Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mercy's Well News

From Mercy's Well newsletter of October 25, 2012:

It has been a couple of weeks since our last update, so allow us to catch you up on everything that's been going on! Our Ohio and Michigan weekend was a real blessing. Two of the churches we visited were new for us, and two were places we had sung before. Overall, it was a great weekend.

Monday the 15th was our first day in the studio working on our new Christmas CD, which we are excited to announce will be entitled BETHLEHEM SKY! Even though we only had four days to work, we were able to get most of the project complete. Brad will be flying back out to Nashville next week to oversee the final additions being made (strings, brass, etc). These are the little things that really make the songs POP! We cannot wait to hear the finished product!

Last weekend was a sweet time for us, as we celebrated homecoming with our friends at Landmark FCOG in Princeton, WV. These folks have become like family to us, and it was so good to see them all again. Sunday evening was also special, as it allowed us the opportunity to visit the church of the young boy we mentioned on our Facebook page earlier this summer. Riley Gardner is 4 yrs old, and has been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. He was able to come to our concert, and was singing along from the front row for most of the evening. He was too shy to come up on stage and sing with us, but that's okay...he was the star of the show, regardless! We ask that you continue to keep Riley and his entire community in your prayers. Thank You!

May God bless you all! Have a great week!

In Christ,
Brad, Greg & Kyle
Mercy's Well

October 28 - 11:00 AM Center Cross Baptist Church - Asheboro, NC
For more information: (336) 381-3761

Greater Vision News

From Greater Vision's email newsletter of October 25, 2012:

This will be a quick Update, but you're going to get a lot of!

This Week's Concerts
Thursday - Newton, NC
Friday - Pigeon Forge, TN
Saturday - Pigeon Forge, TN
Monday thru Wednesday - Great Smokies Praisefest

To see our complete Concert Schedule, click HERE.
Praisefest Update!
Monday, we kick-off one of our favorite events of the year!!! The Great Smokies Praisefest returns for the 22nd Year! If you're joining us this year, you're in for an exciting and inspiring three days in one of the most beautiful areas of the country! Be ready... the Fall colors are hanging around for you to enjoy, and according the Weather Reports...we have some beautiful days in store... with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s...bring a jacket!

This event has been sold-out for several months, but, as expected, we've had a few last-minute cancellations for one reason or another, so as of this writing, there are six seats available for next week's event. If you are a last-minute planner, and would like to join us for one of the best week's of your year, call (910) 458-3539 today! You won't regret it! If you would like to see the great lineup of Artists joining us this year, click on the Praisefest logo above.

Sneak Preview!!!
We've just finished working on the Jubilee Gang's first-ever Christmas CD!!!
The final mix is finished, and the new CD will be released just in time for The Jubilee Christmas Tour, which begins on December 1! The Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, and Legacy Five team up once again to record songs about the most wonderful time of the year. Eleven songs in all...including some of your all-time favorites, with a "Jubilee" spin, plus some brand-new songs written by Chris Allman, Jim Brady, Rodney Griffin, Gerald Wolfe, and other great writers. If you love Christmas music, you're going to love this CD! Keep watching our Email Updates for more information.
If you haven't purchased your tickets for The Jubilee Christmas Tour, click on the CD cover above, for dates and locations.

Time is zipping by, and I have to get to the bus to head to North Carolina!

We hope you have a great weekend, and we look forward to seeing you... SOON!
As always, thank you for your prayers and your friendship. You are a blessing to us.

Legacy Five Is Giving Away Cruise For Two

From the Legacy 5 email newsletter of October 15, 2012:

This Thanksgiving day Legacy Five will be giving away a cruise for two on the Gospel Music Celebration Cruise 2013. This is a 7 Night cruise aboard the 5-Star Holland America Cruiseline ship ms Westerdam. We will be cruising to the Caribbean up close as we sail right into these stunning ports of call: Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, St. Marten and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. This cruise sets sail from Sunny Florida on January 19, 2013.

Because our 2013 Gospel Music Celebration Cruise sold-out so soon, we have decided to go ahead one put the 2014 cruise on sale NOW. So many of you missed the chance to get "on board" for 2013 so plan early and reserve your spot today for 2014 by Calling 888-245-4284. Click on the flyer for information about the 2014 Gospel Music Celebration Cruise to the Caribbean! Join Legacy Five and our friends, The Booth Brothers, The Collingsworth Family, Greater Vision, and Triumphant Quartet!
You can also download a complete brochure by clicking HERE! Reserve your space early for the best cabin selection and don't forget to tell them you heard about this cruise from Legacy Five's e-letter.

If Majestic mountains, glaciers and wildlife are more your "thing", then you will ant to consider joining us for an Alaska cruise.
A 7-Night Cruise on the 5-Star Cruiseline, Holland America ms Oosterdam sailing from Seattle, Washington into Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria, BC. July 14th - 21st 2013.

Come join us for a week in breathtaking Alaska on the Gospel Music Celebration! Unlike any other cruise or vacation you've experienced, we'll share a fun-filled week featuring the very best in Southern Gospel Music. Designed for the entire family, the fellowship and entertainment aboard this cruise celebration will stay with you long after the ship has docked.

Many of your favorite Gospel Music Artists will be joining the cruise! Legacy Five, Collingsworth Family, Booth Brothers, Beene Family, Ken Davis, Liberty Quartet, Pastor Rick White, Freedom Singers and TaRanda Greene will share their talents in evening concerts throughout the cruise. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy all of your favorite songs! Our mornings will be filled with soul-stirring worship and encouraging devotions giving you the opportunity to get to know the hearts behind the music. We'll also experience special artist showcases including Piano Extravaganzas with Kim Collingsworth, Comedy with Ken Davis, Hymns with Liberty's Royce Mitchell, and special "Surprise" game shows!!

Our latest project "A Wonderful Life" is now available! Buy Now! OR
DOWNLOAD the Cd and receive all 12 songs instantly for only $10.99!
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On The Road . . .
Here are the dates for the next two weeks. Check out our website for details.

10/25 Wilmot OH Amish Door Restaurant 7:00PM
10/26 Lansing MI South Church 7:00PM
10/27 Lincoln IL Hargrove Chapel - Lincoln Christian University 6:00PM
10/28 Dayton OH First Grace Church 6:00PM
10/29 Sevierville TN Great Smokies Praisefest 7:00PM
10/30 Sevierville TN Great Smokies Praisefest 9:00AM

Til we meet again,
Scott, Howie, Matt, Trey and Gus

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Christy Sutherland And Daniel Ball To Host 2012 Diamond Awards

Seattle, WA (October 24, 2012) –SGN Scoops is excited to announce the hosts for the 2012 Diamond Awards at Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Singer/songwriter Christy Sutherland and Daniel Ball of the Ball Brothers will be hosting the Awards gala on Tuesday, October 30th. The Diamond Awards is a free event, featuring performances by Crosby Lane, The Ball Brothers, Phil Stacey and Gerald Crabb, along with other exiting artists. Sutherland and Ball will be joined by other special presenters to announce the winners of the prestigious Diamond Awards.

“Three of my favorite things are: singing, comedy and fishing,” says Daniel Ball. “I’ve never figured out how to combine all three until now. I am thrilled for the opportunity to help host the Diamond Awards at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. The Ball Brothers will be performing and I’m sure we’ll get some humor into the awards show, whether it’s planned or not. No one has said anything about fishing, but I figure where there is a creek, there are fish! This will be a lot of fun.”

Christy Sutherland, a Diamond Award nominee, is also looking forward to Creekside Gospel Music Convention. “I am honored to be hosting the Diamond Awards for the third year in a row! I am especially looking forward to celebrating the Diamond Awards in the beautiful Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.” Sutherland adds, “Pigeon Forge will always have a special place in my heart, as that is where my husband and I spent most of our courtship. It’s a beautiful town tucked away in the Smoky Mountains and has always been a hot bed for great Southern Gospel and Christian Country music. I can’t wait to see so many of my friends in the music business be recognized for their talents and ministries!”

“I’m excited to have such exceptional talent as hosts for the 2012 Diamond Awards,” says Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group and publisher of SGN Scoops. “Christy always does a phenomenal job and I’m sure our audience will enjoy the addition of Daniel to the program. I’m looking forward to this great evening of wonderful music and being able to recognize the amazing artists that are in our industry.”

Creekside Gospel Music Convention will be held at the Smokey Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from October 29 through 31, 2012. All events are free, including morning chapel, afternoon matinees and evening performances, as well as the exhibit hall. The 75th Anniversary Celebration of Lou Hildreth will be the focus on Monday, October 29. The 2012 Diamond Awards will be held on October 30 and October 31 is Family Night. For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention visit

Rooms are available at the hotel on site for just $54 per night. Reservations can be made by phone or online. By phone, call toll-free at Toll Free: 1-800-223-6707 or local call 865-908-3015. Online Reservations- go to
Click “Book My Room” then Click “SGN Scoops.”
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Karen Peck, "How You Walk The Miles" Official Release!

Soul’d Out Quartet Adds Ian Owens As New Bass

Since the departure of long time bass singer Matt Fouch, in mid August, Soul’d Out Quartet has been diligently seeking God and following his leading in the attempt to find the right person to be our bass singer. Despite having met many great people through the audition process, we (the men of Soul’d Out) had made the decision to remain a trio unless God provided the absolute right fit for our team and ministry.
Soul’d Out Quartet is thrilled to announce that God has provided us with the right bass singer!! We are so excited to have Ian Owens joining the Soul’d Out family! You may have heard Ian’s name before as the bass singer for Gospel Quartets such as “The Imperials” and “Ernie Haase and Signature Sound”.

Ian has 12 years of full time ministry in gospel music and we are so pleased that this chapter of our lives brings us together to proclaim the Good News!! Ian’s first appearance with Soul’d Out will be on November 9th, 2012. We ask for your prayers for both Ian and the current Soul’d Out members as we transition into this new and very exciting time. God has great things in store for this ministry! Come and see us when we are in your area and welcome Ian aboard! Dusty, Michael, Bryan, Rick and Matt.

Soul'd Out Website:

From: Ian Owens
“After spending a weekend on the road with Soul’d Out Quartet, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that joining their team is God’s will for my life. I am very excited to have the opportunity to spread the Word of God with such strong men of faith and integrity! Matt, Bryan, Dusty, and Michael all have such a sincere and earnest desire to see souls won and lives changed. I absolutely can not wait to be “pounding the pavement” with these awesome men! However…..I’m scared I may not be much of a bass singer for them if I’m always hoarse from laughing at them! They’re funny!!”

Ernie Haase And Signature Sound Tour Dates

From EHSS email newsletter October 24, 2012:

Hello Friends of EHSS:

Well this was the first official EHSS weekend for our new bass singer Paul Harkey.

Four shows, one of which was a Gaither Homecoming Concert, was quite a way to start his tenure. We were so encouraged by the people's welcoming spirit towards Paul, and we sincerely appreciate everyone's support.

Getting to know Paul has been great. He has a soothing, calm way about a big ole teddy bear! Each night after the concerts its so touching to see him on his cell phone smiling from ear to ear, with tears in his eyes as he shares with his wife all the happenings of the day.

We praise the Lord for providing us with what we need. Just one more reason to trust Him more, and thats "Reason Enough" for me!

Please come out to see and hear why we are all so excited! Here's where we'll be for the next few weeks ...

OCT 25, 2012 - Toledo, OH
OCT 26, 2012 - Westerville, OH
OCT 27, 2012 - Nashville, TN

NOV 1, 2012 - Wichita, KS
NOV 2, 2012 - Springfield, MO

NOV 15, 2012 - Jacksonville, FL
NOV 16, 2012 - Winter Park, FL
NOV 17, 2012 - Pascagoula, MS

NOV 24, 2012 - Hartville, OH

Merry Christmas!!!

Yep, I know a little early, but that is what I have been doing this year. I’ve been getting things done early, even if I don’t do it quite right. Case in point: I have already bought all my Christmas presents and started wrapping them. I got half of them wrapped and realized I used the wrong wrapping paper!

The paper doesn’t say “Merry Christmas” … it says, “Happy Birthday!” I didn’t let that get me down; I just took a Sharpie® out and wrote “Jesus” at the end on each one. :)

It may be early, but I want you to plan in advance to share an evening with EHSS on one of our 2012 Christmas tour dates. All of these dates are going to be fun and full of holiday cheer and YES, we will celebrate the birth of our Savior ... on purpose.

Let me draw your attention to one special weekend.

December 14th and 15th will be very special for me. My Alma Mater, Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana, is hosting not one but TWO EHSS Christmas shows. I have not been able to sing in my high school since I left in 1983. This will be a special time to reconnect with friends and family. The Castle High Choir and Show Choir will also join us. That’s right! The very same show choir that I learned all my moves from back in the day.

I cannot tell you how pumped I am about this weekend! I’d love to have you come and spend the weekend in historic Newburgh, Indiana. The riverfront is just minutes from the venue and there are plenty of boutiques, shopping and fine eating establishments.

So, make your plans early! To purchase your tickets, go to one, or both of the following links

December 14th Concert
December 15th Concert

To purchase tickets for either of these concerts by phone please call (800) 965-9324.

Here is the full schedule of the EHSS Christmas Tour:

NOV 30, 2012 - Cape May Court House, NJ
DEC 1, 2012 - Wheeling, WV
DEC 2, 2012 - Hamilton, OH

DEC 6, 2012 - Chatham, Ontario CANADA
DEC 7, 2012 - Wabash, IN
DEC 9, 2012 - Jim Thorpe, PA

DEC 13, 2012 - Lexington, SC
DEC 14, 2012 - Newburgh, IN - ** Ernie's Hometown **
DEC 15, 2012 - Newburgh, IN - ** Ernie's Hometown **
DEC 16, 2012 - Newark, OH

All in all, this tour is looking to be the best Christmas Tour yet ... in fact, I’m planning on it in advance!

And while we are talking Christmas…

I also wanted to share with you some great news about our StowTown Records artist The Collingsworth Family. They have a brand new CD and DVD out called Feels Like Christmas.
This project is out-of-this-world good! And I’m proud to say our partners at Provident / Sony have just informed us that both Lifeway Christian Stores and Family Christian Stores have just added Feels Like Christmas to their shelves this week.
Please go out and support The Collingsworth Family, StowTown Records & Christian retail stores. It’s people like you that keep these quality establishments spreading the Gospel.

In closing, here is a little video clip of the making of Feels Like Christmas. Click here to view! ENJOY! ...

Copyright © 2012 Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
P.O. Box 2288
Stow, OH 44224

Karen Kingsbury's The Bridge Debuts October 23


WHAT: Karen Kingsbury is a No. 1 New York Times and USA Today best-seller with nearly 20 million books in print and recognized by Time magazine and the Today Show for her Life-Changing Fiction ™. Oct. 23, she debuts her latest novel, The Bridge, her first in a 10-book contract with Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

WHO: Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist. More than 20 million copies of her award-winning books are in print, with several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written dozens of Life-Changing Fiction™ titles, 15 of which hit No. 1 on national lists. Her public speaking reaches more than 100,000 women annually at various national events. Karen lives and works in Franklin, Tenn., with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three adopted from Haiti. Living nearby is their only daughter, Kelsey, an actress in inspirational films and married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky.

WHY: Why does No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury trademark her storytelling as Life-Changing Fiction™? Because her novels change lives, as her readers frequently tell her. Because at the heart of Karen’s books are well-written stories based on characters readers care about. As her audience widens even further, expect to see the Kingsbury effect spread beyond her current reach:

Karen’s dozens of books have sold 20 million copies.
Karen Facebook page has nearly 300,000 friends.
Each month receives 8 million hits.
Karen’s Twitter account has more than 30,000 followers.
A monthly e-newsletter reaches 120,000 subscribers, and 70 percent of them click through the letter to her site.
Through various national events, each year Karen speaks to more than 100,000 women.

SYNOPSIS: An unforgettable love story set against the demise of the American bookstore, The Bridge is a tale for the times and figures to be Karen Kingsbury’s biggest book to date. For three decades The Bridge bookstore connected the people of Franklin, Tenn., with cherished stories and with Charlie and Donna Barton, the store’s owners. And the store connected them to each other. But not all stories starting at The Bridge had happy endings. Five years earlier, Molly and Ryan were two college students united in a shared faith, love of music and an undeniable attraction to each other. The two were separated by circumstances that cut their story short and left them with what looked to be a lifetime of questions.

When a hundred-year flood devastates the town and nearly destroys The Bridge, Charlie loses spirit and begins to doubt whether his work in books has mattered. As Christmas approaches, another tragedy strikes and all hope seems lost. Molly and Ryan return to Franklin, neither expecting to see the other, and both needing a miracle. Can the people of Franklin rally around The Bridge and find the second chances they all need? The story of The Bridge reminds us that our love for books matters. This story for our times will stay in your heart forever.

What happens to bookstores in the age of digital publishing?—Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge is more than an inspiring novel, it’s a love letter to small, independently owned bookstores battling for their place in a changing industry and beloved by those who thrill at the touch of a paper page.

Karen Kingsbury expands her already wide reach—The Bridge is Karen’s first work in a 10-book contract with Simon & Schuster imprint Howard Books. With it, Karen—who already has reached millions with her writings—reaches an even wider audience. Her story is worth telling, and book lovers everywhere will be talking about her soon.
AUTHOR Karen Kingsbury

PUBLISHER Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster

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Creekside Gospel Music Convention October 29,30, 31 in Pigeon Forge, TN

SGNScoops is proud to present the Creekside Gospel Music Convention next week, October 29,30,31 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The three day event will feature some of the best in Southern Gospel Music as well as celebrations of milestones and achievements in the Gospel Music Industry. WATC Channel 57 out of Atlanta will capture the highlights of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention and will air a special program in December. Below is a description of the activities and events of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention and remember ALL EVENTS ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

On Monday evening at 7:00pm, we will celebrate 75 years in Gospel Music with Mrs. Lou Wills Hildreth! This celebration will include performances by special guests and will be hosted by Tim Lovelace. This evening will be a great night of honoring a living legend in Gospel Music and everyone is invited!
Before the Lou Hildreth Celebration begins at 7:00pm, there will be a “Pre-Show” at 5:30 pm. This Pre-Show will include artist performances by Phil Cross, Promise, Channing Eleton and more.
An evening concert will follow Ms. Lou’s Celebration and will include performances by Declaration Trio, Triumphant, The Youngs and others.

On Tuesday morning, the fellowship continues! There will be a 9:30 a.m. chapel service and then an afternoon musical matinee will take place. From noon until 3:00pm, artist performances will include The Williamsons, Omega, Christy Sutherland, Ann Downing, Logan Smith along with many more.

The Diamond Awards Show will be presented on Tuesday evening at 7:00pm. For the last several months, fans voted for their favorite artists and groups in 23 different categories. The final five nominees, along with the winner of each category, will be announced. Special artist performances during the Diamond Awards Show will include the Ball Brothers, David Bryan, Gerald Crabb, Phil Stacey, Watts, Rowsey, Bean and others. The evening will also feature the debut of a brand new group, Crosby Lane. The night’s special event will be hosted by soloist Christy Sutherland and Daniel Ball of the Ball Brothers.

The Diamond Awards Pre-Show will begin at 5:30pm on Tuesday afternoon and will continue until the Diamond Awards begin at 7:00pm. Following the Diamond Awards, performances from many artists and groups will continue until 11:00 p.m.

Wednesday morning, October 31, the Chapel Service will begin at 9:30am with a short devotion and time of worship. The afternoon concert, from noon until 3:00pm will feature David Bryan, Pine Ridge Boys, Ava Kasich, Renaissance Revival, The Griffins and more. From 3:00pm – 11:00pm, the fellowship and music continues with an Evening Concert showcasing Lindsay Huggins, Rhonda Frye, Lisa Herald, In His Image Quartet, Faith’s Journey and others.

For a complete schedule, visit: (Schedule is Subject to Change)

In addition to the celebrations, awards and gospel music, SGNScoops has partnered with a local ministry. All guests and participants are encouraged to bring good used clothing, house-hold items, toys, books, cds and more to benefit LIVE-IT. LIVE-IT is a local non-profit ministry serving widows, orphans and the less fortunate in the Sevier County area. Items collected will stock LIVE-IT’s thrift store. All items sold will directly fund ministry needs. For more information about the out-reach project, visit:

The exhibit area of the Smoky Mountain Convention Center will be filled with artist and vendor booths. This is a great chance to meet your favorite artists as well as purchase a variety of products.

Rooms are available at the hotel on site for just $54 per night. Reservations can be made by phone or online. By phone, call toll-free at Toll Free: 1-800-223-6707 or local call 865-908-3015. Online Reservations- go to
Click “Book My Room” then Click “SGN Scoops.”
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Hoppers Release Count Me In

(Nashville, TN – October 22, 2012) – One of Gospel music’s most awarded and acclaimed family groups The Hoppers are excited to release their all-new studio recording, Count Me In, today October 23. Family members Kim, Dean, Connie, Claude and Michael Hopper joined hands with industry veteran producer Michael Sykes, along with co-production from Kim and Mike, to bring this collection of songs to life.

“Michael Sykes took us under his wing and revived a bit of old-school soul in all of us,” described Connie. “You can hear the emotion and conviction in our wavering voices throughout this album, and we intentionally didn't edit any of that emotion out. We set a path for ourselves, musically, to simply do something different...something that hopefully makes you feel God's Spirit.”

“We discovered we didn't have to go about this in the standard ‘ABC recording fashion,’” explained Kim. “Instead, we dove head first into recording vocals with only a click track, later adding the instrumentation and definitive melody around our voices. This is contrary to what we normally do, and it gave such a freedom in tracking! We were able to do so much more with the emotion of each song.”

That passion is evident on Count Me In, complete with lush orchestration and unmistakable, seamless harmonies. The release features stirring power ballads, for which the group has long been known, with new offerings such as “He Didn’t Just Carry the Cross He Carried Me” and “I Am Whatever You Need.” For Hoppers’ fans whose favorite tunes are the group’s contagious upbeat melodies, the new release includes “Mighty Is the Word,” “I’ll Take You Home” and the title cut and first radio single “Count Me In,” currently climbing the airplay charts.

From catchy choruses to reflective strains, the recording captures some special moments for the avid Gospel music fan with a cover of the Bill and Gloria Gaither classics “I Just Feel Like Something Good Is About to Happen” and “I Will Serve Thee,” an easygoing version of “If I Can Help Somebody” and a re-make of the thought-provoking ballad “I Wish We’d All Been Ready,” which finds Connie delivering a heartfelt, earnest vocal alongside the family’s signature blends and emotional interpretations.

“We've found that what you sing doesn't just have to line up with what you believe, it has to be your burden- your heart- as you sing it,” stated Dean. “The Hoppers have definitely evolved musically over the past 55 years, but so has circumstance. Count Me In is our representation of where we are now with a nod to where we've been and, most importantly, where we are going. This album is such a monumental thing for us.”

The Hoppers are recent inductees into the Gospel Music Association’s (GMA’s) Hall of Fame, and they have just returned from The Singing News Fan Awards where Kim was awarded Favorite Soprano and Favorite Female Singer only a couple of weeks after being named Favorite Soprano at the first annual National Quartet Convention (NQC) Awards, held in Louisville, Ky.

The group enjoyed recent success with the release The Gaither Gospel Series: The Best of The Hoppers (Gaither Music Group). The DVD soared to #2 on Billboard’s video chart while the CD entered the Billboard Heatseeker chart at #4. Additionally, the CD entered the Nielsen SoundScan southern gospel chart at #1 and the Contemporary Christian chart at #10.

The Hoppers maintain a heavy touring schedule, performing on the Gaither Homecoming video series, at the National Quartet Convention, at the Great Western Gospel Music Fan Festival, at the Cove and at Singing in the Sun in addition to around 150 solo dates annually.

Count Me In, distributed exclusively through EMI CMG Distribution, is available at online outlets, including iTunes. It is also be available in retail stores where Christian music is sold. For further information regarding The Hoppers, please visit

Please visit to view special behind-the-scenes videos from The Hoppers’ time in the studio, or visit them on Twitter: @CDeanHopper, and @HoppersMusic.

Track Listing:

Mighty Is the Word
That’s What I Love About Him
I’ll Take You Home
He Didn’t Just Carry the Cross He Carried Me
I Just Feel Like Something Good Is About to Happen
If I Can Help Somebody
Count Me In
I’ll Worship Only at the Feet of Jesus
I Am Whatever You Need
I Will Serve Thee
I Wish We’d All Been Ready

'Work, Love, Pray' Launches Oct. 23: Book Offers New GPS to Women's Career-Life Balance


WHAT: Can executive women have it all? Wrong question, so says Diane Paddison, a high-level corporate executive and author of Work, Love, Pray, guiding career women to balance work, family and faith values. Starting with her own story, Paddison, chief strategy officer of Cassidy Turley, advises on grad school, first jobs, marriage, finding family-friendly companies—and keeping family first.

Read Paddison’s Recent USA Today Op-Ed

WHO: Diane Paddison, Harvard MBA, is chief strategy officer of Cassidy Turley and three times the only female member on the executive team at a Fortune 500 company. She’s also a wife, mother and Christian. Diane founded and heads 4word, a city-by-city and online organization linking career women with mentors and peers.

WHEN: Work, Love, Pray lands in bookstores and on Amazon and Kindle Oct. 23, 2012

WHY: The Atlantic, The Economist, USA Today and others are debating career vs. motherhood. Paddison steps in with practical advice. It’s not either/or, she says; and while “having it all” is a myth, balance is not. Paddison also is behind the growing number of 4word city chapters—the long-missing link between career women and mentors and peers.

SYNOPSIS: As women rise in today's workforce, old best practices fall short. Work, Love, Pray is new personal wisdom for every stage in the burgeoning category of women’s professional lives. Along with her own ups and downs, Diane presents 15 other “been there” female execs with sound advice on career progress without compromise. Work, Love, Pray also is a must-read for husbands, pastors and mentors.

STORY IDEAS: In USA Today—Does Full-Time Career Mean Part-Time Mom? Yahoo’s new CEO Marissa Mayer, hired while she was pregnant, gave birth in October. Diane’s recent op-ed in USA Today builds on Mayer’s example to say that both rearing children and rising in a career, increasingly, are women’s new normal.

Do Churches “Get” It? The small-but-growing trend for churches supporting moms with careers echoes stats in Work, Love, Pray:

For the first time, women in the workplace outnumber men.
In 1971 only 3 percent of all lawyers were women, today, it’s 37 percent.
The percentage of women in college (57 percent) tops men (43 percent).
Almost half of all law and medical degrees go to women, up from about 10 percent in 1970.
AUTHOR Diane Paddison


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(Nashville, TN – October 22, 2012) – The Hoppers, known as "America's Favorite Family of Gospel Music, are proud to present their first-ever concept video for the song "I Wish We'd All Been Ready." The song is from their brand-new release Count Me In which releases on October 23, 2012.

Connie Hopper states: "I first heard 'I Wish We'd All Been Ready' in the early seventies and haven't heard it performed since. I had never given any thought to recording the song, but the message stayed with me through the years. While choosing material for Count Me In, I asked our producer if he remembered this particular tune. Without a breath, he rolled out the intro on his keyboard, and the lyrics came from memory. As we look at today's turmoil, in the home and around the world, we know this message is timeless. Matthew 24:44 says, 'BE READY for in an hour as ye think not the Son Of Man cometh.' I pray that we're all ready!"

The video, directed and filmed by Patrick Tohill, can be seen on the official Facebook page of the Hoppers at

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THE ROYS Continue National Media Sweep

Nashville, TN (October 22, 2012) - Multi-award winning duo THE ROYS continue to promote their latest EP, NEW DAY DAWNING, with a sweep of national television and syndicated radio appearances that include THE DAILY BUZZ, DAYTIME and syndicated radio show, MOBY IN THE MORNING.

Tuesday, October 23, MOBY IN THE MORNING / 7-8 a.m. EDT. Listen online at

Wednesday, October 24, DAYTIME / 9-10 a.m. EDT. Check local listings at
This morning the siblings performed their current single, "Still Standing," on THE DAILY BUZZ. Fans who missed the duo's appearance can view it now at . Later today, viewers can also catch Lee and Elaine's feature on Nashville's NEWS & MORE AT MIDDAY; click on .

The ongoing media exposure is in support of NEW DAY DAWNING, THE ROYS' sophomore disc for Rural Rhythm Records. Their television schedule follows a busy Inspirational Country Music Week (October 14-18). The duo kicked off the 20th Anniversary of the ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards Show with the evening's first performance and took home the Bluegrass Artist of the Year honor for the second year in a row. Lee Roy received a plaque from Power Source Magazine for his Number 1 Inspirational Country Single, "I Wonder What God's Thinking," from their previous CD, LONESOME WHISTLE.

Born in upstate Massachusetts and raised across the border in Canada, THE ROYS come from a unique musical family. Surrounded by song from their earliest memories, Lee and Elaine are now hailed for their superb sibling harmonies, "Rootsy" sound and compelling original tunes. A vibrant and progressive instrumental attitude complements THE ROYS' vocal style, and their music has enchanted fans since the duo's first release. With over 150 dates booked so far this year, they have shared the stage with George Jones, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Ricky Skaggs, John Rich, Darryl Worley, Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson, Janie Fricke, The Oak Ridge Boys and Chris Young. LONESOME WHISTLE earned them a spot on BILLBOARD'S Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011 Chart and gave them two hit singles: "Coal Minin' Man" and "Trailblazer." Recently named Inspirational Country Music's Bluegrass Artist of the Year (2012), the siblings were previously honored with that award in 2011 and dubbed the organization's Duo of the Year in 2010 and 2009. THE ROYS have aligned with Team RealTree™ Outdoor Energy Drink for a strategic partnership of their tour.

Fans can follow Lee and Elaine online at THEROYSonline, FACEBOOK and on Twitter @theroysonline.

Country Music Legend, Collin Raye, Launches Foundation After CMA Nov 1 in Memory of His Late Granddaughter, Haley

Country Music Awards Late Night Gala Draws Stars to Perform and Launch Collin Raye's Blessed Chair Foundation, in Memory of Granddaughter Haley Who Passed Away

Jamie O'Neal, John Berry among music artists who will perform with Raye after the CMAs on November 1st in downtown Nashville; new foundation will provide wheelchairs to help families of disabled children.

NASHVILLE, Oct. 19, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- It's been a long and painful two years since Haley Bell, granddaughter of multi-platinum country music star, Collin Raye, died at age nine from an undiagnosed neurological disorder. But "Poppi," as Haley called him, has moved back to Nashville and has turned the pain of Haley's death into a way of helping families who are unable to afford wheelchairs for their disabled children. More about the event is here:

"For my daughter Britanny (Haley's mother) and I, the reality of the Blessed Chair Foundation gives us purpose beyond the pain and hurt of losing our sweet angel, Haley," says Raye, who charted 16 #1 hits, and 24 Top 10 hits through the 90's with songs like "Love Me," "In This Life," "Little Rock," and "One Boy, One Girl." In 2011, Raye's first inspirational album, His Love Remains, was released and remains the #1 reviewed Christian CD on

The newly formed foundation is named from lyrics in the song "She's with Me," a song Collin Raye wrote about Haley when she was still alive. Collin sings about her "Blessed Chair" which carried Haley everywhere with the family and which greatly improved the quality of Haley's life.

According to the Survey of Income and Program Participation, there are 3.4 million wheelchair/scooter users among the U.S. non-institutional population ages 6+, which represents 1.3% of the U.S. population ages 6 and over. There are many families of special needs children who are working hard to make ends meet yet cannot afford to purchase a basic wheelchair that they need to improve the quality of life of their loved one. This foundation seeks to reach and help these families.

Country music stars Jamie O'Neal, John Berry and other country music artists are scheduled to perform with Raye after the CMA Awards on November 1st. The event will be an elegant evening of live performances, premium bar and gourmet food at The aVenue in downtown Nashville. This event will be the official launch for The Haley Bell Blessed Chair Foundation. Many other artists are expected to stop by or perform (pending official confirmations). Artists unable to attend but donating autographed guitars include Vince Gill, Neal McCoy, John Michael Montgomery and Joe Diffie.

The Foundation is partnering with Cradle Concepts, LLC, Collin's record label, and Custom Travel Incentives, CTI, a New York City-based marketing firm providing a trusted resource for corporate hospitality, trip incentives, promotions and special event production. A member of the Country Music Association since 2006, CTI is also the exclusive travel packager for Broadway Across America.

To purchase tickets to Country Late Night 2012 with Collin Raye, to donate a wheelchair or for more information on Collin Raye's CMA After Party, go to For Interviews please call Kristina Hernandez at 703-373-0632 or email

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THE ROYS Take Home ICM Bluegrass Artist of the Year Award - Again!

THE ROYS Take Home ICM Bluegrass Artist of the Year Award For Second Consecutive Year
Elaine + Lee Roy backstage at ICM Awards
Photo Credit : Wyneka Thomas
Nashville, TN (October 19, 2012) -- THE ROYS have been named Inspirational Country Music's Bluegrass Artist of the Year for 2012, giving them back-to-back wins in this category. "We sing what is in our hearts and true to our Faith," comments Elaine Roy. "It was a very strong group of nominees - everyone deserved this award," notes her brother Lee. "Elaine and I are so honored to win this for the second year in a row." THE ROYS were named the organization's Bluegrass Artist of the Year in 2011 and Duo of the Year in 2010 and 2009.

The brother/sister duo kicked off the 20th Anniversary Faith, Family & Country™ Awards Show with a performance of the title track from their current EP, NEW DAY DAWNING (Rural Rhythm). The disc debuted at Number 2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart in early September and two weeks later had risen to Number 1 on Amazon's Bluegrass Best Sellers list.

Last night's Awards ceremony was hosted by Inside Edition's Megan Alexander and GAC's Storme Warren and held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. THE ROYS shared the stage with luminaries Mac Powell (Third Day), Andy Griggs, John Berry, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and more. The nationally-televised program aired on TCT Television Network, Total Living Network, NRB Network and Golden Eagle Broadcasting. Fans should check local listings for repeat air dates and times. Nashvillians can view the show on WKRN-TV (Channel 2) on December 23.

Music lovers can follow Lee and Elaine online at THEROYSonline, FACEBOOK and on Twitter @theroysonline.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Gold City News

From Gold City e-newsletter October 19, 2012:

Weekend Rewind...

The old song "I’ve Been Everywhere" would be fitting for us to sing this week! In the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen GA, MS, MO, TN, IN, VA, and all points in between. We sang in an old renovated school house called The Gospel Barn. We visited Tony Gore’s Smokey Mountain BBQ restaurant, where we were forced to eat everything from his delicious hamburgers to the baked banana pudding. Hey, it’s a tough gig, but our mothers taught us to be polite and clean our plates. After waddling to the bus, we headed on. We even sang in a cave! The Lesters are some of our dear gospel music singing friends and their annual Fall Festival of Gospel Music is held in a cave at Meramec Caverns. It’s one of the most unique places we’ve ever sung. Just a full couple of weeks, and we love keeping busy for the Lord and all you friends who come out to see us.

On The Mend...

For the many folks who have asked, Danny has been off the road a few weeks recovering from some sinus surgery. He’s on the mend and will be back on the road next week. Thank you to Lance Talley, Chris Whitaker, Staclynn Faulkner and Howard Stewart for standing in the gap during Danny's absence.

Save The Date!

Gold City is going to NEW YORK CITY! We’re making a trip to the Big Apple! The final plans are being made, but we can tell you we will be singing at Times Square Church on December 1st! We’re all excited about this event and hope you can make plans to be with us. Perhaps a get-away weekend to NYC during the Christmas season is something you’ve always wanted to do. Well, make your plans and include us in them.

Come Cruise With Us...

We’re going cruising in January. Come be a part of a wonderful week January 20-27, 2013 as we sail to Cozumel, Grand Caymen, and Jamaica. Our website has a link to all the details, so go to and click on the logo, then make your plans to sail with us!

Concert Alert!!

We will be in Vicksburg, MS on Saturday, October 20th at Triumph Church at 7 p.m. Due to a schedule cancellation, this was a recently booked date, so if you’re in the area, we hope to see you at this event.

Thank You!!

We appreciate all the folks who called in and requested our last single, Lord Of Life, making it top out at number 2. Now our next single, I Get Down, has been sent out to radio, so call your radio stations and request this song today!

Danny's Favorite Quote Of The Week..

"God deserves first place in your life... and you deserve the experience of putting Him there." -Criswell Freeman

Coming Up...

We’ve got some exciting dates coming up in the future, so check out our schedule to see where we’re going to be. Above all, please pray for our safety and our effectiveness in sharing the gospel with great folks who need to know about Jesus.


For our full schedule or more information, please visit
Saturday, 10/20

Vicksburg, MS 7pm Triumph Church 136 Honeysuckle Lane
Sunday, 10/21 Minden, LA 8am First Baptist 301 Pennsylvania Ave
Sunday, 10/21 Shreveport, LA 6pm Oakmont Church of God 5925 W. 70th St
Thursday, 10/25 Strasburg, VA 7pm Liberty Baptist 29110 Old Valley Pike
Friday, 10/26 Port Crane, NY 7pm First Baptist Church Gym 38 Canal St
Saturday, 10/27 Cranberry, PA 7pm Three Bridges Freewill Baptist 20401 Route 19 (Cranberry TWP)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Creekside Gospel Music Convention Welcomes Ann Downing

Seattle, WA (October 18, 2012) – The Creekside Gospel Music Convention is thrilled
to welcome Ann Downing to this year’s event at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, October 29
through 31. Dowing, legendary Gospel artist and speaker, is scheduled to apppear during the free three-day event hosted by SGN Scoops and Coastal Media Group.

“Some of my most interesting and fulfilling times are when I am with other artists and gospel music fans at a gathering such as Creekside,” said Ann Downing. “I excitedly look forward to enjoying these good days, celebrating our music, and learning to live out what we sing and speak about!

“I’m delighted to have my friend Ann as part of the Creekside Gospel Music
Convention,” said Rob Patz, CEO of The Coastal Media Group and publisher of SGN
Scoops. “She is always a delight and we are privileged to have her share her music and ministry with us.”

Creekside Gospel Music Convention will be held at the Smokey Mountain Convention
Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, from October 29 through 31, 2012. Join us for
morning chapel services, afternoon matinees and evening concerts on each day. All
events are free.

Monday, October 29th features The 75th Anniversary Celebration of
Lou Hildreth. On Tuesday, October 30th, the 2012 Diamond Awards will be presented.
Wednesday, October 31 is Family Night. For more information on Creekside Gospel
Music Convention visit

For more information on Ann Downing, visit

Rooms are available at the hotel on site for just $54 per night. Reservations
can be made by phone or online. By phone, call toll-free at Toll Free: 1-
800-223-6707 or local call 865-908-3015. Online Reservations- go to http://
Click “Book My Room” then Click “SGN Scoops.”

Called Out Quartet News

From Called Out Quartet Newsletter October 18, 2012:

Only 29 days left until Called Out Quartet's 6th Annual Southern Gospel Celebration at the Spirit of the Smokies Condo Lodge located in Pigeon Forge, TN. The temps are headed down to the 30's this weekend in Pigeon Forge, and that means it's time to start thinking about Christmas. This year will again feature Called Out Quartet with the legendary Eddie Crook on piano, and our special guest HisVoice from Knoxville, TN. And as usual, we will be doing a special Called Out Quartet Christmas concert on Saturday night...and who knows what other surprises could get added into that.

As we mentioned in our last update, we have made some upgrades to this years Southern Gospel Celebration! To start with, we have moved locations...The 2012 Southern Gospel Celebration will be held at the Spirit of the Smokies Condo Lodge located in beautiful Pigeon Forge, TN. This condo lodge is newly-remodeled, has 160 condos, and has room options of Double Queen and King Jacuzzi units with private balconies and deluxe Queen fireplace rooms. Each room has deluxe pillow top beds, a 32" flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. The Deluxe Queen Fireplace Suite features a gas fireplace with a full size kitchen with stove top, dishwasher, full size refrigerator, dining table for four and a twin sleeper sofa. This condo lodge also offers adjoining units for those of you with a big group that might want to stay together (or maybe stay together some of the time and have your own room some of the time). We have also upgraded our Saturday morning Breakfast (which is included in the Lodge Package)...this year it will be an ALL YOU CAN EAT buffet (with all breakfast food options) held at the "Wood Grill Buffet" located adjacent to the condo lodge.

So your're probably thinking this will cost way to much since they added all of these upgrades, and if so you would be thinking "incorrectly" (that's a nice southern way to say you're wrong...LOL). The Lodge Package for 2 people is $259.00...NOT $259.00 per person, but $259.00 for 2 persons. Then it's an extra $50.00 per person in the same room. Maybe you don't want to stay at this hotel, and if so there are ticket and pass options also available again this year. Tickets are $20.00 per person, per night...and Family Passes (which include 2 adults and all children 18 & under) are $75.00 for the whole weekend. For more information about these options just visit our website. So what are you waiting for, get signed up today before it's too late!

For more info visit or call us at 615-332-5500

Upcoming Appearances

10/20/12 - 6:00 PM
Mayflower Unity Baptist Church
Pikeville, KY

10/21/12 - 11:00 AM
Toms Creek Freewill Baptist Church
Ivel, KY

10/21/12 - 6:00 PM
Pikeville Freewill Baptist Church
Pikeville, KY

10/28/12 - 1:30 PM
Victory Missionary Baptist Church
Hendersonville, TN

11/3/12 - 6:00 PM
Old Fashion Gospel Hour Singing
Fairview Missionary Baptist Church
Woodburn, KY

11/16/12 - 11/18/12
Called Out Quartet's
6th Annual Southern Gospel Celebration
Spirit of the Smokies Condo Lodge
Pigeon Forge, TN

Greater Vision News

From the Greater Vision Newsletter October 17, 2012:

Fall is in full-swing here in East Tennessee! The colors this year are amazing, and there are people from all over the world, visiting our area to see the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains right now. It's a wonderful time of the year!

Later today, we'll get on the bus and head out for three great concerts in Louisiana and Texas! Check out our schedule below to see if we're coming to your area! We would love to see you!

Also, check out the other news in this Email Update. We really appreciate you taking the time to keep up with us.

This Week's Concerts
Friday - Anacoco, LA
Saturday - Terrell, TX
Sunday - Humble, TX

To see our complete Concert Schedule, click HERE.

Plan Early!!!
Our 2013 Gospel Music Celebration Cruise sold-out very quickly, so here's your chance to plan early and reserve your cabin for the 2014 Cruise... NOW! Click on the flyer for information about the 2014 Gospel Music Celebration Cruise to the Caribbean! This 7-night cruise features many of your favorite Gospel Music Artists, including The Booth Brothers, The Collingsworth Family, Legacy Five, Triumphant Quartet, and of course, Greater Vision! You can also download a complete brochure by clicking HERE! Call 888-245-4284 to reserve your cabin today, and be sure to mention that you learned about the cruise from this Email Update! Reserve your space early for the best cabin selection!

While We're On This Subject...
Since we're on the subject of of the most popular cruise destinations in the world is Alaska, and we're going again in 2013! The In Touch Alaska Cruise will sail from Vancouver, BC through the famous "Inside Passage" to Alaska from July 12 - 19, 2013! This cruise is unique, in that the entire ship is chartered for the cruise! That means the bars and casino will be closed, and all the ship's entertainment will be replaced by great, Christian entertainment and Gospel Music! Featured Artists include Greater Vision, Mark Trammell Quartet, The Specks, Sisters, Babbie Mason, Voices Of Lee, Dennis Swanberg, Tim Parton, and Geraldine & Ricky. Featured Speakers for the 2013 Alaska Cruise will be Dr. Charles Stanley and Andy Stanley.

For more information, or to see a complete brochure, click on the photo above, or you can order a free brochure by calling our office at 423-586-4952. You can also register online today, using the link on the information page, which is linked to the photo above. This Christian Charter Cruise to Alaska is expected to be another sell-out, so reserve your cabin now!

I've got a busy day...getting ready for this evening's trip, so I'll close. Thank you for taking the time to ready this Email Update. Every week, more and more people are signing up to receive our Updates, and we are very thankful for our new friends. Most importantly, we are very grateful for your prayers for us and for our families. We really appreciate YOU!

Have a blessed weekend!
Gerald Wolfe

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2013 will be your last opportunity to attend Gospel Music's Largest Annual Event in Louisville, Kentucky! Join us, along with all your favorite Gospel Music Artists, as we celebrate the end of an era in Louisville, at the 2013 NQC!
Lots of special Showcases and events are being planned for this event, so make your reservations early for the best seats!
Click on here for more information.

Do You Have Yours Yet?
If you haven't ordered your DVD of "The Man Behind The Music", do it today! This concert, captured in its entirety on DVD, has been called "the best single-night concert this year!" The TV special, aired by TBN, was one of the most popular programs of 2012! Now, you can own the DVD and see the entire concert over and over again! Click on the here for more information.
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Do you have your tickets for the Jubilee Christmas Tour yet? If not, click here to find the city nearest you for the first-ever Christmas Tour for the Jubilee Gang!

Join The Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, and Legacy Five for a great evening of music and fun, celebrating the greatest gift ever given to mankind! You don't want to miss it!!!

Greater Vision | P.O. Box 1172 | Morristown | TN | 37816-1172

Karen Peck and New River Single At #2

From Karen Peck and New River Newsletter October 17, 2012:

Hey Friends!

We are very excited about our latest radio single,
"Good Things Are Happening,"
moving up the charts from #12 to #2!!
Congratulations to the incredibly talented writers,
Sonya Isaacs Yeary and producer, Wayne Haun.
Thanks to our precious DJ friends for playing this timely song.

Also, thank you all for calling your local radio station and requesting it!

One of our favorite scriptures is Romans 8:28. With everything that is going on in our country and in the world today, we can rest with confidence in knowing that God has everything in control. He will work everything out for our good. Period.

We have had a busy October! From Dollywood to Bible conferences to a Ladies' retreat to annual concerts, we are so grateful to the Lord for blessing each venue and giving us safe travels. Even though we are only halfway through the month, we just want to give Glory to Him!

October 23 is the official release date of my solo album!
"How You Walk The Miles"
will be available on iTunes and will be in
the new release sections in the LifeWay stores.

A free download will be available on iTunes on the 23rd.
Pre-Order Link:

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Social Cam: Karen Peck Gooch, Susan Peck Jackson, Jeff Hawes

We would love to see y'all!! Check our schedule and come see us!! :)

Thanks for your prayers!!

Love and prayers,
Copyright (C) 2012 Karen Peck and New River All rights reserved.

Karen Peck and New River
PO Box 2078
Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

Engaging, Inspiring 'The Perfect Gift'--Perfect DVD for Christmas Season; Debuts Nov. 6

Funny, Uplifting Family Film Offers a God’s-Eye View
on the ‘Christmas vs. Holiday’ Debate

DALLAS – Oct. 17, 2012 – From actor and filmmaker Jefferson Moore—and featuring exciting young actress Christina Fougnie—comes an early Christmas delivery for the whole family—THE PERFECT GIFT, available on DVD Nov. 6.

What if your birthday fell on Christmas and you decided that this year would be a celebration about you alone? Welcome to THE PERFECT GIFT, where one young girl learns the real meaning of Christmas from a mysterious wanderer who seems to know a lot about it.

“In addition to being a funny, uplifting film, THE PERFECT GIFT is timely and timeless,” said Moore, who wrote, directed and stars in the movie. “It lands in the middle of the ‘holiday’ versus ‘Christmas’ debate, and then it clearly communicates the eternal message of hope that Christmas is truly all about.”

THE PERFECT GIFT poses a challenging question: What if the world threw you a birthday party . . . but you weren’t invited? Stacy is an overworked single mom whose spoiled daughter, Maxine, hates having a birthday that falls on Dec. 25. Tired of sharing her special day with the rest of the world, Max refuses to acknowledge the true significance of the holiday. But all that changes when she’s forced to spend afternoons at the local church. It’s there she meets Jess, a mysterious drifter who’s helping construct a nativity scene. Jess knows everything there is to know about the true meaning of Christmas, and if Max pays attention, she might learn an important lesson about faith, tradition and the real reason for the season.

Jefferson Moore is well-known as an actor, writer and director for The Perfect Stranger TV film series and films such as CLANCY, also starring Fougnie, and 1 MESSAGE.

Kelly’s Filmworks produced THE PERFECT GIFT with distribution by EchoLight Studios. DVDs can be pre-ordered now with deliveries and immediate sales starting Nov. 6.

For more information, visit:

Lee Roy of THE ROYS Awarded No. 1 Inspirational Country Single Plaque For I Wonder What God's Thinking

Power Source Magazine Presentation Held During Luncheon Aboard Historic General Jackson Showboat
Elaine Roy, Lee Roy and Power Source Managing
Editor Jason Higgins. Credit: Wyneka Thomas Photography

Nashville, TN (October 17, 2012) -- Lee Roy of the award-winning brother/sister duo THE ROYS was honored Monday when he received a plaque from Power Source Magazine for his Number 1 Inspirational Country Single, "I Wonder What God's Thinking." The presentation took place during Day 2 of Inspirational Country Music Week (October 14-18) aboard the historic General Jackson Showboat. Honorees and luncheon attendees enjoyed a scenic cruise and were entertained with live performances by Geoffrey Andrews, Russ Murphy, Steve Richard, Laura Dodd and Larissa. "I Wonder What God's Thinking" questions the Lord's perception of today's often selfish society that frequently ignores our fellow humans in need. The poignant song was featured on THE ROYS' extremely popular and critically-acclaimed Rural Rhythm Records' debut CD, LONESOME WHISTLE.

"Every award is meaningful in its own way," comments Lee. "But to be recognized for my efforts as a songwriter is especially humbling, since I believe in divine inspiration. I wrote it after watching the news and considering how separated so many of us seem to have become from each other and from God."

Lee and his sister Elaine comprise THE ROYS, a powerhouse duo that's repeatedly rocketed up the charts and grown in popularity during the past two years. Their August-issue EP, NEW DAY DAWNING, debuted at Number 2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart in early September and two weeks later the disc had risen to Number 1 on Amazon's Bluegrass Best Sellers list. The EP's first single release, "Still Standing," debuted on the Power Source Bluegrass Top 35 chart this month.

The reigning ICM's Bluegrass Artist of the Year, THE ROYS, are candidates for nomination in three award categories for 2012: Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Duo of the Year and Bluegrass Artist of the Year.

The siblings are playing an active role in this year's Inspirational Country Music Week, with appearances on Sunday, October 14 (ICM Opening Ceremony at Cornerstone Church) and on Thursday, October 18 as they kick off the 20th Anniversary of the ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards Show with the evening's first performance.
Fans can follow Lee and Elaine online at THEROYSonline, FACEBOOK and on Twitter @theroysonline.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Declaration and Promise to Appear at Creekside Gospel Music Convention

Seattle, WA (October 16, 2012) – SGN Scoops and Coastal Media Group are pleased to announce the appearance of 2012 Diamond Award nominees Declaration and Promise at Creekside Gospel Music Convention, October 29-31, 2012. These talented male trios have made a splash in Southern Gospel in the last two years and Creekside welcomes the addition of their strong, traditional tight harmonies. Promise and Declaration join an exciting lineup of artists at the Pigeon Forge event, which is free to all attendees.

From Knoxville, Tennessee, Promise is a trio with experienced vocalists and a professional presentation. Fresh from an appearance on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, this group brings a youthful edge to the Creekside program.

“Promise is thrilled to be able to attend and be a part of the first ever Creekside Gospel Music Convention!” said founder and lead singer David Mann. “We're thrilled with the privilege of sharing the platform with some of Southern Gospel's best. It's going to be a fantastic time full of good gospel music and wonderful fellowship."

Declaration’s members have a solid background in Southern Gospel and exhibit a dedication to excellence in vocal talent. This up-and-coming young trio from Nashville tours with The Booth Brothers and has an energetic presentation that will thrill all ages.

“Declaration is very excited to be a part of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention,” said lead singer, Kasey Kemp. “Rob, Rhonda, Lorraine and all the folks of SGN Scoops are working hard to present a quality Christ-honoring event. We hope to see you folks there.”

“Bringing both Declaration and Promise to the stage of Creekside is a joy,” said Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group and publisher of SGN Scoops. “The fact that both groups have been nominated for 2012 Diamond Awards is a significant achievement and shows that these young Gospel artists have the talent and experience to take their music to audiences across the country and across the world.”

Creekside Gospel Music Convention will be held at the Smokey Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, from October 29 through 31, 2012. The 75th Anniversary Celebration of Lou Hildreth will be held Monday, October 29. The 2012 Diamond Awards will be presented on October 30 and October 31 is Family Night. Admission to all events is FREE. For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention visit

For more information on Promise, visit:
For more information on Declaration, visit:

Rooms are available at the hotel on site for just $54 per night. Reservations can be made by phone or online. By phone, call toll-free at Toll Free: 1-800-223-6707 or local call 865-908-3015. Online Reservations- go to
Click “Book My Room” then Click “SGN Scoops.”

Ball Brothers To Appear At Creekside Gospel Music Convention

Seattle, WA (October 15, 2012) – SGN Scoops and Coastal Media Group are pleased to announce that the popular Ball Brothers will be performing at the Diamond Awards presentation to be held at Pigeon Forge on October 30, 2012. The Ball Brothers, recipients of the 2011 Singing News Horizon Group Of The Year Award, are a progressive young vocal group that performs across the country and around the world. They are the latest addition to an exciting line-up of artists scheduled to appear at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention to be held at Pigeon Forge from October 29 through 30, 2012.

“We’re excited and looking forward to the opportunity of singing at this year’s Diamond Awards,” said Daniel Ball. “This will mark the Ball Brother’s first appearance at this event and we can’t wait to introduce our music to everyone and make new friends.”

Rob Patz, CEO of The Coastal Media Group and publisher of SGN Scoops is delighted to add The Ball Brothers to the growing list of Christian artists attending Creekside Gospel Music Convention. “The Ball Brothers are a vocal group with a unique sound that will add a special spark of enthusiasm to the Diamond Awards evening,” said Patz. “We are looking forward to welcoming this great group of singers to Creekside.”

Creekside Gospel Music Convention will be held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, from October 29 through 31, 2012. The 75th Anniversary Celebration of Lou Hildreth will held Monday, October 29. The 2012 Diamond Awards will be presented on October 30 and October 31 is Family Night. For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention visit

For more information on The Ball Brothers, visit

Rooms are available at the hotel on site for just $54 per night. Reservations can be made by phone or online. By phone, call toll-free at Toll Free: 1-800-223-6707 or local call 865-908-3015. Online Reservations- go to
Click “Book My Room” then Click “SGN Scoops.”

The Perrys Release New CD: Through The Night

From The Perrys Newsletter October 15, 2012

The Perry's new CD "THROUGH THE NIGHT" is now available on The Perry's website for orders. This cd contains: I Got A Hold of God This Morning, Through the Night, When He Spoke, Whosoever Will, Everywhere I Go, Too Good To Not Be True, He Is Good To Me, Blood and Its Power, One of These Mornings and Unspoken Request. The first single out to radio is, I Got A Hold of God This Morning. Call your local Gospel radio station and request this powerful song written by Kyla Rowland.

wins 2012 NQC Album of the Year!
Contains: Plan of Salvation, Wish I Could Have Been There, Potter Knows The Clay, I Know It Was The Blood, Love Lights Away, I Rest My Case at The Cross, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, If You Knew Him, Every Time I Need Him, and Celebrate Me Home.

LIB PERRY STUFFLE wins Singing News 2012 Fan Awards Favorite Alto of the Year.
This was Lib's 7th year to win Favorite Alto of the Year award! Thank you to all our friends for voting and honoring her with this prestigous award!

The Perrys have had a busy summer and early fall. We are gearing up to be very busy for the next few weeks before we break for our Christmas vacation. Please check out our website, FACEBOOK and Twitter to find out about upcoming big concerts.
Happy 27th Anniversary to Tracy Stuffle for being with The Perrys 27 yrs Oct 31! We have a lot of very special things in November coming up. Tracy and Lib will be celebrating their 25th Wedding Anniversary on November 28! Bryan Walker & Lib will both be celebrating birthdays on Nov 8 and 16.
Please remember to pray for The Perrys daily! We appreciate all your love, prayers and support to our group and to Gospel Music!
Still Blessed!!
The Perrys
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Paul Harkey Joins Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

Southern Gospel fans are already buzzing with word that a new bass singer is joining Ernie Haase and Signature Sound.

On blogs and online forums, it seems to be unanimous that while music lovers are sad to see Ian Owens move on to other opportunities, they are excited that Paul Harkey will be the newest member of EHSS -- and that opinion is shared by none other than Ian himself! Warm, funny Ian Owens took the time to call and to post a heartfelt congratulatory welcome on Paul's Facebook page, and that kind of support can only make the transition even more positive for the whole EHSS family. And since Paul Harkey calls George Younce one of his early influences -- especially George's rhythm, his phrasing, and his heart -- the young bass singer can’t help but feel right at home with Ernie Haase, son-in-law of the late great Cathedrals bass singer. According to Ernie, Paul Harkey "has a voice that fills up the room," and will bring "another level of excitement" to any live listening audience.

On the road since 2007, Paul Harkey has enjoyed singing and touring with respected groups like Crystal River, Anchormen, and The LeFevre Quartet. With a bachelor's degree in Church Music from Wayland Baptist University, this Texas native is well-prepared for a new adventure with Signature Sound. “I was called into ministry,” Paul said about his positive time serving as a church minister of music, but was encouraged to learn that singing on the road is “what I’m supposed to do,” and “lets me fulfill what God's will is for me.”

Paul, a self-described “regular guy” who loves hunting and fishing, has the support of his whole family as he joins Ernie Haase and Signature Sound. He and his wife Jennifer, and their daughter Cameron are also looking forward to meeting a new member of their family -- due in late April, 2013.

When the founder of Signature Sound contacted Paul Harkey to let him know that he'd been hired, Ernie Haase explained why Paul was a good match for the group: "Your voice and your talent will get you on the stage; the person you are off the stage will keep you on the stage." Without a doubt, all of the guys in EHSS share Ernie's confidence about the connection Paul Harkey is certain to make with the fans, and they are excited to invite everyone to experience a never-to-be-repeated event -- Paul's debut concert with Ernie Haase and Signature Sound in Elizabethtown, NC, on October 18, 2012.

The Cathedrals Live In Chicago
Pre-Sale Special Offer Available Now!!!
We launched this pre-sale just 6 days ago and, to say the least, the response from you the fans has been nothing short of incredible.
You had us all scrambling to keep up with the amount of traffic you generated on the site and were able to fire up a bunch of extra servers to get you all taken care of ... Thank you so much for the tremendous response!!!
This is a pretty special package of 2 CD's we've put together for you and we want as many people as possible to be able to take advantage of it ... here's what's in the special.

The Cathedrals Live In Chicago CD
Recorded at the famous Moody Memorial Church in 1996, StowTown Records has been granted the priviledge of being able to release this never before heard recording and we're thrilled to be able to offer it to you.

George Younce with EHSS CD
We pulled some old masters of George's recordings and added the Quartet sounds of EHSS in the background to bring together a very special recording.
BONUS : As long as we have them available we'll also throw in a poster of the last Cathedral Quartet studio picture they had taken ... we've only got a very limited supply of these and we'll keep giving them away with the 2 CD's until they're gone ...
This entire special is available for only $14.99 plus shipping and handling !!!!
This pre-sale special expires at midnight on November 5th so make sure you get your order in before both these CD's revert back to regular price.

EHSS is Coming to a Town/City Near You
We've got a number of great concerts planned between now and the end of 2012. Make plans today to come and enjoy a great evening together with us.

OCT 18, 2012 - Elizabethtown, NC
OCT 19, 2012 - Myrtle Beach, SC
OCT 20, 2012 - Lilburn, GA
OCT 21, 2012 - Woodstock, VA

OCT 25, 2012 - Toledo, OH
OCT 26, 2012 - Westerville, OH
OCT 27, 2012 - Nashville, TN

NOV 1, 2012 - Wichita, KS
NOV 2, 2012 - Springfield, MO

NOV 15, 2012 - Jacksonville, FL
NOV 16, 2012 - Winter Park, FL
NOV 17, 2012 - Pascagoula, MS

NOV 24, 2012 - Hartville, OH

Christmas Tour

NOV 30, 2012 - Cape May Court House, NJ
DEC 1, 2012 - Wheeling, WV
DEC 2, 2012 - Hamilton, OH

DEC 6, 2012 - Chatham, Ontario CANADA
DEC 7, 2012 - Wabash, IN
DEC 9, 2012 - Jim Thorpe, PA

DEC 13, 2012 - Lexington, SC
DEC 14, 2012 - Newburgh, IN
DEC 15, 2012 - Newburgh, IN
DEC 16, 2012 - Newark, OH

Copyright © 2012 Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, All rights reserved.


(Nashville, TN – October 15, 2012) – The wait is finally over. Today, Gospel Icon Sandi Patty and Grammy Award winning artist Jason Crabb announce the cities for their 2012 holiday tour, “A Christmas Celebration.” Kicking off the “Christmas Celebration” in Maryland, the two will make a few stops on the East Coast before heading over to the Midwest. “A Christmas Celebration” will commence the day after Thanksgiving and run up until the week before Christmas.

See which cities Patty and Crabb will be stopping in below. Some additional cities will be added throughout the tour. For more information and details on each specific show, please visit: OR

11/23/12 – Hagerston, MD @ Maryland Theatre
11/25/12 – Franklin, NC @ Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
11/29/12 – Beckley, WV @ Calvary Assembly of God
11/30/12 – Oxford, AL @ First Baptist Church of Oxford
12/01/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Mount Paran Church
12/02/12 – Ashland, KY @ Paramount Arts Center
12/03/12 – Newport News, VA @ Ferguson Center for the Arts
12/05/12 – Leawood, KS @ Church of the Resurrection
12/06/12 – Leawood, KS @ Church of the Resurrection
12/07/12 – Leawood, KS @ Church of the Resurrection
12/08/12 – Leawood, KS @ Church of the Resurrection
12/09/12 – Midland, TX @ First United Methodist Church
12/16/12 – Lakeland, FL @ Victory Church
12/20/12 – Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theater
12/21/12 – Olive Branch, MS @ Longview Heights Baptist Church

About Sandi Patty: Sandi Patty has won 40 Dove Awards, five Grammy Awards, four Billboard Music Awards and became a Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee in 2004. Her albums have sold more than 11 million units, garnering her three platinum and five gold recordings. As the most-awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history, her voice is still the gold standard by which all who follow are measured. Patty latest release "Broadway Stories" features her favorite Broadway songs. She has been blessed to perform these songs with several symphony orchestras.

About Jason Crabb: Vocalist, musician, author, and host, Jason Crabb, was born to bless the world through his talents. In 2009, Crabb’s solo career took off, gaining him one Dove award after another leading him to winning over 20 Dove Awards, a Grammy Award and most recently Soloist of the Year award from NQC Music Awards. This past year, Crabb was honored to be awarded with not only the Male Vocalist of the Year award at the GMA Dove Awards but also the Artist of the Year award.

For more information and to stay up to date with Sandi Patty and Jason Crabb, please visit:

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Monday, October 15, 2012


Gospel Music Today this week is a Special Edition featuring excerpts from The Melody Boys Quartet Exit 63 Tour. The show includes an interview with Gerald Williams from the Gospel Music Today archives. The show is online now at the Gospel Music Today website,

The Streets of Gold Eastern Quartet Convention in Pennsylvania is coming up on October 19 and 20.
Brian Free and Assurance will be in Oklahoma on October 23 and 24.
And we'll be headed to Pigeon Forge, TN, on October 29, 30, and 31, for the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. Programs include The Diamond Awards, a 75th Anniversary tribute to Lou Wills Hildreth, and lots of southern gospel singing, and all the events are free to the public.
Check the Gospel Music Today Concerts page at for details on these events, and links to concert information near you, wherever you live.

The full concert that is highlighted on this week's show is now available on DVD. The concert includes present and past Melody Boys, plus special features.
Visit The Melody Boys Quartet website, to order your copy.

Every Monday at 6:00 PM in Oklahoma!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Watts,Rowsey and Bean Join A Great Line Up For The 2012 Diamond Awards

Seattle, WA (October 12 2012) – Rob Patz of Coastal Media Group and SGN Scoops has announced the addition of Watts, Rowsey and Bean to the lineup of Creekside Gospel Music Convention, to be held October 29 through 31 at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Nicole Watts Jenkins, John Darin Rowsey and Gina Bean recently formed one of the most talented new trios in Gospel music. Fans will be able to experience this exciting trio in person at the 2012 Diamond Awards presentation on October 30, 2012.

“We’re delighted for the opportunity to be a part of such a great event that honors the music and the artists we love so much,” said Dove-award winning singer/songwriter John Darin Rowsey, who traveled with Karen Peck and New River for four years.
Nicole Watts Jenkins is a multiple Singing News award nominee, having performed with The Perrys for seven years. “I am so excited to be performing on the Diamond Awards again this year!” said Watts Jenkins. “We are looking forward to spending time with our fans and friends in beautiful Pigeon Forge.”

Joining Rowsey and Watts Jenkins is acclaimed singer/songwriter Gina Bean. Watts, Rowsey and Bean recently released their debut single to radio, “Turn Your Radio On”. Rob Patz interviewed the trio during last month’s National Quartet Convention, and he noted that the group has a seasoned, exciting sound that showcases three amazing voices.

“We are thrilled to welcome Watts, Rowsey and Bean to the 2012 Diamond Awards presentation. We know this group of awesome vocalists will be a terrific addition to the program,” said Patz.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention will be held at the Smokey Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from October 29 through 31, 2012. The 75th Anniversary Celebration of Lou Hildreth will be the focus on Monday, October 29. The 2012 Diamond Awards will be held on October 30 and October 31 is Family
Night. For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention visit