Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Getting To Know The 2014 Diamond Award Nominees

The annual Diamond Awards recognize the best in Southern, Country and Bluegrass Christian music and are hosted by SGNScoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group. Originating in 1991, they were the first Southern Gospel fan-based awards and are still open to everyone, no subscription required. 

Since January 2014, voting has been held to select the nominees for this year's Diamond Awards, to be held at Creekside Gospel Music Convention at Pigeon Forge on November 3rd through 6th. Artists were selected by voters from across the internet to become a top-ten nominee and then a top-five nominee. Voting commenced on the top-five selections and has now closed.

SGN Scoops would like you to meet our top-five finalists for each category of the 2014 Diamond Awards. Today's category is the JD Sumner Living Legend Award.

J.D. SUMNER LIVING LEGEND AWARD: A once-in-a-lifetime honor to recognize the living performer for whom the fans feel has made the greatest contribution to Southern Gospel music over a career spanning 25 years or more. (Note: previous winners are no longer eligible for this award)

2014 Top Five Finalists:
1. Michael English
2. Karen Peck Gooch
3. Tim Riley
4. Ed O'Neal
5. Gerald Crabb


Get Your Free Tickets For The Diamond Awards At Creekside 2014 Here

Friday, June 6, 2014

Creekside Welcomes Ava Kasich

Ava started singing professionally at the age of 3 yrs old featured in local churches in the Dallas-Ft Worth area of Texas. Ava loves the Lord with all her heart and it shows in her anointed singing! Her testimony of God’s healing power in her body alone is worth having her come and minister to your Church.

In 1980 she began traveling with Wally Fowler of Nashville, Tenn. as a featured and background vocalist. The group was called Wally Fowler and the Tennessee Top Ten. They traveled throughout the United States performing Southern Gospel Music at major venues.

In 1989 Ava moved to Branson, Missouri and began working with several known artists in the gospel music industry, such as Boxcar Willie and Barbara Fairchild. While in Branson, Ava became a major part in the Branson Gospel Music Association. Not only performing but also helping to bring in new talent to perform in the Branson area.

In 2001 Ava was named the Branson Gospel Female Vocalist of the Year. Since winning that award Ava has been traveling throughout the United States singing Southern Gospel Music in churches and other venues. She has been the opening performer for such known Southern Gospel Talent as, Karen Peck & New River, The Hemphills, and others.

In 2001 Ava recorded and released her first album entitled Singin 4 Him. It was a compilation of old and new Southern Gospel Songs.

In 2003 Ava became a national recording artist with the release of her second album entitled “Try Once Again.” Several songs on this album were released to the national media. They included the title song Try Once Again and He Came Through. These songs are being played throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Asia and the Caribbean. This album was produced by Les Butler of Butler Music Group and Family Music Group and recorded in Nashville, TN. Jason and Aaron Crabb of the Crabb Family were gracious enough to sing back up on two of Ava’s songs on this album.

Not long ago at the National Quartet Convention Ms Dottie Rambo agreed to record two duets with Ava. Dottie was called home to heaven before that happened. Ava has spent most of her time touring throughout the Midwest and Southeastern United States singing and giving her testimony at churches, women’s conferences and other venue’s. She has been seen on National TV on the Jim Bakker Show out of Branson, MO and the Jimmy Snow show in Nashville, TN. She would love to come and lift up the name of Jesus through song at your next event.

In 2009 Ava recorded and released her third album entitled His Grace Is Amazing.

In 2011 Ava recorded and releaser her fourth and newest album entitled Stones.

Ava won the 2012 Beacon Award for Soloist of the year and her new single "Stones" won the 2012 Beacon award for song of the year.

Ava has a wonderful testimony of how God has healed her body that she loves to share with others. Ava has shared the stage with such artist’s as; Marty Robbin’s, Mel Tillis, Merle Haggard, Marty Haggard, Roy Acuff, Willie Nelson, Howard & Vestal Goodman, Johnny Minick, The Florida Boy’s, Gold City, Karen Peck & New River, The Hemphill’s, and the Chuckwagon Gang, as well as others.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Creekside Welcomes Tina Wakefield

My love of music was instilled in me from my Childhood, my Father was a band leader and singer until our salvation when I was 11 years old. My grandparents,parents, aunts, and uncles all played and sang. I started singing for a local nursing home once a week when I was 15 and that is something I do one a month even now. I have played piano for church since I was 16 years old. I am now a Music Minister at Amazing Grace Worship Center in Alabaster, Al where I have served for the last 19 years. I am very excited to have several Cd’s available on my website and to have reached # 67 in the Singing News Charts and #28 on the SGN Scoops charts and also charting in Powersource Gospel. It is a joke that when you join our family, you can choose if you would like to sing, play, teach or preach, but my family is extremely anointed to work in the Kingdom of God, and everyone who joins by marriage eventually is called with a talent. My time and life are spent in a constant relationship with God and how I can be of assistance to Him. My talents and skills include Piano, singing, teaching, writing for SGN Scoops, writing church dramas and directing them. If you would like to contact me for a singing or speaking engagement I am available at www.tinawakefield.com tina wakefield ministries on facebook, tina15wakefield@bellsouth.net or 205-259-3227.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Creekside Welcomes Faith's Journey

Welcome to one of America's Premier NEW Southern Gospel Trios, Faith's Journey! Expect to hear
strongly anointed singing with God's message clearly presented to encourage and lead the lost to Christ. The faces may look familiar as the members have served for many years in different groups and in different capacities, but are now excited about this new chapter. Let me introduce you to Faith’s Journey.

Jonathan Edwards - Baritone, Group Manager
Jonathan was saved at the age of 5 in Humboldt TN where his dad was Pastor. In 1994 his father Zane,
mother Cindy, and brother Benjamin went to Auckland, New Zealand as missionaries through Baptist
Bible College. He attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield Mo where he began his radio career at
KWFC ( 100,000 watt Christian Radio station in Springfield MO). He has worked in Southern Gospel
radio for 14 years and has been nominated the past two years in The Singing News Magazine top 5 DJ’s
in all of America, also the past two years he has been a finalist for Scoops Magazine’s for the coveted
Paul Heil Award. While attending BBC, Jonathan toured with a gospel group called Tribute. He has
served as Youth pastor, Music pastor and Senior Pastor, but his love for Southern Gospel Music keeps
bringing him back to radio and singing. He has traveled with Final Call and The Ascension Quartet before
meeting his wife Deana and forming/owning Faith's Journey.

Deana Edwards – Soprano
Deana Edwards was born in Bratt, Florida and saved at the age of 11 in her home church. She began
singing at the early age of 4 singing harmony with her mother Rose. She began singing with Southern
Heritage, a regional group in the Southeast formed with her mother in 1989, where she remained until
getting married and moving to Branson in 2012. Deana loves music with harmony and never meets
a stranger at a concert. She has three children and is married to Jonathan Edwards. She is extremely
excited to embark on this new chapter in her life with a new ministry serving with her husband on a full
time basis.

Josh Adams- Tenor
Josh was born and raised in Springfield, Mo. At the young age of 8 years old, he began ministering in
song. Josh has a heart for people and the ministry. He is blessed and humbled by the opportunities God
has already given him at such a young age. Josh currently resides in Springfield, Mo, and is very excited
to see what God is doing, and going to do, in the future.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Creekside Welcomes The Stephens















The Stephens, a Southern Gospel Trio,
 have been singing throughout the country since 2007.
The group is composed of husband and wife team, 
Thom and Melody Stephens, of Northport, AL 
and Melody’s sister, Bethany Dunnam, of Hayden, AL .

Melody’s soaring voice captures the hearts of listeners wherever she sings. She has sung
with the legendary gospel family group, The Nelons and earned the reputation as one of the
most recognizable and outstanding soprano voices in all of southern gospel mu
sic. She has
appeared on the award winning Bill Gaither Homecoming videos and earned Dove Award
nominations. She has performed commercial jingles and background studio work and
recorded numerous projects for many different record companies.

Bethany bringsa solid, yet distinctive alto blend to the trio. Her genuine love for The Lord
brightens every stage she sings on. Being sisters, they have sung together all their lives.
Learning harmony at a very early age makes their family harmony unmistakable.

Thom creates a smooth baritone part that brings their unique sound together. He serves as
emcee, plays several instruments and does all the group’s bookings. His love and
commitment to God along with his very outgoing and witty personality add much excitement
to the ministry.

Kyle, Bethany ’s husband, is the group sound engineer. He is an excellent solo vocalist and
musician and is a tremendous help in every area of The Stephens’ ministry

Monday, June 2, 2014

Creekside Welcomes Forever Changed

Forever Changed has answered God’s calling to use our talents to share the life-
changing message of Jesus Christ through Southern Gospel Music. Formed  in Lexington, SC in 2010 the group’s vision is to present the message through  song with a harmonic blend that will inspire and encourage. Group consists of  members: Vernon Murphy of Orangeburg, SC…Dan Duncan of Aiken, SC… and
Becky and Mike Barfield of Lexington, SC. To schedule Forever Changed for your concert or church event, contact Becky or Mike Barfield at 803-356-9542 or e-mail info@WeAreForeverChanged.com.

Website: www.WeAreForeverChanged.com.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Rob Patz On WPIL Talking About Creekside 2014

Rob Is Going To Be On With Vonda Easley On www.wpilfm.com This Friday ... Going To Talk About Creekside Gospel Music Convention