Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Don't Miss the April issue of SGN Scoops Digital Magazine

Have you read the April issue of SGN Scoops? Several of our writers delve into what the Easter season means for us as believers. I trust that you will read about the love, grace and eternal life of our Savior on every page.
Our cover artists this month are Gerald Wolfe, Rodney Griffin and Chris Allman, known collectively as Greater Vision. Matt Baker goes a little deeper into the hearts and minds of this award-winning trio. Other new writers whose names you might not know but whose writing you will enjoy include Bethany Cook who introduces us to Adoration Quartet, and Jaquita Lindsay who highlights The Stephens.
Enjoy discovering more about Kris Erwin, the Diplomats, Marty Raybon, the Browders, and DJ Skip Taylor. Candi Combs takes us to the Greenbriar Quartet event and Lynn Mills goes sailing on the Singing At Sea cruise. Vonda Easley, Erin Stevens, Jennifer Campbell and Paige Givens have written from their hearts this month to bring you the latest on your favorite artists.
If you are a Gospel music collector, you’ve said, “I NEED IT!” more than once, and Dean Adkins introduces us to several avid collectors.
Lou Hildreth, David Staton, Laurette Willis, Jeff Steele, Dusty Wells, Kelly Nelon Clark, Jonathan Edwards, Sherry Anne and Ed Smith round out our magazine this month and we hope you enjoy their words as much as we do.
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StowTown Records and Triumphant celebrate the release of ‘Living In Harmony’

(Nashville, TN) StowTown Records and one of Southern Gospel’s most popular quartets, Triumphant, are proud to announce the release of their brand new project, Living In Harmony.
The album, which hit the market on April 14, made an impressive debut by landing in the Top 10 of the recent Soundscan Southern Album Chart and the Top 100 of the Christian Music Chart.
“Triumphant is very excited about our new StowTown record release. We have been working on this project for several months and really spent a lot of time picking songs for this recording,” said David Sutton, longtime tenor and co-founder of the group. “We feel truly blessed and honored to have received the songs that we got for this project from some of the best writers in our field of music today.”
“Our prayer is that we can portray these songs in a way that people will hear the lyrics and feel the presence of God in their lives while listening.” “Living in Harmony”, written by Jeff Bumgardner and Triumphant baritone Scott Inman, also happens to be the first single release from the project and is now being heard throughout the country.
“If there has ever been a time where Christians need to come together for the cause of Christ, NOW is the time,” exclaimed Inman. “I pray “Living in Harmony” is a lyric people will put in motion on a daily basis.”
Triumphant is currently holding a social media contest on Facebook and Twitter for all of their followers. Fans can send the group a photo by Thursday, April 30, showing themselves along with their purchase of Living In Harmony at a local Christian bookstore or outlet and be entered into a special drawing. The winner will earn an exclusive dinner with the entire group in the near future.
This marks the premiere release with StowTown for Triumphant, a multi-award winning quartet who joined the fast-rising label last summer. “We are very thankful for the relationship we have developed with the StowTown team. We are looking forward to a long-term relationship with this company,” added Sutton. “They have a heart for the groups and a heart for making good music. That’s a company we want our name to be attached to and are so honored to be a part of.”
“We all want to ‘live in harmony’ together and we hope you enjoy our new CD from StowTown Records…Living In Harmony!”

Doug Anderson Decides to Pursue Full Time Solo Ministry

A Word From Ernie Haase...

It is with great sadness, but also excitement, that I announce Doug Anderson's prayerful decision to pursue his solo ministry in a full-time capacity. Both Doug and I felt it best to sit down and share this news with you via video so that he may share his heart regarding his vision and plans for the future.

PLEASE CLICK HERE to view this 7-minute press release from Doug and me.

From a very grateful heart, I personally want to thank Doug for his 13 years of service, and for his help and unwavering loyalty in getting "Signature Sound" off the ground. We are forever brothers and he will be in my prayers daily. I wish him and his dear family nothing but the best.
I ask you to please keep the Anderson family, along with the EHSS family, in your prayers as we move forward with our calling to bring hope and joy to a hurting world.
To learn more about Doug's solo ministry you can go to his website at www.dougandersonmusic.com. Book him right away; he will be a blessing to you!
In closing, thank you for your prayers and support. Most of all, thank you for trusting me to navigate these series of events so we can continue to bring you the level of entertainment and professionalism that you have come to know and love as your "Ambassadors of Joy"...EHSS!!!
We Love You,

Ashley DeRamus Of Ashley By Design Named Spokesperson For Adorn Fashion

DeRamus is the first person with Down syndrome to represent a major fashion line

Birmingham, Ala. (April 28,2015) Ashley DeRamus, founder of The Ashley DeRamus Foundation and Ashley by Design, is pleased to announce her new role as spokesperson for Adorn Fashion, based out of Atlanta. DeRamus continues to make strides in the fashion world, as she is the first person with Down syndrome to represent a major fashion line.

Adorn Fashion is a leading supplier at AmericasMart in Atlanta and known for its superior quality, elegance and sophisticated designs. In partnership with DeRamus, Adorn will manufacture new designs for Ashley by Design, and Adore Kids will launch a clothing line for children with Down syndrome.

"We are excited about partnering with Ashley and her wonderful foundation,” says Hema Pandaya, president of Adorn Fashion. "She is a talented designer with a keen eye for fashion, and we can’t wait to help her expand into children’s clothing.”

Founded by DeRamus and her mother, Connie DeRamus, Ashley by Design specializes in clothing specifically tailored for individuals with Down syndrome – a perfect fit that is hard to achieve off-the-rack. Clothing from the line will be showcased and sold at the Cash & Carry event at AmericasMart Atlanta from May 5 to 7. The showroom will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 6, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. The designs can also be purchased at www.ashleybydesign.com.

"We came up with the idea for a fashion line for girls with Down syndrome because it has been so hard to find clothes for Ashley over the years, making shopping more of a hassle than an enjoyable experience,” says Connie. "Those with Down syndrome tend to have different body types than most clothing lines are made for, and we wanted them to feel just as confident as anyone else. The partnership with Adorn and Adore Kids will help us expand clothing options to children with Down syndrome.”

If you would like to interview the Ashley contact AG Publicity at infor@agpublicity.com .

You can learn more about Ashley DeRamus and the Ashley DeRamus Foundation by going http://ashleybydesign.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ashley-DeRamus-Foundation .

To contact Ashley for a special appearance E-mail adream.gk@gmail.com .


About The Ashley DeRamus Foundation

Through the work of the Ashley DeRamus Foundation, the goal is to increase awareness and enlighten others about the positive contributions people with Down syndrome make to society. DeRamus’s goals for the foundation are to be an advocate and support programs for those with disabilities through fundraisers and education. DeRamus was most recently the recipient of the National Down Syndrome Society’s (NDSS) Self-Advocate of the Year Champion of Change Award. Follow the foundation on Facebook for more information about DeRamus and her work. Additional information can be found by visiting AshleyDeRamusFoundation.org or AshleyByDesign.com.

Lindsey Graham Performs National Anthem For The Minnesota Twins

Estero, FL (April 28,2015) Gospel soloist Lindsey Graham had an interesting trip earning the opportunity to sing the National Anthem for the Minnesota Twins spring training game.

Ms Graham stated, "I auditioned at a public contest in the Miromar Outlets in Estero, Florida back in January to sing the National Anthem for the Minnesota Twins. They had a full day of auditions and selected only one person to sing the anthem at a spring training game at their Hammond Stadium in Ft. Myers, Florida. To my great surprise, I was the BIG WINNER!!”

Singing at the game between the Twins and the Baltimore Orioles on March 18th the fans were in awe as she magnificently performed on par with the best ever heard in on outdoor stadium, evidenced by the tremendous applause after she finished.

Lindsey also commented, "I am blown away to have had this opportunity. I heard many great singers audition and am humbled to have been chosen to sing the National Anthem. This is truly an honor I will cherish moving forward.”

The performance was captured on video by Tucker Media (www.Tucker.media) and can be viewed with the link below:


The Twins lost the game, but gained a fan in Lindsey Graham.

If you would like to interview Lindsey Graham contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity .

Learn more about Lindsey Graham by going to her website at http://www.lindseygrahamministries.com or https://www.facebook.com/LindseyGrahamMinistries .

To book Lindsey for your church, concert or event contact Dominion Agency 828- 454-5900.


About Lindsey Graham
Lindsey has shared the stage with many Gospel greats including The Crabb Family, The Booth Brothers, Triumphant Quartet, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Isaacs, The Dixie Echoes, The Stamps, The Blackwoods, Kevin Spencer, Dennis Gwizdala, and Larry Ford. She participated in the 2007 Gaither Homecoming video Amazing Grace. Lindsey recently traveled full time with a southern gospel group, The Taylors. They made many appearances in North America, including NQC Main Stage 2012, as well as Sweden and Northern Ireland.

Through her continued classical vocal studies, Lindsey performs for the Naples Opera Society of Naples, Florida. In 2011, she traveled to Europe as a guest soloist of the Bach Ensemble of Naples, Florida. For three consecutive seasons Lindsey sang the National Anthem and the Canadian Anthem for the Boston Red Sox spring training games in Ft. Myers, FL. Lindsey is a studied pianist and flutist, incorporating both into her ministry. A 2005 graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN, she received a Bachelors of Music and was also inducted as a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society based upon GPA and staff member recommendation. Lindsey completed a Masters of Arts in Religion with an emphasis in Worship Studies from Liberty University in 2012.

Singing Christian music is extremely vital to Lindsey as she is eager to uplift and excited to share the love of Jesus with others. Her ambition is "to reach the lost and encourage believers in the Lord.”

Monday, April 27, 2015

Former N’Harmony & Signature Sound Lead Singer Shane Dunlap To Release Highly Anticipated New Recording

Charlotte, NC Well-known and loved music favorite, Shane Dunlap, will release a new solo recording Love So Amazing on April 28 2015. The project is a collection of new songs produced by Dove Award winning producer Ricky Free with songs written by some of the top song writers in the Christian Music industry today.
The first single from the album has been released on the Daywind Music April 2015 radio disc and is already getting rave reviews. The song was written by Marcia Henry, Joseph Habedank and Matt Price, and features the talented Sonya Isaacs Yeary as a guest vocalist.
Dunlap is known for his time managing and singing with N’Harmony, a Southern Gospel Male Quartet, best known for singing top 10 songs “Out Of The Blue”, “One Fine Day”, and “The Devil Tried His Best”, along with many other national radio hits. After traveling extensively throughout America, Canada, and Europe for many years, Shane decided to retire N’Harmony in 2002 and joined Ernie Haase as the original lead singer of Signature Sound, continuing to tour nation-wide and internationally.
Shane states “I came off the full-time road a few years back in order to spend more with my young family. I have truly cherished the time that God has allowed me with them. However, I always felt there was a sort of a void, kind of like God wasn’t finished with my music just yet. Last year I finally had a peace in my heart and knew that God was telling me it was time to get back out there and do what I was created to do, and that is to sing gospel music”.
Love So Amazing will be available on iTunes, Amazon, and other online retailers as well as wherever Christian music is sold.
In addition to his busy schedule, Shane is an ordained minister and currently serves as the Worship Pastor at one of the nation’s fastest growing churches, Lee Park Church in Monroe NC. For more information or to book Shane at your church/venue visit his website at www.shanedunlapmusic.com .
For more information about Shane Dunlap, contact Ashea Griffin, PO Box 3456 Mathews, NC, 28106 or call 704-221-7416 . You can also E-mail agriffin@shanedunlapmusic.com .

Cross Pointe Families need Your Help

The Cross Pointe Church recently had an outbreak of botulism and the story has reached national media outlets.
[See: One dead, 23 others sick from suspected botulism at Ohio church on Reuters.com]

Pastor Bill Pitts writes: “We need help in a great way with over 25 being hospitalized with all levels of medical needs. We have also seen great miracles. I took one man home last night from one of the six hospitals that our people are in. He “walked out” of ICU straight to my car.
“We have set up a Cross Pointe Family Relief Fund [see below for information.]
“I am also part of Cross Pointe Southern Gospel group. In fact, Debbie Wright, a singer in our group, has been in the hospital all week.
“Cross Pointe will be seeing you at Creekside this year and we believe healing will have taken place and we will be stronger than ever.”
Please send donations today to:
Cross Pointe Family Relief Fund
657 E. Main Street
Lancaster, Ohio 43130

Promoter Jeff Sneed Announces Performers For 3rd Annual Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival

Nashville, Tenn (April 24, 2015) Promoter Jeff Sneed is announcing that some of Gospel music's most-loved artists have been secured for the all-star lineup at the 2015 Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival.

Such all-star artists which include the Martins, Goodman Revival, the McKameys, Karen Peck & New River, Angela Primm, the Freemans, High Road, Dennis Swanberg, Sneed Family, Brian Free & Assurance, Jeff & Sheri Easter, the Kingsmen, Rambo McGuire (featuring Living Legend Buck Rambo), the Singing Cookes, Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion, Wade Spencer, and Geraldine & Ricky will all be a part of the great annual Festival.

Jeff Sneed stated, "I not only speak on behalf of the Sneed Family, but also Loretta, her family and her staff about how excited we are for this year's Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival. It's always so fun to work with Loretta and her family and we feel that the roster of this year’s artists for the program make this event one of the most unique and exciting in the Gospel music industry today. It's hard to explain the experience but any artist that has performed there walks away with a renewed excitement for not only Gospel music but revived relationships resonated by the atmosphere created by the love and hospitality of all those involved. If you love Gospel music it is an event that you don't want to miss!”

Loretta Lynn Ranch in historic Hurricane Mills, TN will host the festival once again September 12-13, 2015. For those arriving early on Friday night, September 11, 2015, there will be a special bon-fire and sing-a-long beginning at 8:00 PM

Tickets are on sale now and more information can be found online at LorettaLynn.com or by calling the ranch at 931-296-7700.


About Loretta Lynn Ranch

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN is the perfect destination for this amazing weekend of Gospel music. The full-service RV park features primitive camping, pools, canoeing, paddle boats and more. Guests can also tour Loretta’s plantation home, the Butcher Holler Home Place, and her brand-new 18,000 square foot "Coal Miner’s Daughter” museum.

About The Sneed Family

The Sneed Family began its gospel music journey in 1982 as "Glory Bound” with four young men just out of High School. The group was founded by 18-year-old pianist and baritone, Jeff Sneed. Jeff met and married Pam Saylors who not only became his wife, but his singing partner. Today they are living our dream by standing on stage with their entire family night after night. Since the groups beginning it has flourished into a current day family ministry team. Today’s group is made up of Jeff Sneed (vocals, piano), Pam Sneed (vocals), Amanda Cowan (vocals, mandolin), Caleb Cowan (vocals), Seth Sneed (vocals, rhythm & bass guitar), and Jacob Sneed (drums). In early 2008 The Sneed Family launched a brand new Christian Television Show called "Glory Bound Jubilee” on WPBM Proclaim Broadcasting.

Christian Country Expo coming to Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge, TN (April 24, 2015) - Christian Country fans from across the nation will be converging on Pigeon Forge for a brand new summer event in 2015. From August 24 through the 27th, the Smoky Mountain Convention Center will host Christian Country artists, including Marty Raybon, T. Graham Brown, Jan Harbuck, Ava Kasich, Tina Wakefield, Jerry Branscom, and many more.
"Smoky Mountain Resorts is thrilled to host the Christian Country Expo this year," says Pete Smith". Rob and Vonda and the folks at Coastal Media have put together such a great group of talent that all of our employees are volunteering to work the event. The celebrity concerts, the artists' interaction with the fans, the Dixie Stampede and the Great Smoky Mountains are going to make this a special week. I can’t wait to see it!"
"I am very excited to be working with Christian Country Expo," says Vonda Easley. "This is my first Christian Country event to be involved in, and I am so excited to meet and hear all the new artists and also get to hear Marty Raybon and T Graham Brown!"
This event is the first in a planned series called Christian Country Expo. With daily showcases at 10am and evening concerts at 6pm, music fans are sure to enjoy their fill of Gospel music, Country style.
Ava Kasich says, "It is such an honor to be asked to be involved with Christian Country Expo this year! I am humbled to be associated with such inspiring artists! Thank you Rob Patz for including me. Looking forward to what God has in store for everyone involved!"
For more information on lodging or artists who wish to be a part of the Christian Country Expo, please email Rob Patz at rob@sgnscoops.com or call 360 933 0741.



Stars Will Shine Brightly On "A Night With Legends" Concert June 10 At The Wildhorse Saloon To Benefit The Children's Hospital At Vanderbilt

Nashville, TN (April 27, 2015) - The stars will shine brightly on Wednesday, June 10 as a line-up of Country music legends assemble at the famous Wildhorse Saloon on 2nd Avenue in downtown Nashville to raise funds for The Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Artists confirmed to perform include The Oak Ridge Boys, Mickey Gilley, Larry Gatlin, The Bellamy Brothers, Lorrie Morgan, Eddy Raven, T. Graham Brown, David Frizzell, Restless Heart's Larry Stewart, Tim Rushlow (formerly of Little Texas) and Exile. Long Island songstress Lisa Matassa, who recently recorded a duets album with each of these performers, will collaborate with various artists throughout the evening.

Tickets go on sale through TicketMaster outlets on Wednesday, April 29; prices range from $15 - $120 and include seating options from General Admission to Front Row. Doors open at 6 p.m. 650 AM WSM is the official radio partner with Bill Cody and Larry Gatlin serving as co-hosts, and Renegade Radio Nashville as official online radio partner.

NFL Legend Terry Bradshaw Shares Stage With The Isaacs

Nashville, Tenn (April 27, 2015) Just a few short days ago, former NFL Superstar Terry Bradshaw, joined the Isaacs on stage to perform the classic Gospel song "What A Day That Will Be” in Pollok, Texas.

His appointment got canceled in Louisiana, so he decided to drive a few miles to Texas to hear the Isaacs. Not only did Terry show up, but he also brought his 86 year old Mother and his lovely wife, Tammy. Bradshaw garnered a huge laugh when he asked the question "How many singers get the Isaacs to open for them?”

No stranger to the singing microphone, as Terry Bradshaw recorded several Gospel albums in the 1980s, he comfortably picked up the mic and related that he sang this song a several weeks earlier in Hawaii. With that, the Isaacs started strumming their instruments, Terry grabbed his cheat sheet and they were off and running with a great rendition of this classic song.

Lily Isaacs commented, "It's so strange that people who are legends in their own right would say they are a "Fan” of the Isaacs. We have known Terry for several years and are always pleased to be with him and his family. Terry is not ashamed of his Christianity in a broadcast world where it is not common.”

The video has had over 4 million views and can be seen on the Isaacs FaceBook page with this link:


The Isaacs have been busy elsewhere in the music world being honored with three Ovation Awards at the prestigious Absolutely Gospel Music Awards held earlier this month in Smyrna, TN. The popular group won Mixed Group of the Year and Special Event Project of the Year. Ben Isaacs won for Producer of the Year.

The Isaacs also recently performed at the Southern Gospel Music Guild's Harmony Honor Awards program. The group performed one song penned by each honoree, Rusty Goodman and Dottie Rambo.

If you would like to interview the Isaacs contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity.com .

To learn more about the Isaacs got to http://www.theisaacs.com or https://www.facebook.com/TheIsaacs or Twitter at https://twitter.com/IsaacsMusic .

If you are interested in booking the Isaacs go to the Harper Agency at www.harperagency.com or info@harperagency.com .


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.

Family also just recently sang anthem at Indiana Pacers game and got a standing ovation. 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.

HIGHROADIII Releases New Concept Video

Nashville, Tenn (April 27, 2015) Gospel trio HIGHROADIII has released a new concept video featuring their hit song "Don't Weep For Me” which was produced by award-winning producer Ben Isaacs. The song, penned by group members Anna Grace Shideler, Kiley Phillips, Sarah Davison, and Bass player Stephen Wilder is already creating quite a stir on YouTube.

The video was shot by Israel Anthem and Jared Rauso with all of the concept material envisioned by HIGHROADIII group members. The idea of fans sharing photos of loved ones who have passed on caught on quickly and an avalanche of pictures came in for the group to choose from. The photos are placed in albums as the video progresses.

Copy and paste the link below to view the video:


In other exciting news HIGHROADIII recently won a prestigious Ovation Award at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards in Smyrna, TN for the Female Group of the Year.

Singer and keyboard player, Sarah Davison commented, "We have been so blessed by the hand of the Lord lately. As long as God is opening doors for us to minster, we will gladly step through them to do what he has for us to do.”

The group was also recently asked to perform before a packed house of 4,000 people at the Singing In the Sun concert in Myrtle Beach, SC where they were warmly received.

If you would like to interview HIGHROADIII contact AG Publicity at info@agpublicity.com .

You can learn more about HIGHROADIII by going to http://www.highroadmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/HIGHROAD3 . You can reach them by Twitter at https://twitter.com/highroadmusic .

For booking contact highroadmusic@gmail.com .



In a world where conformity is king and following the crowd is practically a survival instinct, the women of HIGHROADIII, an award-winning Appalachian gospel group from Nashville who just happen to be the best of friends, too, have always preferred the road less traveled.

And so it’s fitting that the trio’s new album, which also features the girls’ inventive instrumentation, would bear the same name. Filled with the beautiful, haunting melodies and vocals that have been the group’s hallmark, Sarah Davison, Anna Grace Shideler and Kiley Phillips, all graduates of Belmont University’s prestigious School of Music, feel the songs from The Road Less Traveled reflect their personal journey of being set apart.