awards”, says Allen. “This gives them a platform to be seen and heard by not only fans, but also top industry personnel. We receive reports from these regional groups that we spotlight each year. Some have had promoters see them who then have provided many new dates for them. Some have been seen by major record companies and received contracts. Some have been nominated for Singing News Fan Awards, and they have told us that it is because of the exposure they received at The Diamond Awards.”

The Diamond Awards are seen as a true reflection of the fan’s favourites in Southern Gospel. Allen commented on the ratio of fan vs. industry respondents. “ It is very hard to determine. Of course, there are many more fans that vote than those in the industry. However, you would probably be surprised by the industry names that appear on our ballot registrations. There are a lot of industry people who do vote. The Diamond Awards have become very prestigious, and almost everyone wants to be involved in some way or another.”

“As far as how this compares with other awards in Southern Gospel, I am not sure”, Allen continues. “What is being said is that The Diamond Awards are at the very least the second largest and second best award program in the industry. I am very humbled by this, and I want to state for the record that I want to make sure that God gets all the glory for this, if it is correct.”

The ultimate mission of the Diamonds is to lift up the Lord, the Source of the Gospel the music promotes. Allen comments, “We never want to have just an awards program. We want God to feel welcome.In other words, in addition to handing out awards, we also have church. This is our mission, to allow the Holy Ghost to change lives during The Diamond Awards.”

“The vision of The Diamond Awards, is to continue to grow”, states Allen. “This year the room we will be in will be twice the size of former years. That is just part of the vision. We desire to continue to recognize people for the work they do. We desire to provide a platform for regional groups. But most of all, we desire to reach hearts with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is first and foremost. I am a pastor, and I have a pastor’s heart. We want to do all we can to help the industry, but the greatest way we can help the industry is to allow God to be real in all that we do.”

This Pastor with a heart for the lost recognizes the need reach out to others both in the pew and outside of church. Beginning to preach at age 15, with experience on the mission field and in prisons, he has been pastoring his current church for 25 years. Southern Gospel has always been a major part of his life.

“I can remember the first Southern Gospel group I ever heard. It was a regional group, not a national group. I do not remember the name of the group, but I was blessed by the tenor they had. His name was Junior South. I was probably about 13 or 14 years old”, Allen recalls.

“Down through the years, I have been blessed by many groups. Groups like The McKameys, The Bishops, The Kingsmen, Tony Gore & Majesty, The Perrys, and the list actually goes on and on”, Allen explains. “Just a few years ago, I was especially blessed by a song The McKameys sang. It was written by a friend of mine, Barbara Huffman. Barbara is a writer for the Singing News, as well as a songwriter. At this point in time, I cannot even remember the name of the song, but it really blessed me and I knew I had to learn it.”

Allen continues, “I learned it and sang it at our church about three times. The burden I had for that song then lifted. A few days later, I found out that one of the young ladies in our church was going through something in her life that was really hard. When she heard me sing that song, the Spirit of God lifted her up and set her free from what she was going through. I believe that is what Southern Gospel music is all about.”

“Southern Gospel has changed a lot in the last few years,” says Allen. “I believe it has become more industry, and less ministry. I believe this is very sad. Do not get me wrong; I am not opposed to business. In fact, a ministry that is not run as a business will die. But, on the other hand a ministry whose focus becomes business and not ministry, is dead to begin with.”

Allen believes that the industry does not have to keep going in that direction. “As far as a positive change, I believe we need to get back to the roots of Southern Gospel. What are those roots? True Southern Gospel music and words, and allowing the Spirit of God to have His way in the hearts and lives of everyone, fans and industry personnel.”

This gentleman who loves Southern Gospel music and whose innovative direction has lead the Diamond Awards to their current prestigious status, is still a Pastor whose main goal is to reach the lost. This is emphasized when he shares what the Lord has been speaking to him about lately: “Being all I can be for Him. Doing all I can to reach souls for Him.”

“If you look in Southern Gospel News Magazine on page 4 every month, you will find the Plan of Salvation. We call it The Priceless Corner. If you go to our website (www.sgnscoops.com), you will also find The Priceless Corner.” And that gift of salvation, truly priceless, is worth more than any award.

SGN Scoops circa 2005: The magazine, the awards, and the look of Southern Gospel five years ago.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Military Tribute: The Dove Brothers at The Texas Gospel Music Hall on June 11

News from the Texas Gospel Music Hall:
Just around the corner, one of the groups you requested, The Dove Brothers. If some have never head this group from the Carolina's, you will not wont to miss the concert, I'm sure of it!

Tickets: (903)-477-8084 or (903)-677-2492. The Dove Brothers is a live band. First time to be in Athens, TX. Come give this group a BIG ATHENS, TEXAS WELCOME! Pastors bring a group of 10+ and receive two FREE tickets.

We would like to pay a special tribute to all of our men & women who have served or presently serving in the military.

June 11 Time: 6:00 PM. Doors open at 5:00 PM
Dove Brothers and Hearts of Grace
Texas Gospel Music Hall
HWY 19 South Palestine ST. Athens, TX.
Group rates available 10+)
we take major credit cards)

Reserves & General Seats Call (903)477-8084 . (903)677-2492
General Admission Tickets sold at First State Bank on SQ Athens and The Scroll in Tyler

We will have the Gold City & New Grace Trio tickets on sale June 11th.

Please share with a veteran this month how much their service to America means to you. Remember to pray for America.

Texas Gospel Music Hall
P.O. BOX 1238
Athens, TX. 75751
903-677-2492 or 903-477-8084

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Focus on the Family Teams with TVGuardian to Offer Profanity-Free TV

New device connects to TV sets, mutes all forms of profanity
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 25, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Focus on the Family is expanding its efforts to help parents protect their children by teaming up with TVGuardian to provide clean entertainment choices for families. The organizations are working together to make the TVGuardian filter, a device that eliminates objectionable language, available to more families.

TVGuardian is a small unit that, when connected to television sets, automatically mutes all forms of profanity and inappropriate language from broadcast television, cable, satellite and DVDs. TVGuardian was designed to work with programs and movies that would otherwise be enjoyable entertainment options for families if objectionable language were eliminated.

Rich Bennett, vice president of Focus on the Family's Family Strategy Office, sees these resources as vital in the effort to help families with the challenges presented by modern media.

"Parents are continuously bombarded with media messages that are at odds with how they are raising their children," Bennett said. "Many are at a loss as to how to combat this as technology advances and objectionable entertainment content increases. TVGuardian is an essential resource in helping parents create positive, safe entertainment experiences that affirm their family values."

The TVGuardian device, as well as additional safety resources, is available at www.focusonthefamily.com/safety.

Britt Bennett, president of TVGuardian, said his organization's goal is to offer families an alternative, positive entertainment experience.

"We are excited," he said, "to partner with Focus on the Family to assist and support more families."

TVGuardian is the newest part of Focus on the Family's Family Safety Suite, www.focusonthefamily.com/safety, which provides parents with resources and information to help their families.

For more information about TVGuardian, please contact Britt Bennett at britt@TVGuardian.com or 970-883-3535. To schedule an interview, please contact Britt Bennett at Britt@TVGuardian.com or 970-883-3535, or Devon Williams at Devon.Williams@fotf.org or 719-322-5484.

About Focus on the Family
Reaching about 238 million people in more than 130 countries, Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry that helps families thrive. We provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God's design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles. Visit Focus online at www.focusonthefamily.com.

About TVGuardian, LLC
Over 400,000 families have purchased TVGuardian boxes and millions more have been helped by TVGuardian-enabled devices. TVGuardian is not available in stores but is sold online and through special partnerships. For more information go to www.TVGuardian.com

Booth Brothers on Gospel Music Today

The guests on the current edition of Gospel Music Today are Crawford Crossing and The Booth Brothers. The Feature Group is The Harper Family, and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. Ken and Jean visit a concert in Owasso, OK, to hear Master's Voice sing. Jean reviews a new CD by The Mark Dubbeld Family, and the show features singing by The Sonshiners Quartet and The Ascension Quartet. The latest Gospel Music Today webcast is online now at the Gospel Music Today website.

We're looking forward to a concert with our friends Tribute Quartet at Impact Ministries Church, in Grove, OK, on May 28.
The details and links to concerts everywhere can be found on the Gospel Music Today Concerts page.
Every Monday night at 7:00 PM in Oklahoma!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Southern Gospel Jimmy Blackwood and Rob Patz talk on RobTv

Southern Plainsmen Quartet Honored by Southern Texas Gospel Music Association

HORNBECK, La. – (May 24, 2011) – West-Central Louisiana’s Southern Plainsmen Quartet were recently honored by the South Texas Gospel Music Association (STGMA) at the organization’s annual event.

The Southern Plainsmen were named this year’s Group of the Year. In addition, baritone vocalist Allen Doyle was named the 2011 Male Vocalist of the Year.

Marcelle Slaughter of the Southern Plainsmen Quartet said, “We are so honored to have received this awards by such a great organization. The STGMA is a fantastic organization, and we are trilled that they would honor us in such a manner.

The STGMA strives to enlist singing groups, musicians, churches, and other supporters of gospel music into working together in one accord. STGMA invites churches to begin hosting concerts and asking those who do have regular singings to have at least one more--during the year. STGMA assists performing members in securing concert dates at churches and promotes the music ministries of STGMA members. Through the STGMA website, we provide news and concert information to all visitors to the website.

For more information on the STGMA – visit www.stgma.org .

The Southern Plainsmen recently announced their partnership with humanitarian organization World Vision. The Southern Plainsmen Quartet are now artist advocates for the organization – spreading the word at concerts, churches, and various other dates that the quartet may perform at.

For more information on the Southern Plainsmen Quartet, visit their website at http://www.southernplainsmen.com/ . You can also visit the group on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SouthernPlainsmen .

About the Southern Plainsmen Quartet
The Southern Plainsmen Quartet was organized in May 1978 in the rolling pine-hills of West-Central Louisiana, and is an outreach of the Southern Plainsmen Ministries, Inc., a non-profit Christian organization. The group has released 20 recordings in its impressive 30 years history. The group currently consists of Marcelle Slaughter, Jordan Mothershed, Allen Doyle, Mike Burkhalter, and Aaron Allen. The group’s current release – Simply…Faith! released in 2009

The Mystery Men Reach Publicity Agreement with Southern Spin Entertainment

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (May 24, 2011) – Southern Gospel mainstays The Mystery Men have signed an exclusive publicity agreement with Southern Spin Entertainment. Through this agreement, The Mystery Men will have unlimited access to all media outlets serviced by Southern Spin Entertainment, as well as potential marketing and media campaigns through the organization.

The Mystery Men have been at the forefront of Gospel music over the last couple of years with the release of two critically acclaimed albums – Blue Collar Gospel and this year’s Grassroots. The group is currently preparing to record their new mainline studio release. Fans and friends all across the country are encouraged to call and request The Mystery Men’s latest single – “The Blood of One Man.”

“We’ve known The Mystery Men for a very long time and have even worked with them a bit in the past,” mentioned Chris Unthank of Southern Spin Entertainment. “However, the time just seemed right to partner with them again. We really feel like they sound the best they’ve sounded in years. We can’t wait to see where this next year takes this talented group of guys.”

Southern Spin Entertainment is one of three divisions of the 501c non-profit organization SSE Group, Inc. The company currently represents artists, companies, and organizations in all genres of Gospel music – including the Dove Brothers, The Freemans, AbsolutelyGospel.com (formerly SoGospelNews.com), HisSong, Misty Freeman, Driven Quartet, the Diamond Awards, Branson Gospel Music Convention, Eighth Day, Sharron Kay King, Heavens Highway, 2nd Generation, Brothers Forever, The Quicks, Rod Burton, and many more.

For more information about The Mystery Men, visit the group’s website: www.TheMysteryMen.com . You can also keep up with the group on social network sites like Facebook (www.facebook.com/themysterymenquartet) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/mystery_men_quartet).
About Southern Spin Entertainment
Southern Spin Entertainment is one of three divisions of the 501c non-profit organization SSE Group, Inc. Southern Spin Entertainment focuses on publicity and marketing for Southern and Country Gospel artists. The company currently represents many artists, companies or organizations in all genres of Gospel music.

For more information on Southern Spin Entertainment, go to http://www.southernspin.com .

SSE Group, Inc.’s three divisions include Southern Spin Entertainment, Glorious Creations and TheBridgeLive.net.

For more information on SSE Group, go to http://www.ssegrouponline.com

Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter Allen Asbury To Lead Worship Nightly at Branson Gospel Music Revival

BRANSON, Mo. – (May 24, 2011) – The Branson Gospel Music Revival (formerly Convention) is proud to announce that acclaimed singer/songwriter Allen Asbury will be leading worship nightly at this year’s event.

Allen Asbury is currently the worship leader of Branson’s Tri Lakes Center. He has released three critically acclaimed projects, and his debut album, Somebody’s Praying Me Through, spawned off three #1 hits at Christian radio. The song “Somebody’s Praying Me Through” was the theme song for the 2003 National Day of Prayer and Presidential Prayer Team.

In addition, Asbury is known around Branson for his portrayal of Simon Peter in the long-running passion play The Promise.
“I saw Allen sing live for the first time last year at a Branson radio show,” mentioned Kelly Burton of the Branson Gospel Music Revival. “His passion had me out of my seat! As we continue to refine what Branson GMR is all about, having him lead our artists and our audience into worship each night is a perfect fit.”

For more information on Allen, visit his home on the web at www.allenasbury.com .

Over a hundred gospel artists from across the country will be at the Branson Gospel Music Revival to perform, including returning favorites Dino, HisSong, Beyond the Ashes, Kenny Bishop, Voices of Glory, The Williamsons, Praise Incorporated, 2nd Generation, Jay Stone Singers, McMillan and Life, Rod Burton, Lynda Lynn, Sunday Edition, Mystery Men, The Greesons, Shannon Bunch, Johanathan Bond, The Shireys, and Homecoming favorites Mike Allen and Ann Downing and more.

Tickets have gone on sale and can be purchased from the Tri-Lakes Center box office by calling (417) 336-0219.

More information about Branson Gospel Music Revival can be found at www.BransonGMR.com or by calling (708) 362-8172.

Grammy Award Winner Helps the Branson Flood Victims


Celebrity Guests to Include Tony Orlando, Yakov, SIX, Buck Trent, Jim Stafford,
Lennon Sisters, Raeanne Presley, Jim Strafuss and Others

Nashville, TN - May 24, 2011 -- "America's Piano Showman," GRAMMY Award-winning pianist Dino Kartsonakis will host a benefit event to raise funds for victims of the recent Missouri floods on Thursday, May 26, at 6:30 pm CST at the Branson Convention Center. The night will feature a silent auction, special celebrity guests, and performances by Dino and other world-class entertainers.

On April 25, Branson, Mo. suffered the most catastrophic natural disaster to date. After several weeks of unrelenting rain, Lake Taney Como rose to unprecedented levels, breaching levees and submerging everything in its raging path under freezing water. Officials estimate that the flood affected approximately 300 families, leaving hundreds homeless and destitute. Among those families was Kartsonakis and his wife Cheryl, who lost a lifetime of musical awards, archives, grand pianos, furniture, clothing, photographs and family heirlooms in 13 feet of water.

The Official Branson Celebrity Flood Benefit is Kartsonakis' contribution to restoring his community. He comments, "Our goal with this event is to give back quality of life to the victims of this terrible tragedy. My hope is to make these victims victorious!"

Additional event sponsors include The Hilton, Branson Bank, and Christian Associates. All proceeds will be distributed by Christian Associates and will be given directly to the victims who have been hit the hardest. For more information or to reserve your seat, visit www.bransonflood.com or text BRANSONFLOOD to 90210.

Pathway Records Signs Legendary Tank Tackett to Recording Deal

{EHA-Nashville, TN} Newly launched Pathway Records signed legendary tenor, Gayle “Tank” Tackett, to a recording contract recently at the company corporate offices in Franklin, TN. Tank has traveled and recorded with some of Southern Gospel’s most prominent names, including the Weatherford Quartet, the Statesmen, Jerry & the Singing Goffs, the Classic Four, the Envoys, and the Rebels. He has also been a part of various country music legends’ recordings that include projects with Michael W. Smith, Carmen, The Judds, Charlie Daniels, and Dolly Parton.

Tank notes, “I am excited and blessed to be on the Pathway Records roster, and my goal, as it always has been, is to keep God in the middle of everything I do and let him lead my music ministry. I expect wonderful things for the future, especially being able to work with my friend, Bill Dykes, who has my best interest at heart.” Dr. Bill Dykes of Pathway Records notes, “Bill Traylor, John Mathis, Jr., and myself are very pleased to sign Tank to our line-up of amazing artists. We look for many blessings to transpire from this union of friends and from the many prayers we have all put into it.”

Tank’s experience in Gospel music has enabled him to reach out to others with his support and encouragement. USAGem, an organization that helps artists gain more exposure through concerts, media, and networking, has enlisted him to represent their mission through hosting on the “God and Country Jubilee” concert series at the Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville. This month, Tank’s latest recording, “When God Dipped His Pen,” debuted at #13 on of the Southern Gospel Times charts.

For more info on Pathway Records: www.thePathwayRecords.com
Contact/More info on Tank Tackett: gayle.tackett@ymail.com
or visit: www.EHA-Nashville.com

New Grace Trio Signs with Pinnacle Records

May 23, 2011 - Arden, NC New Grace Trio, a family group from Athens, Texas, was recently welcomed to the Pinnacle label, a division of Crossroads Entertainment and Marketing. Their first release with the label is due out later this year.

The trio, started in 1993, consists of Fulton family members Frances (mother), Sonja (daughter), and Brad (son). In 1996, they were led to build and open the Texas Music Hall in Athens. Throughout the years, they have hosted countless concerts for Southern Gospel fans at the facility.

The group regularly performs at the hall and across the country using their talents as a ministry tool to bring people to Christ. Pinnacle is delighted to have this group joining its other artists making a mark in the industry.

New Grace Trio's Brad Fulton adds, “We are excited about signing the Pinnacle contract with Crossroads. Through the promotion of our music, we pray that God’s Son will be exalted and God’s people will be edified.”
Look for the release due later this summer.

Pictured above: Front Row L to R: Brad Fulton, Jeff Collins; Back Row L to R: Sonja Fulton, Frances Fulton

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A New Day on the Jersey Shore Following the Will Graham Celebration

With Christ's Return a Popular Topic, Graham Encourages the Audience to Be Prepared

OCEAN GROVE, N.J., May 23, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- A new day dawned on the Jersey Shore this weekend as evangelist Will Graham - accompanied by several top musical artists - presented the good news of Jesus Christ to audiences totaling 13,871 over the three-day event, with 860 responding to Graham's invitation to make a decision for Jesus.

Leading up to the Celebration many in the area, and around the world, were talking about one man's claim that Christ would return on Saturday, May 21. In the days before the Celebration, Graham addressed that claim directly, saying, "None of us know for certain when we will breathe our last breath, and we are all a heartbeat away from eternity. Whether you stand before God on May 21st, or whether you stand before Him 50 years from now, is irrelevant in the scope of eternity. The important thing isn't when you stand before God; it's where you stand with God."

And eternity was very much on Graham's mind as he took the stage each evening. "Religion is like a man-made ladder to God. The problem is that it never reaches far enough to get to Him," said Graham. "God loves you so much that He sent Jesus down, because mankind could never make it up to God. Religion will never save you. Church will never save you. Baptism will never save you - only Jesus!"

Graham was joined onstage in the historic Great Auditorium by Grammy-nominated artists Matthew West, the Newsboys and FLAME, as well as up-and-coming band Chasen. KidzFest, a special event for children, featured musical performers God Rocks!
"Will Graham is a man that proclaims the truth with a humble spirit, and it's easy to see that God will use him mightily for decades to come," said Dr. John Taylor, who served as executive chairman for the Celebration. "And for me personally, seeing eight family members come forward at Will's invitation on the first night - that just makes every bit of the hard work well worth it, and more."

Celebration Director Terry Wilken added, "The churches on the Jersey Shore have been faithfully praying for years for revival. Their prayers have broken down barriers denominationally, ethnically and geographically and have enabled them to work together in unity on the Jersey Shore Celebration and beyond. I believe this will be one of many legacies that are a direct result of this Celebration process."

Will Graham's next multi-day Celebration will take place in Nakuru, Kenya in July. For more information on Will Graham, visit www.willgrahamcelebrations.com.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Prayers for Joplin Missouri

The tornado that hit Joplin Missouri this past weekend left a trail of destruction and devastation that will take months and years to repair. Many have experienced irreparable tragedy. The death toll continues to rise even as the weather reports forecast more severe storms.

The staff of SGM Radio and SGN Scoops wish to extend their sympathy and prayers to those whose lives have been ripped apart by this catastrophe.

Pictured above: Home formerly occupied by sister of Tiffany Hiles

Rob and Steve Weatherford

enLighten Airing Special Talley Trio Program Tomorrow

enLighten, the Southern Gospel channel on Sirius/XM, is airing a special program featuring the Talley Trio on 7 P.M. ET tomorrow, and 11 P.M. ET on Wednesday. There will also be an encore performance airing on 12 Noon ET on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day).

This special segment features songs from the Talley Trio's He's Alive, and special interviews with the Talley Trio.

enLighten airs on Sirius/XM Channel 18 and Dish TV Channel 6018.



Monday, May 23, 2011
"Celebration with Marcus & Joni Lamb"
Daystar Television Network - 11 AM CST

To find your local station, visit www.Daystar.com

2011 Diamond Awards To Be Presented June 30, 2011

Branson, Missouri - Voting is now closed for the final ballot of the prestigious Diamond Awards, which will be presented next month in Branson, Missouri. The top five nominees for each award can be found in the latest edition of SGN Scoops Digital Magazine which can be found here.

The 2011 Diamond Awards will once again be held at the Branson Gospel Music Revival. The presentation will occur on Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Branson, Missouri at the Tri-Lakes Center. The awards program will precede the Thursday evening concerts and will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Hosts and performers for the 2010 Diamond Awards will be announced at a later date.

For more information on the Diamond Awards – visit the SGN Scoops Digital website at http://www.sgnscoops.com .

For more information on the Branson Gospel Music Revival, click here.


Performance Marked Debut Of New Single “Shake Heaven” That Goes For Adds At Radio June 10th

Nashville, TN (May 18, 2011) ----- Grammy nominee Montell Jordan and Dove nominee Beckah Shae delivered the debut performance of their new single, Shake Heaven, at the taping of Somebody Cares For The Southeast benefit concert. The show aired on FamilyNet TV Sunday, May 22nd at 7:00 pm CDT, with additional airings that can be located at www.familynet.com. And stay tuned as several other networks will broadcast the show with dates and times to be announced soon.

Viewers will be able to donate relief funds for victims of the recent tornadoes and flooding in the southeast by texting the word “icare” to 37284 or by logging onto www.somebodycares.org. All proceeds will go to Somebody Cares, a Christian non-profit organization that offers church-based disaster relief to those in need.

Shake Heaven is the title track from the forthcoming album from Victory World Music that features the legendary Montell Jordan and the worship team from Victory World Church. The single will go for adds at radio June 10th and the CD releases August 23rd.
The project features the song, These Hands, which Jordan also performed on the benefit show.

For more information on Montell Jordan and Victory World Music please visit www.victoryworldmusic.com and for Beckah Shae, www.beckahshae.com.

May SGN Scoops now online!

The May 2011 issue of SGN Scoops is now available for download. Click here to read your issue in user-friendly .PDF format.

Living Legend Ed O’Neal talks to us about his 50 years in gospel music. We also speak to Marty Funderburk, hear new music from groups like The Singing Cookes, and our columnists take looks at music piracy, Mother’s Day, and a regional artist we all should know.

Click here to download.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Michaela Brown of The Browns - Audio Interview

Rob Patz of the Southern Styles Show, SGN Scoops and SGM Radio recently chatted with Michaela Brown of The Browns. This talented young singer and musician shares about the life and times of The Brown family. Listen here for the indepth interview.

C.S. Lewis College Recruits Former Burger King CEO: Charles Olcott Appointed Executive Vice President for C.S. Lewis College

REDLANDS, Calif., May 19, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Charles Olcott, former CEO of Burger King and VP of Pillsbury, has joined the C.S. Lewis Foundation as Executive Vice President. He will lead administration and development efforts for C.S. Lewis College, a private Christian college to be founded in Northfield, Massachusetts.

Olcott's career has included positions as President and CEO of Burger King Corporation (Miami, FL), Treasurer and VP of Investor Relations with The Pillsbury Company (Minneapolis, MN), and Senior Investment Officer in the Financial Division of Aetna Life and Casualty (Hartford, CT). He has also held numerous leadership positions in small entrepreneurial businesses, in conjunction with consulting assignments centered on business assessment and fundraising throughout the U.S. For the past six years he served as Administrator for Bethany Church, a large congregation in southern New Hampshire.

C.S. Lewis College will be a four-year Christian college of the Great Books, with a school of visual and performing arts to be launched at a later date. The college is named for famed British author and scholar C.S. Lewis, best known for writing "The Chronicles of Narnia," "The Screwtape Letters," and "Mere Christianity." An opening date to begin classes will be set when the fundraising campaign is completed and approval has been secured from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

Olcott will bring his considerable experience and expertise to bear on founding the new college. "It is a privilege," he said, "to join the intrepid C.S. Lewis team of experienced professionals in the timely launch of this robustly Christian liberal arts institution."

Dr. Stan Mattson, President and Founder of the C.S. Lewis Foundation, welcomes Olcott on board the project. "The arrival of Charles Olcott," he said, "could not be more providential, both with respect to its timing and the proven quality of his gifts. C.S. Lewis College will benefit greatly from his shared commitment to our Great Books program, our broader Foundation vision, and a vital Christian faith."

For full information, visit www.cslewis.org/college or call (909)793-0949. To schedule an interview with Dr. Mattson or Mr. Olcott, contact Steven Elmore, Director of Communications, at selmore@cslewis.org or (909)793-0949.

John Hagee Cry From Valley Forge & Behind The Scenes

NASHVILLE, TN – You've see John Hagee on the Glenn Beck Show, on the FOX News Channel, and you know him as a New York Times Bestselling author, as well as the founder and Senior Pastor of the 19,000 member Cornestone Church in San Antonio, TX. Just recently, John Hagee has introduced an entirely different side of himself to the public with his music release A Lifetime Of Music. The single, "Cry From Valley Forge," is currently at radio stations across the country.
The CD features guest appearances by Bill Gaither, The Oak Ridge Boys, as well as his son Matthew Hagee and family group The Hagees.
“These are classic songs of the church with a beautiful message that never grows old. They just get better with the passing of time,” says Hagee. Produced by award winning producers, Michael Sykes and David Huntsinger (who have worked with such notables as The Gaither Vocal Band, The Oak Ridge Boys and Andy Griffith), this album lovingly wraps those songs in the colorful and diverse sounds of Americana music.
John Hagee was born in Goose Creek, Texas where his father pastored a church just down the road in Channel View. Evening would find the Hagee family playing and singing on the front porch while neighbors gathered round to enjoy the sounds. He reminisces, “Music was a large part of our life, the thing we did together the most. I listened to the radio and there were two shows I listened to, Guy Lombardo, and the Jazz orchestra out of Preservation Hall in New Orleans, and I drifted toward the New Orleans side. I’d listen to the licks they did and get my saxophone out and replicate them. When I’d go to church I’d put all those licks in our church songs; mother didn’t mind as long as you stayed in tune and on beat.” Those influences are evident his soulful delivery of, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” which features guest vocals by The Oak Ridge Boys and, “When the Saints go Marching In.” Also featured is a stirring rendition of the gospel standard, “Victory in Jesus,” where Hagee is joined by Southern Gospel Patriarch, Bill Gaither.
It’s obvious when listening to this collection that John Hagee is enjoying himself as he expresses his deepest sentiments and profoundly held beliefs. He shares his abiding love for his country and what it means to be a patriot on the rousing single, “Cry from Valley Forge.” The project is rounded out by several other gospel favorites such as, “No One Ever Cared for Me like Jesus,” “When they Ring the Golden Bells,” and “The Meeting in the Air.”
Pastor Hagee has received Honorary Doctorates from Oral Roberts University, Canada Christian College, and Netanya Academic College in Israel. He is the author of 32 major books including four on the New York Times Best Seller’s List. His most current book entitled “Can America Survive” is published by Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. After 52 years of ministry, He still continues the Hagee family musical tradition by singing with his children Matthew, Christina and Sandy.
A Lifetime of Music is available from John Hagee ministries at www.jhm.org or 1-800-854-9899 and on iTunes.
Full Track Listing: John Hagee - A Lifetime Of Music
The Meeting In The Air / Heaven's Jubilee
Just A Closer Walk With Thee with guest vocalists The Hagees and Oak Ridge Boys
I'd Rather Have Jesus
Highway to Heaven
Cry From Valley Forge / It Is The Soldier
Near The Cross
When The Saints Go Marching In / Just A Little While
No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus
Victory In Jesus with guest vocalists Bill Gaither and Matthew Hagee
When They Ring The Golden Bells
There Is A Fountain Filled with Blood / Oh, The Blood of Jesus

The Goodwins currently recording two new projects

Poca, WV (May 20, 2011) The Goodwins of Poca, WV, are currently in the studio recording two greatly anticipated, new projects. The first one, titled "Family Traditions", is a collection of traditional favorites that are tailored to the sound from The Goodwins that audiences have grown to love. Some of the selections include "Amazing Grace", "It Is Well", "Victory In Jesus" & a very soulful version of "I'll Fly Away".

The second project tentatively titled, "Sing", is a collection of songs from the pen of Lead Singer / Songwriter, Martha Goodwin-Drake who is responsible for songs like, "That's My Boy" (recorded by The Wilburns), Amen Corner, Jesus Died Like A Man & more. It contains their current radio single, "Walk On The Water", as well as their upcoming radio single, "My Child", & more.

Both projects feature piano work from acclaimed pianist, James Rainey & will feature Martha's son Brandon & even her 6 year old daughter Katie stepping up to the mic on several songs to complete the family sound. Both projects have an expected release date of early July 2011 & will be released on the Pathlight label.

For more information on The Goodwins & their music visit them online at www.thegoodwinsmusic.com.

For radio inquiries, visit www.pathlightpromotions.com.

The Roys Join Somebody Cares For The Southeast Cause -Telethon Airs Sunday, May 22 At 7 p.m. On FamilyNet

The Roys Join Somebody Cares For The Southeast Cause

Telethon Airs Sunday, May 22 At 7 p.m. On FamilyNet

Nashville, TN (May 20, 2011) -- Two-time Inspirational Country Music's Duo of the Year (2010, 2009) award winners, The Roys, recently joined Ray Stevens, Danny Gokey, Michael English, Gary Chapman, Karen Peck & New River and others to raise funds for the Somebody Cares For The Southeast cause. The event raised money for flood and tornado victims imperiled by the area's recent storms, and 100% of the telethon's proceeds will go to those in need. Viewers will be able to text the word "icare" to 37284 or log onto www.somebodycares.org to donate. The program begins airing on FamilyNet, Sunday, May 22 at 7 p.m. (EST) and will also broadcast via American Life Networks and other Christian networks such as Daystar in the coming weeks. Confirmed air times include:

FamilyNet: (all times EST)
Monday 5/30, 12-2 p.m. and 9-11 p.m.
Saturday 6/4, 3-5 p.m.
Friday 6/10, 3-5 p.m.
Sunday 6/19, 7-9 p.m.
Monday 7/4, 7 -9 p.m.

American Life Network: (all times EST)
Monday 5/30, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
Saturday 6/4, 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday 6/7, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Friday 6/10, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Thursday 6/16, 4-6 p.m.
Saturday 6/18, 10 p.m.-12 midnight
Sunday 6/26, 7-9 p.m.
Friday 7/1, 4 -6 p.m.
Monday 7/4, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Roys, whose current Rural Rhythm Records CD, LONESOME WHISTLE, entered the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart at #7, were happy to donate their time to the worthy cause. "The devastation is overwhelming at first glance," says Elaine Roy. "But when you see so many people coming together to lend a hand, it doesn't seem so insurmountable," she adds. "Southerners are pretty resilient," her brother Lee states. "In spite of all this destruction, people have kept their faith alive and continued to help their friends and families. They are a true inspiration." To "give a little back," the siblings brought along their hot-pickin' band and performed two songs ("Give A Ride To The Devil"and "High Road)" from their new disc.

The Roys continue to enjoy the glow of the media spotlight, and recent appearances include several shows on the Fox Television Network, Better TV, ABC-TV's What's The Buzz, Daytime, GAC-TV, Praise The Lord, RFD-TV's Larry's Country Diner, Inside Music Row and Daily Buzz.

Fans can watch The Roys' newest video, "Coal Minin' Man," view a detailed itinerary and enter to win an iPod Nano® (through June 5) at theroysonline.com. Bluegrass lovers can now receive the latest updates on The Roys and all their favorite Bluegrass artists on their mobile devices simply by texting "bluegrass" to 90210.

The "Somebody Cares" concept began in Houston in 1981 when a simple business card reading, "Somebody Cares, call 24 hours a day," was distributed by founder Doug Stringer and others as they ministered to the lost on the streets of Houston. From there, Turning Point Ministries International began with Bible studies, evangelism outreaches, and discipleship ministries. Soon, the ministry was taking mission trips, planting churches, and sending out international ministries. In 1994, Somebody Cares Houston was officially formed as the outreach arm of TPMI. The organization has grown since then to encompass outreach efforts across the nation

Friday, May 20, 2011

Southern Gospel Susan Whisnant talks with Rob Patz at NQC

Bott Radio Network Launches New Mobile App

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 19, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Bott Radio Network (BRN) is pleased to announce the launch of a new mobile app for Android phone users. This new, free app complements the BRN iPhone app, which was introduced in December of 2010. "Once the iPhone app hit the market, we saw an instant demand for an Android app," said BRN President and CEO, Rich Bott.

This latest addition to the growing array of listening options available to BRN listeners is a strategic part of the company's forward-thinking approach to technology and new media. "We're active on Facebook and Twitter, which is actually where we observed a significant amount of the demand for the Android app," Bott explained. "Smartphone users are a growing segment of our audience, and we are pleased to accommodate Android users."

With the new BRN Android app, users can access the BRN programming schedule, connect with and support their favorite broadcast ministries, and enjoy a crystal clear digital audio signal of BRN's quality Bible teaching, Christian news and information, 24/7 wherever they go.

Founded in Kansas City in 1962, Bott Radio Network currently broadcasts its format of Quality Bible Teaching with Christian News and Information on 88 radio stations, reaching into fifteen states with a combined coverage of 40 million people. BRN also is heard nationwide on SkyAngel Channel 202, worldwide online at bottradionetwork.com, Apple TV, iTunes Radio, and on smartphones, including the Bott Radio iPhone app and the new Android app. You can find Bott Radio Network on Facebook at facebook.com/bottradionetwork and follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/bottradio.

Pictured above: Rich Bott, BRN President and CEO

Artists Join Together To Benefit The Southeast Tornado & Flood Victims

Artists Join Together To Benefit The Southeast Tornado & Flood Victims
Somebody Cares for the Southeast Disaster Relief Benefit airs Sunday, May 22nd on FamilyNet

“The true character of a man or woman is made manifest through times of challenge.
Thank you to each of who have proven the substance of your character”
–Doug Stringer, Founder & President of Somebody Cares

Hendersonville, TN (May 19, 2011) – That character was displayed when Christian and Country music artists came together Tuesday afternoon to lend their voices to the Somebody Cares for the Southeast Disaster Relief Benefit Special, hosted by Gary Chapman. The two-hour special, collectively produced by Daywind Records, New Day Distribution, FamilyNet and NorthStar studios, was created to raise funds for Somebody Cares, a Christian organization that works hand in hand with the Red Cross, FEMA, the Salvation Army and others. They currently have teams in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia assisting with everything from serving meals, removing debris and providing counseling. All of the artists, as well as the behind-the-scenes staff and crew, donated their time and talents to raise money for this organization, and in turn, make a difference to those affected by the deadly tornadoes.
Artists such as Danny Gokey, Michael English, Ray Stevens, Rachael Lampa, Karen Peck & New River, Montell Jordan and many others came out to support this great cause. For some, the reason they chose to participate in this benefit was a personal one. The accapella group, Committed, winner of NBC’s The Sing Off, were displaced from their homes in Huntsville, Alabama in the days following the storms. Lora Poore of the up-and-coming group, Faith 3, witnessed the storm’s devastation first-hand when the only part of the house remaining was the interior closet she and her family were in. These stories, and many more, will be included in the special, as these artists convey to viewers just how many families were personally affected by the storms.
“Today, I had the pleasure of interfacing with some who many would consider celebrity, yet who were willing to become part of something bigger than themselves to bring hope to those who have suffered so much in the recent tornado and flood stricken areas of our nation,” shares Doug Stringer, Founder and President of Somebody Cares America. “Their investment to participate in the Somebody Cares for the Southeast Disaster Relief Special was filled with moments of authentic compassion filled with emotion and, at times, tears. The sacrifice of their time will help to bring attention and awareness to the ongoing needs, even when most of the media shifts to other news stories. It will help to leverage and empower organizations and churches in their communities to continue to be a tangible expression of Christ love.”

The benefit special will initially air on FamilyNet on Sunday, May 22nd at 7:00 pm ET, and will continue to air repeatedly on FamilyNet, American Life Network, and other Christian networks. Check www.familynet.com or www.comstarmedia.com for more information on those airings.

To donate to this cause, simply text the word “icare” to 37284, or log onto www.somebodycares.org. You will be able to donate any amount, and it is all 100 % tax deductable. All of the proceeds go directly to Somebody Cares® to help the victims of this disaster.

Jaime Jamgohian Joins All-Star Line Up For Benefit


Nashville, TN (May 18, 2011) ----- Centricty Music’s Jaime Jamgochian, joined artists from the Christian and Country genres in support of the recent tornado and flooding victims in the southeast. Jamgochian joined such artists as Danny Gokey, The Roys, Committed and Michael English at the taping of Somebody Cares For The Southeast benefit concert. Jamgochian performed a newly written song Over All, an upbeat tune explaining how God is over everything through every circumstance. God is near and you are not alone/He’s got you in the palm of His hands/Even when you don’t understand. The show airs on FamilyNet TV Sunday, May 22nd at 7:00 pm CDT, with additional airings that can be located at www.familynet.com. The show will also broadcast on several other networks with the times and dates to be announced soon.

Viewers will be able to donate relief funds for victims of the recent tornadoes and flooding in the southeast by texting the word “icare” to 37284 or by logging onto www.somebodycares.org. All proceeds will go to Somebody Cares, a Christian non-profit organization that offers church-based disaster relief to those in need.

Photo Caption: Jamgochian Signing Posters For Benefit That Will
Be Auctioned On eBay

Thursday, May 19, 2011

QUIET HERO: Secrets of My Father's Past by Rita Cosby Released in Paperback

“Rita’s story is one that will touch every family...
A loving, poignant tribute to her POW father and freedom."
-Senator John McCain

“A beautiful tribute to the strength of the human spirit."
-Dr. Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State

The recent operation for Osama Bin Laden shows the strength of the US military and its importance in maintaining freedom and democracy for our country and throughout the world.

RITA COSBY knows this on a very personal level. She also knows about redemption, forgiveness and the value of faith.

As a renowned journalist for more than two decades, she was one of the first to report that Bin Laden was behind the 9/11 attacks, she also did an exclusive interview with then Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf right after 9/11, where after hesitation, he said he would side with America versus the terrorist mastermind. Cosby also traveled to Afghanistan near Bin Laden’s original hide-out in Tora Bora where she spent time with our troops. She was the first journalist to witness an actual interrogation at Guantanamo and see the detainees up close.

Now, in her newly released paperback, QUIET HERO: Secrets From My Father’s Past, she reveals how her own father became a POW who was saved by US troops. Her father’s story is one of sheer courage and patriotism as he battled the Nazis in WWII as a teenage resistance fighter, escaping in the sewers and ultimately weighing only 90 pounds (standing six feet tall) when he was rescued.

QUIET HERO is also a rare glimpse into the deeply personal story of the effects of war on those who fight and their families. Cosby’s father never discussed his visible and invisible scars until now, and as a result, the journey has caused father and daughter to reunite after decades of estrangement.

Rita Cosby is now on a mission to help our wounded troops and their families. Significant proceeds from QUIET HERO go to the USO’s Operation Enduring Care program. Having served as a keynote speaker alongside many military leaders such as Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Rita is working tirelessly to give voice and raise awareness on the critical issue of Post Traumatic Stress and the debilitating long term effects confronting our troops and thereby impacting all our citizenry.

She has become the national spokesperson for ICAMI’s (International Committee Against Mental Illness) stress disorders program and the United Stress Disorders Association, which focus on helping those with PTSD. It’s estimated more than half a million of our troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan alone will have some form of PTSD, with an estimated 18 veterans a day committing suicide.

QUIET HERO has also become required reading in psychology and social work courses focused on trauma and recovery in several US universities, including NYU and Fordham. Her father received a special commendation from the prestigious Medal of Honor Society for his bravery.
“I’ve been blessed to interview many world leaders, celebrities, and other notables,
yet the most important person I’ve ever sat down with is not one of them,
but my own dad.” - Rita Cosby
RITA COSBY is a renowned TV host and veteran correspondent who anchored highly rated prime-time shows on Fox News Channel and MSNBC. She is currently a special correspondent for the top-rated CBS syndicated newsmagazine Inside Edition. Honors for the three-time Emmy® winner include the Matrix Award and the Jack Anderson Award. She was also selected by Cosmopolitan magazine as a “Fun and Fearless Female.” A recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Lech Walesa Freedom Award, she hosts the National Memorial Day Parade broadcast to all U.S. military installations around the world and has become a key spokesperson for troops and their families suffering from PTSD. Because of her “extraordinary journalism and exemplary service on behalf of her community,” October 11th, 2010 was officially named “Rita Cosby Day” in the State of New York. Her first book, Blonde Ambition, was a New York Times bestseller. For more information, visit www.quiethero.org. Through her book QUIET HERO, Rita Cosby is partnering with the USO on a massive, new campaign called Operation Enduring Care, which will help wounded warriors and their families. Book proceeds will go towards this $100 million initiative, as well as two museums in Poland, the Warsaw Rising Museum and The Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which is being built where the Warsaw Ghetto once stood.
Threshold Editions is an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at http://www.simonandschuster.com.
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Driven Quartet Nominated for 5 SGN Scoops Diamond Awards

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (May 18, 2011) – Popular Southern Gospel group Driven Quartet received word earlier this month that they have been nominated for an impressive five SGN Scoops Diamond Awards.

The nominees were announced last week in the May 2011 issue of SGN Scoops Digital. Driven Quartet received nominations in many major categories – including Favorite Song (for “Mercy Saw Me”), Favorite Album (Driven Quartet), Favorite Male Quartet, Favorite Christian Country Group, and Favorite Artist Website (www.drivenqt.com).

“We are honored to be mentioned in so many categories in this year’s Diamond Awards program,” mentioned Jason Funderburk of Driven Quartet. “We are delighted that our fans would think enough of us to nominate us for such prestigious awards. Thank you so much!”

Fans can now vote for their favorites from the Top 5 ballot. The online ballot is designed for fans to vote for their favorite artists and individuals for each award. Fans and industry supporters are encouraged to visit the SGN Scoops Digital website to place their votes. The Diamond Awards home on the web is located at http://sgnscoops.com.

The 2011 Diamond will once again take place at the Branson Gospel Music Revival. The show will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Branson, Missouri at the Tri-Lakes Center. The awards program will precede the Thursday evening concerts and will begin at 6:00 p.m.

For more information on the Diamond Awards – visit the SGN Scoops Digital website at http://www.sgnscoops.com .

Driven Quartet saw a strong surge in radio support for their latest single. The song – titled “Story of My Life” –charted on various industry publications over the last couple of months. “Story of My Life” is the second single from Driven Quartet’s much-talked-about self-titled release and is the first single from the group to hit Southern Gospel radio in over a year.

This new single is the follow-up to the group’s previous hit single “Between a Rock and a Hard Place.” The song was written by John Darin Rowsey and Justin Rivers and did exceptionally well for the group. The song reached Top 20 on both the Gospel Music News Top 100 (#14) and SoGospelNews.com (now AbsolutelyGospel.com) Top 40 Weekly Chart (#12) and Top 40 on the Singing News Top 80 (#27). The song also charted exceptionally well on the SouthernGospelTimes.com Top 40 Fan Chart.

Individuals interested in booking Driven Quartet for their church or concert event can visit the Dominion Agency’s website at http://www.dominionagency.com or call (910) 484-6996.

For more information on Driven Quartet, visit their website at http://www.drivenqt.com . Fans are also encouraged to visit Driven’s MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/drivenministriesjnf .

About Driven Quartet
Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, Driven is not new to Southern Gospel music. Collectively, this group of young men has been singing professionally for over 20 years. Their resumes include such groups as Danny Funderburk & Mercy’s Way, The Anchormen, and Lumber River. In 2006, this group of young men, through prayer, stepped out on faith and commenced their new full time career. Heeding to the call on their lives to present the Gospel through music, these four gentlemen created Driven Ministries.

Karen Peck and New River Named in Top 5 of 2011 Singing News Fan Awards

Fan favorites Karen Peck & New River have been nominated in four categories in the Top 5 2011 Singing News Fan Awards.

The nominations include:
Favorite Female Singer (Karen Peck Gooch)
Horizon Individual (Jeff Hawes)
Soprano (Karen Peck Gooch).

Fan Award nominations are based on votes by Singing News Magazine subscribers. The awards will be handed out during a ceremony on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The night will also include the prestigious SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The entire event is ticketed and open to the public.

“We are thrilled about this year’s Fan Award nominations. It means so much to us because they come from the fans of Southern Gospel music. Susan, Jeff and I want to thank everyone for all their love and support. We couldn’t do what we do without you!,” stated Karen Peck Gooch.

The Singing News nominations landed on the heels of Karen Peck & New River releasing “On The Banks of The Promised Land” to radio stations world-wide. The brand new single can be found on the group’s forthcoming album, “Reach Out“, which releases July 12, 2011 and can be pre-ordered at their online store. It was produced by award-winning producer, Wayne Haun.

Karen, Susan and Jeff are currently planning their annual homecoming,
“Christian Music Nights”
Father’s Day weekend (June 17-18).
Scheduled Artists:
Brian Free & Assurance
Mark Bishop
Jeff & Sheri Easter
New River Band

Meanwhile, Karen just wrapped production on the mainstream movie, Joyful Noise, starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton.

Throughout 2011, Karen Peck & New River is celebrating 20 years in Gospel music.

For more information of the 2011 Singing News Fan Awards, visit www.singingnews.com. For up-to-date news, follow Karen Peck & New River on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/?sk=lf#!/pages/Karen-Peck-and-New-River/81762389595) and Twitter (karenpeckgooch).

David L. Cook Nominated for 7th Emmy Award

On May 6, 2011, the Emmy Award nominations were announced in Atlanta, Georgia during a celebration at the Luca Luna Restaurant. Christian recording star, David L. Cook walked away with three Emmy nods this year for his work on the documentary, “The Award Goes To: A Look Back at the Legends.” Cook is already a six time Emmy winner and has been nominated 14 times in total. (Not including his latest three) His nomination categories are: Outstanding Achievement in Audio (Live Event), Outstanding Achievement in Lighting (Live Event) and Outstanding Achievement in Special Live Event Coverage (Edited).

Many think that David’s achievements have been limited to the music industry only because of his history and being the baby of the Cook Family Singers. David has been working with television in some form since the 1980’s, starting with his very own children’s television show, “Crabbottom USA.” Cook has done several television theme songs and has been sought after to work on various musical scores and audio mixes. He is currently entertaining an offer to star in a weekly sitcom. Last year he took home his sixth Emmy award for Musical Arranger/Composer for a television them song entitled, “Meet Me at the Crossroads” for which he had written and performed for the PBS series, New South Crossings. Cook won a total of two Emmys for his work on that series.
Cook lives in Monroe, North Carolina and is a well-known activist in his community. He helped the Union County Sheriff’s Office deliver Christmas gifts to needy families this past Christmas as well as performing several benefit concerts in which tickets were waived and people were asked to bring clothing and food to the concerts to help the homeless of that area.

The Emmy Awards will be announced June 18th.

Dove Brothers Appear In Athens, Texas - June 11

Southern Gospel Group from North Carolina comes to Texas

National Recording Artists, “The Dove Brothers” will appear in Athens on
June 11 at 6:00 PM. Location Texas Gospel Music Hall located 6513 HWY 19
South Palestine ST. in Athens. Doors open at 5:00 PM. General admission
tickets only may be purchased in Athens at First State Bank on SQ. or in Tyler
at the Scroll on 5th ST. Reserved seats and general admission tickets
please call 903-677-2492 or 903-477-8084.
Group rates given 10+. Also performing will be Hearts of Grace from
Bazoria, TX.
Two of the Dove Brothers #1 hits include: Didn't it Rain and Get Away
Jordon. The Dove Brothers perform with a live band. If you like Quartet
style singing and entertainment don’t miss this concert!

Actor/Comedian Jim Labriola Added to Lineup for Beach Boys Concert

Legendary Beach Boys Headline with Special Guest, The Letterman

Nashville, TN - May 17, 2011 -- Home Improvement actor and comedian Jim Labriola will act as Master of Ceremonies at the 2nd Annual Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Concert on Saturday, June 12th, 2011. The concert will be held at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, OH near Dayton. The show promises to be a fabulous event, long to be remembered by music fans.

"As we gather to support the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope concert, we join a family that never gave up," says Labriola. "This organization is one with a great cause to help other families protect the sanctity of life. It's an honor to be part of this event with such music legends, The Beach Boys and The Letterman. The night will be one to remember."

Tickets are on sale now through the Fraze Pavilion Box Office and online at www.ticketmaster.com. Terri and her legacy continue to touch and change lives every day thanks to the work of Terri's Life & Hope Network, a 501(c) (3) tax exempt organization, established to educate and assist families. Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships for this event will allow Terri's Life & Hope Network to continue advocating for the lives of vulnerable persons by serving as a resource for families needing counsel and support in the United States and throughout the world.

For more information on Jim Labriola, visit http://www.hahajim.com and http://www.facebook.com/jimlabriola.

About Jim Labriola:
Jim Labriola, born and raised in Queens, New York, always had a natural flair for comedy. During his youth, he spent hours a day listening to his favorite comedy records like Pat Cooper, George Carlin and, his personal idol, Don Rickles. In 1989, Jim opened for Tim Allen at Governor's comedy club on Long Island. This fortuitous meeting sparked a close friendship and a big boost for Jim's career when he was offered a character on the hit show, Home Improvement. He soon landed guest spots for several network sitcoms and motion pictures, including Disney's huge hit, The Santa Clause. His role on Home Improvement grew from his first guest appearance to the very popular recurring character of Benny Baroni. Jim now travels the country speaking at business meetings and motivational seminars, and he continues to have appearances on television and film.

About The Beach Boys:
The Beach Boys are the most successful and important American band of the rock music era. Their harmonies and infectious rock beats combine into memorable hits about teenage life in California in the 60s - surfing, cars, and girls. They first rode the waves of success in 1961 with their regional debut hit "Surfin," By 1966 they had emerged as one of America's top pop groups by releasing eleven top 10 singles in five years including, "Help Me Rhonda," "Surfer Girl," "California Girls," "Good Vibrations," and "I Get Around." The band's biggest selling hit came in 1988 with "Kokomo." The Beach Boys were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2001 Grammy Awards, and 1966's "Pet Sounds" has been listed by VH-1 as the #3 album in Rock & Roll History.

About The Letterman:
By the early 60's, The Lettermen had already had a few hits, and were a tremendous success. In almost every poll in the early 60's, The Lettermen were named Best New Group or Best Vocal Group. The 60's and early 70's saw The Lettermen score over 25 chart hit singles, including "Theme From A Summer Place," " Goin' Out of My Head," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," and "Hurt So Bad."

About Terri's Life & Hope Network:
The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network was established by the family members of Terri Schiavo to protect the rights of people with cognitive disabilities. It has communicated with and supported more than 1,000 families, and has been involved in hundreds of cases since Terri's death. Terri's Life & Hope Network was the recipient of the Gerard Health Foundation Life Prizes Award for their efforts in protecting the value and dignity of the profoundly brain- injured. Learn more about Terri's Life & Hope Network by visiting www.terrisfight.org. Please visit www.lifeandhopeconcert.org to stay updated on all upcoming Terri's Life & Hope concert news.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wendy Word + forgiven Move To Nashville

{EHA-Nashville, TN} Wendy Word + forgiven announces today their move to Nashville, TN. The popular duet, who has been multi-nominated in the Diamond Awards, and says they have been praying for the right opportunity to take their music ministry to a more central location. "We are so glad the Lord opened up this door for us to make a permanent move to Nashville" says Wendy. "He never lets us down but just keeps on pouring his blessings out on our music ministry." Wendy's songs have been enjoyed for many years on radio. Her full-time singing career began when she was 8 years old, as she traveled the road with her family in her hometown near Birmingham, Alabama. Tony and Wendy have been at the top of Christian Country charts, and last year her song, "What's Wrong with Doing Right," peaked at # 57 in Singing News. The song was a top 40 song of the year on the Southern Gospel Times. Her fans spoke loudly this year, as she quickly landed in the top 5 for Female Country Artist in the 2011 Diamond Awards that will be handed out at Branson Gospel Music Revival the 1st week of July. The duet is currently accepting new bookings and renews their contract this week with Evie Hawkins Agency.

Drummond Family Hits Singing News Charts

{EHA-Nashville, TN}The Drummond Family of Chipley, FL is at #58 in June’s Singing News with “Walk On” (by Michelle Drummond). This is their 1st top 80 in SN. They also have had charting success in the top 10 of Southern Gospel Times. For more info on the popular group: www.drummondband.com
or www.EHA-Nashville.com


Crystal River, from Winder, GA will be part of a Tornado Benefit in Piedmont, AL on May 28th, 2011 from 11a-5p. Crystal River will perform from 4p-5p that day, but will be serving the people who were effected by the tornado before hand. There will be firetrucks, ambulances, face painting, other special music, games, and so much more that day. The event will take place at Veterans Park in Piedmont, Alabama located off Memorial Drive. Crystal River is honored to take part in this special day in a city and county that was ravaged by the tornado that left damage from Tuscaloosa, AL all the way into Georgia. Piedmont was devastated when the F4 tornado swept through on two sides of the city on April 27th. For more information please contact Gerri Moon at 256-239-4440.


The guests on the current edition of Gospel Music Today are Heaven's Highway and Jarrod Vanderslice, and Jarrod talks about the Master's Voice Homecoming planned
for Bristow, OK, in July. The Feature Group is Great Day, and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates.

Ken and Jean visit the Deep South Quartet Convention, in Muscle Shoals, AL, to hear The Crusaders sing. Jean reviews a new CD by The Crusaders, and the show features singing by The Whisnants and a classic video from the Mansion Entertainment archives with The Hoppers.

The latest Gospel Music Today webcast is online now at www.gospelmusictoday.com,
the Gospel Music Today website.

Mercy’s Well To Celebrate 10 Years Of Ministry This Friday With A Memorable Concert Event

Nashville, TN (May 16, 2011) – Dynamic vocal trio, Mercy’s Well, will be celebrating a landmark anniversary this Friday, May 20th, 2011, with a very special concert event. The evening will include special guests the Talley Trio and the Anchormen, along with host group, Mercy’s Well. It will take place at Oaklawn Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC, at 7:00pm.

Mercy’s Well began as a trio in 2001. They were originally organized in 1998, as a duet, under the leadership of group founder, Brad Strider. Their first three single releases paved the way for their first Top 80 single in 2005. Throughout the past six years, the group, based in Greensboro, NC, has continued to produce chart-topping singles and has gained national attention from fans, music critics, pastors and promoters alike. Among their most successful releases are “I’ll See You Soon,” “God Put A Rainbow In The Cloud,” and “Nothing But The Blood (Still Saves The Lost).” Their latest single, from new album The Power, is entitled “Saved” and is being selected as a top release by many radio stations across the country.

Strider expressed, “It’s so hard to believe we are celebrating 10 years in ministry. I would have never imagined how God would bless our efforts as He has. From local church services, revivals and special events to, now, traveling all over the US, Canada and Europe. We are so thankful for those who have embraced our ministry through the years. We look forward to celebrating His goodness this Friday with many of our dearest friends. We also look forward to making new ones”

To purchase tickets for this Friday’s concert or for more information, call the Mercy’s Well office at (336) 314-6787. You can also learn more and/or purchase tickets online by clicking the link on their website’s homepage. The web address is www.mercyswell.com.

Mercy’s Well travels nationwide and internationally. Their music airs on Southern Gospel radio, satellite, and Internet stations all over the country and around the world. To schedule Mercy’s Well for your church service or special event and to get aquainted with their ministry, visit www.mercyswell.com. Follow them on Twitter @mercys_well and, on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/pages/Mercys-Well/58860563372.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Diamond Award Nominees: Last Week To Vote

Diamond Award Voting Ends May 20th:VOTE TODAY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (May 9, 2010) – Coastal Media Group and SGN Scoops Digital, home of the Diamond Awards, are proud to announce the final nominees for the 2011 Diamond Awards program. The Top 5 nominees were chosen from the second round voting and Top 10 ballot. The winners will be chosen from this list of Top 5 nominees. To VOTE, click here.

The online ballot is designed for fans to vote for their favorite artists and individuals for each award. Fans and industry supporters are encouraged to visit the SGN Scoops Digital website to place their votes. The Diamond Awards home on the web is located at http://www.sgnscoops.com.

Rob Patz of Coastal Media Group said, “The fans did a great job this year picking the Top 5 nominees! We are so excited about this year’s awards program, and we can’t wait to see how the voting goes for this year’s winners!”

The 2011 Diamond will once again take place at the Branson Gospel Music Revival. The show will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Branson, Missouri at the Tri-Lakes Center. The awards program will precede the Thursday evening concerts and will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Hosts and performers for the 2010 Diamond Awards will be announced at a later date.

For more information on the Diamond Awards – visit the SGN Scoops Digital website at http://www.sgnscoops.com .

About the Diamond Awards
The Diamond Awards were transferred over to the SGN Scoops Digital several years ago after the original home for the awards, the Gospel Voice Magazine, folded. The Diamond Awards are a fan-based award that allows the fans to choose the nominees as well as the winners in each year. The awards show is based during the Branson Gospel Music Revival every July.

Anthony Facello of Beyond the Ashes: Interview with Rob Patz

This week, Rob talks to Anthony Facello of Beyond the Ashes. Catch the interview HERE.

Beyond The Ashes is in the midst of a thriving time in their ministry, having just appeared on TBN, released a brand new CD (Treasures Unseen), and won an Absolutely Gospel Award for New Artist.

The trio has now been nominated for two Diamond Awards, which will take place during an event they co-headline, the Branson Gospel Music Revival.

Anthony discusses the heart of BTA and of course, answers Rob’s silly questions about food and stuff.

Click HERE to listen!