Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ed O'Neal Honored By SGN Scoops

Pigeon Forge, TN (October 28, 2013): Hall of Legend Ed O'Neal was honored on Monday night by the SGN Scoops Digital Magazine. The tribute was held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, as part of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. Presented by Rob Patz and SGN Scoops, the evening was hosted by Gaither Homecoming star Larry Ford and Jonathan Edwards.
Several former members including Bryan Walker and Joe Kitson were on hand to pay tribute as well as a letter from Rodney Griffin and touching comments from the current members.
The evening included performances by Three Bridges, the Skyline Boys, Pauls Journey and the Dixie Melody Boys.
The audience was also able to hear incredible memories as Ed told many stories from the past. It was an special night in Gospel music history honoring one of its true treasures, Ed O'Neal.
The event will be televised at a later date.
For more information, go to or .

StowTown Records Signs The Perrys

(Nashville, Tenn.) – StowTown Records is honored to announce the exclusive signing of The Perrys - undisputedly one of the leading names in Southern Gospel music - to its growing family of artists.

Inked during a celebration at the offices of Provident/Sony Distribution, this new partnership - between the legendary Perrys and StowTown founders Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun - is a natural outgrowth of the mutual respect, friendship and admiration built throughout the years they've shared stages across the country. Haase is quick to explain his excitement about the signing: “I have known Libbi and Tracy for about 20 years now. They are my favorite kind of people -- humble and full of the love of Jesus. It is my honor to finally get to work with them. I believe the best is yet to come!”

One of the most-awarded groups in Southern Gospel music during their storied 41-year career, The Perrys’ roster currently includes Libbi Perry Stuffle -- the unforgettable alto who carries on the family legacy, her husband and beloved bass singer Tracy Stuffle, their son Jared (JK) Stuffle -- assisting on bass vocals, lead singer David Ragan, and baritone Bryan Walker.

2013 has been a challenging year for The Perrys, with the ongoing recovery of Tracy Stuffle after his initial stroke in January. However, Tracy's recent return to selected dates and featured songs with the group serves as a picture of grace and hope to the prayer warriors who have joined The Perrys on this journey of faith. Tracy -- who signed the contract himself -- is clearly grateful: “Lib and I, along with our guys, Bryan, David, and JK, are so excited about our joint venture with StowTown Records and Provident/Sony Distribution. We look forward to many years of a lasting relationship with both companies. We have always had a wonderful relationship with our long-time producer Wayne Haun, and are excited that this new chapter will still include him. We are very
much looking forward to what the Lord and the future is gonna hold for The Perrys.”

Their new project is expected to release in March 2014, so fans should follow The Perrys on social media for updates on the recording process, as well as upcoming concerts, events, and Tracy's recovery. Libbi's heartfelt updates and prayer postings on Facebook have also become a must-read for both new and long-time fans of the group.

Connect with The Perrys

About StowTown Records

Founded in 2011, StowTown Records reflects the musical vision of Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun, and is the creative home for Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Perrys, Doug Anderson, Devin McGlamery, The Collingsworth Family, Beyond the Ashes, The Browns, and selected classic music from The Cathedrals, their legendary bass singer, George Younce, and The Cathedral Family Reunion.

Distributed worldwide through Provident Distribution & Sony Distribution, this independent label has quickly garnered industry attention with multiple GMA/Dove Awards and chart-topping releases from their highly-respected artist roster. For more information on StowTown Records, visit

Adam's Call Accepting Auditions

Nashville. TN (October 30, 2013) Adam's Call, one of the most dynamic new groups to hit the Southern Gospel scene in a long time is taking auditions for the baritone spot in the group. Sam Fisher of the group left on August 1st to become a part of the music program at a church in Perry GA where he lives. He will also be working on solo material in more of the CCM Market.

Owner and manager, Bobby Davenport said "We have been very blessed to have Sam share in the ministry of Adam's Call, he was such a huge part of the ministry, and an even larger part of our family. Sam will be greatly missed, and we know that great things are in store for him as he continues to follow the plan that God has designed for his life. While we are saddened by Sam's departure we are excited to see who God places with the ministry to continue in the exciting work he has for us."

Anyone interested in consideration of the position should send recent photo, bio, and audio clip or video to . While experience is preferred it is not required, but a good range is needed and the ability to play an instrument is a real PLUS. Also worth noting is the new project Adam's call has just released. Recorded live at Six Mile Baptist Church in Hemphill, TX and is sure to be a real blessing to all who listen. The group is currently adding dates to their 2013-2014 "SIMPLIFY TOUR", which is being booked by the Adoration Agency, 615-590-7453.

You can learn more about Adam's Call at or .

Adam's Call can be reached by E-mail at .
For book Adam's call contact Adoration Agency - - 615-590-7453


About Adam's Call

Adam's Call is a fairly new mixed trio singing with a great Southern Gospel/Country blend. It's rare to find a group with a true heart, talent, and a passion for great songs, and great music. Adams Call doesn't cloud great songs with over produced music, but lets the words and harmony be the foundation that makes for a unique, yet anointed sound in an age of ordinary. Great Group, Great Songs, Great Message.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013



Leadership Bluegrass class of 2013

Time is running out to apply for Leadership Bluegrass 2014!

Held March 20-22, 2014 at BMI, and the law firm of Bone, McAllester and Norton in Nashville, Tennessee, Leadership Bluegrass is a three-day, intense, unique opportunity for industry leaders looking to explore bluegrass in the larger world of entertainment. Seminars with top insiders, networking opportunities, and critical thinking sessions are part of the program, and more.

Leadership Bluegrass is seeking applicants who have:

A sincere commitment, motivation and interest in serving the bluegrass community today and in the future.
Relative bluegrass community involvment and industry experience.
An interest in advancing one’s own professional or volunteer leadership roles within the bluegrass music industry.

The opportunity and commitment to take the time the program requires for completion.
If this sounds like you, or if you have someone you'd like to recommend, the deadline is November 15.
Download an application here, print, fill out, and send to:
IBMA c/o Leadership Bluegrass
608 W. Iris Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
Read more about Leadership Bluegrass here.

“Leadership Bluegrass is the most intense and idea-generating exercise of the brain I have had in years. Thanks to all involved for enriching my vision and deepening my circle of friends in this industry.” – Tom Nechville, Nechville Musical Instruments
“Leadership Bluegrass is THE place to connect to the movers and shakers in our industry and to learn about the latest ideas and technology driving our success.” –Nolan Lawrence, The Hillbenders
“Even if you think there’s nothing more for you to learn (or people around you think you already know everything), you will find the opposite is true!” – Angelika Torrie, European Bluegrass Music Association/ Bluegrass Europe magazine

RFDTV Announces New Premier Date For 'The Music City Show'

Nashville, TN (October 28, 2013) RFDTV has announced that it is pushing up the premier date of 'The Music City Show' from November 18th to November 7th 8:00PM EST/7:00PM CST. The show will then air on every following Thursday. 'The Music City Show' also has a new home on FamilyNet Saturdays at 5:30PM EST.

This is a special premier episode featuring Legacy Five, Greater Vision, funny man Tim Lovelace, the Blue Jean Band and the Positive Cowboy - Jim Sheldon. Guest host for the first program will be Greater Vision Lead singer, Gerald Wolfe. In addition to the new premier date there will be a 'Music City Show' store available on the internet. That will run in conjunction with the unveiling of a brand new website on November 4th.

Show producer Scott Godsey of Godsey and Associates said “There are so many exciting things happening with 'The Music City Show' that it is a full time job just keeping up with everything going on.”

You can learn more about the 'The Music City Show' at or .

You can learn more about RFDTV at or . You can learn more about FamilyNet at or


About Godsey and Associates
In the last quarter of 2011, Scott Godsey started a team making music videos for Christian artists. That soon developed into not only working inside the Christian music business, but going outside of the Christian music world. Soon after, the company expanded into other genres. G&A started working with churches, authors, and organizations. The Godsey & Associate formula works with any company that
wants to focus on brand building and getting in front of an audience.

About Jim Sheldon
After serving many years as music minster, there was a void yet filled. In 1994, joined my first gospel quartet. Immediately, I knew singing gospel music was God's true calling for my life. He confirmed this with a paraphrase of Proverbs 3:6 - "In everything you do put God first, He will direct and crown your efforts with success."

My greatest inspiration came from Glenn Payne. The Cathedrals sang at my church in Virginia. He told me:"Vocalize daily and never sing out of your range. Remember, God gave you the ability and desire. Honor Him with a servant's heart."
Now God says it's time to tell my story of how God has brought me out from a long 'wilderness time' of sin, shame and disgrace to where I am today.

Monday, October 28, 2013

OMEGA Trio becomes OMEGA Quartet!

Dahlonega, GA -(10-25-2013) OMEGA Trio becomes OMEGA Quartet!
On the very recent heels of hiring Kevin Harry as their new lead singer, OMEGA prayerfully made the decision to become a quartet!
After several discussions, a close friend of the group called with a name and a huge recommendation. Phone calls were made and an audition weekend was scheduled. It only took one sound check singing a few songs and the group knew they had found the right man for the job.
OMEGA is pleased to announce that Rick Walls will be the new bass singer for the group. Rick is no stranger to Southern Gospel. He sang bass for the Grand Strand Gospel Hour at the Gatlin Bros Theatre in Myrtle Beach, and most recently toured with the Holy City Quartet. Jeff Chapman of the Kingdom Heirs states, “I think Rick is a fine bass singer and will be a great addition to Omega”.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity the Lord has given me to minister with the three anointed men from Omega. Their passion and desire to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ is something that I am looking forward to being a part of for many years to come”, says Rick.
Doug Pittman, group owner, says “Rick is the full package! His enthusiasm and love for the Gospel is evident in all that he does. Not only does he have a great bass voice, he also has a heart for people. This partnership between Rick and Omega is perfect and God ordained. He sees eye to eye with our mission: to spread the love of God through His word in music.”
Rick will make his first official appearance with the group at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention October 28,2013.

Jim Sheldon Nominated For New Artist and Song of the Year At AMG Awards

Danville, KY (October 25, 2013) The Positive Cowboy, Jim Sheldon, has again been nominated for multiple awards. This time at the AMG Heritage Awards which will take place on November 9th at 7:00 pm at the beautiful Broadcast Group studios and theater in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
Jim has been nominated in the New Artist category as well as the prestigious Song of the Year category.
“I Would Crawl All The Way To The Cross” has gotten the nod for the Song of the Year nomination.
The song is a powerful ballad which was also made into a video and has gotten the attention of thousands from such places as and
Though Jim is no stranger to Gospel Music, he is breaking new ground in the Country Gospel field.
Known as the Positive Cowboy on the new television series 'The Music City Show', Jim is setting a new image for himself and gaining new fans everywhere he goes.
Jim said “I do not sing for any Award, the message of the songs is why I sing, however, the honor of having the respect of my peers who nominated me is overwhelming.”
The host for this years show is none other than Grammy Award winning music legend, Chubby Checker. Joining him on the show this year to name a few are, Dino (Chariots of Fire), Lynn Anderson (Rose Garden), The Dixie Melody Boys, Stella Parton and many many more.
You can reach Jim Sheldon at or .

Jim can be reached by E-mail at .


About Jim Sheldon
After serving many years as music minster, there was a void yet filled. In 1994, joined my first gospel quartet. Immediately, I knew singing gospel music was God's true calling for my life. He confirmed this with a paraphrase of Proverbs 3:6 - "In everything you do put God first, He will direct and crown your efforts with success."

My greatest inspiration came from Glenn Payne. The Cathedrals sang at my church in Virginia. He told me:"Vocalize daily and never sing out of your range. Remember, God gave you the ability and desire. Honor Him with a servant's heart."
Now God says it's time to tell my story of how God has brought me out from a long 'wilderness time' of sin, shame and disgrace to where I am today.

TONIGHT! Tribute To Ed O'Neal To Be Hosted By Lou Hildreth, Larry Ford with Guests Three Bridges

Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Pigeon Forge, TN (October 28, 2013) - Monday, October 28 is the date to honor the legacy of Ed O'Neal at Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Pigeon Forge, TN. Hosts Lou Wills Hildreth and Larry Ford will present an evening of memories, music and merriment as they lead the audience through the life and career of this Gospel music great.

Ed O'Neal will be joined by current and past members of the Dixie Melody Boys, the group he has led for several decades.

SGN Scoops is very excited that Three Bridges will also be making a guest appearance Monday night for the tribute to Ed O'Neal at the Smoky Moutain Convention Center.

"I was a young Gospel singer in the early 70’s when I first met Ed O’Neal and one thing that sticks out in my mind is that he has never changed," says Elliott McCoy of Three Bridges. "He was a true gentleman then and he is still a true gentleman today."

The tribute will begin at 7:00pm and will be held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Centre, 4010 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. The admission is free so if you can, please come and join us and a host of Gospel music groups for a great evening of Gospel music.

For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention, visit The Convention which is being held from October 28 through 30, encompasses three nights and two days of music, showcases and devotionals by Dr. Jeff Steele.

Tuesday afternoon is the Patterson Promotions showcase and the 2013 Diamond Awards. Wednesday brings the Old Time Gospel Sing and another evening of great gospel music.

Tickets are free for the entire event. For more information click on to: or email Rhonda Frye or Rob Patz at

Friday, October 25, 2013

Actor/entertainer Randall Franks “Mountain Opry Memories” CD raises funds for two non-profits

Cover artwork of Mountain Opry Memories (Courtesy Share America Foundation, Inc.)

International Bluegrass Music Museum Legend Randall Franks shares his talents for a new Share America Foundation fundraising CD.

“Mountain Opry Memories” is a collection of impromptu performances recorded live at the Mountain Opry in Walden, Tenn. on Signal Mountain.

"One of the favorite places my late mother Pearl Franks loved to go was the Mountain Opry," he said. "Of course, each time I took her, I found myself on stage sharing a few songs for the audience ably assisted by volunteer musicians also appearing that night.”

Franks is best known as “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” a role he performed on NBC and CBS from 1988-1993. He stars regularly in films for UpTV and starred with Robert Townsend in the series - “Musical Theater of Hope.” His most recent film is “Lukewarm” with John Schneider, Nicole Gale Anderson and Bill Cobbs.

The Independent Country Music Hall of Fame member was honored in 2013 by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal for his community service and philanthropy benefiting the people of Georgia.

Franks’s musical stylings have been heard in 150 countries and by more than 25 million Americans. His musical career boasts 19 album releases, 19 singles, and over 200 recordings with various artists from various genres. The award-winning fiddler’s best selling release, "Handshakes and Smiles" was a top twenty Christian music seller. Many of his albums were among the top 30-bluegrass recordings of their release year. The Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame member shared a top country vocal collaboration with Grand Ole Opry stars The Whites. His work connects him with 33 International Bluegrass Hall of Fame, 10 Country Music Hall of Fame, 9 Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and 3 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. In addition to his solo career including 13 years guest starring for the Grand Ole Opry, Franks is a former member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, Jim and Jesse's Virginia Boys and has performed with Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Lewis Family, the Marksmen Quartet, the Watkins Family, Elaine and Shorty, “Doc” Tommy Scott’s Last Real Old Time Medicine Show and Doodle and the Golden River Grass.

Enthusiasts of Southern Appalachian music began the Mountain Opry in 1979.

“We work to provide a place for folks to gather from all around the world and hear the authentic singers and musicians of our region perform and jam,” said Ken Holloway, Mountain Opry president.

Franks recalls his first appearance there was as a youth with the multi-award winning Marksmen Quartet.

“The Mountain Opry is free and held each Friday night inside a 1920s auditorium that has found entertainers from around the country appearing on the stage that has been the focus of a long-running radio show and several television specials,” he said.

The CD project was the brainchild of producers Tom Adkins of Chattanooga, Tenn. and Tom Morgan of Dayton, Tenn. who initially desired to document a joint performance by Adkins and Franks at the venue.

“Tom Adkins met me as a youth at Stone Mountain’s Yellow Daisy Festival in Georgia,” Franks said. “Tom often shared encouragement with me and backed me at fiddle contests. Co-producer Tom Morgan also was an early encourager in my musical life and continues to play a role to this day including bringing me to the attention of my grandmother’s ancestral home in Rhea County, Tenn. who honored my career with an exhibit alongside Curly Fox in its Courthouse Museum.”

Engineer Martin Fisher of Middle Tennessee State University assisted in preparing the 2001 recordings featuring Adkins and Franks.

Tom Adkins is a pioneering Tennessee Valley multi-instrumentalist marking 71 years of performing. Among the groups he performed with are Lock Stock and Barrel, Down Yonder, Bill Lowery and the Lookout Valley Boys, Maynard Renfro and the Hymn Time Gang, Weldon Turner and his Turnovers and the Tennessee Hy-Ryders. He was a regular for many years appearing with various acts at the Mountain Opry.

Adkins said he sees the project as a way to continue the work of encouraging youth in Appalachian music started by the Share America Foundation, Inc. through its Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship and also provide some funds for the Mountain Opry, which also benefits.

“Music is a wonderful part of my life,” Adkins said. “I wanted to do this in remembrance of my late wife Faye who also shared a love of music that she supported me in enjoying. Once Tom and Randall became involved, the project became much more than I could have imagined as Randall added songs from many performances creating a unique listening experience.”

Morgan, a legendary bluegrass and folk musician joined served as co-producer. He is a pioneering member of the legendary bluegrass group the Country Gentlemen. He and his late wife Mary entertained throughout the country recording for Folkways Records and supporting legendary performers such as Grand Ole Opry star Curly Fox and fiddler Benny Williams. The duo was founders of the Chattanooga Area Friends of Folk Music. A multi-instrumentalist and luthier, Morgan also performed with Buzz Busby, Red Allen & Frank Wakefield and the Kentuckians.

“While the music is off the cuff, it represents the synergy between performers sharing their talents for an audience with all the fun and magic of our musical heritage in a way that reflects such a wonderful legacy,” he said.

Randall Franks engineered the remainder of the recordings spanning from 1999-2010.

“We worked to bring the collection together in a way that reflects a full show even though the recordings span many appearances,” Franks said.

Following an introduction by Holloway, Franks opens with the upbeat “Fire on the Mountain.” He then navigates the audience through a variety of comedic comments and stories such as “A Tunnel Runs Through It,” country and western standards including “Send Me the Pillow,” “Red River Valley,” “Crawdad Song,” “Ya’ll Come,” and songs unique to his career like the “Sparta Impound Blues.”

He welcomes special guest David Davis for a live gospel duet “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and joins the late country pioneer Charlie “Peanut” Faircloth and a country band for “The Kind of Love I Can’t Forget.”

In the tradition of the Southern Appalachian fiddle bands - Adkins and Franks both fiddle on tunes including “Boil Dem Cabbage Down,” “Faded Love,” and “Turkey in the Straw” and Adkins plays behind Franks as he sings “The Old Black Fiddle.”

In keeping with his focus on encouraging youth, Franks, who serves as president of the Share America Foundation, is joined by the Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band including three Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholars for the bluegrass standard “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.”

“This CD project is a tremendous way for people to support two ongoing programs that provide an opportunity for youth to grow on stage in the traditional music of our region while offering the opportunity for folks to find quality family entertainment,” said Joe Turner, Share America chairman. “And of course, through our program it enhances our ability to encourage them as they pursue their college education.”

Franks closes his show with the support of members of the Valley Grass who appear on many of the cuts by performing “Orange Blossom Special.”

Musicians who donated their performances for the project are Randall Franks - fiddle and guitar, Terry Hatfield - guitar, Brian Blaylock - mandolin, Stacy Wilcox - banjo, Randy Pryor - bass, Tom Adkins - fiddle, Ken Holloway - guitar, John De Grote - bass, David Davis - mandolin, Charlie “Peanut” Faircloth - harmonica, Charles Chambers - guitar, Joe Chambers - guitar, Rocky Ramsey - guitar, Gary Denham - bass, Jimmy Givens - banjo, Merielle Flood - bass, Cody Harvey - banjo, Mike Holloway - bass, Wil Markham - fiddle, Colin Mabry - guitar, Tyler Martelli - harmonica and mandolin, and Austin Adkins - guitar.

Photography for the CD was donated by Brother Andrew Thorne and Randall Franks.

“The Mountain Opry has offered an amazing place for musicians to grow and learn,” Franks said. “I am honored that I was one of the many who stood on stage there through the years and I hope that the music continues emanating there for years to come."

The Share America Foundation produces 10 fundraising Sacred Sounds Fridays concerts annually at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold. Their next event is Nov. 8, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Randall Franks “Mountain Opry Memories” is available for a $16 donation at or to the Share America Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 42, Tunnel Hill, Ga. 30755. It is also available for download on Itunes and Fans may also Like the CD on Facebook. For more information about Franks, visit

Thursday, October 24, 2013


"From My Rags, To His Riches," performed by Devin McGlamery, Wins Country Song of the Year Honor at 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Join All-Star Tribute to Bill Gaither

Devin McGlamery acecepts the "Country Song of the Year," for "From My Rags To His Riches" at the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Photo courtesy Devin McGlamery Photo: Getty Images for Gospel Music Association

(NASHVILLE, TN) – The evening of Tuesday, October 15, 2013 was quite exciting for Devin McGlamery, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and StowTown Records! During a special ceremony at the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards, "From My Rags, To His Riches" was awarded "Country Song of The Year." The song, performed by Devin McGlamery with Bluegrass powerhouse duo Dailey and Vincent, from the StowTown Records release, Love Is A Verb, has resonated with audiences across the country with the theme of forgiveness and grace. Songwriters Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey also received awards for composing the song.

"To say I am beyond excited is an understatement," exclaimed Devin McGlamery. "All I've ever wanted to do was sing Gospel music. To be honored by my peers with a Dove Award is extremely humbling. I praise Jesus Christ, my Savior, for all His blessings!"

Ernie Haase commented: "I met Devin McGlamery as a young teenager who wanted to do this more than anything! I knew then that one day, he would achieve great things. I am very proud of him."

The excitement continued through the evening as Ernie Haase & Signature Sound took to the red carpet to pose for photos and talk with journalists.

Later during the televised portion, the group joined an all-star salute to Bill Gaither. Performing the song "He Touched Me," the group, along with the Isaacs, Dailey & Vincent, and Karen Peck Gooch lit up the stage and brought the crowd to their feet as the music flowed. The Gaither Vocal Band ended the tribute with a performance of "Alpha & Omega."

"It was an honor for our group to pay tribute to one of my personal mentors and friends," shared Ernie Haase. "For years Bill Gaither has invested into the lives of others and it was a very special moment to be able to pay a small tribute to the man who has done so much for Gospel music and the kingdom. We love Bill Gaither!"

The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be televised exclusively on the UP! Television Network tonight, Monday, October 21 at 8:00 PM ET.



Crabb Nabs Four Honors, Bringing Career total to 21 Dove Awards

Show Stopping Performance features Special Guest Jay DeMarcus

DeMarcus Wins First Dove Award

Jason Crabb with his Love Is Strong producers Jay DeMarcus, Ed Cash, and Wayne Haun in the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards Press Room. This is the first GMA Dove Award for Jay DeMarcus.
Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Gospel Music Association

(NASHVILLE, TN) – GRAMMY® award winner and 2012 Artist of the Year, Jason Crabb, added four more GMA Dove Awards to his collection during the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Lipscomb University. With the addition of these awards, Crabb's career total of GMA Dove awards now stands at 21.

Crabb's latest release, critically acclaimed Love Is Stronger, was recognized as Inspirational Album of the Year. Produced by Jay DeMarcus, Ed Cash and Wayne Haun, the album yielded three additional awards, including Inspirational Song of the Year ("Satisfied"), Southern Gospel Song of the Year ("What The Blood Is For") and Southern Gospel Performance of the Year ("What The Blood Is For").

The evening was filled with memorable moments. From the red carpet where Jason, his wife Shellye along with Jay Demarcus and wife Allison dazzled photographers and talked with reporters to the stage where Crabb, along with DeMarcus, delivered a show-stopping performance of his latest single "Love Is Stronger" to his presentation of the "Artist of the Year" award to TobyMac, this night was one to remember!

Jay DeMarcus and Jason Crabb show some love to their wives, Allison and Shellye, on the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards Red Carpet. Photo by Terry Wyatt / Getty Images for Gospel Music Association

"Every time I step onto the stage or someone hears a recording, I want the listener to be encouraged," said Crabb. "We choose the songs and pray that someone is blessed. Tonight, it was a special treat that my producers Jay, Ed and Wayne were here with me and that the efforts of the amazingly talented songwriters, musicians - everyone involved - was honored. And, wow, what a great moment to have my buddy Jay DeMarcus along with the Cathedral of Praise choir on stage with me for the night. He is the giver of all good gifts and I am thankful, honored and humbled."

Jason Crabb performs "Love Is Stronger" with special guest Jay DeMarcus during the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Photo courtesy Nelon PR

The 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards will be televised exclusively on the UP! Television Network on Monday, October 21 at 8:00 PM ET.

Jason Crabb is currently on the final leg of the Worship Around The World Tour with Michael W. Smith and will soon release details of his upcoming Christmas tour.

Connect with JASON CRABB

New Brad Davis Concept Video To Debut On Nashville Country Revival

The new concept video and current single “Never Give The Devil A Ride” by Brad Davis was made available Tuesday afternoon, October 22nd, via social media and will make its television debut on the popular show, Nashville Country Revival, airing weekly on several national networks including Daystar and TNN.

Nashville Country Revival has become a hit among viewers with his concept video oriented presentation of Country and Bluegrass flavored songs ranging from Gospel, Country and Bluegrass artists. The episode featuring “Never Give The Devil A Ride” will air on the Daystar Television Network Saturday October, 26th at 3:30pm CST. Daystar will air the episode again the following Friday.

“Never Give The Devil A Ride” is set to debut on a Nashville Country Revival episode airing on The Nashville Network (TNN) in approximately 3 weeks. NCR airs every Sunday morning at 7:30am CST on TNN. For more information about Nashville Country Revival and air times visit

“Never Give The Devil A Ride” by Brad Davis was shot on location near Lewisburg, TN featuring a rare, historic 1948 Diamond T truck and cameo appearances by ordinary everyday people giving their endorsement to the theme of the song. The song is currently charting across multiple genres and formats including Bluegrass, Southern Gospel and Country including airplay on The Legendary WSM 650 in Nashville.

The video can be viewed on YouTube at:


The Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet is rich in songwriting talent. Bass player Daryl Mosley, banjo player Bennie Boling and guitarist Kevin Williamson have each had successful careers writing songs recorded by numerous bluegrass, country, and Christian artists.

Now, the band is offering an exciting opportunity for an up-and-coming songwriter to have a song recorded and released nationally on the next Farm Hands CD.

Daryl Mosley, writer of one of the biggest songs in gospel music history, ‘He Saw It All’, says the band empathizes with the struggling songwriter.

“We remember what it was like, as a young songwriter, to have songs you really believe in, but not have the relationships necessary to get the songs to recording artists. We want to be proactive in helping songwriters get a real start.”

From now until December 15th, the band is asking songwriters who have never had a song recorded by a national, touring artist to submit their best song. “We will listen to all of the songs submitted and select one that will be included on our next CD,” says Bennie Boling, writer of songs recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys, Gene Watson, and others. “I’m excited to hear them. I know there are some real gems out there.”

Kevin Williamson, who has written songs for Claire Lynch and others, is hopeful this will help someone get a head start on their dream. “We owe a debt of gratitude to those who helped us along when we were first getting started. The best way to pay that debt is to do the same for others.”
For complete details, go to /songcontest

Mark Dubbeld Family Returns To Dollywood

Moneta, VA (October 23, 2013) Mansion Records artists The Mark Dubbeld Family will be returning for appearances at Dollywood on Friday, October 25th and 26th during the Annual Fall Gospel Music Harvest Celebration, in Pigeon Forge, TN. They will perform at 9:30AM, 11:00AM, 12:30PM and 2:00PM. They sang last year at Dollywood and it was a great success. They are looking forward to meeting so many new friends this year’s event.

Mark Dubbeld said “We are thrilled to be a part of this annual event where Dollywood brings in the best that Gospel music has to offer. We are excited to be sharing the days with other great gospel groups such as The Kingdom Heirs, The Diplomats, and Legacy Five.

The Mark Dubbeld Family will be sharing many of the new songs written by Janene Dubbeld off their new CD Project entitled, 'His Love That's Why' on Mansion Records. “Cottonfield”, and “His Love, That’s Why” are quickly becoming favorites of those who are seeing them in concert.

Bill Traylor, President of Mansion Entertainment, states, “It is an honor and major opportunity to work with such gifted people that present the message of the Gospel is such a clear and professional manner. Janene’s writing is incredible and Mark’s leadership in vocals stands out as one of the best I’ve experienced.”

You can learn more about the Mark Dubbeld Family at or .

The Mark Dubbeld Family can be reached by E-mail at .


About The Mark Dubbeld Family
The Mark Dubbeld Family consists of Vincent 21 yrs, Leighton 19 yrs, Elena 15 yrs, Channing 11 yrs and Britton 8 yrs old. Each of them play an active role in the ministry -- Singing, playing the drums, bass and acoustic guitar.

Janene, loves to write for Jesus. Songs, devotionals, stories . . . you name it she loves to write it. She is also a gifted speaker. Her message focuses on healing hearts through compassionate speaking, restoring joy with her songs of faith, and exhorting Christians to live passionately for God. Of course, that's only a part time "job" -- she's a full time wife and mother.

Mark SINGS and loves it. He has been a gospel singer since the age of 15. Mark has been singing full time for more than 25 years in Churches, Crusades Conferences and even a recent ESPN National Classic Pro Fishing Tournament. Singing as a soloist, with his family, in gospel quartets, choirs, and working in worship and music. He loves his Lord, and loves his family.

Three Bridges At Gospel Music Trust Fund Benefit Outing

Nashville, TN (October 22, 2013) Award winning Gospel group Three Bridges were privileged to attend the Gospel Music Trust Fund Outing held at Amy Grant's Farm just outside Nashville, TN on Sunday evening, October 13th.

Group owner and Baritone singer Elliott McCoy said “We were excited to be included in the attendees of this awesome event. Not only were finances raised to assist people in Gospel Music who have fallen upon hard times from sickness or disasters, but it was a fun filled day for every one attending.”

Three Bridges Baritone, Shannon Smith commented “The Gospel Music Trust Fund is a vital part of our industry that really helps our brothers and sisters in ministry in their time of need. Several people from the Southern Gospel genre were in attendance including people like Les Beasley, Bill Gaither, David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Ken Harding, Les Butler, Deon and Pam Unthank and of course Three Bridges.”

Hosted by Bill Gaither, Amy Grant, Toby Mac and Brandon Heath, other attendees included such artists as CeCe Winans, Angela Primm, Rambo McGuire, Jamie Grace, and Nicole C Mullins.

The event featured an afternoon filled with fun things to do including Elliot doing some skeet shooting. Things concluded with some good food and several artists who have received benefits from the Gospel Music Trust Fund giving testimonies to the help that they received.

To learn more about the Gospel Music Trust Fund and how to donate got to .
To learn more about Three Bridges go to .
You can reach Three Bridges by E-mail at .
Three Bridges is booked through the Beckie Simmons Agency at .


About Three Bridges
Three Bridges music is rooted in traditional ”southern Gospel” and ”black Gospel” music. This blended style has made Three Bridges an internationally-acclaimed Gospel group — one that is known for tight harmonies, a unique vocal style, an exciting and energy packed stage presence and, most importantly, for spreading the joy of the Good News of Christ. They have entertained and ministered to millions through their recordings, TV appearances and live shows — which is why Three Bridges has quickly become one of the most prominent Gospel groups in Christian music today.

Following the release of the critically-acclaimed debut album, Soldiers (2002), Three Bridges has wowed packed-out venues across the nation…from Gospel singings, business conventions, churches, political meetings, TV shows, charitable relief events – all the way to Air Force One! They have also appeared on many of the Bill Gaither Homecoming video tapings and were special guests on a video for the United Nation.

About The Gospel Music Trust Fund
The Purpose of the Gospel Music Trust Fund is to give financial assistance in the nature of gifts in time of need, in the event of an emergency or major catastrophe, terminal or severe illness without efficient insurance, to individuals who derive or have derived a substantial portion of their income from the field of gospel music. An individual requesting assistance within the purpose of the Trust Fund, for themselves or their children must have five-years of full-time employment within the Gospel/Christian music field.

Karen Peck Performs At Dove Awards

Dahlonega, GA (October 22, 2013) The GMA Dove Awards were held in Nashville, TN on October 15 of this year and were welcomed back to the Music City with open arms. One of the highlights of the evening's performances was a tribute to Bill Gaither. This was produced by Wayne Haun and featured singers from the Southern Gospel world. Karen Peck was front and center along with The Isaacs and others. They sang “He Touched Me”.
Karen also walked the red carpet and answered questions from various media sources that were waiting to talk to Gospel Musics top performers. While Karen was there she was informed that her current single 'Revival' had gone to number two on the Singing News chart for December as well as being number two on the Absolutely Gospel Music chart for the second week. Karen is one of the co-writers of the song which has rapidly climbed the charts.
Karen commented “I was very honored to perform on the Dove Awards along with The Isaacs, Signature Sound, and Dailey & Vincent for a tribute to Bill Gaither.” She continued to say “On the same day, we (KPNR) found out that our latest radio song, Revival, jumped to number two on the Southern Gospel charts. It was a blessed day.”
Karen along with Susan Peck Jackson and Jeff Hawes of Karen Peck and New River sat down with Daniel Britt & Friends to talk about the new CD, how these songs touched their lives first and making the decision which songs to record. This interview can be heard on SIRIUS XM Channel 65 this Thursday at 10pm EST and Saturday at 12 noon EST. It can also be viewed online at, smart-phone devices and on Dish Network channel 6065.
To find out more about Karen Peck and New River go to or .
You can reach Karen by E-mail at .
To schedule Karen Peck and New River contact the Harper Agency at .

About Karen Peck and New River
No doubt the most popular mixed trio in Gospel Music, Karen Peck and New River are a music powerhouse in the music industry. With hit after hit and multiple number one songs, they are one of the most sought after groups today. Karen is known country flair and for having possibly the finest and highest soprano voice in any genre of music. Karen was also recipient of the Susan Unthank Memorial Award, an award given by Absolutely Gospel Music only to women who have excelled in their work in a man's world. Karen had a feature role in the hit movie “Joyful Noise”, starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. New River's hit song “Four Days Late” has become a classic in Gospel music.

The Browders Top The Charts At #1 Again

Hiltons, VA (October 22, 2013) Award winning Gospel group, The Browders are once again in the number one spot on the charts with their very first release of a single from their new project titled 'Time Machine'. The song that sits at number one is 'He Is Alive.' The song debuted on the Southern Gospel charts at #34 and never looked back as it has climbed quickly to #1 for the December chart in Singing News. It has also been the number one song for five consecutive weeks on the charts.
This is The Browders first number one song from their new project but they achieved five number one songs on their last project 'The Message.' That CD earned them five number ones as well as having seven songs total reach the top ten. All of the songs were written by the Browders as is their current single.
Voted “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards in 2013, the Browders continue to earn that title and they continue to get the attention of the Gospel music world. Seeing them sing in person brings another level of appreciation, not only for their musical ability, but also for their passion to see lives touched and transformed by the words and music that comes from the heart.
“God just continues to bless us with anointed writing and singing. We are amazed that He has chosen us to touch so many lives with His love and are humbled by that gift” stated Matthew Browder.
You can learn more about the Browders at or .
Contact the Browers at .


About The Browders
From their beginning traveling together as a family in a Dodge Omni car, to a successful music ministry with national hits, The Browders of Hiltons, Virginia are one of the most exciting groups to step on stage in many years. This family group consists of Tommy Browder, his sons, Matthew and David, and Matthew’s wife, Sonya. They travel year round, keeping a full concert schedule as well as holding revivals across the country. One of their most captivating qualities is that The Browders play much of their music live with Tommy on acoustic lead, David on bass, Matthew on rhythm guitar and Sonya on piano. They also write most of their own music.

In recent years, they have been steadily expanding and improving their ministry for the glory of God. The were voted “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” in the prestigious 2013 AGM Awards. They have enjoyed Singing News #1 song charting success with original songs like “Praise You In This Valley,” “Message Of The Cross," and “Land Of No Goodbyes." . With the release of their highly-anticipated, “The Message” recording came a milestone—their first #1 radio singles. They are currently performing songs from that recording as well as their hits and most-requested songs. Their current new release 'Time Machine' already has a number one song on the AGM Charts in “He's Alive”.

Tacketts Sing at Gaither Fall Fest

Defiance, OH (October 22, 2013 The Tacketts from Defiance, OH, performed twice on Saturday, October 5th at Bill and Gloria Gaither’s Annual Fall Fest at Gaither Family Resources in Alexandria, IN. They shared the stage with The Browns, Reggie and Ladye Love Smith, and Woody and Vonnie Wright.

“We are so excited for what God is doing through our ministry” Jeff stated."God bless you and we thank everyone for your continued support and prayers!”

They left the Gaither Fall Fest and traveled to Taylortown Community Church, in Shelby, Ohio for a CD Release Concert. The concert was held at Jeff's father's Church, Rev. Doug Tackett. The new project, 'Miracles Never Cease' was released at NQC this year and the title song for the project was written by Jeff''s father. The CD Release Concert was held on Sunday October 6th during the morning service.

For more information on the Tacketts go to or .

You can reach the Tacketts by E-mail at The Tacketts .


About The Tacketts
The Tacketts are a unique mixed Gospel group consisting of husband and wife team Jeff and Sarah Tackett, along with Jason Tackett who though not blood related is still family. Jeff is a man talented to play many instruments, a gifted singer, and manager of the group. Sarah, a former Miss Ohio and talent winner in the Miss America pageant uses her singing ability to enhance the group. Jason brings an interesting theater background to the group. Hailing from Defiance, OH. the Tacketts travel the country sharing the Gospel.

Ben Isaacs Garners Dove Award

Nashville, TN (October 21, 2013) Ben Isaacs, award winning producer extraordinaire and member of the premier Gospel/Bluegrass group, the Isaacs, won another award for his producing at the prestigious 44th Annual Dove Awards last week in Nashville, TN. Ben's Award came for his part in co-producing the Gaither Vocal Band CD 'Pure And Simple' in the Southern Gospel Album Category.

Ben stated “Producing is a part of music that I thoroughly enjoy. It was truly an honor to win this award while working with the greatest guys in the business and having such fun doing it.”

In addition to Ben winning the Award, the Isaacs also walked the Red Carpet and sang in the Tribute to Bill Gaither during the televised portion of the Dove Awards program. The Isaacs were spectacular as they preformed Gaither's classic, “He Touched Me”.

The Isaacs also performed to capacity crowds at the Dollywood Fall Harvest and Gospel Music Festival over the weekend and immediately followed that up with the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival where they shared the stage with Vince Gill.

You can learn more about the Isaacs at or .

The Isaacs can be reached for booking at .


About The Isaacs
The Isaacs, a multi-award winning family group who began singing 30 years ago, are based out of Nashville, TN . The vocalists are Lily Isaacs, Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs have a unique style that blends tight, family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation that appeals to a variety of audiences. Their musical influences emerge from all genres of music including bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, and country, contemporary acoustic and southern gospel. They perform frequently at the Grand Ole Opry, are active members on the Gaither Homecoming Videos and Concert Series and travel throughout the year performing internationally. Concert venues include civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, parks, churches and other locations. They have performed the National Anthem for many sporting events, including a Cincinnati Bengal's football game, several Nashville Predators Hockey games, an Astros/ Braves pre-season baseball game as well as various political gatherings. They also received a standing ovation for their patriotic performance at Carnegie Hall.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Daywind To Release Single On Award-Winning Songwriter, Kenna Turner West

Nashville, TN (October 21, 2013) Five-time Dove Award-nominee and three-time AGM/SGN "Songwriter of the Year" Kenna Turner West is headed to radio with the release of her first Daywind single entitled "Be Still and Know."
Known primarily for penning chart-topping songs such as "Calvary's Cry," "Ask Me Why," and "Revival," the list of artists who have recorded her songs reads like a veritable "who's who" of the gospel music industry, including Jason Crabb, The Booth Brothers, Brian Free and Assurance, Karen Peck and New River, Gordon Mote, The Martins, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Legacy Five, The Bowling Family, and many more.
Music runs in the family for Kenna, the daughter-in-law of country music legend Dottie West and the daughter of former Blackwood Brothers bass singer, Ken Turner. For thirty years, the author and certified counselor has blended music, devotional teaching, and humor into a ministry that has reached around the world serving alongside Christian leaders such as Franklin Graham and Dr. Jerry Falwell at venues ranging from The Pentagon to NASCAR chapels to the local church.
With an impressive seven #1 songs to her credit, thirteen "Song of the Year" nominations, and two "Song of the Year" wins, the Daywind staff writer is thrilled about the release of her first radio single in Gospel music, "Be Still and Know," which hits the airwaves in November. "We couldn't be more proud of her or more grateful to her Source," states Rick Shelton, Vice President of Daywind Publishing.
For more information about Kenna Turner West go to or .
You can reach her by E-mail at .

About Kenna Turner West
For three decades, the international singer, speaker, author, and certified counselor has blended music, devotional teaching, and humor into a ministry that has reached around the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Most gospel music fans may recognize her name more readily by the songs she had written over the years. With seven #1 titles to her credit—including "Calvary's Cry" by Brian Free and Assurance—as well as eleven "Song of the Year" nominees and two "Song of the Year" wins, Kenna's songs have been recorded by artists such as Jason Crabb, The Booth Brothers, Brian Free and Assurance, Gordon Mote, Karen Peck and New River, Legacy Five, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Talleys, and many more. The Daywind staff writer has also penned two Easter musicals, "Love Won" and "It Would Take A Cross," distributed by LifeWay.

Freemans Enter Agreement With AG Publicity

Nashville, TN (October 17, 2013) Renowned family group, the Freemans, have come to an agreement with AG Publicity to assist them in the promotion of their new CD 'Voice In The Desert' as well as representing them as an important voice in the world of Gospel music.
Pamela Unthank of AG Publicity stated “When I heard them sing 'Voice In the Desert' at the AGM Awards Celebration I not only loved the song, but loved the conviction in Chris' presentation. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work in helping to promote a group and a CD that has personally touched me.”
“Voice In The Desert”, written by Kenna West, Lee Black and Jason Cox, is not only the title song, but the first single from the project. Writer Kenna West said "I have been a fan of The Freemans for many years, so to hear them sing 'Voice In The Desert' is such a thrill.” West continued “I recently heard them sing it live, and the powerhouse vocals of Chris were absolutely explosive. Everyone in the building was on their feet."

This project has some great new songs as well as a couple of classics in the old Imperials tune “Water Grave”, sang by the youngsters Caylon “Cage” Freeman and Misty Freeman Callaway and “John The Revelator” performed by the Queen of Gospel Music herself, Chris Freeman.
Darrell Freeman commented “We have known the Unthanks many years and are confident they will work exceptionally hard to make sure Gospel music fans will know what is happening with the Freemans”
The Freemans are an exciting Gospel group made up of family members Chris and Darrell Freeman, son Caylon and daughter Misty. as well as Darrell's cousin Joe Freeman. Their close family harmony and emotional presentations bring them new fans everywhere they sing.


About The Freemans
History, experience and spiritual wisdom are three attributes that can be used to describe the foundation of the Freeman ministry. Deeply rooted with family, the Freemans experience spans 30+ years. From Darrell’s entrance at age 16 with his family’s group, the Pathways, to Chris’s award-winning teenage years with the Hinsons, the Freemans know the ins and outs of Southern Gospel music.

No doubt, Chris’s unique sound is the reason she was the youngest female artist ever to receive the coveted “Queen of Gospel Music” award two years in a row (’76, ’77) as voted by the readers of Singing News Magazine. In 1980, the lives of Darrel and Chris Freeman became one when they married on August 2nd. After singing with the Pathways for three years Darrell and Chris headed for Nashville and began the Freemans. Joe Freeman, Darrell’s cousin, soon joined them as the third part harmony, as well as their keyboard player. With this sound they have garnered tremendous growth and success.

In 1997, Darrell and Chris’s daughter, Misty, began playing acoustic guitar with the group on stage. Then in 1998, she began singing with them when they recorded Standing Out. Also on stage is Caylon Freeman, Darrell and Chris’s youngest child. He decided to join his family on the road full-time in 2002. He is now playing the drums and singing some with the group.

Now in their 20th year, the Freemans, still do approximately 250 dates a year, and continue to experience tremendous success.

The Williamsons Announce New Lead Singer

Weleetka. OK (October 14, 2013) The Williamsons of Weleetka, Oklahoma are saddened by the loss of our "long time" friend and lead singer David Folenius. David and his wife Lisa plan to travel across the country as The Lineage of David sharing the Gospel through music and by holding revivals meetings. Their debut project will be titled “When God Has Another Plan” and will be released on the Mended heart Music label. The couple plans to remain in Wetumka, OK where David will continue working with The Williamsons in their recording studio. They can be reached at through their website or .
While saddened by David’s departure The Williamsons are also excited to announce the addition of Karl Rice to the lead position. Many will remember Karl from his nearly seven years as tenor for the The Anchormen, one of the country’s premier male quartets. Karl not only brings his quality vocal talent to The Williamsons, but also his ability to play several instruments. Group owners Donnie and Lisa Williamson also play a number of different instruments and audiences can expect much more live music from the group in the future. Karl, wife Daniela, and daughter Grace will be relocating to Wetumka in the near future. Plans for a brand new major project is already in the works.
The Williamsons are one of the country’s few true mixed quartets traveling today with Louisiana native Darin Hebert more than aptly filling the bass part. In 2013 they were nominated in the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards as Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Favorite Group of the Year and were in the top ten nominees as Favorite New Mixed Group in the Singing News Fan Awards.
You can learn more about the Williamsons at or .
You can contact the Williamsons by E-mail at .
The Williamsons are booked by Michael Davis and Associates at 828-246-8085.

About The Williamsons
The Williamsons began sharing the Gospel through music in 1998 as The Homesteaders Quartet. The dream of Donnie Williamson was to form a group to sing classic Gospel music on a limited basis. What he wanted to do never occurred. From the group's onset their demand was overwhelming. Soon they were performing more than 100 dates a year. For the past several years The Williamsons have been in full time Christian ministry and entertainment and have traveled across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Their music has been in national charts and were they honored to be nominated to the Gospel Music Association for a Dove Award.

Their high energy musical style appeals to people of all ages. The versatility of The Williamsons is evident through the wide variety of musical styles they perform. There is always something for everyone. The marketing of their performances targets families and not just fans of any particular type of music. Spending an evening with The Williamsons is sure to be one that will lift you up, bless you, and entertain you all at the same time. Their primary desire is to share the Gospel in such a way that those in attendance who do not know Jesus Christ will come to know him before the program is over.

Jeff and Sheri Easter to Perform at 2013 Diamond Awards

Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Pigeon Forge, TN (October 23, 2013) – SGN Scoops and Coastal Media are thrilled to announce the addition of Jeff and Sheri Easter to the list of artists performing at the 2013 Diamond Awards. Hosted by Tim Lovelace, the Awards will be held on Tuesday, October 29 at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee as part of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. Reserved tickets for this event are free and can still be obtained at .

Jeff and Sheri Easter join already slated artists Gerald Crabb and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, among others. All of these special performances along with the entire 2013 Diamond Awards will be filmed by Atlanta's Channel 57 to be aired at a date to be announced.

Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group and publisher of SGNScoops, commented, “I've enjoyed Jeff and Sheri's ministry for many years, and Sheri's appearance at the Diamond Awards last year was a very special highlight of Creekside. I know the Award celebration is going to be another great night and I'd like to welcome all of Jeff and Sheri's fans and friends to join us next Tuesday!"

SGN Scoops encourages Gospel music fans across the country to attend the 2013 Creekside Gospel Music Convention. It will be a great week of the best in Southern Gospel music. Monday night will see Lou Hildreth honor the legendary Ed O’Neal. The Patterson Promotions Showcase will be presented on Tuesday morning with the 2013 Diamond Awards slated for 8:00 pm that evening. The Convention will also host an Old Time Gospel Sing on Wednesday afternoon and daily morning devotions with Dr. Jeff Steele.

The Creekside Gospel Music Convention will be presented on October 28, 29 and 30th at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Tickets for this event are free but must be reserved at . Special room rates are available onsite and can be reserved by phone or online. By phone, call toll free at: 1-800-223-6707 or local call 865-908-3015. For online reservations, click onto .

For more information regarding the 2013 Creekside Gospel Music Convention, please email Rhonda at or Rob Patz at .

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October 2013 SGNScoops Magazine Now Available

The staff at SGNScoops proudly presents the October Edition of SGNScoops Magazine. Gracing our cover this month is Ed O’Neal and the Dixie Melody Boys. We will be honoring Ed later this month at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. You can find out how to be a part of that in the latest Creekside update in this issue.

Other ministries highlighted are, The Lesters, 11th Hour, Ivan Parker and the Dove Brothers. Catch the Younger Perspective with Amber Nelon, and Christian Country News featuring Mikayla Lynn.

This month we congratulate our publisher, Rob Patz for twenty years in the Gospel Music Industry. Don’t miss this story- especially the side-bar containing notes of congratulations from industry professionals, friends and peers.

This issue wraps up an era of Quartet Conventions in Louisville and also re-caps a recent Women of Faith conference. Believe it or not….There is more! Don’t miss encouragement from Dr. Jeff Steele, Reflections With Sherry Anne, Life, Love and Legends by Lou Wills Hildreth and with get the latest music reviews by Sandi Duncan Clark. The latest in Southern Gospel Music is tastefully presented and laid out professionally, by Pete and Staci Schwager and is tucked behind a beautiful cover designed by Stephanie Kelley.

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Get Your Free Tickets Here And Join Us For Creekside 2013 In Pigeon Forge Tn October 28th 29th & 30th

Join Us In Branson Mo May 5th 6th & 7th For Great Southern Gospel Music

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound Congratulate Devin McGlamery

Congratulations to our very own Devin McGlamery on his Dove Award win yesterday for Best Country Song "From My Rags To His Riches"

Way to go Devin! We're proud of you!!


(NASHVILLE, TN) – For the past five years ERNIE HAASE & SIGNATURE SOUND have treated audiences across the country to their Christmas tour. Night after night, concert goers have longed for a way to take their experience "home in a box" to relive over and over again. With the release of the CHRISTMAS LIVE!, their wishes have come true!

Filmed before a live audience at the beautiful Carson Center in Paducah, KY, this live DVD/CD combo gives you a front row seat to an evening celebrating the season with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. Backed by a full band, adult choir and children's chorus, this project has something for everyone!

From Christmas classics - "Marshmallow World," "White Christmas," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Thank God For Kids," "What Child Is This?" - to new favorites - "He Started The Whole World Singing," "Changed By A Baby Boy," "Glory to God in the Highest," - you're sure to feel the Christmas spirit from beginning to end!

This is the perfect present - for yourself or your loved ones - for this Christmas season!

CHRISTMAS LIVE! (StowTown Records/Provident Distribution) is available online at and wherever great music is sold!

Combining 21st century ideas with the timeless quality of great quartets from the 1950s, this Grammy-nominated, Dove award-winning group has broken the traditional mold of gospel quartets. With their unconventional approach to communicating the Good News, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (EHSS) are blazing a trail through the heart of Gospel music with groundbreaking originality.

The group’s founder and leader, Ernie Haase, got his start in Gospel music as a long-time member of the renowned Cathedral Quartet, and his roots are deeply planted in the rich legacy of music that is both meaningful and thoroughly entertaining. After the Cathedrals bid farewell to their five-decade run in the music industry, Ernie formed Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. With chart-topping DVDs and audio releases, the group’s success continues to gain momentum with each new release. Their latest release, Glorious Day (StowTown Records / Provident Distribution), is available at Walmart, Best Buy, and other retail stores as well as iTunes, Rhapsody and all other digital retail outlets.



Faith-Fueled Underdog Story Ranks 2nd in Per-Screen Average
LOS ANGELES – Oct. 9, 2013 – Scoring second place in per-screen average at the national box office—topping $11,000 per screen—this weekend LINSANITY, the story of Jeremy Lin, the Asian-American NBA star’s life and faith, races into new screens.

“LINSANITY captures the passion, hard work and faith that define Jeremy’s life story,” said Gareth West, CEO of Ketchup Entertainment. “We’re thrilled audiences and critics are embracing it.”

Rotten Tomatoes gave LINSANITY a “fresh” rating with critics saying:

“An example of long-term documentary filmmaking paying off in ways few could have anticipated, LINSANITY energetically recounts Jeremy Lin’s astonishing rise to NBA stardom.”

“You may have watched Lin's rise to national prominence the first time, but it's still easy to get caught up in the moment.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“The events leading to this media-fueled frenzy and the genial, low-key underdog at its epicenter are given a peppy workout by director Evan Jackson Leong in the enjoyable documentary."
Los Angeles Times

Directed by Evan Jackson Leong and narrated by Hawaii Five-O’s Daniel Dae Kim, LINSANITY follows an undersized California kid—a child of Taiwanese immigrants—who loved hoops fiercely and refused to give up. It also shows the faith and family that sustained and guided a young Asian-American through physical and societal obstacles and past heartbreaking setbacks.

Director Evan Jackson Leong—A sixth-generation Chinese immigrant, Evan Jackson Leong was following Jeremy Lin, and filming his story, long before the Linsanity phenomenon broke.
Producers Christopher C. Chen, Allen Lu and Brian Yang


"It was fun, inspiring and entertaining."
Francis Chan
Best-selling author of Crazy Love, Forgotten God and Erasing Hell

"Inspiring! Filled with great lessons about trusting in God and pursuing God’s will with passion."
Ted Baehr
Ted Baehr's Movieguide®

“I loved LINSANITY . . . Don't miss it!”
Chris Seay
Lead Pastor, Ecclesia Houston
In Theaters October 11*

New York - Manhattan - AMC Village 7
New York - Queens - Main Street Cinemas
New York - Bronx - Soundview Cinemas
Los Angeles - Monterey Park, Calif. - AMC Atlantic Times Square 14
Los Angeles - Santa Ana, Calif. - Regency South Coast Village 3
Chicago - Chicago - Logan Theater
Chicago - South Barrington - AMC South Barrington 30
Washington, D.C. - Alexandria, Va. - AMC Hoffman Center 22
Washington, D.C. - Gaithersburg, Md. - AMC Rio 18
Boston - Boston - AMC Loews Boston Common 19
San Francisco - San Francisco - Sundance Kabuki
San Francisco - Cupertino, Calif. - Bluelight Cinema 5
Houston - Houston - AMC Studio 30
San Diego - Camino Del Rio, Calif. - AMC Mission Valley 20
Seattle - Lynnwood, Wash. - AMC Alderwood 16
Seattle - Seattle - AMC Pacific Place 11
Seattle - Seattle - Sundance Cinemas Seattle
Honolulu - Aiea, Hawaii - Cons Pearlridge West 16
* Check local listings for possible theater changes.


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Creekside Gospel Music Convention: 3 Great Days Of FREE Gospel Music

As the air grows cooler, Gospel Music fans’ thoughts turn to the Creekside Gospel Music Convention in October. In Pigeon Forge, The Smoky Mountain Convention Center staff is booking rooms for the incoming Convention attendees. The free tickets to this event are flying off the shelves and fans are urged to get their tickets early. Every attendee is encouraged to reserve a ticket so please visit and register today!

Some of the artists scheduled to appear at Creekside include The Skyline Boys, Declaration, Larry Ford, Phil Cross, Renaissance Revival, Rhonda Frye and Riverside, The Griffins, Mercy’s Bridge, The Singing Cookes, Ava Kasich, The Pine Ridge Boys, The Williamsons, Paul’s Journey, The Dixie Melody Boys and Sharron Kay King, with many more. For a full list of artists, see the concert poster here:

Beginning on Monday, October 28, Creekside opens at5:00pm with some of Gospel music’s favorite artists, preparing the audience for the main event. Well-known Gospel music personality, Lou Wills Hildreth, will take the stage to present a special gala to honor Mr. Ed O’Neal of the Dixie Melody Boys. Past and present Dixie Melody Boys members will be present for an evening of fun and remembrance.

Tuesday, October 29 will begin with a Chapel service by Dr. Jeff Steele. Creekside is excited to have this beloved Pastor with us for the entire Convention, providing words of encouragement and hope.

Tuesday is also the day for Patterson Promotions as they follow Dr. Steele with a 10:00am morning concert. Their guests will be The Boynton Elementary Chorus, an energetic choir of young people nationally recognized for their high energy and upbeat performances as well as Phil Cross, The Hoskins Family, The Cookes and many more.

The 2013 Diamond Awards Show will be held Tuesdaynight, a celebration of special artist performances as winners are announced from fan selection across the nation. Join us as we award the best in Southern, Country and Bluegrass Gospel music.

On Wednesday, October 30, the schedule is full of exciting events not to be missed. From Dr. Jeff Steele’s Chapel service to showcases of great music, fans will enjoy the jam-packed day of Gospel Music. At 1:30pm, the Creekside stage will welcome a choir of Gospel artists and a live band for the Old Time Gospel Sing. Special impromptu quartets and trios from the choir will sing Gospel favorites and hymns.

The final concert on Wednesday will be a delightful evening of Southern, Country and Bluegrass Gospel. A special closing ceremony will be held.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention will serve again as a collection location for a local ministry called, “Live-It!” Live-It is a non-profit ministry serving the less fortunate in Sevier and surrounding counties. Live-It will provide a truck to receive donations of items including used clothing, jewelry, books, toys, shoes, fashion accessories and music CDs. Please bring your unwanted, gently used items to the Convention Center. All items collected will be used for re-sale in Live-It’s thrift store, profits earned purchases needed products and supplies to those in desperate need. Please help Creekside serve this community!

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16 Chucky, TN Casi Full Gospel Church 7:00 PM

17 Stanton, MO Meramec Caverns 7:00 PM

18 Poplar Bluff, MO Tinnin Performing Arts Center 7:30 PM

19 Fulton, KY First Baptist Church Fulton 7:00 PM

20 Galatia, IL First Baptist Church of Galatia 6:00 PM

25 Greenville, KY Luzerne General Baptist 7:00 PM

26 Conway, AR Faith Assembly 7:00 PM

27 Humble, TX First Assembly of God 6:00 PM

31 Sevierville, TN Tony Gore’s Smokey Mtn BBQ 7:30 PM


1 Sumter, SC Bethesda Church of God 7:00 PM

10 Kennesaw, GA Shiloh Hills Baptist Church 11:00 AM

15 Mt. Pleasant, SC Omar Shrine Auditorium 7:00 PM

23 Lakeland, FL Lake Gibson Church of Nazarene 6:00 PM

24 Wildwood, FL Village of Faith 10:30 AM

30 Pittsfield, MA First United Methodist Church 7:30 PM

Don't Miss The Cathedrals Family Reunion

The Cathedral Quartet was the most loved gospel quartet of their generation. Their legacy continues with some of today’s most popular gospel artists. Cathedral Quartet Alumni know they have something special in common...they are part of what Glen Payne and George Younce called the Cathedral Family. Scott Fowler, Danny Funderburk, Ernie Haase, Mark Trammell, and Gerald Wolfe traveled with the Cathedrals during the height of the Cathedrals’ popularity. Now, for the first time in almost two decades, these Cathedral Alumni as well as their current groups come together for an unforgettable event, reliving the music and memories from the Golden age of the Cathedrals.

An exciting 3 session, 2 day event featuring:

Performances from current alumni artists
Cathedral Reunion segments from the 80’s and 90’s era
Cathedral Road Stories Segment / Answers with Audience
Cathedral Memorabilia on Display
Opportunity to walk through and tour the Cathedrals' Last Tour Bus
And so much more!

Advance - 2 Day Pass Package $59 (BEST VALUE!!)
Individual Session Seating now Available!
Starting at just $28

Additional Ticketing fees will be applied from ticketing agency.
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For more information visit or call 800.965.9324

Channing Eleton Comes To Agreement With AG Publicity

Dalton, GA (October 10, 2013) Award winning talent, Channing Eleton, has come to an agreement with AG Publicity. Channing who is well known for piano artistry is now showing his wares as a phenomenal vocalist as well.

Eleton won several awards for his musicianship while traveling with Gold City Quartet and Poet Voices. His opportunities were limited as far as his incredible vocal talents being displayed. With his Country and Americana blend he has a voice that is going to attract fans from a lot of genres.

Channing stated “I have been working for the past five years, trying to get established as a viable singer. I think I am at the point that a publicity firm with the credibility of AG Publicity can get me the exposure I need to set my ministry and career on another level.”

Channing's last CD featured a few of his own songs, but the new project he is working on is proof that he has yet moved a step in another direction. Deon Unthank of AG Publicity commented “Channing has been know for years as a great musician, recently he has established himself as an equally impressive singer, but now the stage is set to show his talents as the prolific songwriter that he is. I recently had the opportunity to hear some of his new music, and he just blew me away. This man has the real goods.”

Eleton is working on that new CD and expects to have it complete shortly after the first of the year. Anticipation is already building to hear what he can do with his own music.
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You can contact Channing for a booking at .


About Channing Eleton
For 4 1/2 years, he toured extensively with Poet Voices playing concerts from Delaware to California and from Canada to the Carribean. This led to so many great things for Eleton. He gained valuable experience while on the road, making many, many new friends.

Channing married his sweetheart, Christina Fleming, whom he’d met two years prior at a Poet Voices concert. Channing continues, “I know when I’m up on that stage, she’s praying for me. Words can’t even begin to describe how I feel. I am blessed more than I deserve. I’m so thankful!”

March 23, 2000 finds Eleton joining Gospel music super-group, Gold City. For the next six years, he tours as part Gold City’s ‘Band Of Gold’. In September of that year, Gold City’s band with Eleton, won The Singing News Fan Award for ‘BAND OF THE YEAR’. In May of 2001, the Southern Gospel Music Association named Channing Eleton as its ‘Musician Of The Year’. “I take great pride in this honor because it was voted on and awarded to me by my peers.” October of 2005, Channing resigned his position as Gold City’s keyboardist. Channing reflects, “I’ll always be thankful for my days spent with Gold City”.

Channing says “The older I get, the more I realize that God uses the different seasons of our lives to prepare for us what’s to come. I have learned to keep looking ahead. Keep plowing forward, while enjoying the present and living each day to its fullest.”

Back Home Releases “Live” Concert DVD/CD

South Pittsburg, TN (October 8, 2013) Fresh off releasing their new single to radio called "Heavy End Of The Cross", written by Sue C. Smith and Don Poythress, award nominated trio Back Home is releasing an energetic and spiritually moving DVD/CD combination.

The DVD/CD includes many of your favorite Back Home songs and hits written by some of the best song writers in the Gospel music industry.

“Live At The Monroe Church of God With Back Home” was recorded on Monroe, GA and many of the songs were joined by the Monroe Church of God Choir. There are some wonderful testimonies that will lift the hearts of those who watch and listen.

Below is a list of songs and songwriters performed on the DVD/CD:
You Never Know - Jimmy Yeary,
Tell The Mountain (About Your God) - Mark Narmore, Karen Staley
God Stays - Jennifer Layne, Jeff King, Lee Black
How Great Thou Art
Lord You're Holy - Geron Davis
He Heals - Jennifer Layne, Don Poythress
Scars - Jerry Salley, Gina Boe, Kenna West
Heaven's Gate - Monty Allen
Start Livin' - Jeff King
Hope Again - Jennifer Layne, Sue C Smith, Don Poythress
I Forgive Me - Jennifer Layne, Jeff King
The Hour I First Believed - Don Poythress
Heavy End of the Cross - Sue C Smith, Don Poythress
Live It - Jennifer Layne, Lee Black, Jeff King

Bishop David Smith, Pastor of the Monroe Church of God stated "The music and testimonies of Back Home created an incredible atmosphere of worship. This DVD is more than just a compilation of songs. It will take you into the service and into the presence of God where you will be inspired and impacted with God's grace."

In addition to their new release. Back Home will also be performing at the Valley Theater in Dollywood on October 11th and 12th as a part of the Annual Harvest and Gospel Music Celebration, in Pigeon Forge, TN.

In other interesting news, Jimmy and Jennifer Layne of Back Home were recently in a two day writing session with Jeff and Sheri Easter for their new recording with Producers Jeff King and Chris Latham set to be released in April of 2014.

You can learn more about Back home at or .

Back Home can be reached for booking by E-mail at .


About Back Home
Back Home is a husband and wife team who not only are great singers, but also inspiring songwriters. Jimmy and Jennifer are no strangers to the music industry. Twenty-six year veterans of vocal session work, they are two of the most sought after background singers in the country and gospel music industries. On any given night you can find Back Home sharing their love for good music, the gospel and their love for the One who has allowed them to live their dreams and sing for Him with audiences and churches all across America.